About Us

What is SGA?

The Student Government Association exists to advocate widely and deeply felt Wright State student interests; this is accomplished through lobbying the administration at our University. As designated by the Board of Trustees, the House of Representatives is responsible for officially communicating the collective viewpoint of the student body with regard to any aspect of University policy or operation. The Senate is responsible for appointing students to University committees, to recommend allocations of the student activity funds, to represent student interests and to serve as a conduit of information from the University to the student body. Student Government shall also represent the student body on state and national issues of interest to students.

The purpose of SGA is to advocate for and represent the interests of students at Wright State University. We are committed to promoting student participation in the overall policy and decision-making processes of the University, enhancing the quality and scope of education at the University, and promoting the general welfare of the student body.


Bylaws

These are the Bylaws of Wright State University’s Student Government and are specific rules of the policy and conduct for all participants in the organization followed accordingly with the Constitution. No member shall waive or modify the Bylaws, or other documents, without due and proper consultation with approval of appropriate administrators and advisors within the Student Government Association. 

 

Constitution


Members

Executive Board

President

Daniel Palmer

 

 
Daniel Palmer is a senior studying business economics in the Raj Soin College of Business. Daniel has been with the Student Government Association since January, 2017 where he first served as the Director of Academic Affairs. 
 
He is a member of the award winning Model United Nations Team, earning awards for his position papers at the national conference in New York City. Daniel works for Campus Recreation as a supervisor in intramurals. 
 
Also a prominent sports official in the Dayton area, Daniel serves as the rules interpreter for officials and was selected to referee the OHSAA Football State Championship last year as the Line Judge, becoming the youngest to do so. He also officiates Division III Collegiate Football as the Head Line Judge. 
 
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing sports, collecting coins, and engaging in political debates.
 

Email: daniel.palmer@wsusg.com


Vice President

D. K. Adrian WIlliams

 

 
Adrian is a neuroscience major and an aspiring physician-scientist with a passion for the intersection between healthcare, public policy, and politics. He has experience in neuroscience, computational biology, and bioinformatics research laboratories and is currently working on publishing one of his research projects with Harvard Medical School. 
 
He is also a member and former president of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Medical Students and is involved in congressional and international politics, having assisted on a successful political campaign, testified on a number of bills, and lobbied on behalf of students to over 50 representatives and senators on the state and federal level, along with international officers of health in the World Health Organization at the UN building in Switzerland. He is Wright State University’s 2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellow and was elected to serve as student body vice-president. 
 
In his free time he loves to golf, make and play music, and spend time with his friends and family. 
 

Email: adrian.williams@wsusg.com


 

Chief of Staff

IVAN MALLETT

 

 
Ivan Mallett is a Junior international studies and economics double major. This is his second year in SGA. Last year he joined SGA as a member of the Legislative and Governance committee, and learned a lot about Ohio Politics and the legislative process by traveling up to Columbus and lobbying on behalf of bills that would help students all across Ohio. 
 
Besides SGA Ivan is also the first President of Lambda Chi Alpha, the newest Fraternity on Wright State’s campus. He is also the Director of Outreach for Wright State College Republicans, and a member of both the Model UN team and the Model Arab League team. Outside of school, Ivan is also a Sergeant in the United States Army, and the Director of Operations for State Representative Rick Perales’ re-election Campaign. 
 
In his freetime, Ivan enjoys photography and was able to shoot a wedding over the summer.
 

Email: ivan.mallett@wsusg.com


 

Director of Internal Affairs

James Curlis

 

 

James Curlis is a sophomore at Wright State University studying Business Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Entreand is serving SGA as the Director of Internal Affairs. James joined SGA his freshman year serving as a freshman intern and as an associate justice helping lobby and testify on textbook affordability. 
 
James joined to help develop his professional skills while helping make a positive impact at Wright State, becoming more engaged with the student body. During his time at Wright State, James has been apart of the Entrepreneurship Club, Chi Alpha, and works with the campus rec department on campus as a supervisor and official. 
 
In his free time, James enjoys staying active, socializing with friends, reading, music, movies, and following sports. James has been a certified OHSAA basketball referee since 2017. For the future, James plans to graduate in 2021 and become a small business owner and expand other business ventures. 
 
 

Director of External Affairs

Andy Bordner

 

 

Andy is a junior Marketing major and Entrepreneurship minor. This is Andy’s second year in SGA, as he served as a Freshman Intern last year. Within the Student Government Association, Andryenjoys collaborating with like-minded, passionate individuals to contribute to the betterment of Wright State University. 
 
This year, Andy is also President of the Student Honors Association, Vice President of Branding for the Entrepreneurship Club, Vice President of Communication for the American Marketing Association, and a Peer Mentor. 
 
