general election CANDIDATES
Merage School students have until Friday, March 9th at 5PM to vote for their top choices in MUSA's 2018-2019 Executive Board.
– Vy Le
Executive Vice President
– Ethan Chee
Vice President of Internal Relations
– Edward Li
Vice President of External Relations
– Henry Wang
Vice President of Communications
– Jeffrey Cho
– Lucy Zhen
Vice President of Finance
– Tyanna Adjie
– Joseph Woo
Vice President of Academic Affairs
– Claudia Vu
Vice President of Technology
– Mary Hu
Vice President of Community Development
– Ashley Chen
– Katie Xiong
Vice President of Diversity
– Hafsah Lakhany
– Enzo Washington (Haixiang Ma)
Vice President of Graduate/Alumni Relations
– Jessica Cheng
Hello, Merage Students! My name is Vy Le and I am running for MUSA President.
I am currently a third year, Business Administration major, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of MUSA for the past three years. I currently serve as the Vice President of External Relations and I was formerly the Vice President of Technology. Prior to my executive board positions, I was a Student Representative.
For the past three years, I’ve witnessed first hand how much MUSA has grown and evolved as a governing student body. To be part of new initiatives such as Merage Spirit Week and developing previous events such as Merage at the Bren has been incredibly rewarding as I’ve been able to better engage with our growing community.
I plan to utilize my past experiences to create new programs, events, and initiatives as well as further develop previous works to engage and cultivate an inclusive community. As the Merage population continues to expand, I also aim to create more ways in which student ideas, concerns, and suggestions can be heard and addressed. I strive to continue MUSA's progress in providing opportunities that aid students in their endeavors and enhancing their undergraduate experience at The Paul Merage School of Business.
executive vice PRESIDENT (1)
Hi Everyone! My name is Ethan Chee and I am a 3rd Year Business Administration Major with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting. I am running for Executive V.P. for MUSA this year because I would love the opportunity to represent the Merage community and create initiatives to help Business Administration and BIM students.
I believe I will be able to perform the duties of Executive V.P. well because of my past experiences in other campus organizations. I have previously served as V.P. of Finance for MUSA and as President of the Undergraduate Finance Association. These roles were similar to the Executive V.P. position and included tasks such as overseeing various offices, helping lead board meetings, and working with a team to organize events that would benefit our members. In addition, I am also a team player who strives to make sure everyone’s voices are heard. If I am elected Executive V.P., I will make sure that I represent all BA and BIM majors and act in in the best interest of everyone in the Merage community.
Outside of school, I enjoy watching the Lakers, visiting national parks, and photography. If you ever see me on campus, don’t hesitate to say hi! I love meeting new people and making new friends. Thank you for reading this and have a great day!
VP OF INTERNAL RELATIONS (1)
Hi there! My name is Edward Li, and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Internal Relations for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a first-year Business Administration major, with a career interest in management consulting. Currently, I am involved in several business-related organizations such as Delta Sigma Pi, MUSA Reps, and 180 Degrees Consulting.
I am running for MUSA Board because I have a passion for student government and contributing to the student experience. As a MUSA Rep, I shadowed the current MUSA Board and learned about what they do for the Merage community. For the role of VP Internal Relations, I aim to improve internal relations within the business school by helping host more club exploration events, spirit events, implementing MUSA/Merage t-shirts, and fundraising for Merage gear giveaways. To accomplish these goals, I plan to use my high school experience in student government where I planned prom, homecoming, and other school spirit events as senior class president. Additionally, I have business and leadership experience from Delta Sigma Pi, where I served as pledge class president and led a team of 9 students to fundraise over $800 and put on various professional and social events.
To look more into my qualifications and experience, check out my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/edwardhanli. If you see me around campus, please feel free to say hi, as I would love to talk to you in person about MUSA or just get to know you!
VP OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS (1)
Hi! My name is Henry Wang and I’m running to be your next MUSA Vice President of External Relations for the 2018-2019 school year. Currently, I’m a first year Business Administration major and Digital Filmmaking minor, looking towards a career in marketing and advertising. I’m also currently a Director of Content Creation and Marketing Intern within Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed business fraternity.
