College of Aviation Senator Candidate

Ander Turueno Garcia

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Ander Turueno Garcia

Junior, BS Aeronautical Science

"Aviation has always been in my blood and passion. I took the lifetime decision to become an airline pilot being four years old. When I turned 17, I decided to get my private pilot license during high school summer break. The week after graduating from high school, I was on my way to and arrived at Embry-Riddle in the Fall of 2021. I am majoring in Aeronautical Science with minors in Airline Operations and Air Transportation and currently reaching the end of the course of my Certified Flight Instructor license. Throughout my time here at ERAU, I have been involved in many leadership positions, such as the ALPA ACE Club, Aviation Safety Advisory Council, Flight Professional Conduct Board, created Right Rudder productions, and served two terms as College of Aviation Senator. During my free time, I like to fly for lunch, scuba dive, explore or hike, skydive, etc. One of my fun facts is that I don't like eating spicy food."

  • What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?

    "Throughout my time here at Embry-Riddle, I've had the opportunity of being involved with many student organizations and boards that gives me a unique, detailed, and concise perspective of the COA with the needs and areas of improvement.

    My campus involvement and experience include serving two terms as the College of Aviation senator, Dean's Student Advisory Council, Flight Department Chairman's Advisory Council, Vice President of the Flight Professional Conduct Board, Aviation Safety Advisory Council, President of ALPA ACE Club, and more. Adding the fact that I love to engage with the student body and get everyone's perspective and interest in the things happening around our beloved College of Aviation. I don't only bring my experience and my approach to the student body; I also bring a lifelong accumulated passion for striving for success, and I want all students under my representation to achieve and have the best of the best."

  • What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?

    "The SGA Senate serves as the governing office led by students with intellect and devotion to solve the problems around campus and support and have all students back. Diversity and representation are two words that define the SGA and its purpose. The Student Senate is the branch that gives these virtues to the association and has a critical role in projects, student life, college feedback, and campus innovation.

    We represent all colleges, veteran students, international students, house and residence life, Greek life, etc. The senators' role is crucial, and they represent their college, correlate roles, and exchange information, so we all become one single well-functioning student body. Communicating efficiently in the senate is important since we approve, deny, or add new bylaws to the SGA and how they will impact students' life, RSOs, etc. The Student Senate has a special meaning to me since it is a place where I can create an impact, develop myself, and learn valuable life lessons that I would not learn elsewhere."

  • How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?

    "An often-seen problem is when someone from the student body is concerned about a personal or general situation and is brought to the wrong hierarchy position. Through my responsibilities, I have around campus; it is easy to provide information, mentor, or direct you to the correct person and follow up with your case. A senator needs to be engaging and get to know the student body; there is no reason for me to rely on my communication through a digital form. When you raise a concern, you want to be listened to and understood by the person in front of you, for me is natural to go out and engage with all of you in person. If you ever see me on campus and you have a question or concern, approach me, and present yourself, and we can talk about the problem and solutions we both can aim for. The student body and COA Senate are a team, and by making them work together, there is an unimaginable impact we can all achieve."

  • How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?

    "One of the big things about knowing how to be a senator is to be clear and concise and know the resources within your reach that will make you accomplish your proposals. It is easy to say, "I'm going to fix the multi-engine waitlist," when that project is broad and out of a senator's reach, as we can only provide feedback to the department.

    There is this stigma that a senator can be "Superman" and do everything without external help. My approach and how I improve things around campus is to look at reasonable projects and how and who I will impact. Students in the past raised their concerns about waiting for six hours in the Flight Department on standby to be able to finish a flight course. I talked to the department chair and proposed a digital queue with a phone notification system that allows you to still wait for your check ride, but now you do it while being comfortable in the Student Union, dorm, you name the place. This is a simple example of how I will approach and do things in my next term as a COA senator."