Candidates President: ATUL BHULA Senior Vice President: RIGOBERTO “ARJAY” QUIZON

E-mail: atul.bhula@gmail.com / rigobertoquizon@gmail.com Phone: 704.236.1288 / 910.584.5782 Facebook Group: Bhula-Quizon 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I. Introduction ………………………………………………………….….………. 5 Part II. Internal Operations and Efficiencies within the Association ……….…….… Student Input and Campus Visits ……………………………………………….... Performance of Executive Officers and Evaluations………………….………..… Executive Officer Performance ……………………………….…………. Evaluation …………………………………………………….………….. Structural Changes to the Association …………………………………….……... Institution of a Director of Marketing & Public Relations ……………..... Exploration of Committee Changes ……………………………………… Association Meetings and Conferences ………………………………………….. Reduction of Campus Updates …………………………………………… Reduction of Meeting Length …………………………………………….. December Meeting Changes …………………………………………….... Summer Kickoff………………………………………………………..…. Meeting Locations………………………………………………………… Meeting Evaluations……………………………………………………… Resource Building……………………………………………………………….... Annual Elections Conference…………………………………………..… Budgeting and Appropriations Conference………………………………. Legislation Writing Session………………………………………………. UNCASG Alumni Association……………………………………………. Contingency Plan…………………………………………………………. Part III. Advocacy on Behalf of the Students of the UNC System…………………… Online Education…………………………………………………………………. Textbooks………………………………………………………………….……… Tuition and Fees………………………………………………………………….. Financial Aid……………………………………………………………………… Academic Advising………………………………………………………………. Military Affairs…………………………………………………………………… Disability Services………………………………………………………….…….. Student Services…………………………………………………………………... Campus and Student Safety………………………………………………………. Sustainability……………………………………………………………………… 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 18

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Part IV. External Relations of the Association………………………………………... General ASG Marketing and Public Relations……………………………………. Enhancing Relationship with N4CSGA…………………………….…………….. Foster and Maintain Relations to UNC Institutions………………………………. Governmental Relations…………………………………………………………... Exploration of a Student Lobbyist…………………………………………

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Part V. Candidate Profiles …………….……………………….………………………. 22 Atul Bhula……………………………………………………………………….… 23 Rigoberto “Arjay” Quizon………………………………………………………… 24

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PART I INTRODUCTION

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” - John Pierpont Morgan

INTRODUCTION It is a privilege of the two candidates to be able to present this platform to the students of the reputable University of North Carolina system. The Association of Student Governments has had a history of highs and lows. With the experience of Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon, the two student advocates foresee the potential growth of the Association, contingent upon changes that should be implemented now. Therefore candidates for President and Senior Vice President, respectively Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon, outlines this platform in three categories. These categories include internal operations and efficiencies, student advocacy, and external relations. The internal operations of the association are vital to ensure the rest of the association is performing up to par, if not better. This means that the efficiencies of the association is based on the leadership and open lines of communication that should be fostered among the senior leadership. If senior leadership have a clear understanding the division of duties, the delegation of duties will be properly distributed to other executive officers. The students are a wonderful asset of this state, therefore it is important to enhance the quality of education for as many students possible. This education reaches to a much wider scope than simply the academia. This reaches out to a broad knowledge of the many environmental situations that play in decision-making and person development to make well-informed choices in life decisions. Therefore, the student advocacy section of this platform will reach out to impact the academic and non-academic respects that affect students in the short-run and longrun. While ensuring the internal operations are more effective, the external relations are just as important. As the new leadership in the legislature moves forward with its budget, the students and the association has the perfect opportunity to capitalize on it. This should not be overseen during the summer months. Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon will be free for the summer in order to focus on ASG and the building upon relations of our state representatives. Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon have the experience needed to take the ASG to new levels with the proper utilization of their experiences. Now is the time! With the constant change in leadership on many of our respective institutions, it is imperative that continuity continues at the top level while ensuring we move forward. Transitions between administrations as well as the new learning curve are detrimental to the successes within the first few months of each session. Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon are the right choice for next year’s leadership for ASG in order to reach these new heights.

