AUArts Students’ Association supports the growth of an empowered and creative community. Become a leader and represent your fellow students.
AUArts Students’ Association elections take place between February-March of every academic year, with By-Elections taking place in between September-October. Everything you need to run for a position will be available here during nomination periods.
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Election Nomination Package
Students’ Association Election News
It’s time for ACADSA Elections! Join us in the cafeteria today (March 27), meet your candidates and get informed!
For more information about the various positions visit www.acadsa.ca/elections. Meet and greet the candidates at the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM).
At the same time, we all have different schedules, timelines and responsibilities, so access to studios and flexibility in class schedules is important. I would look to my fellow students for their desires in class flexibility. Classmates have expressed interest in more options for Spring, credit classes, in order to ease or fulfill graduation requirements. I would follow up on that.
I would ask students for their desired content in the professional development classes. I have heard discontent repeatedly on this topic and have recently spoken with the chair of that department, who is open to ideas and to change. I want students to get what we really need from these classes, be it a progressive writing format for improving grant and school applications, or an editing of the content in general, this is something that needs to work for the students.
I would encourage open communication between ACADSA and the student body and would encourage efforts to make your representatives more visible and known to you. I would continue to encourage the open communication that has been fostered between the students and the ACAD governing bodies “ACAD”.
I have sat on juries for the Marion Nicoll Gallery and for student groups. I am currently on the Wellness Committee, Which, aspires to meet campus wellness needs. Wellness and advocacy go hand in hand. I want to advocate for what is in the greatest interest of ACAD Students, which in turn, aids in our wellness.
I am a strong and vocal voice, that is interested in, and will advocate for, what is best for you, the ACAD student.
In addition to the other post secondaries in the province, I believe ACAD needs to form symbiotic relationships with the post secondaries in Calgary in an effort to provide better services and a more cohesive experience among students.
Additionally, ACADSA needs to continue to be involved in government affairs in order to be taken seriously by the government and assert their presence in the community. This extends to the art community as well. My goal is to create a smoother communication between the various art establishments in Calgary and ACAD’s students.
All around, ACAD needs to build its relationship with the community around it, and I hope to be a part of that.
If elected to the ACADSA executive team, there are several things I will focus on to effect change as a voice for the students. One of the problems I would address while in office is the lack of mental health resources and awareness on campus. ACAD currently only has one councilor available to a school with an enrollment of just over 1000 students. During busy periods, students experience wait times ranging from three weeks to a month between sessions. This infrequency is unacceptable for students in crisis. ACAD was recently granted university status by the Government of Alberta, as well as funding initiatives involving mental health and well-being accommodations. I would like to leverage this to bring more councillors to ACAD and introduce other alternatives for students to seek out help if they need it. Another important topic I would like to address while seated in this position is bringing change and attention to ACAD’s policies and procedures regarding student health and wellness. In particular, I want to implement a comprehensive sexual harassment policy to be introduced to students through course safety talks and course outlines. I want students to know that there are support systems in place in case of such events as well as promoting the prevention of sexual harassment and assault within ACAD. I also want to introduce free menstrual products to campus, similar to what was done this year at the University of Calgary. For my third task I will improve communications within ACAD, especially among students. Many students at ACAD remain uninformed about important news, policies and events regarding our school. I want to engage with the student body and allow for as much transparency between ACAD, ACADSA and students as possible. Organization, communication, well-being and safety will be my most important tasks in this leadership role in order to guarantee students will be welcomed and accepted into ACAD’s community.
Questions? Contact me at email@example.com!
In addition, being a part of our health and wellness team, I will help facilitate access to school resources and be an open ear for anyone to reach out to. As someone who understands the struggles of the average art college student, on top of being an international transfer; I can really help with guidance and a fresh perspective to student problems.
ACAD’s community is a melting pot, and my goal is to make it more of a Mosaic. In a melting pot scenario, the artists and teachers assimilate into the culture to blend in and work together. In a mosaic, each artistic discipline is celebrated for its value and diversity, and can be harmonized with other students and teachers to create an overall mosaic image of our community. My goal is to facilitate the building of bridges and friendships between the different subcultures and artistic practices inside our school. If elected, my hope is that I will help us shine brightly together and glitter through the rainbow glass of our school’s dream Mosaic.
My goals for this position is to at least achieve one thing that will help as many students as possible. So, that being said, if I get elected, I will not neglect your help and do my best to offer a different perspective and if needed, forward your concerns to the higher ups to satisfy your experience in this institution. That being said, let me help you with any troubles that are not to student satisfaction. Thank you for your time.
Next year will be my fifth year at ACAD. I know my way around the school and how I can improve it. I have always done my best to advocate for my own needs and the needs of others. Transparency and communication is key to being as efficient in this position as possible. One thing I would love to do is help the Fibre department become more active within the school. By helping Cloth Club with fundraising, and listening to the ideas of my cohorts we can create something everyone can be a part of. I would also like to look into opening the Art Hole again. It is one of the spaces within the school that should be taken advantage of. It has a lot to offer as another student-lead space for art and fundraising.
I have always been in teaching positions throughout my life, notably when I was an assistant instructor teaching martial arts for people as young as six and as old as sixty-five. I have helped lead self-defense workshops for Women In Need and All Sport One Day. I have also been an advocate for mental health within my community and my personal relationships. Acting as someone who supports and encourages individuals to find solutions that work for them instead of all-encompassing suggestions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
-To give a voice for my fellow students who feel under represented, particularly in the jewellry department.
-To gain a better understanding first hand at the processes in the decision making of ACAD, so that clear lines of communication can reach the students.
Why am I qualified?