Since picking up my first camera seven years ago, I've found a love in photography, filmmaking, and expressing myself creatively through visual content. This passion of visual storytelling thus extended into a passion for marketing, where I can express an organization’s ideas through my work. Check out some of my personal work over at www.henrywangvisuals.com.
As Vice President of External Relations for MUSA, I will be able to serve as the chief marketing officer of the Association. I plan on working closely with other Executive Board members to get notice of planned events as early as possible in order to efficiently create promotional content and have an effective marketing schedule to increase reach and engagement. With my experience in content creation, I also plan on creating a unified and consistent aesthetic within all visual media, even working with the Vice President of Technology to ensure the website matches the aesthetic, to further the brand and visual identity of MUSA. Please check out my LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/henrykenjiwang to take a look at my other experience and qualifications!
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS (2)
I am running for the position of VP of Communications because I believe that communication within an organization and between individuals in general, is crucial for fostering growth and success. There is always room for improvement, and I think I possess the necessary organizational skills, which I have always recognized as one of my greatest strengths, to excel in this role if elected. Operations simply cannot be run efficiently if its members are confused or ideas are misplaced, so the goal is to ensure that fellow board member’s thoughts are clearly articulated to the rest of the team and that information discussed within meetings is kept track. First, since I would be noting all activities being hosted by MUSA and the Paul Merage School of Business, I could greatly contribute to the Merage community by spreading this wealth of information and encouraging students to attend these events which are of great resource to them. Second, as a former MUSA Representative I understand how the board operates and could greatly aid in the development of the program based on my involvement. Third, as a current ASUCI intern I have prior experience in representing the student body and hope to transfer that knowledge to help the community thrive. Lastly, I hope to use this role to communicate with the students and gather information about what changes they hope to see in order to improve the average Merage student’s quality of life.
The Merage Undergraduate Student Association has helped me grow throughout my years here at the Paul Merage School of Business and I would love to give back to the Association and to the community as a whole. I am running for the position of the Vice President of Communications on the MUSA Executive Board as a way to do so and I would appreciate your support in my endeavor!
Communication plays such an important role in maintaining relationships on so many different levels. Without communication, any group is prone to failing since they are not able to work together effectively and efficiently. This position within MUSA requires attentiveness, responsibility, and organization; I believe that I excel in all these areas.
My previous experience as a MUSA Representative and as the Vice President of Internal Relations has given me the opportunity to learn how MUSA operates and in what ways I can better the Merage community. These experiences also taught me how to work productively in a group. My goal is to work with the other Executive Board members to ensure that MUSA is running smoothly in order to enhance the experience of everyone here at Merage. I will work towards this goal by utilizing those skills mentioned previously to make sure that communication is never muddled and that ideas are conveyed properly within the Association.
I promise to work hard in making sure that the student body, MUSA, and the Paul Merage School of Business thrives here at UC Irvine!
VP OF FINANCE (2)
My name is Tyanna Adjie and I’m running to be Merage Undergraduate Student Association’s next VP of Finance. It’d mean a lot to me if I could gain your support in my candidacy. If you’re a BA/BIM major, I’d be so grateful to receive your votes through Week 9.
What I’ve found makes Merage so special is the cultivated, tight knit community we’ve succeeded in building within the larger sphere of UCI – and I believe that’s something we should cherish and celebrate. However I also believe that it’s important to remember to continue our efforts towards growth and innovation in order to bring greater opportunities to the Merage community as a whole.
Today, all endeavors require at least a little bit of financial support and I plan on ensuring that we work together to optimize the use of our resources to give our peers the tools and opportunities necessary to enable success. I’m a firm believer that the best organizations are built off of strong foundations, and am excited to get the chance to be a part of that through my passion for innovation and commitment to the role.
After having received so much guidance and kindness from others within the Merage community, I hope to be given the opportunity to create meaningful change within the school for us students. If elected, I would aim to keep my goals of improving student life and relations and expanding school-wide networking and learning opportunities at the forefront of my future actions and initiatives.
Hello, my name is Joseph Woo and I am running for Vice President of Finance for Merage Undergraduate Student Association.
