HPSC Candidates for Special Election - October 2013
Below is the list of candidates for one Class of 2016 representative to serve on the Honors Program Student Council beginning immediately.
Bio: I attended the Center for Advanced Technologies for high school in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012. I am currently majoring in archaeology, anthropology, and classics here at Sweet Briar and I work in the archaeological lab on campus. I am a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and will be presenting at their annual meeting in January.
Statement of Intent: I want to serve on the HPSC because I like to be involved in my community and I want to be an active member in student organizations. The Honors Program has given me such a great opportunity with the Pannell Scholarship and I really would like to be involved with the people that made that decision. I am a motivated leader with big ideas and I want to see others excel, and I feel like the HPSC is a good place for me to be.
Hello, my name is Julia Eckstine and I’m a sophomore here at Sweet Briar. I am originally from Hagerstown, MD and I was involved in the National Honor Society at my high school and graduated at the top of my class with highest honors. I’m a Psychology major and planning on adding both a minor in Biology and Sociology. I also ride here at college and spend as much time at the barn as I can. Also, I am a SweetPEA and I work closely with the health center staff. I am interested in being a part of the Honors Program Student Council because I really enjoy being a part of the honors program and all that it represents. I like talking to other students about our program and encouraging them to be a part of it, especially the incoming freshmen. After living on the first year honors hall last year, I really bonded with my fellow honors classmates and also with the other girls I had class with. This year I am also living on the first year honors hall again, so it is nice to be someone all the first years can come to and talk to about the honors program. Overall, I think Sweet Briar’s honors program is an awesome thing to get involved in and I am very happy to be a part of it. Being a part of the student council will allow me to continue helping honors students and do all that I can to improve the program for future students.
Bio: Hi everyone! I am from Bellingham, Washington which is a small city north of Seattle by the coast. I have a major in Biology with a double minor in Environmental Science and Government with the hope of working in the field of public health. At Sweet Briar I am a part of the swim team where I mainly swim backstroke and freestyle and a member of the pre-health club. Additionally, I am currently the student assistant to the honors program.
Statement of interest: As an honors student I am interested being part of the governing body of the honors program in order to help shape the direction of the program in a way that mirrors the student bodies interests. I would love to be involved in setting the direction of the honors program and help to improve the program for current and future students. Being a part of this council would allow me to meet my fellow students and hear their ideas regarding the honors program and then take action to implement their ideas. My own ideas for the direction of the honors program involve getting a wider variety of classes and increasing the involvement of students in events put on by the honors program.
I am majoring in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing as well as considering minors in Economics and Classics. My hometown is Shaker Heights, Ohio. At Sweet Briar I am involved in the orchestra and the Outdoor Program. I enjoy being outside and hiking/running the beautiful trails of Sweet Briar. Being part of a strong community that encourages and celebrates academic achievements and also supports each other’s goals is important to me. I am delighted to have such a community in the Sweet Briar Honors Program and excited at the prospect of working more closely within it. To have such a community, good communication skills, respect for others, and enthusiasm are necessary, all of which I would bring to the Honors Program Student Council. I think that it is especially important to let students know what kind of community is there for them and get them excited about it. That’s why I would like to focus on increasing communication and involvement with the student body so they can see what the Honors Program is all about.
Bio: Eve Mergenthaler is currently a sophomore who hails from Litchfield, Connecticut. Although she had not yet chosen a major, she is confident in her choice of Sweet Briar. In addition to being part of the Honors Program, she is going to be inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at the end of October. In her free time, she participates in Vixen Athletics by playing Field Hockey and Softball and also sings in the Sweet Briar Concert Choir and works at Phonathon to raise money for the Annual Fund.
Statement: I am an overall good student who would love to be more involved in the Sweet Briar community. It would be a great honor to be elected as a representative on the HPSC and I feel I have a lot to contribute. I am a very responsible, detail-oriented person who puts a great deal of time and effort into every role I take on. I feel I would be a great addition to the HPSC and if elected I would seek to fulfill the mission of the Honor’s program in every aspect. I would do this by supporting a strong sense of community, promoting activities and programs that unite students with various backgrounds and interests, and cultivating an attitude within Sweet Briar that promotes academic endeavors and risks. Thank you for reading and thank you for your support!