In late April, Nicole Gaddie, a member of the Seattle University women's golf team completing her sophomore year, was elected as student body president. The native of Salt Lake City, Utah, will be embarking on a year unlike those of most other college students, even most other student-athletes. In the remarks below, Nicole introduces herself and talks about her plans as student body president for the 2012-13 academic year.

Hello Redhawks! My name is Nicole Gaddie, I'm on the women's golf team, and I was recently elected student body president. For those of you who know me, thank you for your support over the last few weeks. For those of you who don't, I look forward to meeting you and attending your games next year.

Last year I served as the athletic representative on ASSU. I became quickly involved with SAAC, RedZone, student-athletes, the athletic administration, and, of course, our fans. Deciding to run for president was not an easy choice. My fellow student-athletes are well aware of the time commitments required to perform at peak level.

At the end of this academic year, our school will complete our transition to Division I. On July 1, we will enter the Western Athletic Conference, and the importance of athletics will reach a new level at our school. This will be a momentous occasion, and all of you should feel honored to be a part of it. 

As an athlete myself, I believe I can boost our support within the school. Next year I want to continue the tradition of "Red Fridays," where students wear red on Fridays and receive discounts at various locations around campus and help foster school spirit. I want Seattle U pride to reach throughout the local community. I also plan to push for a smoke-free campus.

But the most important thing I can do is represent all of the Seattle University students. Remember that my door is always open if you'd like to talk about ideas or issues. I have high expectations for next year, and in the words of Greg Sempadian, the coordinator of events and administrative services for the athletics department, let's make 2012-13 "THE GREATEST YEAR EVER!"

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