Welcome to the Student Government Association Executive Staff page! The SGA Executive Branch is here to promote, protect, and serve the students of FHSU. Some of the duties and responsibilities include: working closely with the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure prosperous growth for higher education in Kansas, collaborate with other Student Governments on legislative initiatives, protect and enhance student life, and much more. The executive staff works in the SGA office located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, Room 017. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. We encourage all students to visit our office with any questions, comments, or concerns. The Student Government Association is the voice of FHSU students, so let YOUR voice be heard!
Emily Brandt is currently a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Leadership Studies. Emily is from the small town of Beloit, Kansas. She has been a part of the Student Government Association since January of 2015, serving as senator for the College of Arts and Sciences; she was the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee before becoming the Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences Majority Leader. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Emily also chaired the Public Safety and Awareness Committee. At semester, she was hired onto the executive staff as the Legislative Affairs Director for Spring 2016.
Emily has a passion for civic engagement, student advocacy, politics, staying up to date on current issues, and getting involved on campus. While at FHSU she has served as the Political Science Club President, Vice President of Membership for Alpha Kappa Psi and peer mentor for the Heart and Mind Learning and Living Community. She also just completed her second year as an Orientation Leader for the department of political science. Emily is also a member for the Fort Hays Young Democrats, Fort Hays Honor Society, Brass Choir and Women’s Chorale. In her spare time she volunteers for the Victor E. Garden and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She loves black coffee and spending time with her cats.
After graduating from Fort Hays State University, Emily plans to attend Law school and practice environmental law. She is excited for the year and cannot wait to see what SGA accomplishes during the 2016-2017 academic year. Emily is looking forward to bringing relevant issues for students to light serving the student body of Fort Hays State University. She invites you all to stop by the office and say hello!
Vivian Agnew is a Senior, majoring in Political Science. During her time at Fort Hays State University, she has held leadership positions in the Residence Hall Association, and has chaired the Allocations and Student Relations and Involvement Committees as a Student Senator for the former College of Arts and Sciences, now known as the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Vivian has also work in the Center for Civic Leadership as a Student Coordinator of the American Democracy Project, and is a member of the social sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, as well as the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi.
Vivian has passion for civic engagement, and hopes to use her role as Vice President to encourage the Tiger Family to grow together as citizens of both our local, and global community. She is from Wichita, KS, and hopes to attend graduate school following graduation in May to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Community Relations Director
Ashley Templeton is a senior majoring in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Sociology. She is also completing a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and an emphasis in Photography. Ashley has been a senator in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences since Fall of 2014. She has served on the Student Relations and Involvement Committee and Vice-Chair of the Senate Affairs Committee, as well as the University Library Committee for 2015-2016. Ashley has participated in The BIG Event for three years as well as numerous other events through her time at FHSU.
Ashley graduated from Wilson High School in Wilson, Kansas in 2013. While at FHSU, she has been involved in Stripes for Hope, Sociology Club, SPURS Sophomore Honorary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Order of Omega Honor Society. She has also served as an Orientation Leader and is a colony founder of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Alpha Gamma Chapter at FHSU. In the sorority, Ashley has served as the Education Director and is currently serving as the Panhellenic Delegate.
For fun, Ashley loves to spend time with family and friends, read as many books as possible, plan her next trip to Germany, and cuddle with the World’s Greatest Cat, Mae (She seriously has a trophy, guys). Following graduation, Ashley plans on starting a career in or close to Hays and is excited to see what the future holds!
Samantha Morrissey is a senior majoring in Accounting. Throughout her time at Fort Hays State University, she has been involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has committed a lot of time and focus on Alpha Kappa Psi, holding a leadership role as Vice President of Brotherhood in a previous semester. She has also served on the Finance and Alumni Committees of Alpha Kappa Psi. Samantha has worked for The Foundation at FHSU as a Tiger Caller, staying in touch with alumni and soliciting donations to go toward scholarships and departments within Fort Hays.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with close friends and family, reading, and watching Shameless.
Originally from Kansas City, Samantha plans on going back home after graduating in May to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City to pursue her Masters in Accounting. After, she will have the 150 credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam and become a Certified Public Accountant.
Campus Relations Director
Brett Chrisler is a senior at Fort Hays State University, from Hays, Kansas, and is majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. This is Brett’s first year in Student Government Association, but he has been involved in other organizations. He serves as the Secretary for Society and Physics, and has been a member in Gay-Straight Alliance. Also, Brett is the FHSU intern at SuperDARN (Dual Auroral Radar Network), which is managed by Virginia Tech. Through his internship, he performs maintenance on a radar site that is located west of Hays, as well as conducts research using the data collected and Python, which is a programming language. Additionally, he is a member of the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma.
In his spare time, Brett enjoys running, hanging with friends, watching many shows on Netflix at once, eating sushi, and drinking coffee. Favorites include: Buffy The Vampire Slayer for Netflix, spicy crab roll for sushi, and an Americano with no room for cream for his daily Starbucks run.
After graduating, Brett plans on pursuing a Masters in Atmospheric Science.
Vilma Maldonado is currently a senior double majoring in Management and Spanish. Vilma is originally from El Salvador, but since 2003, also calls Kansas City home.
This is Vilma’s first year being involved in the Student Government Association. However, she has been involved in other organizations on campus including the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Alpha Kappa Psi, the National Society for Leadership and Success and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with family and friends, listening to music and watching movies!
Vilma graduated from Bishop Ward High School in May of 2013 and attended FHSU in the fall. After graduating from Fort Hays State University, Vilma is unsure if she would like to do a Co-Op with an external employer while pursuing a Master’s degree or apply for a graduate position at the university of her choice. Vilma is excited to be a part of the SGA Executive Staff this year, and looks forward for what is to come!
Legislative Affairs Director
Brent Hirsch is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Technologies with a concentration in Manufacturing Technologies. This year will be Brent’s second year serving in SGA. Last year he served as a Freshman/KAMS senator, while also seated on the Legislative and Political Action committee. Along with serving in SGA, Brent also belonged to the College Republicans, and the Phi Alpha Theta chapter. In April of 2016, Brent was elected to serve as a senator once again, this time representing the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences College. However, he gave up his chair once he was appointed to the executive board as the Legislative Affairs Director. Although Brent is only in his second year on campus, he has been very involved at FHSU. During his first year, Brent attended an ASGA training retreat in Dallas with other SGA members. He also participated in many community events during the year including The Big Event, Stripes for Hope, Tiger Day at the Capitol, and many other community service projects.
Brent Hirsch graduated Abilene High School in 2015 with a Senior Excellence award in the Vocational Pathway. He is attending FHSU in hopes to expand his knowledge in business and manufacturing. In his free time Brent enjoys hunting, fishing, wood working, and sports. In June of 2017 Brent will be married, and after he graduates, he and his wife plan to move back to their hometown of Abilene and begin their lives there.