The University of Tulsa’s Student Association (SA) announces its new leadership for the 2020-21 academic year.
Executive positions were chosen by the governing student body and appointed positions were elected through an application process, reviewed and interviewed by members of the SA executive team, student organization presidents and TU staff members. SA board members are excited to see what the new year has in-store and hopes to bring an inspiring and motivational leadership to campus.
Faith Nichols – President
Faith Nichols is a Tulsa native who is currently a junior majoring in management, economics and finance. After graduation, she hopes to one day manage and consult for nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Her favorite aspect of TU is the capacity for any student to make a tangible and lasting difference on campus. She had many reasons for running for SA, but one stood out the most: “I wanted to be an executive officer because I want to advocate for the student body. I look forward to working with individuals and organizations to make our time at TU more positive and impactful than before,” she said. In her spare time, Nichols is a part of Chi Omega, club tennis, Global Scholars, University Ambassadors, the Collegiate Philanthropy Initiative and is the president of the Asian American Student Association.
James Smith Williams – Vice President
James Smith Williams is majoring in finance and is aspiring to be the best VP he can be for SA. “I want my term to be tremendously productive so that SA can live up to our mission statement: ‘To create and promote intellectual, social and cultural opportunities, to act as a catalyst for change within the university and to advocate for the interests of the student body.’ Most importantly, I want to ensure that our students are properly represented by creating better communication between SA and the student body,” he explained. His favorite element of TU is the sense of community and feels that the campus environment is a very welcoming space where students, faculty and staff want each other to succeed.
As an SA executive officer, Williams wants to serve the student body at the highest possible level. “I hope to use the knowledge, experience and connections that I have made to help improve our university and the quality of life for our students. I look forward to working with SA leadership and administration on projects that will better student resources, organizational opportunities and student engagement,” he stated. Williams holds other leadership roles as the president of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, as an orientation leader, treasurer of Interfraternity Council and is involved in Future Alumni Council, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Katarina Michna – Treasurer
Katarina Michna is a sophomore majoring in computer information systems. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, she has plans to complete her accelerated MBA and become a CIO. Michna is passionate about flying and would love to earn a pilot’s license. When asked about what draws her to TU, she smiled and said, “I love the tight community and that TU offers close relationships with professors, faculty and peers, as well as the ability to be very involved on campus, even as an underclassman.” Michna explained that she wanted to be able to serve the student body as best as she can and help lead the campus through uncertain times. As Treasurer, her main goals are to rework the funding format to streamline the process and provide students more transparency on how funding decisions are made. Michna is also apart of University Ambassadors, Greek Life, iTU and Future Alumni Council.
Sean O’Brien – Secretary
As a freshman, Sean O’Brien has already set and accomplished some major college milestones. He is a computer science major from St. Louis, Missouri, and plans to work toward an accelerated master’s degree in cybersecurity. O’Brien quickly discovered that his favorite part about TU being a smaller university is his ability to be deeply involved and connected to campus more than he could be at a larger university. “I’m also able to walk anywhere on campus and run into someone I know along the way,” he explained.
O’Brien wants to be an executive officer so he can better serve the needs and concerns of the student body. “I served as a senator prior to running for secretary and I felt that while I was able to make a difference in helping students, I could do more as a member of the executive team,” he said. This year he looks forward to bringing in the incoming freshman with the Weeks of Welcome programming, and toward Homecoming Week. In his spare time, O’Brien is the secretary and service event planner of Sigma Chi, is the assistant recruitment chair of the Interfraternity Council and is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery.
Now for a glimpse of appointed positions in their own words.
These positions were selected based on an application review and interview process by members of the SA executive team, student organization presidents and TU staff members.
Emma Dawson: Chief of Staff – Cabinet
Major: Music education with an emphasis in instrumental studies
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri, but I just moved to Branson!
Future plans and aspirations: I have a passion for fine arts education, policy and non-profit work. I’m still trying to find the perfect job to combine all three.
Why did you want to serve as an executive officer? What you look forward to this coming term? If you know me, you know I’m in love with TU. My goals are to create a clear and transparent line of communication for all cabinet members, to promote synergy between the talented individuals in all three branches of SA and to provide TU students with opportunities to grow and learn in new ways!
Favorite thing about TU: The people! I’m amazed by the love and enthusiasm from TU’s student body. I’ve made the best friends and have had some of my greatest moments at TU.
Other student organization affiliations and roles: SA as Deputy Chief of Staff, Global Scholars, Jazz I as a drum set player, CPI, marching band, University Ambassadors, Women’s Lacrosse, Kappa Alpha Theta and NAfME-C.
Kyle Reamer: Chief Justice of the Judicial Council
Major: Geoscience with an emphasis in Earth and environmental science
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Future plans and aspirations: I currently have an internship with Lithochimeia Environmental Geoscience Consulting Firm in Tulsa. My ultimate career goal is to work for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency utilizing my knowledge of geologic mapping, image analysis and environmental topography.
Favorite thing about TU: My favorite thing about TU is Homecoming week. I love seeing all my alumni friends, spending time with family and enjoying painting, the bonfire and the football game.
Other student organizations and roles: I am a member of the Future Alumni Council, University Ambassadors, Order of Omega-Iota Xi Chapter, the TU Club Tennis, Geoscience Department Undergraduate Advisory Board, Tulsa Geological Society, the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. I serve as the Secretary for Kappa Alpha Order-Mu Chapter and as a Ministry Team Member for Reformed University Fellowship Campus Ministry.
Lincoln Hawks: Department Chair – Marketing and Communications
Major: Marketing and advertising
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Future plans and aspirations: Finish my accelerated MBA and go into brand strategy at an advertising agency.
Favorite thing about TU: The community! I love that the size of the school is so conducive to a tight-knit atmosphere. I love sitting in the student union for hours with my friends and I’m thankful for a school that fosters that kind of relationship building.
Other student organization affiliations and roles: I’m the Co-President of Aspiring Marketing and Management Professionals, a University Ambassador and the president of the TU Club Tennis Fan Club.
Kareem Ihmeidan: Chief of Staff – Senate
Major: Energy management and economics
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Future aspirations and plans: I want to attend law school and become a lawyer.
Favorite thing about TU: My favorite thing about TU is the sense of community that students have with each other. Students are willing to look out and support one another regardless of their backgrounds.
Other student organization affiliations and roles: I am a part of the Tulsa Women’s Basketball as a practice player, the Kappa Alpha Order, the Tulsa Men’s Soccer Club, Student Association as a senator, the University Improvements Committee, TEMSA, Service Day 2020, Student Association Representative, a student facilitator of T.U.L.E 2020, and MSA.
Nevin Shane Subramanian: Department Chair of Diversity and Educational Programming
Major: Finance, music and pre-law
Hometown: Owasso, Oklahoma
Favorite thing about TU: The diversity surrounding our campus and how everyone can showcase their unique differences.
Other student organization affiliations and roles: I am the lead intern for the Chevron Multicultural Resource Center, I am a part of the Future Alumni Council, University Orchestra, United Nation Associations – University of Tulsa Chapter as co-founder and president and Student Association as executive director for diversity and multiculturalism.
Lauren Lynch: Department Chair of Social and Community Engagement
Major: Business administration with an emphasis in innovation and entrepreneurship
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Future plans and aspirations: I plan on getting an MBA and then working as a business administrator.
Favorite thing about TU: My favorite thing about TU is the close-knit community.
Other student organization affiliations and roles: I am a member of Make A Difference Engineering and Aspiring Marketing and Management Professionals.