As the week progressed, you could see two-year student body president Chelsea Risinger take a step back from her leadership position and let junior Kaleb Miller take the lead.
And the newly elected student body president took the lead naturally at the Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) held at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, this year.
Executive council members on Associated Student Council (ASC) for the 2016-2017 Olivet Nazarene University school year were elected into their positions in late March. New council members attended the student leadership conference April 5-9, held every year at one of the Nazarene universities in the U.S. and Canada for students to dialogue about their positions and get to know the new councils.
ASC’s Executive Council flew to Nampa and stayed at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) for four nights. During this time, the new council members got to know one another and encourage each other in the positions they will be taking in the fall. The council members got to talk to leaders at other universities in similar positions.
Something that struck Miller during NSLC was how well-rounded the Executive Council is. “Some of our highest student leaders on this campus are from different walks of life, different backgrounds, coming together to represent our peers,” Miller said.
As incoming student body president, Miller’s vision for his term is to instill a sense of pride into the students at Olivet. “My vision inspired me to want to step up into this role,” Miller said. “[Olivet is] preparing us to be well-rounded leaders and people of faith.”
A new position has been added to ASC next year as well – shoes which freshman Daniel Kuruvilla will be filling as Vice President of Marketing and Content Management.
As Executive Editor of The GlimmerGlass, I got to tag along with this group. Although I am sad to say goodbye to this year’s council, I am already proud to know the 2016-2017 council members.
A tradition at NSLC is a dodgeball tournament pitting the universities against each other. As we fought and our way through, fiercely throwing balls at MidAmerica Nazarene University students, war paint on our cheeks, wearing ONU football jerseys, I looked around at my new team and took in all the chaos.
Next year’s council is driven. They have an obvious love for people, they are passionate and they care about this university. ASC’s Executive Council wants you to know that if you ever have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to stop by the lower Ludwig ASC offices. We will do our best to serve the students. It’s our job. And we are so blessed to do it.
—Grace King, executive editor