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Office of the President 2018-06-06T02:08:34+00:00

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Message from the ASMSU President

Hey there Spartans!

My name is Katherine Rifiotis, but you can call me Cookie. I am honored and excited to serve as your Student Body President, representing our undergraduate family of over 40,000 students. Our organization is committed to constantly improving the Spartan Experience, ensuring that you reach your fullest potential and create everlasting memories while here at Michigan State.

As the Associated Students of Michigan State University, we are dedicated to and passionate about serving the student body. Campus safety, health and wellness, college affordability, city relations, diversity and inclusion, student organization funding, sustainability efforts, academic scholarships, and so much more — all are examples of the tireless efforts student government members undertake on behalf of the students of this university.

As your president, I am committed to resolving differences when I can, taking a firm stand when I cannot, and devoting all of my energy in the upcoming year to fighting on your behalf. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about student life or MSU in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at president@asmsu.msu.edu or on Twitter at @ASMSU_Pres.

In Green and White,

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Katherine Rifiotis
Student Body President, ASMSU
president@asmsu.msu.edu

Office of the President

Katherine Rifiotis

President
Office: 517-884-8077 president@asmsu.msu.edu

Katherine Rifiotis, also known as Cookie, is the President of the Associated Students of Michigan State University – our undergraduate Student Government! She is a Senior studying Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy in the James Madison College. Before being elected to this position, Katherine served for two years as Vice President for Internal Administration and one year as the Associate Director for the Association of Big Ten Students – a conglomerate of all Big Ten student governments. As President, Katherine serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ASMSU, a 1.8-million-dollar organization and one of the largest student governments in the country. She is the primary delegate and spokesperson of the student body to University Administration as well as local, state and federal government officials. In addition, Katherine is the chairperson of the ASMSU General Assembly, running our legislative meetings with the goal of improving the Spartan experience. Her passion and enthusiasm for student involvement makes her always willing to meet/discuss/collaborate with student groups or individual students. Feel free to reach out!

Jack Person

Chief of Staff
Office: 517-884-8078 cos@asmsu.msu.edu

Jack Person is the Chief of Staff of the Associated Students of Michigan State University. He is a senior majoring in accounting and double minoring in computer science and information technology. He has previously served as one of the general assembly representatives for the Broad College of Business where he focused his efforts on improving academic governance and student resources. In his role as Chief of Staff, he oversees 40+ staff members across 7 different ASMSU departments. Within this role, Jack also serves as the staff liaison to the General Assembly and the rest of the Office of the President.

Dylan Westrin

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: 517-355-8266 vpaa@asmsu.msu.edu

Dylan Westrin is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at ASMSU. He is a senior studying Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with a minor in International Relations. As the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dylan seeks to enhance the presence of ASMSU within the academic governance structure by involving students directly into the University’s Standing Committees. He works with administrators and senior faculty members to ensure that all undergraduate students at Michigan State University can have a holistic and safe academic experience. Dylan is also tasked with recruiting students to serve on the Student Caucus, a facet of ASMSU that ensures the voices of undergraduate students are heard at every level of the University, particularly as it pertains to any changes the student body wants to address in academic policy. If you want to get involved with Academic Governance or have any other questions about academic affairs, do not hesitate to contact Dylan at vpaa@asmsu.msu.edu.

Dan Iancio

Vice President for Finance and Operations
Office: 517-355-8266 vpfo@asmsu.msu.edu

Dan Iancio currently serves as the Vice President for Finance and Operations at ASMSU.  He is a Senior majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. As the Vice President for Finance and Operations, Dan serves the undergraduate student body by overseeing the business and financial operations of the Red Cedar Log Yearbook Department, Legal Services Department, Student Rights Advocates Department, and other ASMSU Service Departments. Dan also manages the various ASMSU programs, which include the Blue Book Program, Readership Program, iClicker and Graphing Calculator Rental Programs, Loan Program, Bike Share Program, Safe Ride, and additional ASMSU Service Programs. Dan’s administrative obligations include contractual negotiations and maintenance, exploration and execution of new student initiatives, and development of student collaboration efforts. In his role, Dan acts in the best interest of the Michigan State University student body to enhance the student experience throughout their undergraduate career. Feel free to contact Dan for any potential collaborations or suggestions at vpfo@asmsu.msu.edu.

Eli Pales

Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Office: 517-355-8266 vpga@asmsu.msu.edu

Eli Pales is the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at ASMSU. He is pursuing a dual degree in political science and journalism. In his role, Eli hopes to increase students’ voice at the ballot box. He is planning to have voter registration and education available wherever possible on an institutional level. His department also advocates on behalf of students on important issues including student loan debt, ballot access, and criminal justice reform. Previously, Eli worked as the community liaison for ASMSU.

Mario Kakos

Vice President for Internal Administration
Office: 517-355-8266 vpia@asmsu.msu.edu

Mario Kakos is the Vice President for Internal Administration at ASMSU. He is a Junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Leadership of Organizations. As the VPIA, Mario works close with the General Assembly, the legislative body of ASMSU. The GA is made up of elected college representatives as well as reps from the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES), Council of Progressive Students (COPS), and other governing organizations (Greek Life, Residence Hall Association, etc.). He ensures that bills and resolutions drafted are effective and align with the Spartan community. Aside from this, Mario assists the Class Councils (Freshmen to Senior) on various events and initiatives that are worked on throughout the year to better serve the Spartan community. In his free time, Mario enjoys reading the ASMSU Manual and long walks by the Red Cedar river. If you are in anyway interested in getting involved in ASMSU, or want more information. Feel free to contact him!

Makenzie Bosworth

Vice President for Student Allocations
Office:517-355-8266 vpsa@asmsu.msu.edu

Makenzie M. Bosworth is the Vice President for Student Allocations. She is a senior studying Business Management with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. In addition, Vice President Bosworth serves as the chair of the ASMSU Student Allocations Board (SAB). The SAB provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES), and the Council of Progressive Students (COPS) groups. Any student organization can apply to receive funds for use toward projects such as events, conferences, educational programming, guest speakers, and more! Makenzie is excited to have a hand in empowering student groups in reaching their goals and full potential. If you are interested in getting involved in the wonderful world of Student Allocations, or would like to receive funding, please contact Vice President for Student Allocations Makenzie M. Bosworth.