How To Become ASB President

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Diana Pinon

Azrael Howell, current ASB President, ready to serve the EvCC students.

ASB President

In order to apply for ASB President, the candidate must meet certain criteria. The applicant has to be enrolled in a minimum of ten credits, and have a GPA of 2.5  minimum either quarterly or cumulatively. He/she needs to maintain that GPA while holding the position, he/she will have to work approximately 16 hours per week.

With that being said, anyone can apply for ASB President position; neither gender nor age matters. However, there’s some preferred qualifications that includes previous executive council experience since it could be helpful so that way he/she knows what is expected.

It is also important to understand that the ASB President has many roles in hand. Some of them include being the intercessor between the students and the college administration. Which is “one of their key roles” stated Rhodes. The ASB President is also the Chair of the Senate, and on top of that they also juggle projects dealing with budget and making sure students are represented in all the committees. Also they must be available for students to hear their concerns and issues, as well as to help them navigate EvCC’s system. As Rhodes says “being an advocate for the students.”

Each term is a year long, starting the beginning of Summer Quarter and ending Spring Quarter.

I am just looking for somebody that is willing to serve the students, and although I don’t have a vote, that’s what the committee is looking for too.”

— Rhodes

Our Current Student Body President

Currently, Azrael Howell holds the ASB President position. This is his second and last term as our student body president. After working for 15 years in the retail industry, he decided to go back to school and step out of his comfort zone. Howell wanted to be more involved in school while preparing himself for a new job.

Howell got to know the EvCC community a lot better when he started working at the Fitness Center. Sooner that he expected, Howell became a Student Senator after applying for the job in fall quarter of 2013.

This position allowed him to see how much student voice mattered here at the college. Howell learned a lot from Katie Rogers, the ASB President at that time. He explained that the system “was well structured, she (Rogers) was a great influence to me.” Yet, Howell, thought that there was some improvement to be done.

From then on, he started getting involved in more programs, such as Achieving the Dream and College Success committees.

“When the time came, towards the end of the year I was still involved … helping out there as much as possible. It was time for those positions to end  so I decided I was going to go for student body president,” said Howell.

Howell received the encouragement from many of the people who work at the Student LIFE office to apply for the position. He filled the application and soon he was sitting in front of his peers for a hiring panel. After all the process they ended up selecting Howell, “I was very much surprised … although I did these things I didn’t necessarily thought that they would chose me.”

One of the things Howell enjoys the most about his job is “the amount of support that student leaders get, especially from our advisors at Student LIFE, and the administration is supportive in regards to what the students have to say.” And of course he loves working with his team as he calls the “VPs.”

Student Ambassador

To become a student ambassador, the candidate also needs certain requirements in order to apply for the position.  The applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of ten credits and have a GPA of 2.5 minimum either quarterly or cumulatively. He/she needs to maintain that GPA while holding the position, he/she will have to work approximately 16 hours per week.

Some of the duties of a student ambassador include; giving campus tours, help with events at EvCC or in the community and mainly he/she represents EvCC at all times.

This is also a year long job, and whoever is a student ambassador has to reply for the position at the end of year.

The Process

EvCC went from election to selection process more than 25 years ago. Ever since, the number of applicants for all the executive positions have increased.

The selection process is “harder” according to Rhodes. The ASB Constitution is the guiding document that is required to be used in all the hiring process. Anyone can have access to this document and pick up a copy at Student LIFE.

Each selected candidate is required to participate in panel interview. The panel is made up of EvCC students who then ask the candidate a series of questions, and from there the panel makes the decision of who holds the executive positions the next year.

Howell describes this process as “organic, because you get to know the person there, where as in election you are trying to paint yourself as this person and some of the time when you get into the office that is completely different.”

“We do it as a panel interview, not elections … we don’t do the popularity contest … it’s not a real life experience, but they’re going to apply for jobs and they’re going to have to know what a panel interview looks like” explained Rhodes.

Rhodes does not get to vote on the candidates, she sends the following message “I am just looking for somebody that is willing to serve the students, and although I don’t have a vote, that’s what the committee is looking for too.”

The best part is that all students who work as leaders for the EvCC get paid, wages vary from one position to another, but you get paid for being a leader.

If you are interested in becoming the next student leader, do not hesitate to pick up an application, they can be found in the Student LIFE office located in Parks Students Union Building Room 209. Applications are accepted all year round.