Meet your 2011 Dedman I Senators!

Name: Nick Bertasi

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: 2014

Major(s): Political Science & Economics

Minor(s): History

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: Club Soccer

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): University Honors Program

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

“I enjoy being in a position that allows me to positively affect change in our University.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?

“I hope to bring about some reforms to the intramural program.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

“There are so many great aspects of SMU that come to mind from the obviously gorgeous campus to boulevarding, but I think SMU’s greatest assets are the top quality people that make up the university.”

Just for Fun: Favorite Sport? [No Response]

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Name: Parminder Deo

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Biological Sciences & Journalism

Minor(s): Business Administration & Chemistry

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: Academic Resident Assistant- Morrison and McGinnis Hall, Student Senate- Dedman I Senator, Sikh Student Association-Vice President, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and Indian Students Association

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): Mustang Bridge Program

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

“I enjoy finding any issues students may have and fixing them. For the campus to be the best possible the students need to tell us their concerns so they can be changed.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?

“I hope to write a lot of legislation and represent my constituents the best I can.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

“ I like the fact that there is something for everyone. If you want to start a club of your interest you can. SMU, to me, is very open to the opinions of the students allowing them to make this campus the best possible.”

Just for Fun, Famous Person You Would Like to Meet?: Sanjay Gupta

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Name: An Phan

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Minor(s): Human Rights

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: One28, Club Tennis

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): University Honors Program, Pre-Law Scholars

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

“I enjoy being able to better serve SMU by addressing student concerns and working to turn them into legislation.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?  

I hope to become more aware of student concerns by meeting and learning about students in all different areas of the student body.  As I become more connected with a more diverse group of students, I plan to introduce legislation that improves SMU’s quality of life for the student body as a whole.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

“The school spirit and the dedication of our faculty to help students succeed.”

Just for Fun: What is your dream job? Lawyer

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Name: Scott Robson

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: 2014

Major(s): Finance and Economics

Minor(s): Marketing

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: IFC Executive Board, Mustang Heroes, and Intramurals

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): SAE

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

I enjoy discussing issuers with senators and coming up with solutions to those issues.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?

I hope to bring a closer bond between the school and its students. I feel this is key to gaining their trust and enhancing school life.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My favorite thing about SMU is the opportunities SMU gives its students.”

Just for Fun, Dream Vacation Destination?

My dream vacation would be to go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”

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Name: Christoph Schmidt

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): JR

Expected Graduation: 2013

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Economics

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU:

Student Representative to SMU Board of Trustees: Finance Committee, The Hegi Family Career Development Center (VP of Special Projects, Career Development Ambassador), Student Senate, Senate Finance Committee, College Republicans (Treasurer)

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): University Honors Program

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

I enjoy representing my constituents in Dedman on all issues, which are brought before the senate.  In particular, I enjoy healthy debates on legislation with the ability to speak on behalf of my constituents in representing their interests and well-being.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?  

“This year, I will continue to serve as a liaison between the senate and the students as well as a member of the Student Senate Finance Committee, with a focus on promoting the implementation of standard reading days.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?  

Opportunities. SMU affords its students so many different opportunities to get involved that it makes being a Mustang so much more than just being a student in the classroom. Whether you’re involved in Greek Life, Student Senate, athletics, clubs, or organizations, SMU offers its students any and every opportunity to pursue his or her interests.”

Just for Fun, Favorite Sports Team (if any)? 

“Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins, [and the] New York Yankees”

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Name: Savannah Stephens

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Undeclared (Will be Communications and History)

Minor(s): Undeclared (Will be Human Rights)

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: Panhellenic Delegate

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): Alpha Chi Omega

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

“I will enjoy being able to help my constituents and working with other members of senate to crate legislation that will help the SMU community.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?

“Legislation that will extend library hours at different libraries”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

“The family history and traditions that are here for me.”

Just for Fun: Your Life Would be Complete If . . .?

“I could become CEO of Disney.”

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Name: Jacob Watts

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: 2014

Major(s): Business, Economics

Minor(s): Political Science

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved in at SMU: [No response]

Club/Greek/Honor Society Affiliation(s): Lambda Chi Alpha, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

What do you enjoy about being a Dedman I Senator?

I love having the opportunity to give back to SMU while still a student.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Dedman I Senator?

I hope to create and enact effective solutions for many of the major issues affecting SMU students.”

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

Do I have to pick only one? I’m a huge fan of Greek life at SMU, but I also love the academics and the commitment the professors have to being great teachers.”

Just for Fun: If You Were a Billionaire, You Would . . . 

To be perfectly honest, I’d probably buy a new Audi and set aside some money for law school. I’d also give a portion of the money to a Dallas charity that my sister started called the Legacy Service Organization.”

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