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Candidates for Fall 2022

Calvin Zuelow

Calvin Zuelow | Running for SGUAS-JC Vice President

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi! I'm Calvin. I'm 25 years old, and I like reading, being outside, and listening to music. My major is Social Science, with a primary concentration in Political Science and secondary concentrations in Anthropology and History. I've been taking classes at UAS since 2018, with a couple breaks to work and raise money for school. I care a lot about the University of Alaska system, and I want to work to make it better for UAS students.


How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? 4 years


What is your area of study? Social Science


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? I've been involved in student government off and on since my first semester in 2018. I'm passionate about representing and defending student interests within the University of Alaska system and beyond. I want to work in Student Government to make student life better and more vibrant.


What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? As the Vice President of Student Government, I'd be responsible for managing elections. I'd like to work to increase student engagement with and awareness of elections with more advertising, polling places and voting hours. I'd also like to bring back election raffles or some similar benefit to encourage participation in elections. Generally, I'd like to build on the revisions we've been making to the Constitution by reworking the bylaws and making sure the two documents compliment each other and work together. I'd like to do more to encourage student attendance at student government. Regardless of the outcome of Alaska's November elections, student voices and leadership will be essential to advocating for a healthy (and healthily funded) UA system during the 33rd Alaska Legislature's session in the spring. I want to be in student government to take an active role in the Coalition of Student Leaders to work with students from all across the UA system to benefit UAS students.

Samantha Zelley | Running for SGUAS-JC Senator

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a second-year undergraduate student at University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus. Although my major is steeping (i.e., undeclared), my primary academic interests are English, psychology, and natural sciences. I am a published poet in the 2022 edition of Tidal Echoes, and although my craft is focused in creative writing, I am a passionate believer in the power of rhetoric in policy. My other creative outlets include playing, with mediocrity, my banjolele and film photography. I am a bookworm; lifelong learner and lover of academia; environmental and social justice advocate; and, above all, human!

How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? 1 year


What is your area of study? Undeclared/Bachelor-Intended


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? I’m interested in representing UAS students because students in Alaska face unique challenges, further compounded by baseline social, economic, and psychological struggles in the United States; these include but are not limited to food insecurity, access to mental and physical health services, and environmental challenges related to living in a remote location. I believe the student body deserves an outspoken advocate that works, both behind the scenes and upfront, in their best interest.    


What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? I am eager to address on-campus food insecurity, including knowledge regarding nutritious choices and how to prepare/cook nourishing meals; affordable and healthful food choices on-campus; etc. Without our basic biological needs being met, we cannot pursue academic, occupational, or personal excellence. As an environmental advocate, I am passionate about addressing sustainability on-campus. I believe there is room for improvement regarding waste on-campus, including the overproduction of apparel and merchandise; plastic waste; etc. I am excited to inspire the student body to consider their contributions to the environment and to feel empowered to make a difference, however big or small!

Elizah Dominy | Running for SGUAS-JC Treasurer

Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Elizah Dominy, I am currently entering my 4th year working on completing my Bachelor's of Liberal Arts degree majoring in Alaska Native Studies & Languages. I have been apart of Student Government at UAS since my freshman year, first as a Senator, then later taking a position as Vice President for two years. I am apart of the Tlingit & Haida Youth Commission working as a Youth Delegate and I am in the second year of my current term. I would love to continue my involvement within Student Government because I believe representation is everything and I feel the need to represent the underrepresented populations on campus (Alaska Native.)


How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? I have attended UAS since 2019 and I am entering my fourth year.


What is your area of study? BLA- Alaska Native Studies & Languages


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? I am interested in representing UAS because I believe representation matters at all levels of leadership and that leadership should be a reflection of the student body population. Around 20% of the UAS student body identifies as Alaska Native so I would love to be able to once again represent the underrepresented populations on campus.


What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? I have a lot of experience working in different tribal government groups and leadership positions within Washington and Alaska and I believe that my unique experiences working within urban and rural groups can help me both connect and advocate for all students.

Josephine Zuelow | Running for SGUAS-JC Public Relations

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi, my name's Josie. I was born and raised here in Juneau. I would describe myself as calm, outdoorsy, and easy-going. I spent some time in Germany where I volunteered (FSJ in german) in a kindergarten, so patience, problem solving, and compromising on who gets to keep the dinosaur is second nature to me.


How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? I took some classes my senior year, but officially this is my first semester.


What is your area of study? Political science    


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? I want to make sure everyone gets a voice, especially those too shy or anxious to speak up for themselves.    


What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? I'm hoping to encourage more involvement in student government and voting through social media. Maybe something like a student government run telegram channel or whatsapp account were students can take polls and read announcements more easily. I feel like Instagram is a good platform, but too many students already get too many notifications from their friends on Instagram, missing the ones from UAS, whereas using a messaging app where students can better receive quick updates, notifications, and polls would encourage more engagement.

Connor Owens | Running for SGUAS-JC Senator

Tell us a little about yourself: I am quite extroverted and lively. The more people I can meet around campus, the better. I am typically down to do something new or on a whim. Idk what I’m going to do after graduation yet. My interests include earth science, rollerblading, running, things that have to do with water, class/social conflict, maps, twitter, meaningless competitions, and being in new cities with friends.


How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? 3 years


What is your area of study? Environmental Science


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? One of the most common suggestions students have at UAS is for more student engagement and activities on campus. This is something I would like to see too, and I think that getting involved myself is the best way to contribute. I want students to be excited about being involved on campus and I think I can bring an energy to student government that positively works toward this.

What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? I tend to be someone who is full of energy and willing to put forward ideas that are more out there. There are always novel ideas that are worth exploring. I have worked for a while now in the Student Resource Center, so I’m also pretty familiar with a lot of the workings of the university.

Almeria Alcantra | Running for SGUAS-JC Senator

Tell us a little about yourself: I started my post-secondary education in the fall of 2019 at Portland State University, while my time was brief there it was a pivotal part in my undergrad journey and led me to were I am today as an individual, student, and activist! While activism has always been a passion of mine, I have been fortunate enough to work with amazing professors and peers throughout my educational journey, primarily focusing in race and social justice. My strengths are in leadership, organization, community outreach and engagement, an my open-mindedness in listening to and learning about new ways of thinking and ideas. I have a strong ties and passion for my communities, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of growing that relationship with UAS students and staff!


How many years/semesters have you attended UAS? This is my first semester at UAS, but I have been part of the UA system since Spring 2021


What is your area of study? Alaska Native language, arts, and societies with an emphasis on tribal advocacy and governance


Why are you interested in representing UAS students? I am interested in representing UAS students as a voice for more diversity and inclusion within our campus and beyond. While UAS has done some tremendous work to address these issues, I believe we can always push for more representation and inclusivity within our academic spaces, especially those pertaining to leadership.


What unique ideas and experiences would you bring to Student Government? I have been involved with student government since my high school career at Palmer High, I have been fortunate enough to also participate in Portland State University's student government as a Multicultural Intern where I worked intimately with the Native American Student and Community Center. Outside of my academic career I have worked with several organizations pushing for my education, awareness, legislative reform and policy making; primarily for our Alaska Native peoples- but also for the State as a whole. I have a deep understanding of governmental structures, and passion for enacting positive change on our campus for all students. Xisigidasidhut for the opportunity to serve the student body!