Student Senate Names 2015 Officers

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Students at West Virginia Wesleyan College recently elected the executive committee members of its Student Senate. Individuals selected to these respected positions are Cody O’Meara, president; Sydney Pettit, vice president; Shawna Clayton, secretary; and Yvonne Burch, treasurer.

“I am very honored and excited to be elected as the Student Senate President,” said O’Meara. “We have an amazing, motivated executive board this year who will help to keep each other accountable, so our possibilities are endless. Our goal is to be a valuable asset to the student body and help to provide the best college experience possible.”

Pettit, a junior from Sand Fork, WV, is a business management major and political science minor.

“Throughout my term, I would like for more students to understand how Student Senate can serve them, whether that be personally or through their campus organization,” Pettit said. “As a voice for the students, I want to report accurate likes, dislikes, problems, and concerns so that they can be addressed efficiently.”

Clayton, a Clarksburg, WV native, will be serving as the new secretary of the Senate. Clayton is majoring in pre-art therapy, drawing and painting, and psychology with an honors minor.

“I plan to fulfill my new duties to the best of my ability, updating and improving organization within Student Senate.  I hope to bring some new perspectives to the table as an Art student who has also been a part of a lot of community service in the three years I have been here,” Clayton stated.

Burch, a junior from Windsor Heights, WV is a double-major in accounting and criminal justice.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Student Senate Treasurer at Wesleyan,” commented Burch. “I plan to fulfill my role as the new Treasurer by staying organized and using my educational background in accounting to help me best serve the student body.”

Wesleyan’s Student Senate works to increase student participation in campus events and organizations; improve communication among student government and class officers; develop a formal honor code and academic rights; and encourage attendance at meetings.

The executive members of the Student Senate meet each week with class officers, members-at-large, and chairs of various committees to discuss campus issues, activities, and events. Biweekly, they host a general assembly where every campus organization is required to send one representative. This meeting is intended to give information about upcoming events and projects on campus for representatives to take back to their organization.