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Do you want to represent students and make a difference? SAMRU’s Representation Executive Council (REC) election nomination period is open from December 1, 2014 until February 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm. If you know someone who would make a great student representative, you can nominate that individual for office! If you’re interested in running for any of the 4 full-time representation positions, then grab a nomination form, get it filled in and submit it before the February 9th deadline.

During the election period, MRU students will vote for a president and three vice-presidents; the students who represent and serve students during their time as elected representatives at the Students’ Association. These are the students who advocate for better transit, who meet with MRU about costs and sustainability, and the students who work with student governors to help guide the students’ association.

If you, or someone you know would like to experience the feeling of satisfaction of serving students, consider SAMRU elections as a great stepping stone.

Students who take representative positions are also able to make a difference for students across Alberta and Canada through a considerable network of post-secondary education student representatives.

Why should you get involved?

There are lots of reasons to get involved with student representation, but here are a few that really stand out:

Create change. As a student representative, you’ll have a chance to learn about the workings of the post-secondary world, to identify that world’s strengths and weaknesses, and to advocate to change things for the better. Representatives have a chance to be a part of high-level MRU committees, representing student interests in discussions on everything from public transit to tuition raises. Get to know the issues and see how you can make a difference.

Meet people.  Student representation gives you a chance to meet others who are as driven as you are. You’ll also interact with students who are full of inspiring ideas, and staff who are committed to making your goals a reality. Be part of a dynamic team working together on everything from high-level lobbying work to throwing great Tuesday night parties.

Gain experience. As part of our team, you’ll gain invaluable experience in lobbying, media relations, financial management, policy development, public relations and teamwork. Give yourself an edge in the working world.

Help out. Whether it’s by lobbying for better academic programs or approving programs that provide emergency aid to students in need, you can help your fellow students by looking out for their interests. Help us make sure that student fees are used in ways that students find valuable.

Grow. Emerge from your experience in student representation with more knowledge, more professional skills, new friends and maybe even new goals for your schooling and career path. What have you got to lose?

What is SAMRU?

SAMRU is an autonomous non-profit organization, which means that we are a separate organization from Mount Royal University. Though we work closely with the University, we maintain our independence so we can be 100% responsible to our members, Mount Royal Students. SAMRU wants to make sure MRU students have the best University experience possible; we aim to safeguard your ability to access high-quality education, and to round out your academic experience with programs that are fun, informative and engaging.

In summary, SAMRU:

  • Runs great services through our volunteer centres (free breakfast, anyone?)
  • Hosts fun events, like concerts and discussion panels
  • Makes sure students’ voices are heard at all levels of government (municipal, provincial and national
  • Cooperates with MRU to make Mount Royal a great place for students to learn and grow
  • Owns and operates the Wyckham House student centre
  • Provides students with opportunities to volunteer, make friends, start clubs, pursue goals…and  pretty much anything else you can think of

Our mission statement pretty much sums it up: We represent and serve students to help them succeed.

If you are interested in making a difference on campus, and gain valuable experience working in a medium-sized non-profit organization, consider running for office during the 2015 SAMRU elections. Representation Executive Council positions are paid, full-time employment.

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