Wanted: passionate, involved students to contribute to the college experience

Date Posted: September 25, 2015

Greetings and salutations, folks. It looks as though yet another year at RDC is upon us. How could it possibly have happened so soon?!

Do not fret; the lovely folks at the Students’ Association are here to help you out. And they are looking for passionate, involved students (like yourself) to contribute to and improve your college experience!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is James Hill, and I am the Chief Returning Officer for the upcoming fall Student Executive bi-election and winter Student Association Council elections. I am a very recent graduate of the University of Calgary, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies, and am both thrilled and honoured to be working alongside the SA and its members during this exciting process.

Nominations for all positions open immediately following the Fall General Meeting on Tuesday, September 22, and will remain open until 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. Nomination packages may be picked up at the Students’ Association office or at any of the SA bulletin boards around campus.

Completed packages are must be submitted by 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29th at the SA office. There will be a mandatory meeting for all candidates following the close of nominations.

With the administrative duties behind us, the fun stuff starts. A week of campaigning starts at the close of the All Candidates Meeting and ends at 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 6. This gives candidates the opportunity to run a professional, crazy, and/or silly campaign that draws students’ interest and inspires them to vote and get involved.

Meet the Candidates events, as well as open forums, will be held throughout the week at both the main and Donald School of Business campuses.

Heads up: Advanced polls will open October 6, with Election Day being October 7. Results will be announced in the Far Side Bar & Grill at approximately 8 p.m..

Of course you do not need to run for a position to become involved. Attend the events, volunteer to endorse a campaign, or even simply vote. Your contribution to RDC and your peers will not go unnoticed!

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions, or if you’re interested in learning more about any of these elected positions, please feel free to contact me at my office at 403-356-4964 or through the SA Main Office at 403-342-3200. If the email machine is more your thing, you can find me at elections(at)sardc.ab.ca. Technophobes can also stop by the office and meet with me in person anytime during my posted office hours (or by appointment).

I figuratively cannot wait to get things rolling!

Election Timeline

September 21: Election Awareness
• Join Chief Returning Officer James Hill for an Election Awareness event. Learn about the offices, the election process, and how to become involved.

September 22: Nominations Open
• Fall General Meeting, Main Campus, Far Side Bar & Grill, 11 a.m.
• Nominations for Students’ Association Executive Council: Vice President College Affairs; winter Students’ Academic Council open.

September 29: Nominations Closes
• Nominations period for Students’ Association Executive Council: Vice President College Affairs; winter Students’ Association Council closes at 4 p.m. Candidates for Executive Council must provide transcripts, nomination forms and profiles by the deadline.

September 29: Campaigning Begins
• Campaigning begins at the conclusion of the All Candidates Meeting.

September 30: Campaign Event
• Meet the candidates for the VP College Affairs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Donald School of Business.

October 1: Campaign Events
• Meet the Candidates for VP College Affairs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Forum.
• Candidates Forum, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., RDC Library.

October 2: Campaign Event
• Meet the Candidates for VP College Affairs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Forum.

October 5: Campaign Events
• Meet the Candidates for VP College Affairs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the  Forum.

October 6: Advance Polls
• SA office polling station, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Donald School of Business polling station, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Campaigning ends. All campaign material must be removed by 10 p.m.

October 7: Election Day!
• SA Stairs poll, main campus, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Red Deer College Forum poll, main campus, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Donald School of Business poll, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Election results will be announced in the Far Side Bar & Grill following ballot counting October 7, 2015. Approximate time 8 p.m.


Article Author: James Hill, Chief Returning Officer

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