The following are candidates for the 2012-2013 Co-Presidents of the Statistics Department Graduate Students:
- Staci White & Mark Risser
- John Lewis & Grant Schneider
You can find their campaign platforms below. Information about voting will be emailed to graduate students before the online elections held May 3-4, 2012. Good luck to all the candidates!
Staci White & Mark Risser
Over the past year, we have been impressed by the dedication and leadership former co-presidents Katie Thompson and Erin Leatherman have brought to the position. Together, we hope to continue the initiatives started over the past year while also introducing our own new ideas to continue building community across the student body, faculty, and alumni.
Specifically, as co-presidents, we plan to
- Maintain the online “blog” format of CMOOL, keeping it as a regular feature to advertise and archive student activities for both current and prospective students. Ideally, this will involve collaboration with Tom Marker and the Communications Committee to reach the broadest audience possible (through both the department webpage and Facebook site).
Organize weekly activities according to student interest, including
- social events, such as Friday Happy Hour gatherings, and
- athletic events, such as soccer, basketball, or volleyball,
- Continue the tradition of creating an annual department t-shirt, selecting the design from a department-wide contest.
Each semester, organize the following:
- One non-statistical departmental gathering outside the regular school day, such as an athletic event (collegiate or professional), a cultural activity (music, theater, or film downtown or in the Wexner Center), or a nature activity (skiing in the winter, hiking in the fall/spring).
- One department potluck, highlighting the broad culinary skills of our students, faculty, and staff, to be held during the week.
- Strive to make ourselves available for student input, both on what we’re doing and what we’re not doing. This will involve weekly or bi-weekly “office hours”, either in person or online via web conferencing (video and/or chat).
- Begin organizing graduate student colloquia to give the students in our department a chance to see what our senior graduate students are researching. This would provide an opportunity to learn what others are working on, and it is a great way for newer graduate students to see what great things are being done by their senior peers.
Here, at the advent of our third year at Ohio State, we look forward to sharing our organizational and leadership skills with the department as co-presidents. Thank you for your consideration,
Staci and Mark
John Lewis & Grant Schneider
In a time of uncertainty and angst, due to upcoming qualifiers, the semester conversion, parking privatization, and a plethora of other pertinent issues, the Statistics Department student body needs bold and experienced leadership, which can best be provided by a party with a combined 11 years at The Ohio State University and 8 years of graduate school. Below are several categories we believe are vital to you as a Statistics graduate student in the upcoming academic year. A vote for Lewis and Schneider is an investment in your future!
- Continue to publish great issues as established by our predecessors.
- Continue to have students write personal profiles.
- Resurrect the dearly missed ‘Ask the Presidents’ section established by Presidents Sonksen and Katsfuβ.
- Everyone loves T-shirts. The T-shirt design contest will be continued.
We will continue to help organize wonderful departmental gatherings like Presidents Leatherman and Thompson including but not limited to:
- Ice cream socials
- Attending sporting events
- Playing Kickball
- We will always be open to suggestions about these activities.
- We will continue to help organize wonderful departmental gatherings like Presidents Leatherman and Thompson including but not limited to:
- Everyone loves parties.
- Tailgates are fun.
- Qualifier parties will continue, most definitely.
- The Happy Hour Fridays, which we established our first year here, will be hosted more frequently as we will not be burdened with the extreme demands of a third year schedule like some other people…
- And, of course, uphold the values and integrity set by previous administrations.