Future Leaders of New Paltz

The fourth annual Student Leadership Meet and Greet Feb. 8 provided opportunities for new students to fill positions left open by December and upcoming May graduates.

A total of 50 students interacted one-on-one with club, department and organization representatives, with free snacks and music.

Student Ambassador Leader Grace Seghini advises students to have a strong application with good references and be prepared for anything when applying.

“Keep re-applying; don’t give up,” said Campus Recruitment Event Worker (C.R.E.W) Terrese Young. “I applied three times before getting the spot I wanted.”

Applying can be a vigorous process. “Choosing is different for each leader” said Coordinator of First-Year Programming Tara Sestanovich.  “Some positions are paid, have a group process day or go by general interest.”

Some positions are open to students in any major. For example, the Welcome Center has eight employees to help guide first time visitors to the campus. They also answer the direct school line, ready to answer many types of questions.

“You don’t need to know every detail about campus, just the basics. You can pick up more knowledge along the way.” said fourth-year French and communication major, and student manager Jennifer Everdyke.

Proper training education for each position will be arranged once positions are filled.

The Summer Orientation Leader Club mentors help new students find the resources they need when campus comes to a halt during break.

“Only 99 percent of students come to orientation. So, that one percent may be lost when first arriving on campus. They need as much of our help as possible,” said Representative Jennifer Maurer.

  Student Leadership provides the student voice on campus. Many  departments are looking forward to meeting this year’s contenders.

Sestanovich says that students with the slightest of interest in a position    should not hesitate to take action.

“I hope that students who have attended the Meet and Greet and submitted applications for those leadership positions were able to continue in the selection processes and be considered for positions,” she said.

Crystal Patterson

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