After student body elections last spring and officially beginning their term in mid-June, the Memorial Union President and Vice President have been hard at work this summer. Both President Jorge Michel and Vice President Caitlin Martin were very involved with MUPC last year. This summer they have represented the Memorial Union at the 12 START new student orientation sessions, worked with Student Orientation on CONNECT Week events, have been planning Dad’s Weekend (November 13 to 15) and Homecoming events (October 31st). They are also introducing two new events this fall, Campus Movie Festival (October 11 to 23) and John Reeves concert (November 5th). Jorge is a sophomore in Civil Engineering and was in charge of the Fashion Show last year, as well as working on several other programs. Caitlin is a junior in Communications (minor in Spanish) and was in charge of Children’s Holiday Party and the International Women’s Week last year.
There is some more information about both of them.
Hey, I’m Jorge Michel and I am running for Memorial Union President. I am a sophomore in Civil Engineering. My passions are music, art, people and fashion, as well as my nephews and niece. Here at Oregon State, I have an amazing opportunity to become part of student involvement, the thing I was most passionate about during high school. I am a Memorial Union Program Council (director) in charge of the Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show and the Men’s Leadership Conference.
While my experience with event planning here at Oregon State has been mostly through MUPC, I do have a strong base of experience from previous involvement before coming to school here. I grew up in a rural town in Eastern Oregon where I had the ability to develop leadership skills that are assets to me now. With lots of support, I became involved in Student Body Government and became Vice President and later President of my school. After conquering my school, I moved on to state wide organizations such as the Oregon Association of Student Councils and become an Eastern Region Representative and then State-Wide At-Large Representative. With these learning experiences, I finally became involved with State Superintendent’s Youth Leadership Council, an organization that helped counsel the State Superintendent with her decisions on budgeting for schools across the state. All of these opportunities have been practice for becoming the Memorial Union President and being able to serve the student body’s interest in the Memorial Union and the OSU Student Incidental Fee Committee.
Through my experiences here at Oregon State, I have been able to experience and work with different organizations here on campus. I hope to include everyone that I have worked with, as well as those I will meet; to create a more unified Student Involvement group that everyone on campus can be a part of.
While a major amount of the MU President’s time is dedicated to the Program Council, it is my belief that they should make sure that they are a center point for everything else that the President governs. I wish to develop a great organization that will be a highlight of our campus that can be recognized nationwide. While the job of being in charge of one of the largest organizations may seem like an immense amount of responsibility, it is important to remember that I am a student just like everyone else that is proud of our school, proud of our Memorial Union and above all proud to be a Beaver!
Hi! My name is Caitlin Martin and I am running for Memorial Union Vice President. I am a junior in Communications and a minor in Spanish. I currently serve as one of eight Directors for the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) assisting in the planning and execution of campus wide events including mom’s and dad’s weekend, children’s holiday party, snow in the quad and battle of the bands. Up until last year, when I first got involved with the MUPC, I was involved with very little on campus; as this year has passed my eyes have been opened to all the excellent resources available to me and I have also realized that I am very proud to be a student at Oregon State University. I want to be a part of the decisions regarding the Memorial Union and most importantly the student body that make up the OSU community.
I was born and raised in Portland. I attended Saint Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland, where I was a member of the Ambassador program for three years, which is the student leadership group. I helped with Alumni events, the Annual Food For Thought luncheon and was the head of the planning committee for the 2006 Freshman Welcome Night. After graduation, instead of going straight to a university, I attended Portland Community College and worked for the Portland Spirit for one year. Being a full time student and employee furthered the organization skills I had already learned in high school and also helped me learn how to balance school and work. After that year I decided I was missing out on the “real” college experience, which PCC just couldn’t offer; I started at OSU the next fall and haven’t looked back since! When I am not busy with school or work, you will find me hanging out with my friends, watching the Blazers or scrapbooking. Chances are, if you see me around campus you probably won’t catch me without my headphones in – music is a huge passion of mine and I really can’t go long without it. Another passion of mine is making people laugh; I truly believe that my sense of humor is my best quality. I am constantly laughing and love trying to make others laugh, usually at my own expense.
So for, as a director for MUPC, I have been head of the 2008 Children’s Holiday Party and International Women’s Week. During spring term I will be head of the Mom’s Weekend Art Festival and also the coordinator for a small Relay for Life event. Working for the MUPC has provided me with so many amazing opportunities, challenged my creativity and time management skills and allowed a lot of personal growth. I have met students and faculty that I never would have had the chance to meet if it wasn’t for my job. As much as I love my job, there are things that I have noticed and would like to see changed if elected for Vice President. I believe the MUPC does an excellent job providing large entertainment events for campus but I would really like to work at adding smaller programs each term that embrace some current event and social issues taking place around the world. I believe that fun and entertaining events are key to a happy and involved student body but I also believe that education in current affairs is equally as important.
I am excited to create new events, better old ones and work with Jorge and MU staff to solve problems. I also look forward to interacting with more students on a daily basis to make the MU a better building for all OSU students and to provide I would love to meet all of you; if you ever see me on campus and want to learn more about the elections or why Jorge and I are running, don’t hesitate to say hello!
As President and Vice President of the Memorial Union we hope to achieve a greater connection between OSU students and the Memorial Union and would also like to see the amount of student involvement around campus increase. This year has been an amazing opportunity for growth and learning. Through trial and error, as well as lots of support and help, we have learned about the Memorial Union and the organizations it represents. While our experience has been mostly with MUPC, we have had the opportunity to work with a slew of other organizations, including cultural centers, Greek Life, ROTC and University Housing and Dining Services. Through experience and contacts with these organizations, we hope to strengthen ties with everyone associated with them. With a more unified Memorial Union Organization, which includes the cultural centers, student groups, MUPC, SLI and other student involvement groups, we hope to involve everyone on campus one way or another with activities going on at our great university. Doing so will provide new opportunities for bigger and better campus events and give students more chances to participate and stay connected throughout their college experiences.