This Is How We Work

As promised, I interviewed Will last week. Will Henry is the chair of the Environmental Committee and senator in Budget Committee. Today, Will will share his experience in the student government. 

Tell us what you do as senator and head of the Environmental Committee of PSGA? 

I am responsible for creating new projects each semester that make Park a more sustainable and safe environment. 

What is the best advice you've  ever received? And what would you advice to everybody today?

My favorite piece that I've always been told is to work smarter, not harder to reach goals. If I could give advice to anyone it would definitely be work smarter and be passionate about what field you are in. 

What are the most important decisions as senator you've made so far?

Implementing the light posts down by Copley Quad was the biggest decision I've made as a senator in my 3 years.

What is one characteristics that you believe every leader should possess?

Passion about what you're doing. If you are passionate then you will have the ability to lead better.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader? 

Expanding my horizons through volunteering and extra curricular activities on campus. Meeting more people through these activities gives me different perspectives. 

What is your study jam? 

Pipe It Up by Migos.

Last question of our today's interview. Whom would you like to nominate for the interview? 

Blake Sellers

Next week we will publish Blake's interview. Don't miss a chance to get to know leaders on your campus.

Starting today, we will publish a series of interviews that will tell you who we are and what we do. Today, Grant Williams, current President of Park Student Government Association, will share with you what his role is and what he does to improve students' experience at Park University. 

Tell us what you do as a President of PSGA?

As a President of PSGA, I support other members of executive board and make sure that they accomplish their goals. Outside of that, I meet with the President of Park University once a month and maintain relationship with senior leadership. This connection helps us partner with university leadership for different projects and make sure that students' voice is heard. 

What is the best advice you've  ever received? And what would you advice to everybody today?

I can't think of the best advice I have received. Everyone in my life is important in shaping who I am. Saying that one person has impacted my life better than the other person wouldn't be truth. 

The best advice that I want to give to all our readers today is actually from Billy Joel's song "Vienna". One of the lines says: "Slow down, you're doing fine. You can' be everything you want to be before your time." Going off of that, my advice is everything happens for a reason and you have to trust that everything is going to be okay,and things will work out.

What are the most important decisions as a President of Student Government you've made so far?

The most important decision I've made since the beginning of my term is change of structure of our meetings. In the beginning of the semester, we made every other Friday committees week. We might take care of some general assembly items, like general allocations and special funding requests. The other important decisions I've made is appointments. Back in December we appointed two new senators and recently we sworn in four new senators. It's important that some of the senators are new to the senate because it brings a fresh look and new perspective to the Student Government.  

What is one characteristics that you believe every leader should possess?

In my opinion, every leader needs to possess understanding, empathy. People work hard if they trust their leader and know that they are respected. Because of that, you build a good relationship with your colleagues. This will help them accomplish their goals.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

Right now I'm trying to maintain open mindset. I also try to get feedback from other members of the executive board, senators and advisers. I try to learn from advisers, from their experience and advises. 

What is your study jam?

I don't have a study jam. When I listen to music with lyrics, I don't get the work done because I start to sing along with the song. If I really really want to listen to something while I'm doing homework, I will turn on the music with no lyrics. YouTube has a playlist of productivity music. Check it out!

Last question of our today's interview. Whom would you like to nominate for the interview?

I'd love to see Will Henry answer these same questions.

Stay tuned and don't miss out Will's responses. 

Meet Our New Senators!

The Freshmen election results were announced on September 9th, 2016. 

Olivia Biles is one of our new elected freshmen senators. Olivia's goal is "to help make Park a place that prospective students will find more attractive when searching for an institution to attend".

Devon Schrier is the second elected freshman senator. His goal is to “to be a voice for the student body and to assist in any means feasible”.

Ghislaine Fumey is the third elected freshman senator. “I want to be a senator to be able to represent the freshmen class and multicultural students”, said Ghislaine. She states that her goal this term is to better at decision making as it relates to Park University.

Michael Lim is elected upperclassman senator. “I would like to be involved in school activities and well as to have a chance to give back to the community”, said Michael. His goal is “to improve the image of Park University around the nation by being involved in PSGA”.

Meet Your New Student Senate!

Park Student Government Association election results were announced on April 18th. According to our records, about 200 students voted in this year's elections. 

President. Junior Max Mohr was elected President. Max's goals for 2016-2017 are to see more clarity among the students and the student government and administration. "We've done some wonderful things in past and I want to continue that", said Mohr during his campaign. He wants to become a player in the Park University's success and has ideas and qualities that will allow that.

Vice-President. Sophomore James Boyer was elected Vice-President. James will continue serving as Chair of Student Technology Fee Committee. "Advancing technology is extremely beneficial to the every day life of each student, as well as having the potential to vastly improve the educational impact Park University has on its students", said Boyer. He hopes to make as vast of an improvement to the technology at Park University as he possibly can.

Business Manager. Senior Madison Workman was elected Business Manager. One of Madison's goals is to make our campus more Eco-efficient. She hopes that her skills will help improve the communication between students and administration.

Secretary. Senior Grant Williams was elected Secretary. Grant wants to see an engaged general assembly of senators, as well as engagement from students that are not in elected positions. "Furthermore, I would like to see PSGA cooperate with other students and clubs on campus to complete a service project for area school districts that involves volunteering in classrooms and at local public schools", said Williams.

The following is the full list of elected senators:

Upperclassmen senators:

Aaliyah Brown
George Cater
Destinee Dale
William Henry
Alayna Howard
TuRuan Johnson
Ronald Lang

Michael Lim
Lu Lua
Rafael Marin Castaneda
Armando Moran
Thomas Murphy
Emily Raffety
Nathan Stegemann


Freshman Senators:

Olivia Biles

Devon Schrier

Ghislaine Fumey