Honors Student Association

The Honors Student Association (HSA) provides its members with social and service opportunities aimed toward building its members' characters and fostering a commitment to lifelong learning. Paralleling the goals of West Chester University's Honors College, HSA prepares students to become forces for positive change in both the campus and broader community with focus on leadership, academia, and service.

Thanks to all of the HSA members who completed a combined 2,860 hours of community service this past year!

In recognition, HSA received the Community Service Leadership Award for 2014-2015, as well as Organization of the Year Award for 2018-2019. 

Meetings are regularly held on Thursdays from 8-9PM in BPC 101 (Business & Public Management Building).

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Community Service

Throughout the year, HSA offers its members a plethora of opportunities to volunteer on campus, in the local West Chester community, and in surrounding areas. Community service stands at the forefront of HSA values because members believe focusing time and attention on someone else's needs sets a foundation for leadership ability and reflects quality of character. As Dr. Dorothy Height, a great civil and women's rights activist once said, "without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop." HSA members facilitate and participate in regular Adopt-a-Block trash pick-ups, food drives for local resource centers, entertainment and socialization events for citizens in local senior centers, the yearly Aid to South Africa charity carnival, American Red Cross Blood Drives, the Bringing Hope Home End Cancer Halloween 5k, and more.

Academia

While service and leadership inspire much of the direction of HSA, the organization also holds on to a passion for celebrating and promoting academia. HSA organizes events such as the Outstanding Faculty Reception, which recognizes faculty members who students have identified as providing excellence in the classroom. Additionally, HSA has worked to form student-to-faculty research partnerships, most recently resulting in the publication of a project contributed to by HSA's Erin Yentz related to the Literacy and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

Leadership

HSA provides students with opportunities to put leadership into practice. The organization offers upwards of twenty-five formal leadership positions, including executive-leadership roles and committee positions. Through entirely student-planned social events, service efforts, and meetings, HSA allows members to enrich their creativity, delegation, communication, and team building. HSA programming directly aims to develop more engaged and active leaders and citizens. 

Executive Board

Carlyn Crisi

President

Carlyn Crisi
Major: Early Grades Preparation PreK - 4
Minor: Mathematics K - 8, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Lope Rojas

First Vice President

Lope Rojas
Major: Microbiology (Pre-Med)
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

James Lingman

Second Vice President 

James Lingman
Major: History
Minor: Spanish, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Victoria Grace

Treasurer

Victoria Grace
Major: Forensic & Toxicological Chemistry
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Abby Boquist

Secretary 

Abby Boquist
Major: English B.S. Ed.
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

 

Coordinators (Extended Exec.)

Carly Lare

Aid to South Africa Coordinator

Carly Lare
Major: Ecology and Conservation Biology
Minor: Communcation Studies, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2022

Madison Weaver

Aid to South Africa Assistant Coordinator

Madison Weaver
Major: Nursing
Minor: Communication Studies
Class of 2023

Zachary Zajkowski

Alumni Coordinator

Zachary Zajkowski 
Major: Secondary English Education
Minor: Mathematics, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Brian Lynch

Awards and Recognition Coordinator

Brian Lynch 
Major: Music Education
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Cecilia Tabor

Community Service Coordinator

Cecilia Tabor
Major: Early Grades Preparation Pre K - 4
Class of 2024

Mahmou Turay

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Mahmou Turay 
Major: Sports Medicine
Class of 2023

Jessica Mitchell

Fundraising Coordinator 

Jessica Mitchell 
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Audrey Carson

Historian 

Audrey Carson 
Major: Forensic & Toxicological Chemistry
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Alex Chura

Interfaith Action Coordinator 

Alex Chura
Major: Philosophy
Minor: Political Science
Class of 2023

Rebecca Eck-Olsen

International Outreach Coordinator 

Rebecca Eck-Olsen
Major: Business Management: Human Resources
Minor: Digital Marketing, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Jessie Hazell

Involvement Coordinator 

Jessie Hazell 
Major: Early Grades Preparation Pre K - 4
Minor: Theatre, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2022

Holly Liebenberg

Public Relations Coordinator 

Holly Liebenberg
Major: Marketing
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Noah Buckwalter

Recruitment Coordinator 

Noah Buckwalter
Major: Philosophy and Political Science
Minor: Communication Studies
Class of 2023

Corey Lane

Social Coordinator: Special Events 

Corey Lane 
Major: Political Science: International Relations
Minor: Communication Studies, Spanish
Class of 2024

Andrew Rubas

Social Coordinator: Periodic Events 

Andrew Rubas
Major: Secondary English Education
Minor: Political Science, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Zachariah Covelens

Sports and Recreation Coordinator 

Zachariah Covelens
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology (Pre-Med)
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

Sarah Leinhauser

Sustainability Coordinator 

Sarah Leinhauser 
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies, Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2024

Josephine Szczyrbak

Wellness Coordinator 

Josephine Szczyrbak
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
Minor: Civic and Professional Leadership
Class of 2023

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