MSG Chair

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    Kimberly Runyan

    Responsible for leading Merrill Student Government (MSG), the chair facilitates the development and achievement of MSG’s mission and goals. Works closely with the MSG Advisor to achieve group goals and facilitate positive group development. Responsible for leading and preparing the agenda for weekly meetings. Represents MSG to Merrill College staff and other student groups. The Chair is to hold at least two weekly office hours in coordination with the MSG advisor. The MSG Chair will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. Office hours: Thursdays, 6-7pm at Casa Latina, 3rd Floor.


  • Vice Chair

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    Lily Bastida

    Furthers the aims and goals of MSG by overseeing action committees created by the group and coordinating MSG’s development of, and/or involvement in social events, Town Hall meetings, and other major college events. Conducts MSG meetings in the chair’s absence. The Vice Chair is to hold at least one weekly office hour in coordination with the MSG advisor. The MSG Vice Chair will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. The Vice Chair will maintain weekly office hours. Please check back in the Fall for information regarding office hours.


  • Treasurer

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    Karina Recinos

    Maintains an updated balance of all MSG accounts and accepts all funding request forms. The treasurer serves as a liaison between groups requesting money and MSG and works closely with the College Financial Advisor in distributing funding awards to student organizations. The Treasurer is to hold at least one weekly office hour in coordination with the MSG advisor. The MSG Treasurer will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Secretary

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    Patricia Gonzalez

    Responsible for recording and preserving meeting minutes and members, attendance. Responsible for communicating information to MSG membership. The Secretary is to hold at least one weekly office hour in coordination with the MSG advisor. The MSG will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Merrill Activities Council Representative

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    Mario Gaspar

    Attends both MSG and MAC meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of MAC issues. This representative will arrive prior to Fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.

  • Public Relations Coordinator

  • Diana Luz Morales

    Coordinates the creation and distribution of publicity for MSG events (e.g., posters, flyers, email postings). Solicits the input of Merrill Students in MSG activities, discussions, and decisions. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Academic Senate Representative

  • Attends both MSG and Academic Senate meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The Academic Senate is a cooperative board with faculty, professors, and students on committee that propose and vote on legislation concerning academic issues. This representative speaks on behalf of Merrill College students. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Core Council Representative

  • Represents MSG in responding to funding requests presented to the Core Council and serves as a liaison between the two groups. The Core Council is a campus-­‐wide funding body comprised of one student representative from each college. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Student Union Assembly Representative

  • Morgan Smith

    Attend both MSG and SUA meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SUA provides a vehicle for students’ voices at UCSC and is comprised of representatives from each of the colleges, the ethnic and cultural organizations, and the officers of SUA. The representatives vote and speak for Merrill students at SUA meetings. The SUA Representatives are to hold at least one weekly office hour each in coordination with the MSG advisor. The Merrill SUA Rep who is elected in the spring election will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. The SUA representatives will maintain weekly office hours. Please check back in the Fall for information regarding office hours.


  • Student Union Assembly Representative

  • Attend both MSG and SUA meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SUA provides a vehicle for students’ voices at UCSC and is comprised of representatives from each of the colleges, the ethnic and cultural organizations, and the officers of SUA. The representatives vote and speak for Merrill students at SUA meetings. The SUA Representatives are to hold at least one weekly office hour each in coordination with the MSG advisor. The Merrill SUA Rep who is elected in the spring election will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. The SUA representatives will maintain weekly office hours. Please check back in the Fall for information regarding office hours.


  • Student Union Assembly Representative

  • Attend both MSG and SUA meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SUA provides a vehicle for students’ voices at UCSC and is comprised of representatives from each of the colleges, the ethnic and cultural organizations, and the officers of SUA. The representatives vote and speak for Merrill students at SUA meetings. The SUA Representatives are to hold at least one weekly office hour each in coordination with the MSG advisor. The Merrill SUA Rep who is elected in the spring election will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. The SUA representatives will maintain weekly office hours. Please check back in the Fall for information regarding office hours.


  • Student Union Assembly Alternative Representative

  • Attend both MSG and SUA meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SUA provides a vehicle for students’ voices at UCSC and is comprised of representatives from each of the colleges, the ethnic and cultural organizations, and the officers of SUA. The representatives vote and speak for Merrill students at SUA meetings. The SUA Representatives are to hold at least one weekly office hour each in coordination with the MSG advisor. The Merrill SUA Rep who is elected in the spring election will arrive prior to fall move in and participate in move in day as well as represent MSG at welcome week activities unless receiving prior approval of absence from the MSG advisor. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG. The SUA representatives will maintain weekly office hours. Please check back in the Fall for information regarding office hours. 

  • Student Union Governance Board Representative

  • Attends both MSG and SUGB meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SUGB is the student-­‐run governing board concerning the student union facilities and other event centers. This representative speaks and votes on behalf of Merrill College students. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Student Committee on Committees Representative

  • Attends both MSG and SCOC meetings to keep MSG members and Merrill College informed of campus-­‐wide issues. The SCOC is the student-­‐run advisory board, which reviews the activities of student-­‐involved committees and appoints new members. This representative votes and speaks for Merrill Students at SCOC meetings. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Designated Alternate

  • Attends all MSG meetings and is the first appointed to any eligible positions vacated by current representatives. This officer has one vote in all decisions legislated by MSG.


  • Community Service Representative

  • The Community Service Representative is responsible for creating events for MSG members to collaborate with any organization, faculty, staff, or anything deemed appropriate with the intended purpose of allotting community service opportunities. The Community Service Representative will work with the Public Relations coordinator to organize Merrill’s involvement in Relay for Life®.

  • Residential Assistant Liaison

  • The Residential Assistant (RA) Liaison is a Residential Assistant who is responsible for exchanging information between the RA space and the MSG space.

  • Advisor

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    Veronica Vasquez

    Serves in an advisory role to the MSG body, oversees the training and leadership development of the elected officers.