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Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in Student Government. Some individuals will run for office to be elected, some Senators are appointed, and still other students have the opportunity to be appointed to University committees through Student Government. If you have any questions on getting involved with Student Government please contact the executive officers at studentgovernment@otterbein.edu or Student Government Advisor, Colette Masterson

Elections

There are two elections held each year, the Primary Election in the spring term and the Fall Election at the beginning of fall term. All officers and a majority of all Senators are elected in the spring. Incoming first-year students can learn more about running for office during their orientation this summer.

All questions regarding Elections should be directed to the Elections Committee Chair, Allison Asarch.

Spring Elections Positions

The following positions are available for Spring Elections:

  • President & Vice President (run as a ticket together)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Academic Senators - Arts & Sciences (2)
  • Academic Senators - Professional Studies (2)
  • At-Large Senators (3)
  • Class Senators - 2nd Years (2)
  • Class Senators - 3rd Years (2)
  • Class Senators - 4th/4+ Years (2)
  • Distinctive Senator - International (1)
  • Distinctive Senator - Veteran (1)
  • Enrollment Senator - Adult Student (1)
  • Enrollment Senator - Part-Time (1)
  • Enrollment Senator - Transfer (1)
  • Residency Senator - Commuter (2)
  • Residency Senator - Off-Campus (2)
  • Residency Senator - Residential (4)
  • Student Organization Senator - Academic & Professional (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Community Service (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Creative & Performing Arts (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Cultural & Diversity (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Honor Societies (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Religious & Spiritual (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Special Interest (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Sport Club (2)
  • Student Organization Senator - Sports & Recreation (2)

Candidate Registration Packet Spring 2017 is now available.

All questions regarding elections should be directed to Allison Asarch, Secretary & Elections Chair.

Spring Elections Timeline

  • Wednesday, January 25 – Candidate Info Session @ 4:30pm (Library 124)
  • Thursday, January 26 – Candidate Info Session @ 8:00pm (Roush 338)
  • Friday, January 27 – Candidate Info Session @ 3:00pm (Library 124)
  • Monday, February 6 – Candidate Registration Materials DUE @ 5pm (CSI Office)
  • Monday, February 13 – Candidate Eligibility Confirmed by 12noon
  • Wednesday, February 15 – Mandatory Candidate Meeting @ 4:30pm (Library 124)
  • Thursday, February 16 – Mandatory Candidate Meeting @ 8pm (Roush 338)
  • Sunday, March 5 – Campaigning May Begin @ 12:01am
  • Monday, March 6 – Meet the Candidates Night from 6 – 7:30pm (CC Lounge)
  • Tuesday, March 7 – Presidential Conversations @ 7:30pm (TBD)
  • Wednesday, March 8 – Voting Begins @ 9am
  • Friday, March 10 – Voting Closes @ 5pm
  • Friday, March 10 – Campaigning Ends @ 5pm
  • Saturday, March 11 – All Campaign Materials removed from campus by 5pm
  • Thursday, March 16 – Election Results Announced by 5pm
  • Thursday, March 16 – All Senators/Officers-Elect invited to OUSG Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, March 30 – 2017-2018 OUSG Meeting (Time & Location TBD)
  • Saturday, April 8 – Cardinal Leadership Summit from 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday, April 20 – Inauguration & Installation of Officers (Time & Location TBD)

Standing Committee Appointments

Student Government is currently seeking Standing Committees - Statement of Interest from students interested in being appointed to University Senate Standing Committees. Descriptions of the Committees are available here

Applications are due  to the Center for Student Involvement's main office inside of the Campus Center front doors or electronically by email to Student Government Advisor, Colette Masterson.

/ Center for Student Involvement

The Student Government office is located in the Center for Student Involvement inside the Campus Center.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Advisor Contact
Colette M. Masterson, director
e/ cmasterson@otterbein.edu 
p/ 614.823.3205