Election Day for two student trustee seats on the HWS Board of Trustees will be held on Friday, March 2. Four Hobart and seven William Smith students are on the ballot. Students can vote through an electronic ballot that will be e-mailed to students on Friday with voting to conclude by midnight.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been represented on the Board since 1970, offering their voices to policies that affect the institution. In these posts, student trustees act as a conduit between the students and the members of the Board and are active voting members during their senior year.
The candidates held a debate in the Cellar Pub on Monday, Feb. 27, in which the candidates faced off against one another on different issues.
The four Hobart students running for trustee represent a wide range of experiences and involvement on campus:
Can Güneri ’14, an economics major, is an international student from Istanbul, Turkey, where he spent five years rowing at a professional level and was captain of his team. Since coming to Hobart, he has held an internship with HSBC Bank as a summer analyst and worked to build strong relationships with the administration and the student body. “I have the mentality that there is always room for improvement and that’s why I want to be a student trustee to contribute to the place I love,” says Güneri.
Will Holstrom ’14, a political science and American studies double major, is from New Hope, Pa. During his time at Hobart, he has been a member of the Hobartones, the Colleges’ Chorale and the Orange Key Society. Additionally, he is a resident of Bampton House and is currently on the Dean’s List. “I am an experienced leader with the ability to convey my ideas, and those of others, in a straightforward and concise manner,” explains Holstrom. “I believe that there are always things that can be changed and ways to improve the experience for current students and incoming classes.”
Greg Mathieu ’14, an anthropology major and sociology minor, is from Hadley, Mass., and is an Eagle Scout. On campus, he is a member of the cross country team and is currently enrolled in the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate program. Additionally, Mathieu works for Alumni House, is a Kappa Sigma brother and serves as the Grand Scribe for his fraternity. “If elected I feel that I can move toward positive change here at the Colleges, and make it an even better and more enjoyable place for past, present, and future students,” says Mathieu.
Wes Traub ’14, a Latin American studies major who is triple minoring in economics, Spanish and international relations, is from Lakeville, Minn. Traub is active on campus as a volunteer at the Community Lunch program, a runner on the Hobart cross country team, a member of the Orange Key Honors Society, a backpacking guide for the Pre-Orientation Adventure program and a member of several club sports on campus. “I will use my personable nature, optimistic temperament, and inclusive attitude to increase communication between the students, the faculty, and the trustees at HWS,” says Traub.
The four William Smith students running for trustee represent a wealth of on-campus experiences and a range of leadership positions both on and off campus:
Courtney Cytryn ’14, an economics major with a minor in international relations, is from Belle Mead, N.J. Cytryn is active in William Smith Congress and was elected as President of Community Council for Potter Dormitory. She is a member of the Leadership Institute, works for the Admissions Office and served as an orientation mentor. She has served as an ambassador for the Salisbury Center for Career Services, a representative on the Honors Committee, played club lacrosse, and is a member of the Seneca7 Race committee. “I believe that my participation and involvement on campus is testimony of my passion, love, and commitment for these Colleges and evidence of my strong qualification to be student trustee,” explains Cytryn.
Abigail Evans ’14, an anthropology and political science double major with a minor in Africana studies, is from Ownings Mills, Md. For two years, she has choreographed for the Koshare Dance Collective and this year served on its board. She participates in the William Smith Summits and the Leadership Institute. Currently living in the Community Service theme house, she works for the Admissions Office and the Dance Department. “As the elected student trustee, I plan on making myself available to every student club and group as an open-minded and approachable individual who would like to take the time to truly learn about each student and understand their values and concerns for this incredible school,” explains Evans.
Ana Garcia ’14, an architectural studies and Latin American studies double major with a studio art minor, is from Elizabeth, N.J. and is currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy. On campus, she is an EMT and was an RA for Jackson 4. She serves as a student athletic trainer and a receptionist in the Bristol Field House as well as a member of the Architectural Society. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester and has volunteered for America Reads. “I understand that the role of a student trustee is a role of service and that is all I wish to do; I wish to serve the Hobart and William Smith community by sharing not my opinions, but the opinions of the student body,” says Garcia.
Chelsea Maloney ’14, a double major in women’s studies and English with a focus in creative writing, is from Terryville, Conn. She participated in the William Smith Summit, is a member of the William Smith cross-country team and enjoyed one semester with the Equestrian Club. She works as a research assistant for the women’s studies department and as the publisher/editor of the women’s studies program magazine. She works as a hostess and busser at Halsey’s Restaurant. “I want to create a safer campus for both men and women alike and formulate a more inclusive campus, one that accommodates all students of difference,” says Maloney.
Dona Occhipinti ’14, a biology and international relations double major, is from Rome, N.Y. She currently serves as a novice captain of the William Smith crew team. She has previously participated in the 10-week Masonic Medical Research Laboratory’s Summer Fellowship Program in Utica, N.Y. “With a strong sense of pride and commitment to William Smith College, I hope to act as a liaison between the student body and the Board of Trustees in order to favorably shape the HWS community,” explains Occhipinti. “Overall, if elected Student Trustee, it is my goal to instill a sense of confidence among my peers so that their voices will be heard and accurately represented to bring about the change that they want to see.”
Eden Tesfaye ’14, a political science and English double major with minors in economics and international relations, is from Dallas, Texas. On campus, she has served as vice president of the HWS Figure Skating Club, a member of the advisory committee of HWS Leads and the 2010-2011 Rees Community Council. She has worked as a student caller for Alumni House, volunteered at Lakefront Childcare Center, and participates in Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Last summer, she interned at DNL Global, a global marketing firm. “If I am elected to be the student trustee for the William Smith Class of 2014, I will make it my duty, my purpose, and my ultimate goal to allow each and every William Smith women’s voice to be heard,” explains Tesfaye.
Abigail White ’14, a psychology major, is from Trumansburg, N.Y. She has been active on the Campus Activities Board, the Budget Allocation Committee and Colleges Against Cancer. She works as a student athletic trainer and is a Resident Assistant on Rees 4. As a member of BAC, she has had the opportunity to hear from all campus clubs and see what the students want to bring to campus. In her role as an RA, she has developed connections with students and strived to create beneficial programs and a community within the residence halls. “I feel that I am able to relay the student’s comments and concerns to the Trustees in an effective way that will better the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus community,” says White.
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In the photo above Osman Guneri ’14 , Courtney Cytryn ’14 and Gregory Mathieu ’14 meet outside of Demerest Hall.