On Friday, January 20, 2017, elections were held for the new Service Leader Executive Board (SLEB) for the 2017-2018 year. SLEB is the group on campus that oversees and executes all the special community service events, ongoing service projects, and some one-day service projects. SLEB’s other purpose is to inspire a love for service in others.
The Wilmington College website describes SLEB as, “a great chance to explore your creativity, strengthen your leadership skills and learn effective event planning while also learning about yourself and the surrounding community.”
Inspiring others to give of themselves and their time can be a difficult task, but if anyone can inspire a love of service, Keni Brown as SLEB President might just be the person up to that task: “By the simplest act of giving your time to help out and make a difference, you can change someone’s life for the better, or even just someone’s day. There are so many people out there that could use just one good day in their life, and it’s important to keep that in mind as more and more service projects come out of the woodwork. Sure, it may take an hour or two out of your day, but that’s a small price to pay if that time is being used for the greater good of the people around you.”
“By the simplest act of giving your time to help out and make a difference, you can change someone’s life for the better, or even just someone’s day.” – Keni Brown, SLEB President
Newly elected SLEB President, Keni Brown, has an unaltered passion for service. She is a sophomore with a double major in English and Education. She is a part of the WC Theatre Department, Honors Program, and the community service chair for her sorority, Delta Omega Theta. Even though Brown is new to her position, she already has strong goals set for the year. She wants to broaden the reach of SLEB within the Wilmington community and grow stronger connections with community members. Brown also hopes for her fellow students to develop as leaders and grow as people.
Brown says of her board members, “This stands true for both returning and new members – there is always work to be done, regardless of if it’s external projects or internal progress. Focusing on these two goals will bring the board to success in both their professional and personal lives.”
Along with the regular elections, a new chair was added to SLEB’s roster. The Greek Community Service Chair is Mathew Perry. He is a junior majoring in AYA Education. He also covers Public Relations for the Student Government association and Greek Council, and is a member of Sigma Zeta fraternity. This new position was created to have someone act as a liaison between the service house and the Greek community. Greek organizations on campus are heavily service-oriented and need someone to be that go-between contact for upcoming service projects.
To Perry, service is something new. He says, “It really gives me a different perspective on how well I have it.”
“[Service] really gives me a different perspective on how well I have it.” – Mathew Perry, Greek Community Service Chair
The new Service Leader Executive Board is as follows:
President: Keni Brown
Vice President/Publicity: Hillary Mitchell
Greek Community Service: Mathew Perry
Philanthropy/Relay Co-Coordinator: Andrea Barga
Adopt-A-School: Jessica Fair and Jen Cochran
Pet Pals: Emory Triance
Clinton County Fairgrounds: Sydney Dick
Grand Socials: Corenna Oeder
Advocacy: Maraya Wahl
Hunger and Homelessness: Sophia Hallam
Environmental: Jayme Mabry
National Days of Service/Relay Co-Coordinator: Shelby Dodds
Local Days of Service: Alyssa Rogers
If anyone is interested in volunteering or joining in on any service projects, check SignUp Genius. There are always service opportunities and volunteer spots to be filled. If there are any questions, contact Keni Brown or Tara Lydy, the director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, or stop by the service house located next to Boyd Cultural Arts Center. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of SLEB, transitions are done every January. Watch for applications next Fall!
SLEB and the Center for Service and Civic Engagement do so much for Wilmington College and its community. We are all excited to see what new things SLEB accomplishes this year with its new board in place. Good luck!
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