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For those of you who want to meet and greet with the presidential candidates please stop by the BLUE Lounge on Tuesday, January 27th at 10:30AM. Unfortunately our wonderful candidates are busy people and there was not time for a formal debate, so be sure to use this as an opportunity for discussion with them.
Please see the candidate information below. Three candidates are running for the position of MES president: Stephanie Elder (Civ & Mgmt V), Richard Elliott (BTech Auto IV),and Ryan Rogers (Mech & Mgmt III).
Hello Mac Eng!
My name is Steph Elder and I’m running to become your president for the upcoming year. What I want to do is keep the MES moving forward, cultivating the current services that we offer our students. As students we all know how hectic it can be throughout the year, which is why I want to focus on new, practical initiatives that will fit with your busy schedules and hopefully make them a little easier.
Who’s That Chick?
I’m in my 5th year of Civil and Management. My involvement within the MES ranges from Vice President Student Life to Drain Co-coordinator, as well as extensive involvement with our Welcome Week reps. The role of president is essentially there to voice and advocate on behalf of your opinions. My experience gives me a very strong foundation to fight for what matters to you.
Don’t Mess With a Good Thing
The MES has grown and developed extremely positively, even within the past few years. We have one of the strongest and most professional student societies not only within McMaster but also across Ontario. Why mess with that? A lot of new initiatives and services were implemented this year and I want to work to keep them going. There are two initiatives in particular I want to support those being the EngDeals and the Board of Advisors. More details are available in my full platform.
Lean On Me
I want to be there for you, I want to make your lives a little bit simpler, and I want you to enjoy your time here at Mac. To do so I plan on implementing 3 new services; Engineering Electronic Calendars, Academic Group Collaboration Space and a Carpool Interface.
Engineering Electronic Calendars
I plan on implementing calendars tailored for MES Events, Academics, Clubs & Teams and even Campus Wide Events which you can subscribe to, allowing you to always know what’s coming up without having to look any further than your daily calendar.
Academic Group Collaboration Space
I will work with the libraries and faculty to find group work spaces that are available to book exclusively for engineering students, with the hope that you can focus on the project itself rather than administration.
An all-new online space where our members can connect and find other engineers who are traveling to the same locations. Not only does it make your morning commute a little less lonely, but you can also take advantage of HOV lanes and splitting travel costs.
Thank you for taking a look at my platform points and if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
Please take a look at my full platform on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1IWQROf) to find out more about what I plan to do for you.
Have a wonderful day.
My name is Richard Elliott. I have been an active member in the McMaster Engineering Society for the past several years and a very active member in the MES affiliated clubs and teams during that time. I have long looked on from the outside as a member of the MES and seen areas of great strength, as well as areas of great weakness. I have taken notice of practices that work, as well as ones which do not. I have decided that this knowledge that I have amassed over my career at McMaster will prove beneficial to the Society as I would be able to lead it in a better direction, implementing new policies and altering old ones, in order to improve member participation in decision making, as well as member participation in the great number of resources and activities which the MES has to offer. These services and programs have been developed by past MES executive teams, however I feel that they are greatly underutilized. I intend to raise awareness of these programs and services so that members of the MES know what is available to them. I also intend on improving these programs by updating some of the older services which the MES offers; such as our video camera loan and our commerce funding programs to name two. I feel that programs such as these are unknown by the general MES population, and that they can be expanded in order to encourage greater use.
I also intend to, as mentioned above, improve membership participation in decision making. This is a focus for me, as I believe not many members are aware of how policies are created and what is going on in the decision making process. I am a strong believer in the philosophy that two heads are better than one and by improving the number of people that give input on decisions, I strongly believe that better decisions can be made.
I believe that the MES is currently in a state of “GOOD”, However, Good isn’t good enough!
I wish you all the best of luck in the coming term. Study hard.
Dear McMaster Engineering Students,
My name is Ryan Rogers, I’m a third year Mechanical and Management student and am currently running for MES President. During the past three years at McMaster I have been heavily involved in the MES fulfilling roles such as Vice President External, Associate Vice President of Clubs and Sponsors as well as First Year Representative. These experiences have helped me gain a strong appreciation for the student society and the community it represents.
As President I hope to accomplish many things including the continuity and innovation of the society’s current agenda. The MES has done a fantastic job of creating new services and events over the past years and I hope to improve on these while continuing to introduce new initiatives.
- I’d like to expand the MESCard Program so that it offers deals to not only to small campus businesses but also academic retailers and industry suppliers. Some examples of these businesses’s include McMaster Car for parts and supplies as well as MathWorks for software packages.
Professional Development Video Series
- Over the past month I’ve been working with current MES industry contacts to create a professional development video series that teaches resume, interview and networking skills. If President, I hope to build on this by creating a database of educational content to give students a competitive edge when entering the workforce.
- Over the past few years enrolment at McMaster Engineering has grown immensely leading to not only an increase in size, but also an increase in the quality of education received. These increases have given McMaster a reputation as one of the best engineering schools in not just the province, but the entire country. This reputation is worthy of a celebration that is unique to the culture and success of our faculty. “E-Week” would consist of a variety of social and academic events, guest speakers and an intra-departmental competition showcasing Mac Eng’s spirit to the rest of the school.
Student Wellness Position
- Engineering students have stressful degrees. From weekly midterms to multiple four-unit courses, school can sometimes get the better of any individual. I believe it’s of the upmost importance that MES addresses this by establishing a position that targets student wellness. The MES is well equipped to provide resources to its members to actively and pre-emptively cope with stress throughout the school year. This position would work in tandem with the Student Wellness Centre to utilize existing services offered and develop new peer support initiatives.
Thank you for your time, if you have any questions please feel free to speak with me in person or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The above points are a small portion of my platform, for a complete list of points as well as my relevant experience and candidate bio please visit ryanrogers2015.ca