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PART II INTERNAL OPERATIONS AND EFFICIENCIES WITHIN THE ASSOCIATION

“We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” - C. S. Lewis

INTERNAL OPERATIONS AND EFFICIENCIES WITHIN THE ASSOCIATION The internal operations of the Association are vital to the progress of student involvement in decision-making processes. In doing so, the Bhula-Quizon administration has experienced an array of leadership that has varied each year. This section will lay out some of the important issues that are necessary in order to have a successful team while we face the immense budget cuts, at both the state-level and federal level. Overview of Section ● Student Input and Campus Visits ● Performance of Executive Officers and Evaluations ● Structural Changes to the Association ● Association Meetings and Conferences ● Resource Building Student Input and Campus Visits In the light of the current financial crisis, the Bhula-Quizon administration will not require Executive Officers to perform campus visits. Instead, it is the desire of the Bhula-Quizon administration to increase the Association’s visibility on each of our institutions. The BhulaQuizon will create a survey that will be available to all students in the UNC System, asking which issues they are most concerned as students of one of our institutions. The Bhula-Quizon administration will then create a strategy that will include the issues were most relevant to each individual institution and the plan of action that the Association will take for tackling the said issues. This will save both time and money, allowing such resources to be used in a more productive and effective capacity. The Bhula-Quizon administration will invite all constituent Student Governments to bring students, not necessarily involved with the Student Government, to any and all Association meetings to participate. The Bhula-Quizon administration will be open to any invitations from constituent Student Governments to visit their campus to meet with students. These meetings will also be video recorded and made available via web in order for students to view. Performance of Executive Officers and Evaluations In past sessions, the performance of all Executive Officers have been reviewed during at the regular ASG December meeting, which only consisted of the Council of Student Body Presidents and the Executive Officers. In an effort to promote efficiency and accountability, the BhulaQuizon administration shall implement two methods of evaluations: one to be completed by the President and Senior Vice President to evaluate the Executive Officers’ performance and progress throughout the session; the other shall be completed by all members of the Association to evaluate Executive Officers, committees, and committee membership to increase effectiveness throughout the committees. This will be made available through a section on the ASG website that will allow for anonymous comments.
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Executive Officer Performance To increase accountability of Executive Officers, it shall be the job of the President and Senior Vice President to evaluate performance. The Bhula-Quizon administration shall initiate a specific plan of action in the event of an officer’s underperformance to be as follows: - First offense: A verbal warning to the Executive Officer; - Second offense: A written warning and partially withheld paycheck – up to 50% of the said month; - Third and final offense: Termination of employment, given that there is a recurring issue with the said individual. Performance measures shall include, but not limited to: - Meeting minimum travel requirements set by the President and Senior Vice President - Submission of ASG Reports - Quality of work in pursuant of the mission of the association The plan of action shall be imposed in order to improve the performance of the officer in question, rather than to discourage any individual of involvement with the Association. Evaluation To provide constructive criticism from and to all areas of the Association, the evaluations shall be broader and inclusive of all parties involved. These evaluations shall cover Executive Officers, committees, and committee membership performance. These evaluations shall be conducted as an online tool that will be channeled to the President and Senior Vice President anonymously, and will be distributed to the departments and individuals the evaluations refer. This will remove the need for a full meeting devoted to evaluations and allow for more fluid and real time evaluations, as well as additional time devoted to results-driven initiatives. Structural Changes to the Association In an effort to provide better internal services to the Association, the Bhula-Quizon administration shall propose changes to the current structure of the Association, involving a new position, reconsideration of the Division of Research and Development, and changes in the current committee structure. Institution of a Director of Marketing & Public Relations The Bhula-Quizon administration will add an additional position devoted to the marketing and publicity of the Association. The Bhula-Quizon administration will create the position of Director of Marketing & Public Relations to focus on, but not limited to, media