Throughout high school, I strived to make an impact in my community. As president of the Speech & Debate team, I helped countless members become proficient public speakers while managing the funds, tournament logistics, and the curriculum. As a founder of a community service organization, I organized and taught elementary school students reading comprehension.
Now in college, I hope to make a similar impact in my new community. I believe that I can be a positive impact by helping MUSA become stronger and guiding other business students to fulfill their utmost potential. I am extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to major in Business Administration at the Paul Merage School of Business as the professors, faculty, and students create a fantastic learning environment.
I believe that I am qualified for this position due to my internship for Lodge Consulting Group. Through this internship, I processed a hotel’s raw accounting data using Excel tools such as SUMIFS and Pivot Tables to analyze revenue performance. Furthermore, I analyzed hotel KPI’s and benchmark metrics against competitors to drive pricing decisions. I have experience when it comes to dealing with money and am confident I can use funds efficiently to create more events that will better connect the business community at Merage. If I am elected, I promise that I will work diligently to acquire sponsorships and raise funds to host great events such as Merage at the Bren.
I would really appreciate your vote!
VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS (1)
My name is Claudia Vu and I am running for MUSA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. Ever since I was in high school, one of my life goals has been to reform America’s education system. Whether this involves bringing back Home Economics so high school students graduate knowing how to write a check, or simply changing how information is taught and tested; I want to play a role in improving students’ education.
As a proud member of the Paul Merage School of Business and an advocate for educational reform, I would like to begin pursuing my long term goal by running for the MUSA position: Vice President of Academic Affairs. As a Student Assistant in the Dean’s Suite, I have worked with various Merage faculty/staff and would have no problem voicing student concerns on academic-related issues to the appropriate member. Additionally, as an incoming Peer Academic Advisor I will be providing academic and career guidance to Business Administration and Business Information Management students to further pursue my passion in assisting students. These experiences coupled with my genuine desire to to help others will allow me to build the bridge between students and faculty.
I love being a student of Merage and am so grateful to potentially have the opportunity to impact my school. If elected as Vice President of Academic Affairs, I would do my best in serving as a liaison between students and faculty/staff to improve the academic curriculum and address academic issues.
VP OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
Hello fellow peers! My name is Mary Hu, and I am a 1st year Business Administration major. I am running for MUSA’s Vice President of Technology because I am passionate about serving Merage and all of you! If elected, my mission would be to use technology to facilitate communication between business students, organizations, faculty/staff, and MUSA. This year I have had the opportunity to serve as a MUSA Representative, ASUCI Student Programming Funding Board At-Large Member, Women in Leadership Intern, and Campuswide Honors Student Council Representative. I am also involved in Management Information Student Society (MAISS) and Women in Information and Computer Science (WICS). I hope to utilize my experiences, and love for technology and data, to help engage students in the Merage community and connect them to more resources. Like many of you, I have a lot of Merage Spirit, and this spirit and love for Merage is what motivates me to give back to this wonderful school!
Please vote for me, Mary Hu, for Vice President of Technology! Thank you so much for your support.
VP OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (2)
Dear Merage Undergraduate Students,
My name is Ashley Chen, and I am running for the position of Vice President of Community Development. I am running for MUSA’s VP of Community Development to expand my responsibilities as a student representative and further serve the vibrant community of exceptional student leaders.
This year as a student representative of Merage Undergraduate Student Association, I have worked with the current MUSA board to promote the involvement of students in Merage through programs and services to facilitate interaction and the needs of BA/BIM students. Through my leadership positions and involvement in business and community service organizations, I have demonstrated leadership skills that would enable me to be a passionate, hardworking student representative for you.
As VP of Community Development, my primary responsibility would be to build a sense of pride and community amongst all undergraduates at the Merage school and to organize philanthropic events that develop students’ understanding of social responsibility. With my Civic and Community Engagement minor, I would work to create an engaging environment that embodies a diverse community of students through philanthropic activities.
As a proud member of UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, I am ecstatic to have the potential opportunity to utilize my passion for business and leadership to make a difference in my community. If you’re in the Merage School, please cast your vote for me as your next Vice President of Community Development!
Ashley S. Chen
Hello Merage Family!
