The Western Student Association got down to business Wednesday, with the announcement of several programs and confirmation of multiple officers.
Sean Nicholl, President of WSA, got the ball rolling with the State of the Association Address, in which he emphasized WSA’s recent partnerships with the music and theatre programs and the recent Rock the Vote campaign.
Following Nicholl was Elaine Russell, Director of Sports Marketing for Western.
Russell announced that the Sports Marketing team will be conducting a new promotion for the athletic department in order to game attendance and school spirit. This Saturday, Sept. 22, students will be eligible to win gift cards for wearing #ThePowerofGold t-shirts to the football game against the University of Connecticut.
The meeting concluded with the confirmation of several important positions. Jay Moore, College of Arts and Sciences, and Taylor VanDuyn, College of Fine Arts, were both voted in as Senators.
Colin Engel, Brian Sampson and Gina Cavanaugh were all confirmed as Allocations Commission Chair Members as well. Allocations Commission Chairs shoulder the responsibility of allocating student funds to different organizations.
“It’s really wonderful to have so many fresh faces,” said Nicholl. “We are really pleased with the diversity of the new members as well, from their ages to their majors, we should be able to get a good feel for what the entire University wants.”
The most notable addition to WSA was Jonathan Jackson, the new Community Involvement Chair Appointee.
“I want to get WSA and WMU as a whole more aware and involved with the plethora of good initiatives happening in and around the Kalamazoo-Portage areas,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s focus is to increase student involvement in the community, and some of his goals include hosting a veteran’s 5K, a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and a United Way event.
The WSA has gotten off to a good start so far, and hopes to continue that trend with President Dunn kicking off next weeks meeting.