SGA Candidates

Candidate/Ballot Info

President:

Scout Hoffmeier

Aronde’ Stewart

Vice President:

Gregory “Greg” J. Castillo

Treasurer:

Ahmad Cheeks

Secretary:

Mckenna Haley

Jamie Mejia


President

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Candidate Name: Scout Hoffmeier
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Communications-Mass Media

Platform:  My name is Scout Hoffmeier and I am a woman. I am a student- athlete. I am a Christ follower. I am an advocate. I am a leader. I am a listener. I am a friend. I am running to be your Student Body President.

I have placed high value upon the opportunities Upstate has given me. Being a Spartan IS and will forever be THE best thing to ever happen to me. By integrating myself within not only Upstate but the Spartanburg Community as a whole, I have witnessed gaps that need to be filled.

With my leadership:

  • I will strive to make mental health resources a higher priority. Without our best selves, how are we expected to produce in the classroom? At Upstate, I see you, I hear you, and now I will move to make our resources collectively stronger and more open to allow you, the student, to be the best version of yourself.
  • I will tackle the expansion into resources for our multicultural community by providing forms of translations in multiple languages to make the communication process easier for student, family and University. This will allow for equal opportunity to every student to receive the high grade education Upstate has to offer.
  • I will make the push to launch better marketing materials for the Upstate University as a whole to get the greatness of our Institution far beyond our South Carolina borders.
  • I will implement a mentorship program filled with alumni and business professionals in the Spartanburg/ Greenville area for Upstate’s young professionals looking to be matched with someone in their desired career field.
  • I will stand firm in building the bridge between communities within our Upstate family to unite for the betterment of our institution.

In order to move UPward we must open the line of communication. As your friend and as a listener, I guarantee a push for new ideas, new programs, and a new face to Upstate. This is YOUR university, allow me to serve you in the best way possible, as your Student Body President.

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President

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Candidate Name: Aronde’ Stewart
Classification: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice

Sparty Party 2.0’s platform:

  • Acknowledging and promoting all levels of student (residential and commuter) involvement is equally important. This will allow students to be involved with the Upstate community, allow communication, and build relationships to help move the university Up.
  • Obtaining and maintaining an environment where residents and commuting students, faculty, and staff feel safe and comfortable.
  • To increase internal growth within the senate by having senators connect with their respected department administrators while networking with career services to ensure success for the student body.
  • To increase overall transparency between USC Upstate administration and the student body to help move the university Up.
  • To increase overall funding opportunities for clubs on campus to help build student cohesion.
  • Create more events, and increase overall attendance for commuters on campus to interact with and experience their college career.
  • To focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, support, community involvement, and student well-being.
  • To promote more mental health awareness on campus;
    • Actively encourage faculty and staff to not only promote but to push mental health awareness opportunities on campus for students in coordination with counseling services.
  • Connecting with Health Services to ensure the health and safety of students by reemphasizing the iPledgeUpstate campaign.

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Vice President

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Candidate Name: Gregory “Greg” J. Castillo
Classification: Junior
Major: Spanish & Secondary Education

Sparty Party 2.0’s platform:

  • Acknowledging and promoting all levels of student (residential and commuter) involvement is equally important. This will allow students to be involved with the Upstate community, allow communication, and build relationships to help move the university Up.
  • Obtaining and maintaining an environment where residents and commuting students, faculty, and staff feel safe and comfortable.
  • To increase internal growth within the senate by having senators connect with their respected department administrators while networking with career services to ensure success for the student body.
  • To increase overall transparency between USC Upstate administration and the student body to help move the university Up.
  • To increase overall funding opportunities for clubs on campus to help build student cohesion.
  • Create more events, and increase overall attendance for commuters on campus to interact with and experience their college career.
  • To focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, support, community involvement, and student well-being.
  • To promote more mental health awareness on campus;
    • Actively encourage faculty and staff to not only promote but to push mental health awareness opportunities on campus for students in coordination with counseling services.
  • Connecting with Health Services to ensure the health and safety of students by reemphasizing the iPledgeUpstate campaign.

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Treasurer

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Candidate Name: Ahmad Cheeks
Classification: Junior
Major: Treasurer

Sparty Party 2.0’s platform:

  • Acknowledging and promoting all levels of student (residential and commuter) involvement is equally important. This will allow students to be involved with the Upstate community, allow communication, and build relationships to help move the university Up.
  • Obtaining and maintaining an environment where residents and commuting students, faculty, and staff feel safe and comfortable.
  • To increase internal growth within the senate by having senators connect with their respected department administrators while networking with career services to ensure success for the student body.
  • To increase overall transparency between USC Upstate administration and the student body to help move the university Up.
  • To increase overall funding opportunities for clubs on campus to help build student cohesion.
  • Create more events, and increase overall attendance for commuters on campus to interact with and experience their college career.
  • To focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, support, community involvement, and student well-being.
  • To promote more mental health awareness on campus;
    • Actively encourage faculty and staff to not only promote but to push mental health awareness opportunities on campus for students in coordination with counseling services.
  • Connecting with Health Services to ensure the health and safety of students by reemphasizing the iPledgeUpstate campaign.

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Secretary

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Candidate Name: Mckenna Haley
Classification: Senior
Major: Exercise & Sport Science

Sparty Party 2.0’s platform:

  • Obtaining and maintaining an environment where residents and commuting students, faculty, and staff feel safe and comfortable.
  • To increase internal growth within the senate by having senators connect with their respected department administrators while networking with career services to ensure success for the student body.
  • To increase overall transparency between USC Upstate administration and the student body to help move the university Up.
  • To increase overall funding opportunities for clubs on campus to help build student cohesion.
  • Create more events, and increase overall attendance for commuters on campus to interact with and experience their college career.
  • To focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, support, community involvement, and student well-being.
  • To promote more mental health awareness on campus;
    • Actively encourage faculty and staff to not only promote but to push mental health awareness opportunities on campus for students in coordination with counseling services.
  • Connecting with Health Services to ensure the health and safety of students by reemphasizing the iPledgeUpstate campaign.

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Secretary

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Candidate Name: Jamie Mejia
Classification: Junior
Major: Political Science

Platform:

I am running for Secretary at Upstate to make a big difference. My plan for SGA is to help students become more involved in the Upstate community. I would love to be able to impact someone's life the way mine has been. Upstate is my home away from home, and I would love the opportunity to help others feel that way. UP is where we live, so let's work together to keep making it a better place for all Spartans.

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