As the 2014-2015 academic year comes to an end, new Student Body Presidents have been elected at USHE’s colleges and universities. The Student Body Presidents, elected by their student peers, will serve during the 2015-16 academic year. The presidents, together, form the leadership for the statewide student association that advocates on behalf of students on key higher ed issues. In addition, they select the three nominees from which the Governor appoints the Student Regent each year.
Ambra Jackson is a third year student at the University of Utah majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in French. After graduation she would like pursue a Master’s of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. She currently serves as the upcoming ASUU Student Body President at the University of Utah. Ambra has served numerous student leadership roles including serving as the Panhellenic Council President, and as the Director of First Year Council in ASUU. She loves the opportunity to get students engaged and involved in numerous ways while they are at the U. Ambra looks forward to the opportunities she has as she represents the students of the University of Utah.
Trevor Sean Olsen, a native of Garland, Utah, began his path for the future with Utah State University in 2011. April 2013 marked the beginning of Olsen’s student government career with USU. For the 2013-2014 academic school year, Olsen served as the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) Administrative Assistant and volunteered many hours on a variety of committees and organizations. In February 2015, Olsen was elected as the USU Student Body President and began his term on April 17, 2015. He has been active in organizations across campus and looks forward to helping more students and alumni get involved on campus. Olsen is majoring in International Business and Finance and hopes to begin his career in the banking industry after he graduates in May 2016.
Cash Knight began his career at Weber State University in 2010 as an offensive lineman for the football team. In 2013 Cash had a career ending injury that required reconstructive hip surgery. While this ended the football career, it opened the door for an even greater career within student government. Cash graduated magna cum laude in April of 2014, and began a Masters of professional communication in May 2014. August 2014 marked the start of Cash’s career as a student senator, where he served on a variety of committees; the most notable being the Student Fee Recommendation Committee, and the University Scholarship Committee. Cash was elected Student Body President March 2015, and began his term on April 17, 2015. Cash is currently working on a thesis and will graduate with his Masters in April of 2016.
Brandon Day is a junior at Southern Utah University studying business management. Brandon first became involved with SUU’s Student Association as a Special Projects Coordinator, is currently serving as an Event Director, and will be the 2015-16 Student Body President. He enjoys leading outdoor trips for the SUU Pacesetters and volunteers instructing kayak clinics. Brandon desires to be a positive influence and a catalyst for improvement in all he does. He makes a special effort to reach out to those typically not involved and loves being an ambassador for SUU. After graduating from SUU, Brandon plans to start his climb into the executive ranks of a mid-level company.
McCall is a Sophomore at Snow College and will graduate with her Associates Degree in Spring 2016. She will continue her education at a four year university in USHE. McCall grew up in Mesquite, NV. Being the oldest of five kids, she became a natural born leader. While at Virgin Valley High School she played Volleyball, Basketball and ran in Track. She was a member of the Show Choir, a Class Officer for the Student Council three years in a row, and then was elected Student Body President. After graduation in May 2013 she was crowned Miss Gunnison Valley. During her first year at Snow College, she was involved in the music program and a part of the Snow College Volleyball Team. As President her platform is #LiveSnow. She feels that Snow College has amazing opportunities in the classroom and it’s extracurricular activities. She wants to help inspire students to become more involved and gain more than just an academic education at Snow.
Matt Devore is a senior majoring in Integrated Studies with emphases in business management and human communications. After graduation, Matt hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Matt has served in a variety of leadership roles at Dixie State University including a DSU strategic planning committee member, a Dixie State University Student Association (DSUSA) committee member, the DSUSA marketing manager, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve as the DSUSA Student Body President this upcoming year. Matt has a specific platform and strategic plan for his presidency and will do his best to represent students. Matt has found his passion and future career while working with DSUSA and aims to work professionally within student involvement in higher education. Matt has a great passion for Dixie State University and has loved the incredible opportunities DSU has provided him.
Dylan Swarts was born in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Utah a few years before graduating at Alta High School. Dylan came to UVU in 2010 to study Accounting with a minor in Spanish. He has served as the Senator for the Woodbury School of Business, Vice President of Traditions of the Student Alumni Association, President of Musician Ignition, and now serves as the Student Body President. While in office, he and his team plan to focus on uniting UVU through collaboration with campus organizations, informing and staying accountable to the student body, actively advocating for students, and building UVU pride. Dylan plans to graduate in 2017, then persue a Master in Business Administration or Accounting, and start a career in accounting or venture capital. Dylan loves extreme sports and playing guitar. He has a great amount of passion and love for UVU and hopes to serve and advocate for the students to the best of his abilities.
Carlos Alejandro Moreno was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He grew up in a beautiful family who taught him the value of hard work. He started work for a national insurance company in Venezuela becoming the youngest branch manager in the company. He is a lawyer who graduated from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Maracaibo and specialized in labor law at the University of Zulia. He organized a non-profit organization, “The American Venezuelan Association of Utah,” whose purpose is to provide charitable services and resources that support the Venezuelan community and promote Venezuelan culture in Utah. Carlos plans to finish two associate’s degrees in Political Science and Government and Homeland Security Emergency Management at SLCC, then a Master’s degree in Public Administration. After completing those academic goals, he plans to return to Venezuela to start a political career. Carlos was elected student body president for the 2014-2015 academic school year and again for the 2015-2016 academic school year.