I am extremely excited to run for the Merage Undergraduate Student Association Vice President of Community Development position, and I would really appreciate your support.
MUSA has been an integral part of my past 2 years as I have served as a Representative my freshman year and currently as an Associate. My experiences have allowed me to get to know the amazing people within the Merage community, who have inspired both my personal and professional growth. With this role, I hope to give back to the community by continuing to connect this group of driven and ambitious individuals to inspire one another as well.
As an Associate, I support this year’s MUSA board and collaborate directly with the current VP of Community Development, Michelle Han, in planning the Business Organizations Fair and the Business Fraternities Panel. I also currently serve as the Culture and Relationships Director for Lambda Phi Nu, a business leadership fraternity, in which I have planned and executed various internal events and retreats geared towards developing the relationships within our fraternity. With these experiences, I hope to create a platform to bring together the greatest assets of Merage – its people.
The Paul Merage School of Business is composed of some of the best administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and undergraduates, and if given the opportunity to serve as MUSA’s Vice President of Community Development, I promise to dedicate my time and efforts towards cultivating this amazing community through executing existing events along with new and exciting ones.
VP OF DIVERSITY (2)
Hi There, Merage Students!
My name is Hafsah Lakhany and I am a third year Business Administration student emphasizing in Information Systems, and Marketing. I currently serve as a Communications and Marketing Intern for The Merage School Undergraduate Programs Office, and a Team Leader for Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations. Throughout the progression of my last few years at Merage, I’ve found myself constantly inspired by the dynamic and diverse ecosystem of students and faculty members contributing to the fabric of our thriving community. As a community oriented, aspiring consultant committed to fostering diversity on all levels of student representation and leadership, please honor me with the privilege of serving you as your VP of Diversity.
ENZO WASHINGTON (HAIXIANG MA)
Nothing is more exciting than being exposed to and exploring the diverse perspectives of individuals from all walks of life, and all corners of the world. It’s what makes a narrow point of view transform into a worldview and turns small ideas into huge possibilities. With a greater diverse community, we can launch our innovative ideas into the future, creating prosperous and successful businesses in the world community.
Vote for me. As an international student, a former president of student association, and an extroverted critical thinker. I know the importance of having a diverse environment, and the beauty of it. I will bring in students, professors, and mentors from different backgrounds to give us the opportunity to be exposed to new viewpoints and perspectives that we can take into the future as successful adults. Furthermore, with my strong networking skills, I have connected with many professionals in more than 20 industries. They are highly knowledgeable and are eager to share valuable experiences with you.
I’m running for the Vice President of Diversity, because I believe I can make a difference in students' lives by adapting my skills and passions. I always dreamed of being a leader who could advocate for others' interests and empower them to explore their potential abilities to reach their goals. I see that by empowering others, I'm also empowering myself. This is a win-win situation. It has been deeply satisfying to be a positive influence on others and I look forward to work with you.
VP OF GRADUATE/ALUMNI RELATIONS (1)
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Cheng, and I am a 3rd year. I was on MUSA Board as the VP of Community Service in my 2nd year, and would love to be on Board again to add value to the Merage community. Majority of my mentors have been UCI alumni who mentored me to pave my own career path. Our alumni are a crucial component of Merage, and I know that strong alumni engagement will provide a plethora of career opportunities for students. My vision is to increase alumni engagement in order to create more career and professional opportunities for students by organizing more alumni/undergraduate professional and casual events. In addition, I would love to assist the Merage Undergraduate Programs Office in developing an alumni/undergraduate student mentorship program to not only engage our alumni, but also to provide more career exploration opportunities for students. Moreover, I see it as a way to create more value for the Merage community as an additional resource for students to utilize. Throughout my time at UCI, I’ve taken on several leadership positions in order to make an impact in the business community. I believe that my experiences as the President of Undergraduate Business Association, Chief Operations Officer of Lambda Phi Nu (Business Leadership Fraternity), and Peer Academic Advisor at The Paul Merage School of Business will greatly aid me in implementing my vision to increase alumni engagement if I were to be elected as the VP of Graduate/Alumni Relations.
Merage School students have until Friday, March 9th at 5PM to vote for their top choices in MUSA's 2018-2019 Executive Board.