Friday, May 8, 2009

LISSA Election Update

LISSA Voting-New Officers

Voting for the new LISSA officers for 2009-2010 begins today and will close at noon on May12th. Please submit your vote to to determine who will be next year’s president, Megan Rush or Will Senn. I would like to congratulate our unopposed candidates Jani Okai (Vice-President), Sarah Eulert (Member at Large), and Andrea Mott (Member at Large) on becoming officers for the 2009-2010 UNT LISSA student group! LISSA is very fortunate to have such an impressive group of candidates run for office. The naming of the new Treasurer/Secretary position will be determined at a later date.

Paul Andersen

Presidential Candidates: Megan Rush and Will Senn

My name is Megan Rush and I decided to run for President.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I started the Library and Information Science program in August 2008 and was immediately interested in the information systems program of study. I currently work as a library assistant at the UNT Dallas Campus where I get to experience all aspects of library operation.

Name: Will Senn
Position running for: President
Will is currently serving as an executive committee member of the UNT Staff Council, board member of the Higher Education Data Warehouse Forum (HEDW), and as a Justice on the UNT SGA Supreme Court. He has previously served as the SGA Senator for the College of Information, Library Science, and Technology and as Financial Officer on Graduate Student Council. Will is also the Director of Decision Support at the University of North Texas. He is working on finishing his Masters in Information Science, and hopes this fall, to begin working on a PhD, also in Information Science.

New Vice-President Jani Okai
I would like to be considered as a candidate for the 2009-2010 LISSA Vice-President. I'm a first year masters level student in SLIS and seeking a student leadership opportunity. My professional areas of interests are in health informatics and information systems. I'm originally from Austin, Texas and have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly two years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Public Health from Stephen F. Austin State University. After reviewing the responsibilities and qualifications for the LISSA Vice-President position, I feel my education and over four years' experience in various administrative roles makes me a strong candidate for Vice-President.

In these positions I have coordinated the logistics of departmental events, provided customer service and marketing support for various programs, performed research and analysis support functions, maintained departmental calendars and records, and assisted with database maintenance. During my service in the U.S. Navy, I developed the necessary leadership skills and work ethic required for this position. These experiences have also afforded me the opportunity to develop strong oral and written communication skills, effective time management practices, and a teamwork oriented management style.

New Member at Large Sarah Eulert

My name is Sarah Eulert and I am running for one of the two Member-at-large positions for UNT’s 2009-10 LISSA officer positions. I am in my second semester in the Master’s degree General Program of Study. I have worked as a Graduate Library Assistant (GLA) since January 2009 in both Sci/Tech and Willis Libraries. I am also a student member of both ALA and TLA. I received my bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, from UNT in August 2007. I would like the chance to become involved in this wonderful student organization!

New Member at Large Andrea Mott

My name is Andrea Mott and I am just finishing up my second semester in the LIS program. I completed my first semester online while living in Denver and working full time at RE/MAX International in the corporate headquarters. I worked as a receptionist and assisted the records department whenever possible. I am from Montana and attended school at the University of Montana, Missoula. I studied anthropology and Native American Studies and graduated in May 2007. I have enjoyed moving around the country and have loved every new place I get to experience. While I am still open to what my "first job" will be and where exactly my library science degree will take me, I am loving school and am very happy to be here. I hope to move to Seattle, WA when I am done next spring in the general program to be closer to family and friends.

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