2012 STUDENT SENATE APPLICATION

Name: Zach Johnson

Position: President

Zach Johnson is a strategic planner and has been getting involved on campus since day one.  Johnson started a new club during his second term at school and helped to start a new team shortly thereafter.  He has served on 4 councils on campus and has learned a great deal about what it takes to lead and manage an effective group of students.  Johnson is well known through the administration and knows which staff to contact to get things done.  The three things he plans to focus on if elected will be community involvement, efficient use of resources, and the improvement of student life on campus.  Elect Zach Johnson if you want an experienced leader behind the wheel.

What activities are/were you involved in at Kettering and in high school?

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Name                                      School                          Year                 Position

Track and Field                       Powers Catholic          2005-2009       Varsity

Soccer                                     Powers Catholic          2005-2009       JV/Varsity

Marching Band                       Powers Catholic          2005-2009       Drum line

Chess Club                               Powers Catholic          2005-2009       Founder and President

                                                Kettering                     2009-Current  Founder and President

Ultimate Frisbee Team           Kettering                     2010-Current  Co-Captain, Co-Founder

Operations Council                 Kettering                     2011-Current  Activities Chair

Flint Intercollegiate Council   Kettering                     2012-Current  Member

Student Alumni Council          Kettering                     2012-Current VP of Public Relations

What is the one trait you want people to know you for?

The one trait I want people to know me by is my work ethic.  I am a very hard worker and I like to get things done.

What is your favorite quote/saying(s)?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

What do you think can be improved at Kettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?

 The three things I believe that can be improved the most on campus is community involvement, efficient use of resources, and student life on campus.  I will improve Kettering’s community involvement by encouraging not only students to get involved in the community, but also the community to get involved with Kettering.  I will improve our use of resources by analyzing all KSG tasks and getting rid of anything that does not provide a direct improvement to campus.  I will improve student life by encouraging more students to get involved and encouraging clubs, fraternities, and sororities to work together for a greater impact.

What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?

  My biggest success was training for and finishing my first marathon in May 2012.  This was a physical, mental and emotional test for me and it took a lot of determination to stick with my training and it definitely paid off.  I’m proud that I had the motivation to continue on with my training even during the many times I did not feel like running.  My biggest failure occurred when I forgot to site a source in one of my humanities papers and failed the course as a result.  I made this mistake because I was not as focused on school as I should have been.  I have since become more focused on school and have even achieved a 4.0 GPA last winter term.

What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?

 My motivation to represent the student body via Student Senate is the fact that I think I can make a real difference on campus.  I am also motivated by the quality of the students that attend this University.  I believe if we come together we can accomplish anything and I hope to provide an environment for such collaborations.