WASHINGTON, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2014)—The new officers of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) are in place and ready for a new school year.
Senior Chelsea Wise, a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, is the new president while Gadwin Stewart of West Palm Beach, Fla., is vice president. Junior Elliott LaParne of Clearfield, Pa., a graduate of Central Christian High School, is treasurer, and Matthew Moss of Homestead, Pa., a graduate of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, is the new secretary.
“Being part of SGA is one of my greatest accomplishments and I am so excited to be working with a great team. We hope to bring any positive changes to the college in the near future,” Wise said.
Wise is a double major in psychology and Spanish with a minor in business administration and an emphasis in human resource management. She completed a Magellan Project and studied abroad last year, giving her the opportunity to travel to Latin America. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, founder of the Yoga Club, and media chair for Green Club. She also volunteers at the Washington County Humane Society.
Stewart is a business major and sociology minor. He has been involved in Black Student Union and Zumba Club. A brother of FIJI, he also volunteers at the LeMoyne Center.
“I want to bring some fresh and new ideas to the campus and give students a new sense of pride for what it means to be a President,” Stewart said.
Moss is a physics major and a computer information systems and mathematics minor.
“I joined the SGA joined because I wanted to become more involved and help make changes that students would like to see on campus,” Moss said.
LaParne is studying cellular/molecular biology and is involved in the pre-health program. Besides SGA, he is involved in the Biology PAL (peer-assisted learning) tutor program and Alpha Sigma Delta, the freshman honor society. He is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
“I wanted to become the SGA treasurer to gain some real life practical experience. Ideally, I want to own my own medical business and financing is at the core of every business. I also am a big fan of SGA and wanted to become part of the great organization. It does great things,” LaParne said.