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relations, press releases, and marketing of the Association. This will be a pilot position and will be subject to review and the future administrations to evaluate. In addition to the new Director of Marketing & Public Relations position, the BhulaQuizon administration shall explore split the responsibilities of the Division of Research & Development with the Director of Marketing & Public Relations and the Governmental Operations & Constituent Services Division. Exploration of Committee Changes Through the observations of previous sessions in terms of the committee structure, it will be the task of the Bhula-Quizon administration to further explore the option of whether the association should consider restructuring. The Bhula-Quizon administration will explore this option over the course of the summer, allowing Student Body Presidents to view such proposals over the summer retreat. Association Meetings and Conferences Having seven years of experience within the Association between Atul Bhula and Arjay Quizon, the Bhula-Quizon administration will acknowledge specific aspects of the Association meetings that may be improved upon. Reduction of Campus Updates Over the past few sessions, while campus updates have been helpful for institutions, campus updates have been a hit or miss when it comes to the affecting the delegates or officers. It is currently a significant portion of time in the morning of the Association’s Saturday meetings -- time that could be used in other discussions that are pertinent to all students of the UNC system. Therefore, the Bhula-Quizon administration shall propose removing campus updates from all regular Association meetings except August, December, and April, and other the delegates feel are necessary. This will allow better utilization of our time during the general session as well as maintain the availability of campus updates. In addition, it shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration to keep the UNCASG website up-to-date with the different events occurring on the campuses within the UNC system. These updates will be compiled by the Director of Marketing & Public Relations. Reduction of Meeting Length Currently, the Association meets Friday through Sunday. Over the last two sessions, the Sunday meeting has been unattended even after several delegations that claim they will stay until Sunday end up leaving on Saturday instead. However, those delegations that are unable to travel the same day due to distance will be allowed to stay Saturday evening.

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December Meeting Changes The December meeting for the last several sessions has been devoted to the evaluation of Executive Officers. In line with the proposed changes to the evaluations, the Bhula-Quizon administration shall work to add substance to the December meeting by allowing all delegates and general students to participate through video-conferencing. Executive Officers will be required to attend in-person at UNCGA; Student Body Presidents will be encouraged to physically attend. Having student leaders meet at UNCGA will allow for better visibility for the Association with key UNCGA officials. The December meeting will also include a progress check with the Minimum Achievement Plan (M.A.P.) Act that will be completed per the Council’s recommendations over the summer. Summer Kickoff The Association holds an annual retreat over the summer to prepare the Student Body Presidents and Executive Officers for the upcoming session. While attendance has been satisfactory for the summer retreats of the last two sessions, the amount of time devoted to the retreat has posed an obstacle to allowing an opportunity to cover all materials that are deemed pertinent in the operation of the Association and discussions on issues that affect the students we serve. It will be proposed that this retreat be held over the span of two to three days in a central location within the state. The Bhula-Quizon administration will ensure that key items are fully discussed during this summer kickoff which will enable everyone to be on the same level at the beginning. Meeting Locations In an effort to allow better attendance of delegates to meetings, the Bhula-Quizon administration will propose a change to the General Assembly meeting locations. Six of the ten Association meetings will be held in a generally central campus (dependent on proximity to UNCGA), while the remaining four meetings will be held on non-centrally located campuses to follow in the Association’s historical goal of hosting meetings at campuses in the western and eastern part of the state.. Meeting Evaluations In addition to evaluations of the Executive Officers, committees, and committee memberships, the Bhula-Quizon administration will propose a meeting evaluation process to be made available to all attendees. This evaluation will not only cover the General Assembly meeting but will include committee meetings to ensure the Association continually keeping its focus on the issues pertinent to the students of our institutions.

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Resource Building It is the desire of the Bhula-Quizon administration to allow the Association to act as a resource to assist its constituent Student Governments. The Bhula-Quizon administration will propose a series of conferences that will act as an information session similar to the previous Elections Conferences. While the goal is to create a resource and a model, whichever recommendations shared from these conferences will not be mandated but rather simply serve as an information tool for the Student Governments to accept or reject suggestions -- similar to that of various “best practices” models. Annual Elections Conference The Bhula-Quizon administration shall continue the Annual Elections Conference and explore the option of creating an effective practices document for Student Government elections from the 17 institutions we serve. This too shall be a resource for institutions to have a better understanding of the differences and similarities among our diverse campuses; this leaves it open for campuses to learn from one another to improve the elections processes at each respective institution. Budgeting and Appropriations Conference The Bhula-Quizon administration shall propose a Budget and Appropriations Conference, similar to that proposed this past year. This conference will aim to assist, identify, and share current best practices both from within the UNC System and from other institutions. In addition to the conference, a best practices document shall also be created out of this conference. Legislation Writing Session The Bhula-Quizon administration shall propose a session to be included in the August Meeting assisting delegates on legislative writing to promote more meaningful legislation coming from the Association’s General Assembly for future sessions. UNCASG Alumni Association The re-chartering of the Alumni Association has been proposed and in the works for the last several years. The Bhula-Quizon administration envisions the Alumni Association to be used as a means to not only foster a network of former ASG representatives and leaders, but to bring in additional money through fundraising to fund various scholarships that shall be open to all students of the UNC System. In doing so, this will assist various students to attain money in order to further their education. The scope of these scholarships shall be at the discretion of the Alumni Association, but be inclusive to all students of the UNC system. The Alumni Association shall be fully implemented within the first semester of the next session under the Bhula-Quizon Administration.

