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Step up into leadership!

Call for Nominations for the SSIG 2020 Elections Opens February 4th! 

This is your opportunity to nominate yourself or a fellow student member who demonstrates leadership qualities. Students are encouraged to run for executive committee positions and email their current SSIG Executive Committee with any interest in leadership, questions, or concerns. Below is a list of positions that will be slated for the 2020 SSIG elections.



SSIG Positions Up for Election!

The 2020 Slated Positions include:

President: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The President shall serve as the designated spokesperson of the SSIG. He/she shall be responsible for preparing agendas for all SSIG and Executive Board Meetings, preside at the meetings of the SSIG and the Executive Board, and shall prepare the annual report and any other reports as requested by the Chapter. The President will represent the SSIG at the Chapter's Assembly of Representatives and at meetings of the Chapter's Board of Directors.

Vice President: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President at the request of the President or in the absence of the President, and oversees SSIG committees as well as assist the President in the conduct of SSIG activities and assignments. The Vice President shall also be responsible for compliance of Bylaws and reporting bylaw changes to the Chapter's Board of Directors. The Vice President will represent the SSIG at the Chapter's Assembly of Representatives.

Secretary/ Treasurer: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The Secretary/Treasurer shall coordinate the development of a slate of qualified candidates for election as SSIG officers; be responsible for keeping the minutes of all SSIG and Executive Board meetings; submitting all meeting minutes to the Chapter office; notify SSIG members of meetings and prepare an annual budget based on available funds and make written financial reports to the SSIG membership and to the Board of Directors upon request. The Secretary/Treasurer will represent the SSIG at the Chapter’s Assembly of Representatives.

Special Events Coordinator: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The Special Events Coordinator shall oversee the planning of meetings and activities/events. The Special Events Coordinator will represent the SSIG at the Chapter's Assembly of Representatives.

SPTA Director: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The SPTA Director is the representative to the SPTAs community to the SSIG board. The SPTA Director will represent the SSIG at the Chapter's Assembly of Representatives.




2020 SSIG Positions that are NOT ELECTED, 
but appointed by the SSIG Committee include:


Transition to New Professionals Chair: Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The Transition to New Professionals Committee is composed of terminal year PT and PTA students that would like to get involved with activities aiding the transition to starting a career in physical therapy. The committee will be chaired by one student member appointed by the SSIG officers. The members of the committee work with the acting Early Career Liaisons to create a cohesion link between Early Career activities and those involved with the Student Special Interest Group. Their term length will run from June 1st of each year and conclude May 31st of the following year. Click here to apply. 

SSIG Communications Liaison:  
Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
The SSIG Communications Liaison is placed in effort to help coordinate communication specifically, but not limited to: compiling articles for the monthly SSIG Newsletter and submitting to Chapter staff by monthly deadline. Monitoring the SSIG Facebook Community. Processing join request for the SSIG Facebook Community. Contributing and submitting content to Chapter staff to be used on the IPTA Facebook page, Twitter, and LinkedIN presences, or any e-newsletter, as appropriate. Their term length will run from June 1st of each year and conclude May 31st of the following year.  Click here to apply

Core Ambassador to APTA's Student Assembly (SA):  Term June 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2021
Core Ambassadors (CA) serve as a link between APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD) and our Illinois SIG. Core Ambassadors are responsible for implementing strategies and initiatives to promote student engagement. Their goal is to create awareness of advocacy efforts at the state and national levels, and to provide students with opportunities to increase involvement within APTA. CAs communicate and develop student initiatives with their state chapter to enhance the student experience. Applicants must be in good academic standing, maintain student status at their programs for a least 6 months of their CA term, be a current student member of APTA and the Illinois Chapter, possess a willingness to take charge, follow through, meet deadlines, be comfortable presenting, and have a passion for the advancement of the physical therapy profession. This position is appointed by the APTA Student Assembly Board. To learn more about the responsibilities of the Core Ambassador, and to apply, please visit the APTA Engage Volunteer application here. (applications are due March 22nd, 2020.
For questions, contact our current IL Core Ambassador, Lindsay Ardiff, SPT at


SSIG Elections Timeline

Call for Nominations  February 4 -March 10, 2020  Click here to nominate! 
 Slate Announced April 15, 2020  
Additional Call for Nominations   April 15 - 27, 2020  
 Elections April 29 - May 20, 2020  
 Voting Close May 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM
 Election Results Published June 1, 2020
 2020-2021 SSIG Executive Committee Term   June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021  

FAQ: Elections

What are "call for nominations"? Each year, the SSIG announces their Call for Nominations. It is at this time that student members can nominate themselves, or another member, to be slated for an executive committee position in the upcoming SSIG elections.

Who can run for a position? Any PT or PTA student member of the IPTA is eligible to run for any position within the SSIG. The IPTA encourages any interested individuals to consider running for leadership positions.

What is the time commitment? We understand that as a student you already have a lot on your plate. Taking on leadership within the SSIG can be as involved as you want to it. Of course there are deadlines that are expected to be met, but the SSIG is all about developing leadership skills that will prepare your for after graduation.

Why should I take on a leadership position? Not only is serving as leadership in your professional association a great resume builder. But, it will help you expand your professional network by meeting active and caring professionals who are willing to assist you on your journey. It is also a great way to make a difference in what you would like see happen as a student member. You are serving as the voice for all Illinois physical therapy students - and with that comes the opportunity to see change. Plus, its a great way to meet friends and have fun!



Questions? Contact your current SSIG Leadership: 

Betsy Miller Tolisano, SPT
SSIG President 
Aayush Shah, SPT
SSIG Vice President 
Kimberly Ramirez, SPT
SSIG Secretary/ Treasurer 
Jessilyn Gibas, SPT
SSIG Special Events Coordinator 

Nia Green, SPTA
SSIG SPTA Director

Mandy Marsh, SPT
SSIG Transition to New Professionals Chair

Dena Kontos, SPT
SSIG Communications Liaison

Melina Clark, SPT
SSIG Student Mentor to Executive Committee
Matthew Nicholas
IPTA Director of Student Activities
Lindsay Ardiff, SPT
IL Core Ambassador to APTA Student Assembly


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