ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop's Council of Student Leaders (CSL) has re-elected sophomore Sydney Evans and junior Tripp Volk as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the student organization.
Both Evans and Volk ran unopposed in the April 5 election. The CSL meeting also marked the chartering of a new student group, the Winthrop Student Congress.
Evans of Summerville, S.C., will continue to act as the student representative to Winthrop's Board of Trustees. She has been CSL's chair since April 2009. Prior to becoming chair, the political science major/philosophy studies minor worked as CSL's chair of the Public Relations Committee and webmaster for the Web site.
As chair, Evans said she hopes to appoint more to the University Standing Committees and "give tangible evidence of how much voice students have on this campus in the decision-making process." One of her long-term goals is to oversee an election that allows for all members of the student body to vote on their student body president and vice president. Evans noted that in the next academic year CSL will launch the Student Voice Project, which will create a Web-based forum for questions, comments and suggestions.
Evans also volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and serves the student representative for the Quality Enhancement Planning Committee. She said she plans to continue working hard "advocating for students and making Winthrop, a place that I have come to see as my home, a better place."
Volk, a business administration major, said he wants advertise more and make funding more accessible to Winthrop's clubs and organizations. Currently, he facilitates the Student Allocations Committee, which offers funding for clubs and organizations for conferences, programs and supplies, among others. He also wants to work with Evans to see "a more democratic student government system put in place here on campus." Volk is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Students in Free Enterprise.
The Columbia, S.C., native said he looks forward to continuing working for the organization that "has undeniably enhanced my experience at Winthrop."
"Working with the countless students of the clubs and organizations has showed me the great unity aspect that is present on Winthrop’s campus," Volk added.