Write a short biography about yourself (this will serve as your campaign slogan/introduction).
My name is Christopher Oskoian. I am currently in my Junior I term studying Industrial Engineering. My family has long ties in Kettering University, starting with my father who graduated from GMI in 1974. After my sister’s graduation in 2011, I am now left with myself and my older brother who is graduating this term. I have seen this amazing University for many years before actually becoming a student here. Once I started my studies in the fall of 2011, I began to see the remarkable leadership of our current University President, Dr. Robert McMahan. Dr. McMahan’s first term as President was my Freshman I term. Since then, I have seen all the astonishing changes this individual has led this prestigious school to have in such sort time. Reflecting off his leadership, I drove myself to get involved with Kettering and the Flint community as much as possible. Over the past two years I have now served on four councils, held six different chair titles, joined multiple clubs, and have given back to the University. I have tried to stretch my reach to all corners of campus. I know how much this University has to offer, and I have taken chance on all the opportunities it has already given me. I believe now that it is time to take my leadership, my passion, and my ambition to a new level by running for President of Kettering Student Government. I have seen examples of great leadership already in my time here and plan to mimic that success. I have built my foundations in all areas of this campus by serving on councils, clubs, community service areas, and Greek Life. Having such a vast background of experience, I have been fortunate to meet as many people as possible on campus. I have made friends in all grade levels and with the faculty. I am a people person. I have been able to listen to my peers over the years to hear their issues and concerns with the campus. It is now time for me to step up to the plate and hit the grand slam. I am here to represent our University, our communities, and our students. In a two year timespan President McMahan has made remarkable changes to our campus; I plan to do the same over the next two terms as President of Student Senate. I Believe in Kettering. I believe in putting the students first. It’s time to continue to strengthen this outstanding institution and student life. I am the People’s President.
Oskoian for Office,
Christopher George Oskoian
1. What activities are/were you involved in at Kettering and in high school? (list academic year, as well as any positions you may have held in any organization)
Over that past two years at Kettering University I have held the following titles
Kettering University Student Government -
Finance Council – Assistant Treasurer (Jr. I), Activities Asset Mgr. (Soph. II, Soph. I), Communications Asset Manager (Fresh. II, Fresh. I)
Student Senate - Freshman Class Representative (Fresh. II, Fresh. I)
Inter Fraternity Council – Public Relations Chair (Jr. I, Soph. II)
Student Alumni Council – Treasurer Member (Jr. I)
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity - Member (2012 - present)
Pledge Class Vice President (Fresh. II, Fresh. I)
Historian Chair (Soph. II, Soph. I, Fresh. II)
Recruitment Chair (Jr. I, Soph. II, Soph. I)
Treasurer (Jr. I)
Phi Phi Kappa Alpha Club (Jr. I, Soph. II, Soph. I)
Pledge Class Vice President (Fresh. II, Fresh I.)
Historian Chair (Jr. I, Soph. II, Soph. I, Fresh. II)
Kettering University – Other
Robot Honor Society Key Awards
-Bronze Key (Fresh. II)
-Silver Key (Soph. II)
Flint College Town Leadership Summit (Jr. I)
FYE Freshmen Orientation Mentor (Jr. I)
University Advancement Phonathon (Soph. II)
Institute of Industrial Engineers, Member (2013, 2012, 2011)
Golf Club, Member (2013, 2012)
Special Events, National Anthem Singer (2013, 2012, 2011)
Intramural Sports, Official (Fresh. I, Fresh. II)
Intramural Sports, Participant (2013, 2012, 2011)
2. What is the one trait you want people to know you for?
The one trait that I want people to know me for is my leadership. Over the past two years at Kettering, I have strengthened my leadership capabilities and am continuously striving to become a better leader. I am committed to enhancing student life at Kettering and being the voice of the Student Body. With any task I am given, I will not rest easy until that task has been completed in the best way possible I am confident that I will be able to set goals towards improving KSG, execute them, and exceed expectations as the new President.
3. What is your favorite quote/saying(s)?
“To whom much is given, much is expected”. What this means to me is that with whatever responsibility I am given, I am expected to work in the highest degree of excellence to accomplish my goal. With all my positions, I have demonstrated leadership and communication skills that others have reflected on, hoping that they will learn from my examples and further themselves as well.
4. What do you think can be improved at Kettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?
KSG has achieved unification of the constitution, bylaws, policies, and procedures between all four branches this term. There is a continued emphasis toward strengthening the relationship between A-Section and B-Section KSG. I plan to shine light on this growing opportunity and build a bridge between us both. Plans have already been established and I see a tremendous opportunity to enhance student life through greater collaboration between sections. I have served on the board to help unify all of our councils. With my experience already in the KSG Transformation Initiative, I plan on taking it to the next level and fine tuning the unification. I plan to set in place better forms of communication between the students and KSG. I want to have a standardized IT setup for all KSG documents between all four branches. I want to continue to strengthen the Constance John Millennium Fund prioritization approval process and develop a framework for a major campus-wide event.
5. What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?
My biggest success while at Kettering University would be during my time on Finance Council, specifically as the Activities Asset Manager. I have served on the council for five terms now. I have been a major part of improving the functionality of how we operate, how we interact with clubs, and how we budget. I implemented new ways to update clubs with their funds, and my efforts paid off with 100% budgets turned in for the fall 2013 school term.
I look at failure as an opportunity to improve your past work and do something better the next time around. Just like when Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work,” I view any past experience as another chance to better myself the next time around. Failure is only failure if you do not try again.
6. What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?
One of my goals in life is that when I become a part of an organization, group or activity, I want to leave it better than what it was when I started it. In all of the organizations I am involved with on campus, I have shown a high level of dependency. I work tirelessly on striving for excellence to help ensure that my peers and student body will function at their highest abilities guarantying that they will succeed at their best. My motivation to represent the study body via Student Senate is to make the experience of Student Senate, and all branches of KSG, the best it has ever been.
Thank you for your consideration as your next KSG President.