RESS Elections 2016: Meet the Candidates!

Here is everything you would like to know about some of our council candidates and their platforms!

President: Maksym Zabutnyy

As a nominee for RESS President these are the key points to my platform:

1) Represent and showcase the RESS and U of R Engineering far more outside of our home “turf.” U of R is considered a small engineering school in size, but I foresee that in the next few years we will be able to compete against other WESST and Canadian schools in involvement and academics.

2) Improve communication within RESS as well as our outreach to students about the services we provide, I think this year we have showed that we are capable of running good events and service for students and having more students engaged would make them that much better.

3) Make Engineering Great Again

VP Finance: Tristan Heisler

Hello fellow engineering students,

My name is Tristan Heisler and I am currently in my second year of software systems engineering. As your previous First Year Events and current Stores Director, I believe that running for VP Finance is a great way for myself to continue making a difference within the RESS! If elected into this position, I will ensure that the money spent by the RESS on events, merchandise and lounge improvements are focused on improving student experience, benefits and satisfaction. I will also attempt to maintain all of the records required to allow the RESS to pursue an audit. This will allow us to receive a professional and independent judgement on our financial reporting.

I believe that our finance team has done a great job over the last year, and want to remain a part of this team in order to continue improving our lounge and bringing new merchandise options to you. Therefore, I promise to work with our incoming Stores and Lounge Directors in order to help them achieve all of the great things that they surely have planned for you!

Thank you for taking time to read my biography, and I hope you can make time to go out and vote on election day!

VP Professional: Mackenzie Mueller

My name is Mackenzie Mueller and I am a second year Industrial Systems student. I would be honoured to be a returning member of the RESS and hold the position of VP Professional Affairs. It is my desire to evolve and grow the professional representation at the University through event planning, industry involvement and student development.

I believe I am most suitable for the position of VP Professional Affairs because I have relevant work/volunteer experience as the University of Regina’s Agriculture Ambassador. I am also passionate and action oriented about creating a professional environment at the University of Regina that all students can be proud of. This process will start by giving students all the tools they need to be practiced and up to date on the industries of engineering around them, as well as providing opportunity to network and gain perspective on what the professional world is like.

What Can I Do For You?

As a fellow colleague, I have an understanding of what students are in need of in order to learn important skills such as networking and gaining a sense of professionalism. If I am elected to be the new VP Professional, there are several things I will carry on and implement such as:
1) Professional Development Week ~ original idea
i) This would be a week in late September
ii) Include events such as how to perform well in an interview, as well as learn how to interact professionally. My major goal is to host a professional development seminar and if possible, send a number of students to a professional development conference.
2) Year 1-4 Reception ~ tradition
i) Invite a number of industry representatives and esteemed speakers to set the tone for the school year. These industry representatives will be looking to hire students for upcoming work terms/summer employment.
3) Winter Gala ~ first time hosting
i) I will host a formal professional networking event at the Hilton in Regina that focuses on connecting employers to students. I plan on doing this by contacting professionals from all aspects of engineering such as oil & gas, environmental, software, electrical, mechanical & industrial, and agricultural sectors. Having representation from all specializations will ensure that there is a large amount of people to network with regardless of your chosen major.
4) Engineering Career Fair ~ original idea
i) Creating a career fair solely for engineering students will give the engineering student body the opportunity to be exposed to job opportunities both co-op and non co-op. This event will likely take place early November. If the fair cannot be set up for the upcoming year then I will take it upon myself to put steps in place to make it a possibility for future students.

VP Internal: Zach Martin

Biography:

Zach Martin is a second year Industrial Systems Engineering student. He is 20 years old and is from Calgary, Alberta. Zach is currently on a work term for The Mosaic Company as a maintenance engineering student. His favorite courses thus far have been Engineering 123 and Engineering Statics and Dynamics because they are the courses he feels he has most used on his work term. Zach’s past leadership experiences range from captaining numerous hockey teams to being the class president in his high school. Zach has served on the RESS before as a Student Life Director.

In his free time Zach likes long walks on the beach, piña coladas and yoga. Zach also likes to volunteer as a hockey coach. He is the proud owner of many leather bound books that smell of rich mahogany.

Platform:

Greetings fellow students and colleagues,

I would like to take time to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my platform. VP Internal is mainly in charge of organizing frosh week. If elected my platform will be to continue on the usual Frosh Week activities and create new ones that will continue on and be a stronghold of continuing Frosh Weeks. I want to continue hosting events such as the scavenger hunt and the Frosh Olympics. Events I would like to bring in would be events that help foster a mixing of the older students with younger students, as I believe having older students mentor incoming ones can help with the transition process in university. The events would be things like an all years mixer another games night and a karaoke night.
I would also like to continue on and expand the Engineering Living Learning Community. The Engineering LLC is a weekly gathering for engineering students to get free tutoring and bond with other students. The LLC also puts on social events for the students to help take their mind off of studies.

Thanks,
Zach Martin

VP Communications: Quinn Bast

My name is Quinn Bast, and I will be a 3rd year Industrial Engineering student. I am running for VP communications and after spending a year as 1st year communications and another year as lounge director, I believe VP communications is a good fit for me. By voting for me, you are allowing me to be the person who sends you emails, posts to Facebook, and spreads the news about all of the RESS events for you to attend. I am a grammar nazi (I don’t hiel grammar though) and can assure that you will receive news of any event well in advance so you can plan your week. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or stop me in the halls and ask me anything. May the rest of the semester treat you well and thank you for supporting me! Remember to Vote Quinn Bast for VP Communications!

Stores Director: Mike Badger

My name is Mike Badger and I am running for the position of Stores Director for the 2016-2017 RESS council. Outside of my fellow RESS council members, it is noticeable how little the engineering student body represents their faculty through their clothing. My main goal as the Stores Director is to drastically increase merchandise sales. This will be achieved through the increased promotion of new and exciting items being added to the store such as the engineering jean jacket, as well as the promotion of our current merchandise. This goal will also be achieved by adding opportunities for students to purchase items by increasing the RESS organized events where students can purchase merchandise when they are really feeling the buffalo pride. I will also look into adding more patches to the store, as well as follow up with the Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society to create a previously discussed shared clothing item available to both U of R and U of S engineering students to show our Saskatchewan pride. I look forward to hearing your feedback on these new ideas, and I look forward to putting you into some sweet new threads!

Lounge Director: Justin Grywacheski

Background

I currently hold a position within the ISE program. At the end of winter 2016, I will have completed 7 of the required 9 semesters of my degree. In my final year I feel that it is my turn to carry part of the responsibility that is the Regina Engineering Student Society, as many have before me. I will commit to my position and perform my job with an expectation of professionalism. Please consider my candidacy as future Lounge Director.

Initiative

• Improve students’ overall experience with Engineering Lounge.
• Respond to general inquiries, comments, and concerns in a timely fashion.
• Analyze the existing Lounge Director duties.

Incentive

As a student who uses the lounge actively, often I have ideas of improvement in daily passing. I view the lounge as an opportunity to apply theoretical study of queue-in systems and general processing. Upon successful application, the lounge will be more capable of hosting the engineering student body.

From my time within the Faculty of Engineering, I have sensed that general RESS interest has been slowly diminishing. I can help promote the RESS to current engineering students and especially to the young engineers entering the faculty. In my humble opinion, I feel that I can make changes associated with the Engineering Lounge to make it a more attractive location to visit.

The current capacity of the lounge is limited not by its size but rather its use of effective space. A steady increase in traffic will demand that the capacity of the lounge be pushed to its potential. I am confident in my current awareness that I can make these necessary adjustments.