Where else would you meet a long distance marathon runner who is a seasoned bass player and a graduate student studying Ancient Greek history? Well, meet 2013-2014 ASI student body president John Haberstroh. John was re-elected as ASI President along with his Vice President Jonathon Bolin for a second term, with a record topping 20 percent voter turnout. Last year was John’s first experience with ASI, winning the presidential election after a tough campaign against seasoned veterans and the second highest voter-turnout in an ASI election (14.5 percent).
John received his bachelor’s in history with honors in May 2012 from CSULB and is continuing his academic career as a graduate student in the History department. He is a member of several prestigious honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He was selected to be in the “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” two years in a row (2011 and 2012).
As a history major, John is dedicated to the field and has traveled extensively to Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, London and France, seeking opportunities for personal growth and broadening his perspective on Ancient Greek history. As a student, John continues to be engaged in politics on and off-campus, advocating for students by serving on the board of the California State Student Association and CSU-wide committees.
Born in Torrance and raised in Gardena, John graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. Although always busy, John is a dedicated runner and has competed in several marathons around Southern California.
With a year of experience under his belt, John plans to continue making positive changes within ASI to make it more visible and responsive to students. With new enthusiasm he hopes to make the campus more aware of ASI and all that it does for students. He plans to continue bi-weekly town hall meetings, weekly campus radio shows, and remain active on social media outlets to help increase visibility.
John’s long term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Ancient Greek History and become a professor. In addition, John and his fiancée Katie were excited to be new parents in October 2013. We have no doubt that John will be an amazing dad and a great professor one day.