|Role of ASMC|
|How to run for office|
Thank you for your interest in running for a position on the Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) Board of Directors! Questions about ASMC and other opportunities for getting involved in student life on campus can be directed to the Student Activities Specialist, Kristen Robinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about running for a student government position for the 2019-2020 academic year can be directed to ASMC's Director of Constitution & Rules at ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu. Please click on any of the quick links below to learn more about ASMC elections, or visit the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) website.
2019-2020 ASMC ELECTIONS RESULTS
The following students have been elected to serve on Moorpark College's student government for the next academic year:
- President: WYATT ENDRES
- Vice President: KRISTOPHER HOTCHKISS
- Director of Academic Affairs: POON YUWAWANIT
- Director of Budget & Finance: SAHIL VIG
- Director of Campus Events: BRIGIT QUEZADA
- Director of Constitution & Rules: ZUBAIR SIDHU
- Director of External Affairs: SOPHIA ESCALANTE
- Director of Public Relations: JORDAN ROSS
- Director of Student Organizations: CECILIA NGUYEN
- Director of Student Services & Sustainability: REBECCA GABRA
Congratulations to everyone who got elected to their positions. We cannot wait to see what the next year will hold for each of you. There were 21 candidates who ran this year, making for a very competitive election cycle!
Additionally, the ASMC Ballot Measure to split the Director of Student Services & Sustainability position into two roles (Director of Student Services and Director of Sustainability) passed with a vote of 1,237 in favor, 210 against, and 730 declining to vote either way.
The Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) Board of Directors hold weekly meetings and activate ad hoc committees to discuss ways to enrich student life at on campus and to address current issues facing Moorpark College Students. In addition to attending the weekly Board of Directors meetings, Board members also serve on college participatory, advisory, and group committees. The Board of Directors host campus events, such as Club Rush, Movie Nights, and Raiders Got Talent!, and they participate in campus-wide events including Constitution Day or Multicultural Day. Each Board member is expected to serve at least 3 hours in the Student Activities Office, making student ID cards and being available to answer student questions.
According to Moorpark College’s Making Decisions document, the ASMC Board of Directors is recognized by the college as the representative body of the students. In their role representing all students, they offer opinions and make recommendations to the administration of the college and to the governing board with regard to Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and MC policies and procedures that will have a significant effect on students. The specific areas of their purview are:
- grading policies;
- codes of student conduct;
- academic disciplinary policies;
- curriculum development;
- courses or programs which should be initiated or discontinued;
- processes for institutional planning and budget development;
- standards and policies regarding student preparation and success;
- student services planning and development;
- student fees within authority of the district to adopt; and
- any other district and college policy, procedure, or related matter that the district governing board determines will have significant effect on students.
The VCCCD Governing Board agrees to provide students with an opportunity to formulate recommendations through council/committee participation and to give the recommendations and positions developed by students every reasonable consideration. Similarly, the Academic Senate consults with the Associated Students prior to making recommendations that impact student interests.
The 11-person ASMC student government is volunteer-based, with students gaining leadership, project management, communication, and other professional skills. In addition to these elected positions, the ASMC Board of Directors may appoint up to three (3) ASMC Delegates to represent the student body on various campus-wide committees and to assist ASMC with events, activities, and projects as needed. Elections occur annually during spring semester. Eligible students may run for the following positions:
The President of the Associated Students of Moorpark College serves as the official spokesperson for ASMC and the broader Moorpark College student body, serving as a liaison between college and district administration and the students. The President presides over all of the ASMC Board of Directors meetings, preparing the weekly agendas and distributing them in accordance with the Brown Act, and is responsible for all of the executive functions of the Board, carrying out orders, sanctions, and resolutions as effectively as possible. ASMC President is also an authorized signatory on all ASMC funding accounts, and gets to make nominations for vacant ASMC Board positions. Click here to view full job description.
- Vice President
In addition to assuming the responsibilities of the President in her/his absence, the Vice President oversees the appointment of Board members to college committees and oversees attendance at committee meetings. The Vice President reviews letters of intent for vacant Board positions and makes recommendations for said appointments to the President. The Vice President is also responsible for overseeing the internal administrative duties of the Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chair of the Inter-Club Council. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Academic Affairs
The Director of Academic Affairs represents ASMC on matters of academic and educational policy by serving on both the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate. This position also oversees the ASMC Scholarship Program and Commissioned Arts Program, and plans at least one cultural and/or educational field trip each year for ASMC that is also open to the broader campus community.
