As president, Bird is working to make SLCC a better school for the students that attend. In order to do that he knows that he needs to hear the voices of the people he serves.
“No one should feel intimidated at all,” said Bird. “I will work hard to make sure that your voice is heard. Students have all the voice that they want in this school.”
The first time that he ran for president, the incumbent beat him. Bird said that was a great experience to learn how campaigning and the election process work. His wife Kim supported his second campaign.
Bird grew up with four brothers in Murray, Utah and is a twin. He and his brothers built tree houses, swam down the Provo River and got into fistfights. He has volunteered at Jesus Saves to serve the homeless and has done several service projects. These include working at canneries, planting trees and helping with community gardens. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints in Sacramento, California. He loved it and says that it was “a great opportunity to serve people in all aspects of life.”
Bird, 23, has been married for two years and currently lives in Midvale with his wife.
“She organizes my life,” he said of Kim. She is a student at SLCC studying elementary education and works at Settebello Pizzeria.
An owner of a small business called Parking Solutions, Mike is in charge of managing accounts that include parking enforcement, permit organizations and striping.
He is 5’9 and 160 pounds with “rock solid abs” and has played soccer for SLCC as a defender. In high school he was involved in lacrosse, hockey and soccer.
He loves the outdoors, especially hunting for deer, elk and pheasants. He also enjoys fishing for catfish, camping and hiking. His favorite comedy film is “Dumb and Dumber.”
“Do I need to explain myself?” asked Bird.
The ending to “The Shawshank Redemption,” his favorite drama, blew him away. Bird says that it was touching to see someone who was innocent in prison still living life and keeping sane.
One of his favorite quotes comes from George Bernard Shaw.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”