“I am hoping to interact with as many students as possible, ” said Student Body President Jordan Slater at the Student Services Expo on Sept 19, tending a booth for the Weber State University Student Association and explaining to people the processes of the student government on campus, what they do and how to get involved.
The expo hosted a myriad of booths ranging from WSUSA and Service team, Campus Recreation, Student Wellness and Study Abroad. Unfortunately, likely due to the 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. time of the expo, it saw less attendance than other events this semester displaying services, clubs and organizations to students, such as the Block Party.
Slater and Vice President of the Leadership Team in WSUSA Bret Alexander, were relentlessly informing people about Student Government at WSU. Many of the students didn’t know much about the student government at WSU; in fact, some didn’t even know we had student government on campus.
“We are the ones that plan all the fun events for you,” Alexander, who was sad to note that a majority of the students that came to the table didn’t know who Slater was, said. “And, he is your president!”
Carla Jones represented the Center for Community Engaged Learning and spoke at length about the Americorps Program that WSU takes part in. The program is for students who are heavily involved in volunteering with nonprofits. The program gives scholarship money for hours of volunteer service to all of the enrolled students.
Jones noted that all you have to do is talk to her, do the online orientation and then follow the documentation process to be on your way to logging volunteer hours toward scholarships.
Alexander, who is also a member of the American Democratic Project at WSU, encouraged passers-by to register to vote as well. WSU is honored to be participating in the Campus Cup for 2018 that was created by the Lieutenant Governor of Utah, Spencer J. Cox.
WSU is competing to get the most students registered to vote, and then the most to actually see it through to voting in the Midterm Elections.
“We are competing against all the colleges and universities in the State, except BYU,” said Jake Robbins, public relations officer.
Alexander took it upon himself to inform the NUAMES kids, new to the WSU campus, that they may not be old enough to vote, but they can still preregister. He also advertised the upcoming National Voter Registration Day booth being put on by ADP and WSUSA Service Team because the students that register to vote on National Voter Registration day count for double the points for the Campus Cup.
The majority of the booths at the expo emphasized the importance of Weber Connect, the new app for WSU replacing Weber Sync. Multiple clubs and organizations, including sports teams and WSUSA, are using the app to create events that are easy to find, set reminders for and check in for with QR Codes for credit for attendance.