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Contingency Plan In the event that quorum is not met in any meeting of the Association, the Bhula-Quizon administration shall propose a contingency plan to ensure business and general conversations on student issues will continue as regular. This contingency plan will require, at the discretion of the President and Senior Vice President, several workshops of specified topics to be instituted to assist the student leaders involved in the Association aware of such pertinent state-wide student issues. Workshop documents shall be completed and submitted to the Senior Vice President, who will be required to hand down the materials to the Speaker Pro Tempore. These workshops shall be used when necessary. Workshops shall be composed to address student issues, and shall be at a maximum of two hours per workshop. In the event this is utilized, there shall be several workshops given by Executive Officers to the full General Assembly. The President and Senior Vice President of the Association may do a similar workshop as done by the Board of Governors from any relevant topic he or she sees fit. This can be based off of the UNC Board of Governors workshops and policy discussions.

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PART III

ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS OF THE UNC SYSTEM

“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey

ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS OF THE UNC SYSTEM The University of North Carolina continuously brings several words to the forefront of many discussions. These words include affordability, accessibility, and quality education – words also reflected within the mission of the association. The mission reads as follows: “Founded and funded by students, the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments champions the concerns of students and ensures affordability and accessibility to quality education today and tomorrow." As move through these tough economic times, it is vital for the leaders of the Association to understand the wide-array of issues that our fellow students are facing on an everyday basis. Throughout this section, we will see the two candidates’ determination to bring many of the student-focused issues back on the table to ensure the UNC System is improving its well-recognized universities. Overview of Section: ● Online Education ● Textbooks ● Tuition and Fees ● Financial Aid ● Academic Advising ● Military Affairs ● Disability Services ● Student Services ● Campus and Student Safety ● Sustainability Online Education The continuously-evolving society that we live in allows us to see the many benefits when it comes to the resources available to our students. With online education programs being established, we can see that the ways students learn today are different than just a few years ago – with information readily available within seconds. It shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration, as we continue our evolution in online education, to challenge the process to ensure students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled. This will include talks within the Association as to where we see online education now and in the future. In addition, the Bhula-Quizon administration will seek to gain input as to the benefits, and detriments of online education as well as the improvements needed in the future. The Textbooks Each semester students are expected to attain new textbooks per the instructors’ requests in order to better understand the materials covered in the duration of the class. In an attempt to lower the overall cost of textbooks to students, several institutions have moved to their own custom textbook rental systems. It shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration that other
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options be explored in order to keep such costs at minimal costs to students. This may include the utilization of online resources, such as books, e-journals, and many other online tools. This can additionally include a requirement that all professors are required to keep older editions of particular texts as in some areas; the content generally may stay the same in the newer editions. The Bhula-Quizon administration will explore further options and the most effective option(s) to assist students as they strive through their educational experience. Tuition & Fees Each year the common topic of tuition and fees arise. It shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration that the University understands and responds appropriated to the impact(s) such changes in tuition and fees will have on the quality of education provided. This process of ensuring the student voice is being heard at the UNC Board of Governors level is done outside of the meeting room, during the Budget and Finance Committee, and the general session. Atul Bhula, as a second-term president has fostered positive relations with board members from the student perspective which allows the board to be more receptive to a returning member speaking as well the familiarity of the train of thought he will share. Arjay Quizon will be transitioning from Student Body President to ASG Senior Vice President, which will allow for more compare and contrast of perspectives shared by both senior leaders from a Governor perspective as well as a Trustee perspective. Additionally, Atul Bhula Co-Chaired the Committee on Effective Practices for Student Involvement in the Tuition and Fees Setting Process; a committee that included Student Body Presidents and Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs charged to outline such best practices in order for our universities. As a second-term president, Atul Bhula will ensure that the first year of the implementation of these effective practices will run smoothly through his work throughout the full process of finding these practices. This will enable student input from all levels of the decision-making process from the committees at each campus to the UNC Board of Governors level. Financial Aid With a growing concern of budget cuts within the state of North Carolina and our country, our elected representatives must be continually reminded that students must be a priority as the future of the state, country, and world depends on the young generations of today. With global competition, it is vital for students to have the skills to be successful. With that said, many students receive some form of financial assistance for their higher education. By the reduction of the amount of monies allocated to financial aid, there is great potential to deny the individual(s) from attending an institution of higher learning. These individuals may be the Einstein of the future that we will not see. The Bhula-Quizon administration will continually advocate on behalf of the students receiving financial. Included in this is the advocacy for financial aid at the federal and state levels to provide access to students for the ability to attain a higher education.
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Academic Advising The quality of academic advising varies among different institutions, colleges, departments, and instructors. In order to ensure students are getting necessary and pertinent information regarding their progresses through their higher education, it shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration to identify and understand the in’s and out’s of academic advising. This could be through the implementation of peer advising, where older students (by credit hour classification) can offer advice and suggestions to those individuals starting their programs of study. The Bhula-Quizon administration will seek to initiate a committee made of students, faculty, registrars and other related parties from the UNC system to find practices of academic advising from each of our constituent institutions in order to champion the success of students in terms of academic performance and graduation/retention. Military Affairs The University of North Carolina aims to foster academic successes for those students currently or formerly in the military. UNC SERVES was created this session with involvement from many areas of the UNC System, which includes students. As UNC SERVES moves forward, the Bhula-Quizon administration will seek to ensure that our institutions are military-friendly. In doing so, the Bhula-Quizon administration will work closely with the leaders representing the many aspects of the university and military community on the UNC SERVES work group to further advocate on behalf of our military students. Disability Services Each institution is required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; therefore, each institution has an office to ensure such compliance and the tailor to those students with disabilities. The Bhula-Quizon administration will seek student input in order to ensure that our institutions are adequately acknowledging and taking action on concerns brought forth by students. Student Services In order to impact college students outside of the classroom, student services are seen among each of our institutions. These student services help advance the students outside of the realm of the academia. This is through different offices, but not limited to the following: career services, leadership development, tutoring centers, athletics, student recreation, student unions, and student legal services. The Bhula-Quizon administration will look into the positives and negatives of the student centers and advocate for such non-academic related services to the upper administration of the UNC system and the NC General Assembly

