In an effort to get more involved and increase upperclassmen engagement, President Nikki Devens, Vice President Valentina Prado, Finance Coordinator Francieska Boyko, External Affairs Coordinator Kyle Chan, and Programming Chairs Haley Diel and Bethany Aikenhead, have worked diligently to establish themselves as leaders in the Kenmore Area. Through advocacy and programming, the Area Council has succeeded in implementing new community initiatives, outreach, and involvement within the Georgetown, Canisius, Marquette, and Marquette South communities.
President Nikki Devens, with the help of the executive board and the hall representatives, has established a strong presence among the Resident Hall Association community. To date the Area Council has maintained first place among the RHA Hall Cup competition. Some of their accomplishments this semester include:
• Establishing the Be More. Kenmore. Pledge.
• Raising funds for Make the Wish Foundation.
• Increasing communication efforts relating to laundry machine concerns.
• Holding strong attendance at RHA meetings.
• Putting on tabling events to increase engagement and presence across the area.
• Strengthening area pride through T-shirt sales.
• Working on addressing hall improvements for facility concerns.
As a Resident Assistant liaison to the Area Council, Michelle Callegari, has valued working with a strong team in creating a voice for the community. She mentions that she has valued being involved with opportunities to foster “creating community and engaging residents” through the various programs put on this fall.
While the semester is coming to an end, the Kenmore Area Council hopes to continue to use the momentum from the fall to work on future projects and programs coming in the Spring. Once the executive returns, their focus will be on coordinating and collaborating with others halls in planning of the second annual Kenmore Block party in late April. Furthermore, the Area Council also plans to coordinate their second philanthropy event, spring finals care packages, and to take home the Hall Cup at the end of the semester.
Finally, as the student leaders celebrate their accomplishments this semester, the council also wanted to bid Kyle Chan a heart felt thank you and farewell as he studies abroad next semester. Kyle’s energy, support, and dedication will be missed in the Spring.
Interested in getting involved or sharing similar experiences as those mentioned above? Consider getting involved with Area/ Hall Council.