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Junior, BS Aeronautical Science
"My name is Jameson "Connor" Brooks, and I am running to be your College of Aviation Senator! It would be my honor to be given the opportunity to serve you as a senator, and I believe that I have a lot of great ideas to make the College of Aviation the best college! I love aviation, and I have an extensive servant leadership background that makes me a prime candidate for this position. I am an Eagle Scout, so leadership skills have been instilled in me from a very young age. As a member of the Order of the Arrow, I was elected to be the Training Chair, which entailed overseeing the training of over 1,100 youth and adults, which taught me important skills like how to work with people, how to hit deadlines, and how to make my voice heard! If given the opportunity to serve you, these skills would be the driving force in allowing your voice to be heard in the College of Aviation. Vote for Brooks!"
What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?
"What makes me a qualified candidate for this position is my background in servant leadership, my passion for aviation, and my campus involvement. As a Boy Scout, I was always in some sort of leadership position, whether that be Troop Scribe, Patrol Leader, or Senior Patrol Leader leading the Troop. Once I aged out of my Troop, I stayed with scouting in the Order of the Arrow, which is the Boy Scout Honors Society. From there, I continued my leadership tenure after being elected Training Chair of Nawakwa Lodge #3. This allowed me to oversee the training of over 1,100 youth and adults twice a year and anytime in between I deemed appropriate.
Of course, as a COA senator, there is way more than 1,100 youth, but having that leadership ability, I feel, sets me apart from my fellow candidates. This passion for leadership has been with me all my life and will only grow if given the opportunity to be your senator.
My passion for aviation is one that anyone who knows me can tell you about. Whenever a plane flies over, I have to stop what I am doing to look. I may be a plane nerd, but I proudly hold that title. We all are in the College of Aviation because of a shared passion for aviation. Flight Students, AMS, ATM, Meteorology, and all others who call COA their college love aviation, and I am no different. My involvement on campus allows me to get an inside view that many others do not have the opportunity to see. I am a member of the Flight Professional Conduct Board within the Flight department, so I see firsthand the issues that flight students face and the weak areas the flight department has."
What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?
"The purpose of the SGA senate is very important to students' success on campus. The SGA Senate allows students' voices to be heard by having actual students be that voice. Many students see issues all throughout both their colleges and Embry-Riddle as a whole. The issue is that many of these problems are never addressed because students are afraid to tell someone the issues they see for fear of getting ridiculed or just because they are unaware of who to go to.
However, that problem is eradicated with student senators because senators are students! A student is a lot more comfortable talking to a peer about an issue they see plaguing their college than they are talking to an adult about the same problem. By having the SGA Senate on campus, students are comfortable sharing the problems they see, and senators know the right person to talk to about that issue. As senators, we can spearhead change because students can talk to us. Without the SGA senate, many problems that have been fixed in the past may very well still be issues facing the students today."
How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?
"If elected to be a College of Aviation Senator, I am prepared to hear any and all problems that my constituents of the College of Aviation bring to my attention. These problems could be small or they could be big that can alter the College if deemed appropriate and changed. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a "bad" suggestion or a "wrong" suggestion. If a student or faculty member sees a problem and they feel it is worth bringing to my attention, then I feel it is worth bringing to the attention of the Senate.
As a senator, I cannot guarantee that all problems my constituents talk to me about will be fixed, but I can guarantee that their voice will be heard and brought up. Should more than one senator be elected as COA senator, the other senator will be the first to hear so together, we can spearhead the changes our constituents want to see."
How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?
"The ERAU experience is affected by so many factors that play a key part in whether someone has a good or bad experience. One of those factors is the college they are a part of. My constituents, belonging to the COA, deserve to have the best experience possible. If given the opportunity to be a COA senator, I will work with my constituents from all parts of the COA to hear their problems and help make the change they want to see. One issue that has been brought to my attention affects flight students. There is only one guaranteed way to check flight activities with no notification system to tell students if something is scheduled. This is something that needs to be changed. While flight students are a big part of the COA, they are not the only ones, and I plan to be a senator for all COA students.
When it comes to AMS students, they have to buy their own tools with their own money. Of course, I can not make tools free for AMS students, but I can help fundraise as a senator to add money to a scholarship fund to help AMS students who can not afford tools by themselves. Lastly, when it comes to ATM students, they have classes they need to take for their major that gets filled up by pilots before they get an opportunity to select. This issue was thankfully changed very recently, but as a senator of the COA, I will make sure that ATM students always have priority for ATM classes before any other students can select them. The ERAU experience is important, and if given the opportunity to be your senator, I will help make sure the COA is a reason your ERAU experience is amazing!"