In his free time, Andy enjoys designing, reading books, exercising, cooking, taking photographs, playing instruments, and spending time with loved ones.
 

Email: andy.bordner@wsusg.com


 

Speaker of the House

Hannah HAYS

 

 
 
Hannah is a senior communication studies major, with a Deaf studies minor. This is her second year in SGA. Last year, Hannah served as the Commuter Senator and gained valuable information about WSU’s large commuter population. 
 
Hannah also is involved on campus in many other ways. She is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, where she serves as the Social Chair. She also is the Entertainment Management Chair for WSU Miracle Makers. On top of this, Hannah is a Volunteer Trainer for 4 Paws For Ability, where she socializes service dogs in-training.
 
Hannah currently works on campus at the PA Station and is employed part-time at Dayton Children’s Hospital. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Administration, specializing in Health Administration and Non-profit work.
 
In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and watching One Tree Hill. Hannah is excited to serve as the Speaker of the House of Representatives this year and help student organizations on campus achieve their goals!
 

Email: hannah.hays@wsusg.com


Chief Justice

Christian Cooper

 

 
 
Christian Cooper is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with a focus on law. This is his First year in SGA.
 
Christian is an active member of the award-winning Wright State Model United Nations (UN) team, winning several position paper awards. This year, he serves as one of the two Head Delegates for the Model UN team. Christian is also a member of the Political Science Honors Society Pi Sigma Alpha, Presidential Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year, and has served as a Learning Assistant for general chemistry courses. He also interned for Minority Leader Fred Strahorn of the Ohio House of Representatives in Columbus. 
 
In his free time, Christian enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, baseball, and tennis, hanging out with friends, and keeping up with national and international politics. After graduation, Christian plans to attend Law school pursuing a J.D. in Constitutional Law with desire to defend the 14th Amendments’ Equal Protection Clause.
 

Email: christian.cooper@wsusg.com

 

 

 

 

 


Chief Policy Officer

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Policing & Investigative Studies. Kevin joined SGA during his freshman year being the Southwest Ambassador for the COLAG. After taking a break from SGA in his sophomore year to revamp Black Men on the Move as the President, he was offered another opportunity as the first ever Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion in SGA. Outside of SGA, Kevin serves as a student conduct panelist, and the first ever President Emeritus to Black Men on the Move. 

Kevin is passionate about politics, and local involvement in the community through volunteer work. During his free time, Kevin loves visiting mom and pop shop restaurants and adventuring life living it to the fullest. Kevin’s hobbies include singing, running his business KJ Management and cooking. Kevin’s involved with SGA so he can continue to make an effective change on campus and surrounding communities, he is the first ever Legislative Intern for the City of Columbus’ City Council Division of Community Engagement, former intern for the Columbus Urban League and he holds many more experiences.


 
 

Cabinet

Director of Academic Affairs

Samantha Baxter

 

Samantha Baxter is a sophomore majoring in English and Political Science, and minoring in Sociology and French. She participated in SGA last year as a member of the Freshman Academic Affairs committee. 
 
Samantha serves as the Director of Academic Affairs. She is also involved in the WSU Model UN team and 4Paws For Ability on campus.
 
Samantha’s hobbies include: spending time with her dog, friends, and family. She also likes cooking, swimming, and watching The Office.
 
 

Email: timri.nolte@wsusg.com

 


Director of Accessibility, Health & Safety

Nathan Price

 

Nathan is a senior studying nursing. He has a passion for serving others and making a difference and he found SGA as the place for him to do that. In years past he has served on the academic affairs committee, the Director for Outreach and Collaboration, and last year as Speaker of the House. He is very excited to return for his fourth year.
 
Nathan is also a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board for the College of Nursing and is a brother at St. John Bosco's Knights of Columbus chapter here on campus. He also works at Soin Medical Center as a nurses aid.
 
If Nathan finds himself with some free time, you would find him spending time with friends and family or reading.
 

Email: nathan.price@wsusg.com


Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & International Affairs

Ariel Ya'Akov

Ariel is a senior double-majoring in French Language and Culture, with a minor in German Language and Culture, and Comparative Religious Studies. Ariel serves in the role as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, formerly having served as the Senator for the College of Liberal Arts last year. 
 
They are active at Wright State University, having served and the President and Vice President of Rainbow Alliance, the President of the Jewish Student Union, was a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, and serves on various committees, including the Student Organization Budget Committee, the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and the LGBTQA Advisory Board. 
 
In their freetime, Ariel loves to travel. Ariel works for a young-adult Jewish organization, teaching them about Jewish history, culture, and religion, while touring the State of Israel. 
Ariel hopes to receive their ordination as a Rabbi following their undergrad. 
 
