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Student Senate Executive Board Members


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Hanan Boukhaima, President

Why did you choose JCCC?
Studying at JCCC has many advantages. The first one is to be able to transfer your credits to many universities. Then the tuitions are much more affordable here than in any university. The campus is also great and I really like the landscape here and all the environment friendly initiatives. But it is also the faculty members, professors and staff who make a significant difference by their leadership and wiliness to help students strive.

What clubs or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am Vice Chair of Student Sustainability Committee and last year, I was Vice Chair of the Student Senate Budget Committee. I also do my best to volunteer on campus and carry projects that I am interested in. Last year, I organized a party watch for the elections, and worked with the Honors programs and International students for a series of presentations titled “Discover the World” from the CoLab.

What is your favorite part of JCCC?
My favorite part of JCCC is the sustainability projects on campus: recycling, composting, solar panels on the roofs, the Galileo Pavilion and many more..I really would like students to learn more about these projects and get involved. My second favorite part of JCCC is the many Clubs and Orgs available to students to choose from. Clubs give a great opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time, and students should take advantage of the activities and events.

Why did you join Student Senate?
I believe that JCCC is a great place to be, but I also believe that there is always more that can be done to make JCCC even better. The Senate is the best way for students to initiate changes and contribute to a better JCCC. The Student Senate gives also a voice to students for any concerns that they might have or ideas of improvements.

What do you hope to see Student Senate accomplish this year?
One of the aspects that concerned me the most is the Student Senate elections is the small number of students who voted. Senators are here to represent students in order to help make their experience at the college an amazing one. I would like to see Student Senate find ways to get students more involved. Being at JCCC is not about leaving the campus as soon as you finish your classes, it is also about being involved as learning does not occur only in the classroom.

Why is it important for students to get involved at JCCC?
I think that students who are involved today on campus will be involved tomorrow in their communities. To me, involvement means that we care, and wherever we are, we should care about the issues and challenges facing our community.

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Tiger Harris-Webster, Vice President

Why did you choose JCCC?
When I first visited Johnson County Community College, I was surprised with the immense resources that were offered to the students. The various academic resource centers,social clubs, small classrooms, and the Testing Center were what really stood out to me. The inviting and supportive culture of students and staff made me feel welcomed and not intimated. I really like the fact that JCCC meets you where you are academically and builds you up from there. There are many different opportunities for diverse career paths and anyone who is driven can succeed at JCCC. The many opportunities for scholarships and transferable credits also made JCCC a great choice for me. It is an affordable option and academic excellence is not compromised.

What clubs or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am involved in the Honors Program, Soccer club and Student Senate.

What is your favorite part of JCCC?
Working at the JCCC as an Admissions Ambassador; enjoying the four amazing coffee shops around campus; working out in the school gym; and being active with Student Senate are all my favorite parts about JCCC. You really get it ALL at this college.

Why did you join Student Senate?
I love bringing people together and connecting with a variety of people. Being in an environment of fellow leaders and learning from the experience of collaborating with others was also what really attracted me to Student Senate. I saw Student Senate providing me with the opportunity to implement and grow in my networking and operation management skills.

What do you hope to see Student Senate accomplish this year?
I would like to see Student Senate build a stronger internal system that updates and equips clubs with current information that will help them accomplish a cohesive student life. With more clubs talking to each other and effectively working together on collaborative goals, I know that more will be accomplished in spring 2018.

Why is it important for students to get involved at JCCC ? By getting more involved at JCCC through working at the college and by joining Student Senate, I have been able to meet and spend more time with influential, intelligent and successful people. This has given me insight on formulating my future plans and career interests. For example, my job as a Student Admissions Ambassador allows me to work on my marketing techniques by representing the college when giving tours and by relaying relative information to the specific groups. Some advice a mentor gave me was to view every day at college like a job interview. You never know who you may meet or what opportunities are out there unless you get involved. My mentor also said, “Find and invest your time in what your good at, because you will be happier, more satisfied with life and you will stand out in a good way when your doing something you are good at.” When you get involved at JCCC and find out what you are really great at school becomes so much more meaningful, enjoyable, and impactful. I encourage every fellow student to take full advantage of what this college has to offer by finding what you shine in and pursuing it.

