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Campus Life

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, Brigid Aslin.

Fall Elections Positions

The following positions are available for Fall Elections:

    • Academic Senators
      • Undeclared Major (1)
    • At-Large Senators (11)
    • Class Senators
      • 1st Year (2)
      • 2nd Year (1)
    • Distinctive Senators
      • International (1)
      • Veteran (1)
    • Enrollment
      • Adult (1)
      • Part-Time (1)
      • Transfer (1)
    • Residency Senators
      • Commuters (1)
      • Residential (1)

OUSG Candidate Registration Packet Fall 2017 is now available.

All questions regarding elections should be directed to Brigid Aslin, Secretary & Elections Chair.

Elections Timeline

  • Sunday, August 20 – Candidate Info Session @ 2pm (see First Flight book)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Candidate Info Session @ 5pm (Library 124)
  • Thursday, August 24 – Candidate Info Session @ 11:00am (Library 118)
  • Wednesday, August 30 - Candidate Registration Materials DUE @5pm (CC Office)
  • Thursday, August 30 – Candidate Eligibility Confirmed by 5pm
  • Thursday, August 31 – Mandatory Candidate Meeting @ 11:00am (Library 118)
  • Thursday, August 31 – Mandatory Candidate Meeting @ 6:30pm (Library 126)
  • Friday, September 1 – Mandatory Candidate Meeting @ 5:00pm (Library 124)
  • Sunday, September 3 – Campaigning May Begin @ 12:01am
  • Tuesday, September 5 – Meet the Candidates Night & Student Government Open House 5:30 – 7pm (Campus Center Lounge)
  • Wednesday, September 6 – Voting Begins @ 9am
  • Friday, September 8 – Voting Closes @ 5pm
  • Friday, September 8 – Campaigning Ends @ 5pm
  • Saturday, September 9 – All Campaign Materials removed from campus by 5pm
  • Thursday, September 14 – Election Results Announced by 5pm
  • Thursday, September 14  – New Senator Orientation @6:30pm (Location TBD)
  • Thursday, September 21 – Inauguration & Student Government Meeting @ 6:30pm (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