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Campus and Student Safety Campus and student safety is a recurring and constantly evolving issue at our institutions. It is imperative that, as students, we voice those concerns. With threats occurring on a regular basis, and Atul Bhula’s work with campus and student safety over the last few years, under the BhulaQuizon administration the 40th session will surely address such issues as new threats arise on a regular basis. Although campuses vary as to the types of threats that can be presented, the Bhula-Quizon administration will seek to involve students throughout discussions as the ones that are most susceptible to become victims of criminal activities. Sustainability The University of North Carolina has taken strides throughout recent years to find further efficiencies within the state. As we continue to push through these tough times, it is of more importance today than any time before to prevent future budget scares that we invest in the longrun to ensure energy efficiencies.

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PART IV EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela

EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION The state of North Carolina is facing treacherous budget cuts. This will undoubtedly affect the students of the University of North Carolina system. As such, it is of paramount importance that students voice their concerns of the budget situation. The Bhula-Quizon administration will continue to foster relations previously built throughout their years of experience in Student Government in order to ensure student advocacy at the many different levels of decision-making. Overview of Section ● General ASG Marketing and Public Relations ● Enhancing Relationship with N4CSGA ● Foster and Maintain Relations with Decision-makers to UNC Institutions ● Governmental Relations General ASG Marketing and Public Relations Over the course of ASG history, the Association has implemented and done away with a division focused on marketing and public relations. The Bhula-Quizon administration believe that it is vital for the Association to re-implement such a division in order to promote the positives of ASG and the role it plays on behalf of all students of the University system. In doing so, this rejuvenated division will seek to engage students on various levels to partake in the discussions of ASG, whether said individual may or may not be a delegate. Enhancing relationship with N4CSGA As the state is facing deep budget cuts, it will be the role of the Bhula-Quizon administration to build relations with the equivalent of ASG to the community college system of North Carolina for some common grounds in order to reduce the negative impacts to education. There have been strides in the past, as recent as the Pantiel-Fischer administration of 2006-2007. This relationship has not continued to prosper since this time. In addition, the University of North Carolina and the NC Community College System have already started collaboration with only one collaborative missing part -- the student body (i.e. ASG and N4CSGA). It is time to build upon these relationships as we are all interested in furthering our education, as well as a portion of the students at community colleges attend one of our sister universities upon the completion of their Associate’s degrees. Foster and Maintain Relations to UNC Institutions It is of paramount importance that the members of the association build and continue positive relations with campus administration, faculty, and staff -- yet still remain cognizant of the duties as representatives of fellow students of our institutions. By having such open lines of communication, it shall be the duty of the Bhula-Quizon administration that these lines of communication assists the students to be relevant in the various levels of decision-making at each respective institution.
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Governmental Relations The annual challenge of attaining strong student input at the various levels of government is reliant upon information being funneled to the council and other leaders of the student body. Exploration of a Student Lobbyist In order to foster such positive relations and a better understanding of the strategy the Association should take with government relations, the Bhula-Quizon administration will seek to employ the officer responsible for these duties as a lobbyist with utilization of non-recurring funds as it will be the first time that ASG has done so. This person will solely focus on building those relations with our local and state representatives to ensure the students are being represented properly by a student on behalf of students.