- Director of Budget and Finance
The Director of Budget and Finance develops ASMC's annual operating budget and monitors and tracks spending of the Board's nine (9) trust accounts. This position also serves as a signatory on all ASMC trust accounts, represents ASMC on the College Fiscal Planning Committee, and acts as Chair of the ASMC Programming Committee, which provides funding to groups aimed at enhancing student life at Moorpark College. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Campus Events
The Director of Campus Events oversees and facilitates all ASMC events and activities, manages materials related to events (including but not limited to lawn games and canopy), and serves as a lead on any activities that are co-led with other Moorpark College clubs or units. This position serves as a voting member of the ASMC Programming Committee, and if a Campus Events ad hoc Committee is established, this position would serve as its Chair. This position also is responsible for representing ASMC and the broader student community on matters of non-academic administrative policy concerning the use of campus facilities for student programming.
- Director of Constitution & Standing Rules
The Director of Constitution & Standing Rules makes sure that ASMC operates within its own pre-established guidelines, as well as local, state, and federal regulation related to ASMC's operations (e.g., the California Education Code, California Brown Act and parliamentary procedure). This position also serves as Chairperson of the ad hoc Elections Committee, records late arrivals and absences of ASMC Board members to mandatory meetings, and takes meeting minutes for the Board of Directors' regular meetings. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of External Affairs
The Director of External Affairs assists the President and Board of Directors in coordinating advocacy efforts on behalf of the student interests and serves as primary representative to off-campus entities. This includes representing ASMC at all monthly Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustee meetings, as well as serving as ASMC's official delegate for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) Region VI monthly meetings. When appropriate, the Director of External Affairs collaborates with the Moorpark College Outreach Office to engage local high schools and other off-site entities.
- Director of Public Relations
The Director of Public Relations promotes all ASMC projects and events using the Student Voice, ASMC social media accounts, and other outlets. The Director of Public Relations serves on the Inter-Club Council, and collaborates with other ASMC Directors as well as club representatives to promote student life activities on campus. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Student Organizations
Serving as ASMC's primary liaison between Moorpark College clubs, the Director of Student Organizations serves as Chairperson for the Inter-Club Council and as a voting member of the ASMC Programming Committee. This position works with the Director of Campus Events and Director of Public Relations to plan, market, and implement our Club Rush events each semester, and monitors clubs' activities by collecting roll sheets and meeting agendas. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Student Services
The Director of Student Services & Sustainability works with the Director of Campus Events (when appropriate) to develop projects and activities that promote the health, welfare, and safety fo the Moorpark College student body. This position also represents ASMC and students on Moorpark's administrative committees, such as the Student Services Council, Safety Advisory Committee, and Campus Environment Committee. The Director of Student Services leads the college ID cardholder benefits program
- Director of Sustainability
The ASMC Director of Sustainability oversees those activities which enhance environmental adovacy, education, and sustainability or which address environmental issues at Moorpark College. This position chairs the Associated Students Sustainability Committee and represents ASMC on the Campus Environment Committee. The Director of Sustainability also oversees the Sustainability Project Scholarship program, which allows students to apply for one-time funds to support small-scale sustainability projects on campus.
Students may also run for the VCCCD Student Trustee position. California state law requires the Board of Trustees of each community college district to have at least one non-voting student member recognized as Student Trustee. Student Trustees represent students at all three VCCCD campuses to the District's administration and Board of Trustees on issues important to its constituents. Student Trustees are expected to attend the monthly VCCCD Board of Trustees meetings and should become educated about board and district-wide issues. Contact Kristen Robinson at email@example.com for more information about the VCCCD Student Trustee position.
All candidates for Student Trustee and ASMC positions must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age prior to assuming office
- Be currently registered at Moorpark College
- Be continuously enrolled in 5 or more units when declaring candidacy and during term of office (excluding summer and winter intersessions)
- Hold and maintain during term of office a semester and cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
- Be in good standing academically, not currently on academic or disciplinary probation, have not violated the Student Code of Conduct, and have not been expelled from a college-based Associated Students position
Additional requirements for candidates for the Student Trustee and ASMC President and Vice President positions:
- Must have completed a minimum of 12 units taken at the candidate's primary campus by the end of the current spring semester. Student Trustee candidates may not have earned more than 80 units within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD).
- Shall not hold the position of Student Trustee concurrently with that of an Associated Students position at any of the VCCCD campuses.
Following a student's submission of a completed Student Election Application and Eligibility Verification, the ASMC advisor will verify each candidate's standing, unit requirements, and GPA standing with the Admissions & Records office before approving the student's candidacy. The ASMC advisor will then forward the candidates' verification forms to the VCCCD Chancellor's Office.
