Dean’s Council at WKU continues to grow

Mary Anne Andrews

The Potter College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Council of Students is in the process of choosing their 2012-2013 members.

The student ambassadorial team is responsible for running open houses, fairs and academic transition programs within Potter College. Members also give tours, recruit and mentor students.

The 2012-2013 council will be in place by Friday.

Through a series of yearly events, the council hopes to engage and encourage students within the diverse school.

Edgewood senior Elaine Burchett has been a member for two years and will return next semester before graduating in December.

“We had a really successful year,” she said. “We got a lot of applications, and the council is growing and becoming a great asset to Potter College.”

Burchette said since the organization is still fairly new, they will be assessing this year’s events and discussing how to improve them.

She said her favorite event this year was the Fall Festival.

“We set up booths that had different activities,” she said. “It was basically just a Potter College Fair. We had performers and gave out prizes.”

Adviser Jennifer Markin said the festival will be back this fall.

“You can’t beat pumpkin carving, caramel apples and student performances.”

Markin said the council is made up of students who want to serve their peers, Potter College and WKU.

“I’ve found students who are already involved on campus are able to bring a unique set of skills to DCS, which is why our membership is involved in everything from Greek life to forensics, from marching band to serving as a resident assistant,” she said.

DCS has already made plans to make a few changes to the upcoming year, Markin said. They will hold a mini-conference in the spring to help Arts and Letters majors connect classroom work with career applications.

They are also moving the “spring” dance to the fall to serve as a welcome back to students.

LaGrange senior and DCS member Caitlin Pike said this year’s dance was a huge success. Each floor of Cherry Hall provided a different atmosphere, which she said mirrored the eclectic nature of Potter College.

“I saw the potential in it,” she said. “I think it will be an event that will be synonymous with PCAL.”

Pike said DCS is important because it represents the largest college at WKU.

“It’s a really special group, because it’s a lot of unique talent all in one place,” she said.

Pike said the diversity within the group gives them the special ability to work together in a creative way.