However, many potential voters still have one question lingering on the back of their mind.
“Just who the heck are these people?”
Thankfully, the folks with Student Activities and Leadership Programs have just the answer. SALP has provided the Western Herald with bios and pics of this year’s court, so that students can make the best decision when they vote this week.
4th Year, Biomedical Sciences Major, Minor in Chemistry
Hometown: Byron, MI
Nominated by: Alternative Spring Break
Campus Involvement: Orientation Student Leader (2010), Student Ambassador/Tele- Counselor (2010), Fall Welcome Ambassador (2010), Campus Coach (2010-2011), First- Year Experience Instructor (2010-2011), Student Orientation Coordinator (2010-2011), WSA (2010-2012), Alternative Spring Break (2010-Present), Omicron Sigma Lambda (2010-Present), Parent and Family Orientation Intern (2012), The Pre-Dental Organization (2011-Present),
Interesting Fact: “I have been stung by a jelly fish two separate times in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.”
3rd Year, Graphic Design Major, Minor in Communication
Hometown: Berrien Springs, MI
Nominated by: Western Student Association
Campus Involvement: Emerging Leaders (2010), Lead On WMU (2010-2011), Hall Council Executive Board (2010-2011), International Festival Programming Board (2010-2011), Outspoken (2010-2011), Drive Safe Kalamazoo (2010-Presnt), WSA IT Coordinator (2011- Present), Orientation Student Leader (2011), CAB Cultural Events Coordinator (2011), Fall Into the Streets (2011), CAB Special Events Coordinator (2011-2012), Fall Welcome Ambassador (2011-2012), WMU Relay for Life (2011-2012), First-Year Seminar Student Instructor (2011-Present), Academic and Information Technology Council (2011-Present), Bronco Bash Coordinator (2012), Scannell & Kurz Focus Group (2012), Student Ambassador (2012-Present), Millennial Student Advisory Group (2012-Present), RSO Designs Graphic Designer (2012-Present).
Interesting Fact: “Apart from already having 2 first names, I also have a middle name which is my mom’s maiden name, which is COO. So my full name is John-Mark Coo Cuarto.”
4th Year, Journalism Major, Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Nominated by: Latino Student Alliance
Campus Involvement: Young Black Males Support Network (2009-Present), Latino Student Alliance (2009-Present), LSA WSA Delegate (2010-2011), LSA Vice President (2011-2012), LSA President (2012-Present), Fall Welcome Ambassador (2010-2012), Student Ambassador (2010-Present), First-Year Seminar Student Instructor (2011), Alpha Phi Alpha Director of Educational Activities (2012-Present), Orientation Student Leader (2012), Omicron Sigma Lambda (2012), CASES Career Coach (2012-Present).
Interesting Fact: “When I was little, I wanted to be a fire truck. No, not a fireman, but a fire truck. I took it to heart when I was told you could be anything you want to be.”
4th Year, E-Business Marketing Major, Minor in Accounting.
Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
Nominated by: Interfraternity Council
Campus Involvement: WSA Chief of Operations (2012-2013), IFC President (2012), LeadCorp Student Mentor (2011-2012), Non-profit Leadership Student Association member (2011-2012), WSA University Pride Chair (2011-2012), Pi Kappa Phi Secretary (2011), IFC Vice President (2011), Diversity Lock-in Planning Committee (2011 & 2012), Pi Kappa Phi Push America Chairman (2010), WSA Senator (2009-2010), College Republicans member (2009-2010), Brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (2009-Present), Push American Volunteer (2009-Present), Drive Safe Kalamazoo Volunteer (2009-2011).
Interesting Fact: “Elephants are my favorite animal. I am obsessed and have a collection of over 100 figurines, art, and stuffed animals of elephants at home in Chesterfield, and a mini-collection in my apartment here!”
4th Year, Elementary Education Major, Minor in Language Arts, Mathematics, Spanish
Hometown: Woodridge, IL
Nominated by: Kappa Phi Club (Christian Woman’s Service Organization)
Campus Involvement: Kappa Phi Club- Alpha Pi Chapter (2009-Present), Kappa Pi Club- Alpha Pi Chapter President (2010-Present), Fall Welcome Ambassador (2010-Present), Supplemental Instructor Leader (2010-Present), Drive Safe Kalamazoo (2011-Present), Wesley Foundation Board (2011-Present).
Interesting Fact: “I can lick my elbow (which is supposedly physically impossible)!”
4th Year, Public Relations and Spanish Major, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Novi, MI
Nominated by: YBBW (You Beautiful Black Woman)
Campus Involvement: DMA: Martin Luther King Jr. Academy (2009-Present), Washington Writers Academy Lunch Mentor (2009-2012), WMU Deans List (2009-2012), Comstock Adopt-A-Family (2010), Parliamentarian of YBBW (2010-2011), Support Team Coordinator of Love.Live.Lupus (2011-2012), Real Women Lead program (2011-2012), President of YBW (2011-2012), Michigan Gear Up Program (2012), Spring Into the Streets (2012).
Interesting Fact: “I acted in my first commercial in elementary school.”
4th Year, Psychology and Social Work Major, Interdisciplinary Health Minor
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
Nominated by: Alpha Omicron Pi
Campus Involvement: Treasurer of Alpha Omicron Pi (2010-2011), President of Alpha Omicron Pi (2011-2012), National Panhellenic Council Director of Athletics & Campus Programming (2012-Present), Student Ambassador (2010-Present), Alternative Winter Experience (2011), Order of Omega (2012-Present).
Interesting Fact: “I love to travel around the country and go to various amusement parks.”
4th Year, Environmental Studies & Organizational Communications Major
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Nominated by: Office of Residence Life
Campus Involvement: WSA Sustainability Chair (2011-Present), Resident Assistant/Manager (2010-Present), Student Sustainability Grant Allocation Committee Chair (2011-Present), Colleges Against Cancer (2010-2012), First Year Seminar Instructor (2011-Present), Undergrad Rep on the Presidential University-Wide Sustainability Committee (2011-Present), WMU Women’s Rugby (2009-Present), Bernhard Center Advisory Board (2012), Student Orientation Leader (2010).
Interesting Fact: “I sat on a cactus on a family vacation in South Dakota when I was 14.”