A New Leader for AIS!

On Friday, March 23, the Association of International Students (AIS) began it’s transition towards a new administration. The election for the new executive board took place atĀ 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room. A total of 45 members, foreign and American, turned up to meet the candidates running for a spot in the executive board as well as cast their votes for their preferred candidates. Though AIS had more than 45 members, it was enough to reach a quorum; making sure that the election proceeded as planned.

The results of the election was announced to all AIS members via email an hour after the election.

President: Rachel Bateman (USA)

Vice-President: Andrea Toranzo (Bolivia)

Treasurer: Duc Le (Vietnam)

Secretary: Hoang Nguyen (Vietnam)

Program Directors: Ngoc Hoang (Vietnam) and Beteab Negash (Ethiopia)

Public Relations Officer: Xin Fang Mak (Malaysia)

Student Senate Representative: Nicolas Alvarado (Bolivia)

I am quite pleased with the results of the election. Both the president and the vice-president are existing AIS officers and I have worked closely with them throughout my presidency, which gives me great confidence that AIS is in good hands. As for the other elected officers, I have the same confidence in them. Some I have worked closely with on other things, while others gave a good vibe.

It has been a roller-coaster year for me leading the one association on campus that represents the most countries. While it was great fun meeting so many people from different parts of the world, it is also difficult to organize activities that are inclusive of all nationalities and cultures. Despite the challenges, it was a great experience overall.

It is a bittersweet feeling when I think about my time left with AIS and Mount Union. While I am excited to move on towards the next chapter of my life, it feels as though I am leaving a position and a place that I have been at for a long time. At least, it felt like a long time. I can only hope that my leadership this year has prepared the newly-elected executive board to take over.

Until that happens, I still have a job to do. Two of the biggest tasks I’ll be facing in the coming weeks are the budget proposal for the new academic year and theĀ amendment of the AIS constitution. As for AIS in general, watch out for our end of the school year plans!

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