Trevor Tooke, a junior majoring in business management, was recently elected as Student Body President for the 2009-2010 school year. Tooke, a native of Utah County, said that his favorite part of campaigning was being able to talk to the students and see them get excited about having a voice. Let’s hear what he has to say about his experience and his plans for the future:

Q: What was the first thought that came to mind after you found that your team had won?

A: Every thought, dream, aspiration and all the years of practice was finally coming true and it’s go-time, so let’s get to work!

Q: What is one thing you would like to change during your presidency?

A: I want to improve the campus recycling program.

Q: In your opinion, what was the most important issue on you team’s platform and why?

A: Being an accurate student voice, because we aren’t doing this for our own reasons or resumes but for them — they are our number one priority.

Q: What will be done to accomplish this specific goal?

A: We will be open to not only listen to the student voice through more open forums, online blogs, talking to the students, suggestion boxes, etc., but also by taking action to make those things happen. We aren’t afraid of change or taking a risk and going out on a limb, that is where the fruit is, right?

Q: What is your vision for UVU?

A: A university with most school spirit because of the amazing programs, teachers, athletics, environment and experience that all students desire. Being fully engaged in the community and a place where learning is enjoyable. UVU will become the most popular university in Utah and west coast for its unique perspective on education and being engaged through education.

Q: What is one thing about yourself that the UVU community might not know?

A: I love Broadway music, rap music, country music, punk music and playing the drums to all of them while trying to sing along in my own Japanese translation (yes, I speak Japanese).