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Matt Jarrell, AS President
Over the summer, Jarrell has been busy planning ways to outreach to students, meeting university administrators and working with the Alumni Office to launch a new program. To better understand students’ values and needs, Jarrell has been working on planning and publicizing his “Talk Times with Your AS President,” a series of events that will be happening in October. The goal of the Talk Times, which will be held at individual colleges within the University, is to effectively reach out to students and hear their opinions and concerns about their University. Jarrell will also be speaking and soliciting input at Hall Councils once they start up again in the fall.
Over the summer, Jarrell has met with over 25 University administrators and has been learning about their goals for the year as well as communicating his own. He has also been working with the Alumni Association on their ASK (Alumni Student Konnection) mentorship program, which is scheduled to be launched this January. ASK’s goal, according to Jarrell, is to make alumni more accessible to students for internships, job opportunities and networking.
Morgan Holmgren, AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs
This summer, Holmgren has been working on developing a process to spend the money now made available to the AS from the changes in the Legislative Action Fund and developing a new office in the AS that would combine the government-related offices under one umbrella.
The Legislative Action Fund, which is the $2 donation that you can chose to contribute when your register for classes, underwent a change at the end of spring quarter and now the AS has a fund that is designated for activities that increase student participation in legislative activities. Currently, Holmgren is working on planning and implementing productive ways to spend a portion of that money. One of his ideas that he hopes to implement soon is an ad campaign with the names and contact information of elected officials to promote political participation among students.
Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, AS Vice President for Academic Affairs
For Rinonos-Diaz, the summer has been a lot of adjusting and learning. He has met with a number of people in the University administration and built positive relationships, he has been learning how to be an effective board member and he has been looking through documents and notes from the past year in order to educate himself about past decisions. Rinonos-Diaz has focused much of his summer on becoming as informed as he can because he believes that, if he is speaking for students, it’s important that he understands the issues and the decisions being made.
Outreach has also been a component of Rinonos-Diaz’s summer and he’s been e-mailing and talking to students, answering their questions and soliciting their input.
Bernard Ikegwuona, AS Vice President for Diversity
For Ikegwuona , a big part of the summer has been working with the other vice presidents and the president to create a cohesive Board of Directors. He believes that if the Board functions well as a unit, they will be able to better serve students. Tours and events, including Transitions and Summerstart, have also been important opportunities for Ikegwuona this summer. He sees events like these as chances to reach out to incoming students that might not be aware of the AS and let them know about the resources and support the organization provides. Ikegwuona has also been meeting with Michael Vendiola, the Ethnic Student Center coordinator, and has worked with him on creating a plan for the year for the ESC.
Virgilio Cintron, AS Vice President for Business and Operations
Cintron has spent the majority of his summer working on issues internal to the AS, including the AS Retreat and training, the Triennial Assessment Program and the Student Senate. Cintron also spent a lot of time working with the student directors in the AS getting ready for training and the rest of the year.
Another part of Cintron’s summer has also been working to add students-at-large to the Services and Activities Fee Committee, which determines S and A Fee funding contributions for the AS, thletics and many other campus programs. Cintron believes that having students-at-large on the committee is important because they add a new perspective since they don’t have a budget that will be affected by the decisions the committee makes.
Colin Watrin, AS Vice President for Activities
Watrin has been spending the summer planning Club Kickoff, working on developing a campus-wide collaborative leadership event and improving the newly-established Inter Club Council. Club Kickoff, which will be happening in mid-October, will be a mandatory event for all AS clubs and will provide them with an opportunity to meet other clubs, collaborate and learn about resources available to them. The campus-wide leadership event that Watrin has also been working on is planned for winter quarter and could possibly be connected with Project Leadership, a week-long, on-campus student leadership conference that began last year in place of the ACE leadership conference. For Watrin, one of the ultimate goals of these programs is to make Western a national standard for leadership.
Mike Pond, AS Vice President for Student Life
This summer, Pond has been working to accomplish some key goals that he’s set for himself. One of these goals is to create and implement a comprehensive transportation education campaign for Western students. He hopes that this will help students understand that the Alternative Transportation Fee they pay for each quarter goes to more things than just their bus pass and the Late Night Shuttle. Pond has also been working with the Residence Hall Association to help them plan the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) conference, which Western will be hosting this year.
H1N1 has also been an issue that Pond is actively working on in coordination with many other university departments. The AS’s role so far, according to Pond, has been to develop a poster campaign encouraging healthy behavior and providing tips for students and members of the university community as flu season draws closer.