ASMSU Welcomes New Officers for 2020-2021 Academic Year

August 14, 2020

New officers prepared for the upcoming academic year

Back in April, during the early days of the global pandemic, the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) held – for the first time in MSU history – a fully virtual, electronic election. The 57th General Assembly Session Office of the President selected six students ready to charge toward the challenges ahead.  

The ASMSU General Assembly is comprised of  student-elected representatives from each college, the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES), Council of Progressive Students (COPS) and major governing organizations like the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) councils, the MSU CO-OP and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The Assembly provides legislative action on behalf of the collective undergraduate student body.

  • iClicker and calculator rentals for class.
  • No interest loans for all tax-paying undergraduate students at MSU.
  • A Readership Programs that grants students access to outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more.
  • Safe Rides, a program offering late-night rides to students to make it home safe.
  • Student Legal Services, free and professional legal counsel eligible to all MSU students.
  • Student Right’s Advocates, free advisory on any case within the University Judicial System.
  • The Red Cedar Log

 New Office of the President

Abii-Tah Chungong Bih, newly elected ASMSU president and senior in James Madison College, serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the organization and is responsible for the $2 million-plus budget. Chungong Bih also holds the position of primary delegate and spokesperson for the student body to the University’s Administration, as well as to local, state and federal government officials. 

Brianna Aiello, vice president of academic affairs, is a senior studying Social Relations. Aiello seeks to enhance the presence of ASMSU by working with University Standing Committees. With the help of administrators and senior faculty members, Aiello is able to equip MSU undergraduates with inclusive and safe academic experiences. The VPAA  also recruits students to serve on the organization’s student caucus.

Jordan Polk, vice president for finance and operations, is a senior studying Economics. As VPFO, Polk oversees the business and service operations of ASMSU, including managing Safe Ride, Readership Program, Legal Services, Red Cedar Log Yearbook, iClicker & Calculator rentals, Bluebook Program, Loan Program and all other ASMSU provided services. 

Maysa Sitar, vice president for governmental affairs, is a senior studying political science and journalism. As VPGA, Sitar advocates on important issues, such as student loan debt, ballot access and criminal justice reform. Additionally, the VPGA provides initiatives, such as “Rides to the Capitol” and “Meet the Mayor” days. Sitar hopes to increase students’ voices in local, state and national arenas during in the upcoming year. 

Nora Teagan, vice president for internal administration, is a senior in James Madison College. The VPIA works close with the General Assembly to ensure bills and other legislation are passed. Teagan also assists four Class Councils on various events to serve the Spartan community.

Dylan Catalano, vice president for student allocations, is a senior in James Madison College. The VPSA is the chair of the Student Allocations Board – the branch that allocates money to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)and CORES and COPS groups. 

Andrea Bair, chief of staff, is a senior. The chief of staff oversees more than 60 staff members across eight ASMSU departments. “My position is an internal aspect of ASMSU, but it does have portions that allows outreach to the student body,” said Bair. “It is very important that we operate as smoothly as possible internally, so we can communicate well externally to the students. It is really straight forward on what I do on a day to day basis, but it is exciting to see the tools we have for our advocacy and outreach services.”

Shiksha Sneha, chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer, is a senior studying in Social Relations & Policy and Political Theory. “Education and advocacy will be my main focus.” Sneha said. “When it comes to advocacy, I work with 12 groups total, four groups making up CORES and eight groups united in COPS. My job is to advocate for these groups to the larger administration. We will be continuously advocating for those who may not be supported in this pandemic.”

Changes for upcoming year

ASMSU is seeking ways to combat the impact of COVID-19 on-campus. VPIA Aiello said, “ASMSU’s main goal is to be at the table for all conversations and communicate often. Working closely with both the officials in Lansing and administrators, we are trying to keep our communication with the community at an all-time high. Sending surveys and being a part of campaigns will set a precedent on how we want the student body to acclimate.”

Although a traditional school year seems to be out of the equation, ASMSU officers are thrilled to see how flexible the student body has become. When discussing MSU undergraduate students and the adjustment to life on campus, Aiello said everyone has different considerations with the online transition. “I have really high hopes for the school year ahead; students are going to be more innovative to create a new normal,” she said.

The 2020-2021 academic year will be one that is different from any before due to the impact of COVID-19. ASMSU is working hard to have a successful year ahead, even with this uncertainty. ASMSU officers plan to continue to enhance the individual and collective student experience through education, empowerment and advocacy.

About ASMSU

ASMSU was founded in 1965. The mission of ASMSU is to enhance the individual and collective student experience through education, empowerment and advocacy by dedication to the needs and interests of students. For more information, visit asmsu.msu.edu.

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