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2017-2018 Executive Candidates



Voting for the 2017-2018 Midwestern State University Student Government Association Executive Officers will take place from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 3. MSU students must log in to their my.MWSU Portal to cast their vote.


SGA Presidential Candidates


Kendall Nelms

My name is Kendall Nelms. I'm a sophomore psychology major and a member of Chi Omega. My platform is revolved around 4 things. Collaboration amongst students on campus and organizations. I would love to get as much involvement as possible. Sustainability, I would love to implement a recycling competition amongst organizations and in dorms. Health and Wellness, promoting mental health along with physical. Lastly, athletic involvement. I would like to get student attendance up for all athletic events on campus.


Maria Isabel Pena

For me the process of being involved in Student Government started when I was a freshman; I kept my involvement simple for the first two months and started off by observing as a student, then when I finally joined an organization, I volunteered to be their senator. Now as a Political Science Major, my involvement in Student Government has progressed in many ways: I went from simply observing the Senate, to being the student assistant for our current President, Ms. Shayla Owens, the Chair of the Student Leadership Committee, and serve on several other committees within our Student Government and throughout campus in the university. I have spent the last three years committed to this Association and have used the skills I have learned within Student Government to make as much change on campus, or to at least remain as involved on campus as possible.

I am currently the Founding President of the Organization of Hispanic Students, the Vice President of Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the Student Assistant of the Student Government Association, the Chair of the Student Leadership Fund Committee, and a member of the Model United Nations Team. Up until last semester I have been a member of several organizations on campus or have supported them as much as possible such as: The NAACP, P.R.I.D.E., The Black Student Union, the Interim - Social Chairman of the MSU Rugby Sports Club, and served as the Senator for the Psi Chi / Psychology Club for two and half years.

It is because of my experience and dedication to our University that I hope that I am given the humbling opportunity to continue serving the student body as the President of the Student Government Association. For example, during my term as President, I would like to increase the involvement of our students who are involved in Greek Life within our Senate and in our SGA Committees as well. It is my hope that the presence of Greek Life here at Midwestern changes within all three of our councils, Inter-Fraternal, Multi - Cultural, and Panhellenic, and begin to express a form of unity among everyone. Furthermore, I would like to change the presence of our Student Government as a whole, and ensure that everyone has a general idea of where our office is located, what our purpose on campus is, and how they can become involved in SGA. Overall, I would like to see an increase of unity among our students on campus as we celebrate the diversity of our students as much as possible.

SGA Vice President Candidates


Damian De Silva

I am Damian De Silva, an Economics Senior in the Dillard College of Business Administration. I am a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Chi College Honor Society, the Caribbean Students Organization, and a Peer Counselor and Student Ambassador with the Office of Student Development and Orientation. I've been fortunate enough to make the President's Honor Roll and the Provost's Honor role because of my dedication to academics. I've made Wichita Falls my home and place of study for over two years and am happy to be a part of the campus community here at MSU. I have been able to take advantage of opportunities for personal growth and have been able to meet wonderful people from all over the U.S. and across the world, and have been enriched through exposure to cultures and perspectives that I would not have been privy to had I not chosen to be a part of this fine institution.

I see being a part of the SGA as a means of continuing what I have a passion for - serving others. I believe that my life's work is to help people to become their best selves through assisting them with and educating them about the tools for advancement they have at their disposal. I am also eager to learn from others and to be a listening ear to my colleagues. I wish to continue contributing to campus life and doing my part to make our collective experience that much better. I am a proud Mustang and would be equally proud to represent you as SGA Vice President for 2017-2018.



Manny Hoffman

I am Manny Hoffmann and I am running to be your student body Vice President. I am a Junior Pre-Law Political Science Major and since I was a freshman at MSU I have been committed to leaving this university better than I found it. I have served on the IFC executive council as VP of Philanthropy and Public Relations, teaching me how to work to bring a large Greek community closer while coordinating a variety of service projects to better our community. My freshman year I was a part of the group that re-chartered Kappa Alpha Order and since then we have brought numerous campus-wide and national awards. While apart of KA, I have held positions such as Parliamentarian, Risk Management Officer, and Scholarship Chairman, teaching me how to work with a team towards a common goal and become the leader that I am today. Along with these organizations, I am president of College Republicans, member of three honor societies and have held positions on a myriad of university committees and this past year, I have served as your SGA Secretary. I have been involved in SGA since I was a senator representing the Interfraternity Council bound by a desire to represent my fellow students and this desire has only grown over the years. We have accomplished much since I have been apart of SGA but we can accomplish so much more if we transform SGA into a representative body that is truly representative of the student population. With your help, I can be the leader that SGA needs. They always tell us that it’s our university and it is our responsibility to make it our own and I am here to tell you that it is OUR Student Government and I will do everything I can to Make It Yours.



Jacob Warren

Fellow Mustangs,

My name is Jacob Warren and I would like to announce my candidacy for Vice-President of the Student Government Association (SGA). I am currently a junior pursuing a major in economics and serve as the chairman of the SGA Publicity Committee. Since my arrival at Midwestern State University (MSU), I have been actively involved and vocal in the Student Senate. I have been fortunate enough to work closely with past and current executive councils and administration. The last three years here at MSU, I have spent my time exploring student life through organizational involvement and serving on the Campus Culture Committee, where my passion for serving the student body began.

During the Fall of my freshman year, I asked to serve as a member of the SGA Campus Culture Committee, a position I held for two years. In that time, we were the most successful SGA committee and passed several bills and resolutions in the Student Senate such as: the naming of the Jesse Rogers Promenade, establishing the MESA shuttle route, adding hydration stations across the campus, and more AED’s in buildings for student safety. As a committee, we would directly reach out to Mustangs via booths in the Clark Student Center. With the information provided, we were able to present the needs of students to the executive council. As the chairman of the Publicity Committee, I have devoted my attention to increase the awareness of SGA amongst the student body. Through the use of Twitter and other social media outlets, I have brought SGA to the digital age and established Waffle Wednesday as a way to ensure all Mustangs that we are here to serve. This experience has prepared me for the positon of vice-president and my resolve to see others succeed has been strengthened.

As Vice-President of SGA and President of the Student Senate, I will work closely with appoint committee chairs, class and organization senators to hear the concerns of the student body. I am the best candidate for the position and together we can achieve more for every Mustang.

I chose MSU as my university, now I want to help you make it yours.


SGA Secretary Candidate


Patrick German

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Ricinda Turner

I am the President of the Black Student Union, Parliamentarian of NAACP, and a Yell Leader and the Senator for Mustang Maniacs. I am also involved in SGA, Ad Fed, a member of the new organization Echoes of Gospel. I wish to run for Secretary because I am already involved and that's on a minor scale I believe I can help be a voice for students in a higher position in the community here at MSU.


Yenifher Valenzuela

I have been involved in SGA since my freshman year. This year I am the chair of the public policy committee, and I am also part of the Campus Environment committee and the bylaws committee. Also, I am part of the Organization of Hispanics Students and the Traffic Appeals Committee.


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Jaylon Williams

I have served the student body as a senator for my freshmen, sophomore, and current junior year. I am the Chairwoman of the Community Service Committee. I am the second seat of the Campus Culture Committee. I am also a Resident Assistant for Residence Life and Housing. I am also involved with BSU and NAACP.


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