In our past call for nominations for our elected officials, we received nominees to fill all executive, UFF Senate, and FEA delegate positions. However, all of the nominees will be running unopposed. Per our Constitution and Bylaws, this negates the need to hold elections. Below is information about each of the nominated officials (I hope you are inspired by the nominees’ creativity in writing their biographies. 😉 ).
If you have an objection to any of these candidates, we will take additional nominees until Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 PM. If we have any additional nominees, we’ll hold elections next week.
GA’s work hard, and should be recognized
We teach courses, research, and pay our dues
Join up with us, make change, actualize!
I’m running for co-President this term
To speak your voice, rise up, and make it heard
On benefits and pay we should stand firm
Join us; With you they’ll have to hear our word
Our membership can grow with more stewards
I’ll make us visible online, so fresh!
I’ll keep you to date, let’s move upwards
Come to social events, see us in flesh!
Marta, Suzanne, Michelle, Erin and Jake
Awesome, new officers I know they’ll make
I am a good candidate, I am sure
to run for and represent you, I know
as the GAU student treasurer.
The insurance of vision and dental
health coverage are two of the things we
(and don’t forget to include maternal!)
would like to have from the university.
With increased leadership we will be strong.
For we are an army of workers poor
and benefits we’ve wanted all along,
we will stand together to bargain for.
O, USF just works because we do.
In solidarity, GAU.
Michelle has been a Teaching Assistant for Ecology and Biology labs in the Integrative Biology Department at USF since 2010. She was recruited to USF-GAU during her Department’s Fall 2010 graduate student orientation. One year after joining the union, she volunteered to become a USF-GAU Senator for the United Faculty of Florida. Michelle decided to take a leadership role in USF-GAU to help increase awareness of the Union among GAs at USF.Michelle earned her undergraduate degree at USF in 2005, double majoring in Environmental Science and Geology. After that, she relocated to Guam where she earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Science by studying tropical island hydrology and marine science. After spending two years as the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Senior Wetland Scientist, she returned to USF to pursue a Ph.D. and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Integrative Biology Department at USF. Her research interests involve the dynamics of wading bird distribution in created and natural freshwater ponds and marshes across a gradient of urbanization.