-I can speak my mind without fear, knowing that my words echo the sentiments of my colleagues and I am their doubts and praise given voice on the board.
-Able to make informed decisions based on what is presented to me, but also knowing that I need to dig deeper to make sure EVERYTHING is presented to all on the council.
-Served as representative on committees or in unions before, and am prepared for the craziness that comes with this kind of information sharing organization.
What are my key topics?
-The under representation of not only the student voice but ACADSA as a whole, and insuring that ACAD students have a much clearer understanding of what ACADSA is and does for them.
-Saving what remains of the jewellery program and trying to bring some things back to it, while also trying to attract more students to the program.
-Aiding my fellow ACADSA reps and directors in leading ACAD to a better future through negotiation and socialization with other student run organizations like SAITSA and UofCSU.
From being one of the 8 students who attended the student Painting department meeting, I have found that the communication between the students and the ACAD government needs improvement. It is because of this that I would make it my primary initiative to increase communication within the painting department. Alongside this, I am determined to bring awareness to the entire department, especially in relation to the uncertainty of the Painting Show, that seems to be going around.
I am a liaison, a bridge that connects the politics of ACAD to the everyday life of the students. My energy and enthusiasm to be the representative for the students will make our community a more unified and celebrated one.
Hey ACADSA members,
Here are your candidates for the 2018-19 ACADSA Election. Voting will take place on April 4th + April 5th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2018/19 academic year. For more information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections.
For Director of Leadership & Governance, Executive Committee
- Simone Saunders
For Director of Advocacy & Representation, Executive Committee
- Fiona Couillard
- Jenna Van Buekenhout
For Director of External Relations, Executive Committee
- Kayla Gale
For Director of Cultural & Community Affairs, Executive Committee
- Alena Martin
- Emily Elizabeth Melaugh
For BFA General Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Jay Orion
For Character Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Nikolas Havlock
For Fibre Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Eva Birhanu
- Victoria Nagy
For Glass Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Leia (Shi Jie) Guo
For Illustration Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Alexia Mitchell
For Jewellery + Metals Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Josh Howard
For Painting Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Francesca Flaskay
For Photography Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Haley Eyre
If you would like more information on these candidates you can look at their platform/campaign statements at www.acadsa.ca/2018/03/campaign-statements-for-201819-acadsa-election/, or you can attend the meet and greet Candidates Forum that will be happening on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM) in the cafeteria.
There are no candidates running for the following positions:
- Advertising Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Ceramics Representative, Student Leadership Council
- First Year Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Graduate Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Graphic Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Drawing Representative, Student Leadership Council
- International Student Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Print Media Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Sculpture Representative, Student Leadership Council
If you have any questions please email (the official elections officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
ACADSA is looking for students who are interested in representing their department for the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and Executive Committee (EC).
We have made some changes to our team based on feedback we received at our Annual General Meeting and from your current representatives; we hope that this change will be better suited to represent the unique qualities of our campus. As a member of the SLC/EC you will be provided exciting professional development opportunities and participating on a governing board is a wonderful addition to your CV and can propel your career in many ways. Please note that these positions are all paid opportunities for students!
Nominations Open: February 26th-March 9th
Nomination forms DUE: March 9th
Mandatory campaign regulations meeting: March 13th
Campaign Forum – March 27th
Voting days: April 4th-5th
Polls Close April 5th by 5:00pm
Winners Announced on April 6th
The following representative positions are available, please see website for more details and nominations package:
– Director of Leadership and Governance
– Director of Advocacy and Representation
– Director of Community and Culture
– Director of External Relations
Student Leadership Council
– BFA General Studies
– Character Design
– (2) First Year Studies
– Graduate Studies
– Graphic Design
– Jewellery + Metals
– Media Arts + Digital Technologies
– International Student
– Print Media
Please carefully read all the documents included in the Elections Package (available at www.acadsa.ca/about/elections/)
Please drop off your election package into the ACADSA office. Our regular office hours are Monday – Thursday 10 to 4PM, but we will make sure someone is in the office on Friday for all those last minute submissions.
If you have read the documents and still have questions please email the official elections officer at email@example.com, or just come into the office and ask!
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
ACADSA is looking for your feedback to help guide the incoming Executive Committee and Student Leadership Council in their advocacy efforts for the 2018/19 academic year. ACADSA recognizes that student feedback is essential for ensuring that the Executive and SLC represent your interests and voice to the decision making bodies of the college. In order to do that effectively, we need to hear from as many of you as possible! Please fill out this short survey to help us determine the best way to better serve, represent, and advocate for you!
There are questions in the survey regarding course workload, contact time with your instructors, accessing services, and ACADSA programming initiatives. It is so important that ALL students fill this survey out so we can get a better understanding of how your overall experience at ACAD could be improved, and what changes you’d like to see moving forward that we can advocate for on your behalf.
Personal identification information is not required, however if you would like to provide your name and email at the end of the survey you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $75 visa gift card!
*Survey data is kept separate from the survey entries so your submission will still be kept anonymous.
Please note: General survey results may be shared with administration, the Board of Governors and the ACADSA team. Your individual answers will be kept anonymous and will not be shared with anyone.
If you have a grievance that you’d like to report, please see the ACADSA website under “Get Involved/Student Rights” for more information on how to submit a formal complaint through our Action Forms.
Estimated Time To Complete Survey: 10-15 minutes
Deadline: Monday, February 26th at Midnight
“What does ACADSA do anyways?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, and our governing structure, and there will be a discussion period at the end to determine how we should communicate with YOU, our fellow ACAD students.
If you have questions about the meeting, please email Camille Porcheron, Director of Leadership and Governance, at firstname.lastname@example.org