ASG Inaugurates 2018-19 Student Leaders

Incoming and outgoing executive leadership together at ASG Inauguration on April 29.
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Incoming and outgoing executive leadership together at ASG Inauguration on April 29.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On April 29, the Associated Student Government held its annual inauguration. In the auditorium of the Reynold's Center incoming ASG student leaders were sworn in by Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, each promising to uphold ASG's Constitution and Code while representing the common interests and voices of all undergraduate students.

The newly elected Associated Student Government executive team was among those sworn in. These students include:

J.P. Gairhan, president: J.P. is a junior from Cabot, majoring in political science and history. He has served in ASG as a senator, the cabinet's director of Student Safety, as a member of the Razorback Action Group, and as a member of the Freshman Leadership Forum staff. J.P. has also served as the chair of the Distinguished Lecture Committee.

Abigail Walker, vice-president: Abigail is a junior from Fayetteville, majoring in English with a minor in political science. This year, she has served as the Freshman Leadership Forum coordinator. She was also the Razorback Readership director in 2017, and she completed the Freshman Leadership Forum program in 2016.

Isamar Garcia, treasurer: Isamar is a junior from Springdale, majoring in marketing with a minor in non-profit studies. She has served as a board member in the Office of Financial Affairs and as an Executive Cabinet member as the ASG deputy treasurer. Isamar has also served on the Student Alumni board for three years.

Luke Humphrey, secretary: Luke is a junior from Arlington, Texas, majoring in biology (pre-medicine). He has served in the ASG Senate, is the current president of Cross Church College, and has served two terms as president of the Razorback Booster Club. Luke completed the Freshman Leadership Forum in 2016.

Colman Betler, chair of Senate: This will be Colman's second term as the chair of Senate. Colman is a junior from Plano, Texas, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. He serves on the Student Alumni Board as well as the Volunteer Action Center.

Carus Newman, chief of staff: Carus is a junior from Oklahoma City, majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in physics. He has served in the ASG Executive Cabinet each of the last two years, is a member of the Razorback Action Group, and completed the Freshman Leadership Forum program in 2016. He has also served on the Distinguished Lectures Committee.

Will Clark, Freshman Leadership Forum coordinator: Will is a junior from Rogers, majoring in agricultural communication, agricultural leadership, and agribusiness. This year he has served as the Coordinator for the Razorback Leadership Academy in the Bumpers College, and he completed the Freshman Leadership Program in 2016.

Newly elected ASG senators were also sworn in on Sunday. The Senate is the legislative branch of ASG and represents the voice of all undergraduate students. Senators serve on several committees focused on issues as diverse as our campus. In addition, the Senate has a budget of $10,000 to appropriate for individual projects. Each senator has the power to propose bills and resolutions related to any area of campus life.

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

  • Olivia Chambers
  • Madison Wright
  • Marley Sims
  • Kat de Sonnaville
  • Tara Barsotti
  • Mallory Mixon
  • Gabie Gauthier
  • Daniel Webster
  • Kianna Sarvestani
  • Audra Karabinos
  • Delayne Coleman
  • Gabriel Masi
  • Garrett Dorf
  • Shaun Quirk

College of Engineering

  • Cecil Kidenda
  • Patrick Dougherty
  • William Moore
  • Jacob Carter
  • Nicholas Carter

Sam M. Walton College of Business

  • Cassidy Cook
  • Samantha Gregory
  • Noah Anderson
  • Austin Overton
  • Sam Pierce
  • Chris Pardun
  • Gabriela Gifford
  • Katelyn Collison
  • Collin Petigna
  • Kevin Tran

College of Education and Health Professions

  • Andrew O'Neil

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

  • Katie Gardner
  • Clay Smith
  • Darynne Dahlem
  • Lance Hewett

Newly appointed Executive Cabinet members were also sworn in on Sunday. Cabinet members will report to the chief of staff, the president, or other executive officer to fulfill duties within areas of campus life, academics, and student leadership.

  • Julia Nall – Assistant to the President
  • Anna Cook – Assistant to the VP
  • Hunter Simmons – Chair of Readership
  • Jared Pinkerton – Co-Director of Academic Affairs
  • Karsen Sims – Co-Director of Academic Affairs
  • Elonay Yehualeshet – Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Samia Ismail – Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • J'lynn Lowery – Co-Director of Greek Life
  • Strohmann Lowery – Co-Director of Greek Life
  • Anna Cunningham – Co-Director of University Traditions
  • Caroline Dallas – Co-Director of University Traditions
  • Ben Cameron – Deputy Director of External Relations
  • Amanda Funderburg – Deputy Director of Student Engagement
  • Lexi Robertson – Deputy Director of Student Safety
  • Patric Waymire – Deputy to the Chief of Staff
  • Caleigh Pickard – Deputy to the Secretary
  • Elizabeth Kimbrell – Deputy to the Treasurer
  • Mariam Siddiqui – Director of Municipal Relations
  • Mateo Lopez – Director of the Associate Member Program
  • John Hedgecock – Director of Athletic Relations
  • Audrey Walker – Director of Boss Hog Outfitters
  • Triston Cross – Director of Campus Life
  • Emma Kate Dillon – Director of Communications
  • Luke Turner – Director of Data Analytics
  • Trevor Villines – Director of External Relations
  • Amarachi Onyebueke – Director of Student Health
  • Avani Patel – Director of Membership Engagement
  • Ken Shew – Director of Multimedia
  • Samuel Lipson – Director of Transit & Parking
  • Alexander Johnson – Director of Philanthropy
  • Andrew Hudspeth – Chair of Safe Ride
  • Tommy Davis – Director of Special Events
  • Shay Longmate – Director of Student Engagement
  • Maria Calderon – Director of Student Safety
  • William Motazedi – Director of Sustainability
  • Noah Smith – Director of Veterans Affairs
  • Gabe Edwards – Liaison to Faculty Staff
  • Brandon Davis – Liaison to ASG Senate

The Office of Financial Affairs board members are responsible for the allocation of around $250,000 of the ASG budget for use by RSOs. This nine-member board meets weekly to discuss and analyze budgets presented by different RSOs. The 2018-19 board will include:

  • William Neely
  • Madeline Brown
  • Emily Richey
  • Ploy Pleetissamuth
  • Colin Gonzales
  • Sofia Hadley
  • Zachary Keating
  • Kirsten James
  • Adam Corral

In addition to these 9 board members, the following students will serve as Office of Financial Affairs proxy members, filling in for board members when they cannot be present.

  • Brittany Fulmer
  • Alexis Valdez
  • Nicholas Foster
  • Sally Gairhan

We would like to thank our 2017-18 ASG student leaders for all of their hard work, dedication, and passion for improving our campus for all students, and we would like to welcome all of our new and returning student leaders for the 2018-19 school year!

The Associated Student Government at the University of Arkansas is a student-led organization that acts as an organized voice for all students and strives to effectively represent student interest. ASG is a program in the Division of Student Affairs.

Questions about ASG can be directed to 479-575-5255, or

About the Division of Student Affairs: The Division of Student Affairs supports students in pursuing knowledge, earning a degree, finding meaningful careers, exploring diversity, and connecting with the global community. We provide students housing, dining, health care resources, and create innovative programs that educate and inspire. We enhance the University of Arkansas experience and help students succeed, one student at a time.


Associated Student Government,
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Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications
Division of Student Affairs


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