They are passionate about diversity and inclusion and are always willing to receive new perspectives and insights.
 

Email: dominique.mcphaul@wsusg.com


Director of Student Affairs

Beth Metcalf

 

 

Beth Metcalf is a junior majoring in both Accounting and Theatre Studies. She joined SGA last year through the freshman internship program.
 
Beth also serves Wright State as the Management Intern at the Oneil Center for research communication. Beth is also a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and serves as the Vice President for Philantrophy; and as a puppy raiser for 4Paws for Ability. She is looking forward to serving in SGA and making a difference as the Director of Student Affairs!
 
Aside from being the Director of Student Affairs, Beth's hobbies include singing, acting, dancing, and hanging out with her cats.

 

Email: beth.metcalf@wsusg.com


Director of Freshman Internship Programs

Fatimazahra Boumahchad


Director Of Outreach and Collaboration

Austin Rex

Austin Rex is a junior majoring in Business Economics with the intent of pursuing a law degree. This is his third year in SGA, having served as the Associate of Networking last year and in the Freshman Internship Program the year prior.
 
Austin also is an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. His hobbies include cooking and baking, playing video games, participating in intramurals on campus, and hanging out with friends.
 

Email: Hannah.Roth@wsusg.com


Assistant Speaker of the House

Joe York


Assistant Director of External Affairs

Andrew Bautista

Andrew Bautista is currently a senior Psychology student at Wright State. Andrew plans on graduating and going to Graduate School to pursue an MBA.

Andrew previously served on SGA as the Director of External Affairs and the Associate of Networking. Andrew currently works as an Admissions Ambassador at Wright State and is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Andrew also serves as a Co-Emcee for Wright State Miracle Makers' Dance Marathon.

In his free time Andrew enjoys playing video games, playing with his two cats, and making pretty pictures on a computer.

Email: andrew.bautista@wsusg.com


Secretary of the House

Nicolas Davis

Email: nicolas.davis@wsusg.com


Associate of International Affairs

Shree Gottetti

 
 
Shree is a junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. They joined SGA this year as the Associate Director of International Affairs. They are  passionate about making Wright State University diverse and inclusive. 
 
They also serve as the vice president of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM), as a panelist in  Our Voice Panel (OVP) program to educate students about gender and sexuality, as a member in Rainbow Alliance, and had been working with international students to cater to their needs. 
 
In their free time, they enjoy watching shows on Netflix, playing pokemon go, going out with their partner Parker, playing with their kitten Angel and coding applications.

Associate for Networking

Spencer Matsteller

Senate

 

College of Education and Human Services Senator

Jazmyn Maxwell

Jazmyn Maxwell is currently a Senior majoring in Middle Childhood education at Wright State University.  She is very passionate about teaching Language Arts and Social Studies which are her two major concentrations for the program. In addition to serving as the current College of Education and Human Services senator within the Student Government Association for the second year, Jazmyn also serves as the 2018/2019 Secretary for the College of Education and Human Services Dean's Student Advisory Board. Jazmyn is very passionate in all that she does and she knows that it is beyond imperative for her to help students worldwide  gain as much knowledge as possible so that each individual student can obtain the career they desire in the future. 
 
 Her mission is to become a role model to students so that their actions can reflect nothing other than positivity and success in all areas. In her future classroom, Jazmyn can ensure you that the sharing of ideas will be highly encouraged among all students and she will inspire students to feel comfortable in doing so. Her passion for sharing new ideas to help others obtain knowledge is something that she tries her hardest to do in order to make a difference in society. Some of Jazmyn’s favorite hobbies are swimming, shopping, reading , and spending quality time with friends and family. Jazmyn is very excited and eager for all the wonderful opportunities that the Student Government Association has in store this upcoming year. 
 

Email: Jazmyn.maxwell@wsusg.com

 

 


College of Liberal Arts Senator

Jackson Cornwell

Jackson is a Sophomore studying Philosophy and Political Science. This is Jackson’s second year in SGA, having served on the Freshman Intern Academic Affairs Committee last year. 

 
Jackson is serving as the Senator for the College of Liberal Arts. Jackson’s main goal is to incorporate the Creative Arts Center into more campus activities through the Creative Arts Council in conjunction with the Liberal Arts DSAB.
 
Jackson is a member of the Model UN team, and his hobbies include musical theatre, shopping and watching Disney movies.
 

College of Nursing and Health

Chris Draper

 
Chris Draper is a junior studying nursing.  This is his first year in SGA and serves as Senator for the College of Nursing and Health.  He hopes to establish a line between the college faculty and student nurses, so questions can be asked, and answers can be given in a sufficient and timely manner.  He also has plans to assist with the construction of a mentorship program for student starting their first year in nursing.
 
