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UPUA Election Season Begins, Three Presidential Tickets Announced

It’s mid-March, which for Penn State can only mean one thing — it’s UPUA election season.

Campaigning kicked off today at 7 a.m., and you have no doubt already received a barrage of Facebook invitations from various campaigns. With current UPUA President T.J. Bard announcing his intention to not seek re-election, three executive tickets qualified for the ballot and have their sights set on replacing him.

  • Courtney Lennartz (V.P. – Katelyn Mullen): Junior majoring in Health Policy and Administration, Current UPUA Vice-President
  • Evan Ponter (V.P. – Ryan Kristobak): Junior majoring in Journalism, Current Onward State staff writer
  • Maggie Quinn (V.P. – Gina Feghali): Junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Business, Current UPUA Press Secretary

Here are several important dates to keep in mind over the busy next two weeks as students select UPUA’s 7th Assembly.

March 19  – 8 p.m. – First Presidential Debate – Alumni Hall

March 21 – 10 a.m. – First Meet the Candidates Session – First Floor HUB

March 26 – 3 p.m. – Second Meet the Candidates Session – First Floor HUB

March 27 – 8 p.m. – Second Presidential Debate – Alumni Hall

March 28 – Election Day

We’ll have more information on the candidates soon. Be sure to check back with Onward State over the next couple weeks as we guide you through the UPUA election process. Remember, if you don’t vote your heart, your heart never wins.

Other candidates running include:

At-Large Representative (6 seats)

Anand Ganjam

Katie Quinn

Gwangseok Lee

Trey Werley

Jonathan Paul

Justin Laskowski

Steven Lynch

Spencer Malloy

Elias Warren

Ryan Brown

Off-Campus Representative (12 seats)

Anthony Christina

Ryan Stephens

Daniel Heitlinger

Hannah Kendig

Ryan Naylor

Curtis Houck

David Harrington

Del Markward

Kerven Moon

Benjamin Forrest

Michael Kramer

Ryan Gerst

Andrew Austin Turner

Sika Abbey

On-Campus Representative (7 seats)

Dray Krishnan

Tom George

Alex Angstadt

Taj Magruder

Victoria Woods

Academic Colleges (1 seat each)

College of Agricultural Sciences

Jillian Gordon

College of Arts and Architecture

Jeffrey Holzer

Smeal College of Business

Rishi Mittal

College of Communications

Katie Ritchie

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Tyler Wentz

College of Education

Alyssa Bloom

Bradley Middleton

Stephen Payne

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Dan Tauriello

College of Engineering

Richard Pooler

College of Health and Human Development

no candidate

College of Information Sciences and Technology

no candidate

College of Liberal Arts

John Zang

Melissa McCleery

School of Nursing

no candidate

Schreyer Honors College

no candidate

Eberly College of Science

no candidate

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About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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