All accepted potential candidates for ASMC positions must attend one Candidates Meeting. These meetings are facilitated by the ASMC ad hoc Elections Committee. Student Trustee candidates must attend a Candidates Meeting at their primary campus facilitated by the Associated Students Elections Committee and one additional Student Trustee Candidates Meeting at the VCCCD District Administrative Center in Camarillo, CA. Student election standard operating practices will be reviewed at the Candidates Meetings, and all candidates are responsible for knowing and adhering to these practices. Election Packets are distributed at all Candidates Meetings.
Elections for the Associated Students of Moorpark College Board of Directors positions and for the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Student Trustee position occur in April each year. Please contact ASMC Director of Constitution & Rules at ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu with any questions regarding ASMC elections. View the VCCCD's Associated Students Elections 2019 Handbook online for additional details on election policies and procedures.
To run for office, students must:
- Submit an application. There is one application for ASMC Board of Directors positions and one for the VCCCD Student Trustee; applications available in the aforementioned handbook or in person at the Student Activities Office in the Campus Center. The ASMC student advisor and the Elections Committee chair will verify your eligibility to run for office and follow up with applicants via the email listed on their application. ASMC application can be found on pages 16-17 in the VCCCD Elections Handbook, and the Student Trustee application is on page 20-22. Applications are due Monday, April 8 at noon to the Student Activities Office.
- Attend a Candidates Meeting. All applicants (both for ASMC and for Student Trustee) are required to attend a Candidates Meeting at their primary institution to learn more about the policies and procedures surrounding ASMC Elections. Additionally, Student Trustee applicants will be put in contact with a Chancellor designee for a follow up training specific to their role. Click here to see the list of when Candidates Meetings are held.
- Submit your Candidate's Platform. Applicants learn about the specifics of their Candidate's Platform at the Candidates Meeting. All applicants (both ASMC Board applicants and Student Trustee applicants) must submit a Candidate's Platform before they are eligible to run for office. Failure to submit a Candidate's Platform will result in automatic removal from the ballot. Candidates Platforms are due on Tuesday, April 9 by 5:00 p.m.
- Begin campaigning as prescribed in the Elections Handbook!
Spring 2019 Election Timeline
||VCCCD will announce elections district-wide.
||Student Election Applications available in Student Activities Office (Campus Center). Student Election Applications are only available until noon on Monday, April 8, 2019.|
||Candidates Meetings take place in the Student Activities Office (Campus Center). Click here to view the dates and times of the Spring 2019 candidates meetings.|
||All Student Election Applications are due to the Student Activities Office by 12:00 p.m. noon.
||Candidate Platform Statements due to firstname.lastname@example.org and ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu by 5:00 p.m.|
||Students may vote electronically via their My.VCCCD.edu portal or at on-campus polling sites beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.|
||Election results will be posted no later than 8:00 p.m.
||Run-off election, if necessary.
The following information will help you cast your vote for your student representatives for the next academic year.
All currently enrolled Moorpark College students who have been enrolled for two consecutive semesters (i.e., Fall and Spring) can vote for ASMC Board of Director candidates. Additionally, they may vote for a VCCCD Student Trustee candidate.
How to vote
If you meet the above voter eligibility criteria, you can vote online via the MyVCCCD student portal (www.my.vcccd.edu). Voting open on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The student ballot pops up automatically during election days, encouraging students to vote.
Additionally, the Associated Students Elections Committee (ad hoc) will have a polling location set up along Raider Walk in front of Fountain Hall on Tuesday, April 16 and on Wednesday, April 17.
Learn about your candidates
Here is a list of the students running for ASMC, as well as a link to their respective Candidate Platform Statement:
Wyatt Endres (platform)
- Vice President:
Kristopher Hotchkiss (platform)
Erika Szaldobagyi (platform)
Patricia Valle (platform)
- Director of Academic Affairs:
Poon Yuwawanit (platform)
- Director of Budget & Finance:
Zoheb Amilee (platform)
Sahil Vig (platform)
- Director of Campus Events:
Brigit Quezada (platform)
Jillian Violano (platform)
- Director of Constitution & Rules:
Zubair Sidhu (platform)
- Director of External Affairs:
Sophia Escalante (platform)
James Pollock (platform)
Gerald Richardson (platform)
Sydney Skorpen (platform)
- Director of Public Relations:
Pauline Nassar (platform)
Jordan Ross (platform)
Nishka Vipul (platform)
- Director of Student Organizations:
Cecilia Nguyen (platform)
Mason Rodriguez (platform)
- Director of Student Services & Sustainability:
Rebecca Gabra (platform)
Jade Gilbert-Newcamp (platform)
ASMC has placed a measure on the ballot. If passed, it would split the Director of Student Services & Sustainability into two positions: Director of Student Services and Director of Sustainability. View the ballot measure.