In addition to his Senator position he once found an arrowhead in his backyard and owns two razor scooters.  He also plays Ukulele poorly and has never seen a shark in real life.  
 

Email: Joseph.Hecht@wsusg.com


 

College of Science and Mathematics Senator

Roselle Almazan

Roselle Almazan is a junior Biological Sciences major with a pre-med track. This is her second year serving as the Senator of the College of Science and Math. She is dedicated to supporting the community and representing their interests. Roselle joined SGA to be a positive influence on campus to WSU students by reaching out to them to voice their issues and concerns.
 
In addition to being the Senator of CoSM, she is very involved all throughout campus. As an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Zhong’s lab, she is working to identify regulatory genes of cell survival under respiratory growth and starvation conditions by developing a genome-wide overexpression genetic screening pipeline. Roselle is also the president of the C.J. McLin Jr. Scholars Association, a service-based organization dedicated to representing diversity, and a member of the Asian Student Association.
 
In her free time, she reads novels, sings karaoke, plays tennis, and watches movies. After graduating, she plans on going to medical school and becoming a doctor.
 

 

Email: roselle.almazan@wsusg.com

 

 

 

 

 


Commuter Senator

Eli Smith

Eli is sophomore dual majoring in Political Science and International Studies. This is Eli's second year in SGA, as he was apart of the Freshman Internship program, working with the COLA Senator.
 
Eli joined SGA so that he could help make a positive difference in the life of students. Eli is also a member and Wright State University's democracy fellow with the Wright Vote Advocates Group.
 
In Elis free time, Eli likes to play tennis, spend time with his friends and family, and watch and rewatch The Office.
 


Email:eli.smith@wsusg.com

 

 

 


Raj Soin College of Business

Vacant

 


 

Residential Senator

Shaun Wenrick

 

Shaun Wenrick is a junior studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in Business. He was one of the first freshman interns when the program launched in 2015. In the past Shaun has been apart of the student affairs committee, outreach and collaboration committee, and the Residential Senator for the second half of  last year.

Along with the Student Government Association, Shaun is a Resident Assistant in 4th Pine on campus and owns and operates a Mowing and Landscaping business called Wenrick Brothers.

Shaun enjoys eating ice cream, laying in his hammock, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Email: shaun.wenrick@wsusg.com

 

 

 


University College Senator

Vacant

Email: 

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Katelyn Adams

 

Katelyn Adams is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is her first year in SGA as the College of Engineering and Computer Science Senator. Her goals are to support CECS organizations and to finalize the function of the newly reorganized DSAB. 
 
Katelyn is also active in Phi Sigma Rho social engineering sorority and is a part-time engineering intern at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Her hobbies include playing banjo, jogging, and reading. 
 

Email: katelyn.adams@wsusg.com

 

 

 


Freshman Internship Program

Advisors

Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Gary Dickstein

Dr. Gary Dickstein was appointed the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Wright State University October 1, 2016, where he is responsible for providing leadership and effective student services and programs. He oversees 15 University departments including the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, Campus Recreation, Community Standards and Student Conduct, Counseling and Wellness Services, Disability Services, Latino, Asian and Native American Affairs, LGBTQA Affairs, Pre-College Programs, Residence Life and Housing, Services, Student Activities, Student Support Services, Student Union, University Police Department, Veteran and Military Center and the Women’s Center.

Dr. Dickstein has worked in the field of higher education as an administrator for the past 29 years. Prior to his appointment as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Over the course of his career, Dr. Dickstein has held numerous positions within various areas of Student Affairs including Housing and Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Off-Campus Housing Services, and Community Standards and Student Conduct.

Dr. Dickstein received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Wright State University and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. His dissertation research focus was in the areas of student conduct and mental health.

Dr. Dickstein has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) as director at large, President Elect, President, and immediate past President. He also served the association as the conference chair and Secretary for the Foundation. In addition to being involved in ASCA, Dr. Dickstein is a member of several other organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Order of Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Alpha Lamda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) society.

Dr. Dickstein is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Human Services and teaches a class on higher education legal issues. He has also served as a faculty member for the ASCA Donald D. Gehring Conduct Administration Academy and has presented at numerous local, state, regional and national conferences.

Dr. Dickstein has been married to his partner, Shelley, for the past 28 years, and they are the proud parents of twin children, Abigail and Aaron.  Dr. Dickstein enjoys volunteering, coaching and officiating ice hockey as well as playing golf.

 

Email: gary.dickstein@wright.edu