Conscientious Student Leaders Selected to Organize Welcome Week

4/24/2020

The 2020-21 Steering Committee poses for a photo at sunrise along the West Palm Beach waterfront in February. Front: Libby Aaron Row 1: Hunter Forster, Samantha Wilber, Macy Beard, Emma Reule, Rachel Smalley, Taryn Browning; Row 2/Back: Jonathan Hernandez (kneeling), Christopher Morgret, Hannah McCanse, Liam Devine, Nathan Slager, Sophie Gonzalez, Nate Olver, Jessica Tarno, Victoria HolmesThe Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership office recently named 16 student leaders to the Steering Committee, which welcomes new Sailfish and their parents to campus every fall.

The Steering Committee organizes, plans and hosts Welcome Week, a weeklong orientation with 40 programs for new students, said SAIL director Natalie Johnson. Members also coordinate much-loved campuswide events, such as Mr. Charming, PBA’s beauty pageant spoof; coffee houses; the spring formal and The Moodys, a formal awards ceremony that honors individual students and various student groups.

The committee is composed of current or rising upperclassmen who are in good standing with university, show leadership potential, have good Christian character and demonstrate a genuine desire to shape PBA’s culture, Johnson said. They represent the University’s core values of accountability, excellence, integrity, love, respect and unity.

“They are the first faces that new families and new students see and meet,” Johnson said.

Steering Committee Co-Directors Libby Aaron (left, seated and wearing pink) and Nate Olver (far right) have their feet washed in a sunrise ceremony along the waterfront in February.Often, they also have unique gifts and talents such as carpentry, graphic design and videography that are helpful to the team. The rising Steering Committee was revealed in February and the announcement celebrated with a traditional foot-washing ceremony.

The current and incoming Steering Committee members have worked hard to host virtual events and keep the student body engaged while social distancing, Johnson said.

They’ve also hired Fish and Fleet leaders for the fall and will start training this week. Fish leaders guide a small group of students through Welcome Week events as upperclassmen buddies. The Fleet team handles logistics. Last year, 80 student leaders served 670 first-year students as Fish and Fleet volunteers.

“Welcome Week is one of PBA’s most beloved traditions,” Johnson said. “We are creatively planning and preparing.”

The 2020-201 Steering Committee consists of:

Libby Aaron Junior/Co-Director Communication Jupiter, FL
Nate Olver Junior/Co-Director Philosophy,Economics, & Politics Blairsville,GA
Liam Devine Junior/Returning Cinema Arts Jupiter, FL
Victoria Holmes Junior/Returning Dance Pedagogy Houlton, ME
Rachel Smalley Junior/Returning Communication Winston-Salem, NC
Taryn Browning Grad/Returning Organizational Leadership Jupiter, FL
Macy Beard Sophomore Psychology Chicago, IL
Jonathan Hernandez Sophomore International Business Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hannah McCanse Sophomore Human Health & Performance Palm Harbor, FL
Samantha Wilber Junior English Windermere, FL
Emma Reule Junior Ministry Tampa, FL
Jessica Tarno Sophomore Graphic Design & Cinema Arts West Palm Beach, FL
Sophie Gonzalez Junior Biology Pre-Health Boynton Beach
Christopher Morgret Sophomore Marine Biology Chardon, OH
Hunter  Forster Sophomore Cinema Arts Safety Harbor, FL
Nathan Slager Sophomore Nursing Frankfort, IL

 

Photo 1: The 2020-21 Steering Committee poses for a photo at sunrise along the West Palm Beach waterfront in February. Front: Libby Aaron Row 1: Hunter Forster, Samantha Wilber, Macy Beard, Emma Reule, Rachel Smalley, Taryn Browning; Row 2/Back: Jonathan Hernandez (kneeling), Christopher Morgret, Hannah McCanse, Liam Devine, Nathan Slager, Sophie Gonzalez, Nate Olver, Jessica Tarno, Victoria Holmes

Photo 2: Steering Committee Co-Directors Libby Aaron (left, seated and wearing pink) and Nate Olver (far right) have their feet washed in a sunrise ceremony along the waterfront in February.