The mood of the first class of UTS at the Clinton Maryland satellite center was upbeat and veering toward the heights of optimism at its first convocation on Monday, Sept. 28th. The celebration began with prayer of blessing offered by Bishop David Billings, presiding Bishop, United Fellowship of Churches International and UTS Board of Trustees member.

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In the midst of election campaigns in the US and around the world, UTS (Barrytown campus) held its own Student Council election for the new academic year 2008 to 2009, on April 10th.

The spirit of the election throughout the day was both high and bright.

Barbara Robertson, Emmanuel Tanui, and Kate Korda were the candidates for President, while Alexander Zamunsinski and Monyrinth Lean were up for the office of Senior Class Representative. Each candidate had a chance to address the student body and genuinely expound on their vision and goals for the Student Council throughout the next year.

Ninety percent of the votes were in by the evening at 7:00 pm. Votes were counted publicly following President Tyler Hendricks’ opening remarks. The result made history, as Barbara Robertson was elected first-ever woman Student Council President at UTS. Of course the Dean of Students, Mrs. Sun-hee Davies, was first one to grab the microphone and happily congratulate Barbara.

Election for Senior Representative was even more competitive. Alexander got 24 votes out of 49, and Monyrith 25 votes, thereby winning by just one vote!

The election was concluded with closing remarks by Dr. Hendricks and a big applause for all candidates as well as new elected and appointed officers.

Congratulations to the new student Council 2008-09: Barbara Robertson (President), Emmanuel Tanui (Vice President), Kate Korda (Master of Divinity Representative), and Monyrith Lean (Senior Representative).

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