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V. Candidates Profiles

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” - Vince Lombardi

ATUL C. BHULA
Atul Bhula, a Charlotte, NC resident, is a graduate student attending Appalachian State University with intent to complete his coursework in May 2012 with an International Business concentration with the degree of Masters in Business Administration. He received his undergraduate degrees from East Carolina University; these include a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Economics. As a proponent of students within ASG, the UNC Board of Governors, and the NC General Assembly, Atul Bhula has served in the capacity of senior leadership roles within the Association to undoubtedly illustrate his experience. His involvement in ASG dates back to the 35th session where he served as a delegate for East Carolina University. During the 36th session, he served as the Eastern Regional Director for eastern North Carolina to the Association. The 37th session began with Atul Bhula serving as the Associate Vice President of Information Technology; he was then transferred to the Division of Governmental Operations and Community Services as the respective Vice President. During the 38th session, he was elected as the Senior Vice President of the Association. After serving throughout the 39th session of the Association, Atul Bhula serves as the incumbent president of the Association. Atul Bhula has various leadership experiences through his involvement in different organizations at ECU. These include Student Government Association, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Financial Management Association, and several other organizations. In the 2005-2006 academic year, he first joined SGA as a Freshman Class Senator in the Student Congress. The following year, he served on the Executive Branch as the Director of Campus Affairs, where he was introduced to UNCASG. In 2007, he served under the Judicial Branch as a chair of student conduct hearings until 2010. He has been a big part of the Eta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity, since 2007 while juggling academia, SGA, ASG, and more. He served as Rush Committee Chair, Parliamentarian, Historian, Executive Vice President, and President. Throughout his roles, he was able to increase the overall performance of the chapter in respects to the campus as well as recognition by nationals. In addition to these successes, he was able to increase the performance of the overall chapter after putting accountability measures in place for officers, financials, and recruitment.

RIGOBERTO “ARJAY” QUIZON
Arjay Quizon is a current international undergraduate student attending the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from the Philippines. Arjay will be graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Marketing. He will be attending Appalachian State University in the Fall of 2011 for a Masters in Arts degree in the College Student Development program with a focus on Student Affairs. Arjay was elected as a Senator in the Spring 2008 elections at UNC Pembroke. He then became a permanent delegate to the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments in October 2008 and was assigned to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. As a senator, Arjay has served on multiple committees ranging from serving as Chair of the SGA Academic Affairs Committee, the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, and the University Textbook Taskforce. Arjay was then elected Student Body President in the Spring 2009 elections, where as President, he was the Chair of the Tuition and Fees Committee and served as the student representative on the UNC Pembroke Chancellor Search. Throughout his undergraduate career, Arjay has always put the students first. Outside of SGA, Arjay was highly involved in other student services, which led to his interest in a career in Student Affairs. Few of his Student Affairs experience include Financial Aid services, admissions, and career services. During the summer of 2010, Arjay assisted UNC Pembroke by doing research through the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program on student retention. Arjay has attended every ASG meeting except for the November 2009 meeting – to present a research project at the 2009 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at UNC Wilmington.

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