As of 8 a.m. Monday morning, voting has begun for the next Student Body President which two candidates, Joseph Gergel ENMU junior and Kaitlyn Bigham ENMU graduate student, hope to pull forward.
Joseph Gergel is a Political Science major at ENMU from Rio Rancho, NM. After graduation, Gergel plans to attend Notre Dame Law School and had initially decided to run in the election when he realized the magnitude of the opportunity to become a representative for the entire student body. “Our students here at ENMU are the most dedicated, friendly, and involved students I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Needless to say, our students deserve a Presidential representative that will be dedicated, selfless, and involved,” said Gergel. For his campaign, Gergel has multiple plans in mind for ENMU including raising safety measures, building connections with lawmakers, and above all, making campus a welcoming environment for incoming students. “Overall, I will be sure Eastern New Mexico University maintains its positive trends and most importantly, is the safest and most memorable home that our students deserve,” said Gergel.
When asked why students should vote for him, Gergel responded by saying, “At the end of the day, my words are backed by years of involvement and leadership with ENMU and I aspire to be the dedicated representative our ENMU students deserve.”
With similar interests in student safety, Kaitlyn Bigham, also from Rio Rancho, is an Early Childhood Education major who decided to run for president due to her involvement around ENMU campus. “I am always looking for opportunities to work for others and help better the lives of students on campus,” said Bigham, whose largest goal is to improve mental health resources and awareness. In her plan to address these important issues, Bigham seeks to collaborate with multiple entities on campus to raise service assistance for students. “I believe Mental Health is very important, especially here on a college campus, and we owe it to our students to take care of them when they seek help,” said Bigham.
Showing her own credentials, Bigham reminds students that she believes to “truly represent all of the students on our campus, because I have been involved in all facets of our campus, both large and small organizations and departments, national and international students.”
Student Body President voting ends on Friday, April 6 at 5 p.m.