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Jin Joo Hwang, Treasurer

Why did you choose JCCC?
As an international student one of the important things for me to consider when choosing college in U.S. was education environment. When I came to see JCCC before I apply, I liked facilities that JCCC makes students to enhance their capability of voluntary learning such as Math Resource Center (MRC). Furthermore, I liked well-organized system for international students to get started their studying in new surroundings. And for many other reasons, I decided to enroll at Johnson County Community College.

What clubs or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I have been in Student Senate for three semesters as of now and I will continue to be the part of this group for upcoming academic year. I’m also the member of Honors program, Phi Theta Kappa, International club, Computer club, and Chess club.

What is your favorite part of JCCC?
Not only the great education environment but JCCC also has various extracurricular activities that you can involve in. By joining clubs and organizations in campus you can experience diverse cultures and values that each student has. And you can never miss the JCCC’s one of the main events such as CAV Craze!

Why did you join Student Senate?
I’ve always been hesitated to speak up in front of other people and likely to follow their opinions. As being a member of Student Senate, I thought of it could be different. JCCC Student Senate is well-organized leadership group as well as the representatives of the Student Body. And I’m honored to be the part of this amazing group which helped me to achieve my academic and social goals.

What do you hope to see student senate accomplish this year?
Senate has been coming up with lots of great plans during last year which some of them couldn’t be completed until the end of last semester. I expect that there will be an appreciable progress in Ad-hoc Committees such as Break Space Committee. In addition, I anticipate Senate to have more simple and accurate procedure for club’s and organization’s funding request with newly revised Senate Funding Request Form.

Why is it important for students to get involved at JCCC?
Getting involved at JCCC helps students to promote better surroundings for themselves. It opens the window of opportunities to students to get to know others, built networks, and strengthen the relationship between communities.

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Takhmina Mussayeva, Secretary

Why did you choose JCCC?
I love studying at JCCC because it is more affordable than in any other college or university. JCCC is a place where you can meet different diverse student group and discover their culture. Additionally, if you ever need help or struggling with any obstacles in life professors or counselors always there to help you.

What clubs or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I have earned a certificate from the Cavalier Leadership Program led by Keith Davenport. During my college years, I have volunteered at a nursing home, Stop Hunger Now, and at the International Dinner. Also through my experience in the Honors program, in spring 2017 I was the Vice President of the Business and Marketing Club at JCCC.

What is your favorite part of JCCC?
I love everything about JCCC and I have so many reasons. I am part time regular employee here at Food Court what give me some benefits and discount for my tuition. Additionally, JCCC gives students to volunteer and be involved in any club or organization. In this way you can easily find what are you interested in life.

Why did you join Student Senate?
I love being involved in decisions that will affect a group of people in a positive way. I am seeking to help people. I would love to give every student the opportunity to be represented by someone who really cares about them. I would like to build social skills by interacting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Also I can be a good voice of international students, being that I am the only student from Kazakhstan, and I am excited to share my culture.

What do you hope to see Student Senate accomplish this year?
One of my duties as a Secretary of Student Senate to recruit senate and reach out to students. I would like bring more creativity for marketing materials. Also I would like to discover how we can better interact with students and help them in their needs. I wish I will inspire our JCCC students to be more involved in Clubs and Orgs and do not hesitate to be out spoken or heard in a large group of public society.

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Kyung Hwang Choi, Parliamentarian

Why did you choose JCCC?
I chose JCCC because the tuition was relatively cheaper than the university in my neighborhood and I could use the public transportation to commute from Lawrence.

What clubs or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I joined Honors Program, Phil Theta Kappa, and Computer club. I am creating a club, 35+, for nontraditional students to help each other’s needs to attend and thrive at the college.

What is your favorite part of JCCC?
My favorite part of JCCC is I can afford the education the high quality of the education as a student employee.

Why did you join Student Senate?
I wanted to do something for the student body especially to help them to have more information about the programs and activities the college offer. The information nowadays is the power and many students are not aware of what the college has and how they get it.

What do you hope to see Student Senate accomplish this year?
I want to work on a streamline information resource where students get all information about the college calendar, important due dates, activities, programs, and other resources they can get. I want to advocate for a practical and affordable “Student Calendar” for students.

I also work on to put more information about counselors at school. We can put more information about what their expertise is, which major/study they are trained for, and have comments section/grade system student can leave for each counselor. I also want to establish the similar information about the instructors/professors at school.

Lastly, I want to make Continuing Education classes at JCCC more affordable for Credit students and help them to get benefit from the classes/programs.