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Honors College

Honors Student Association

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Honors College

Address:
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: 610-436-2996
Fax: 610-436-2620


Dr. Kevin Dean
Director

Michelle Wills
Administrative Assistant


honors@wcupa.edu

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.

Community Service

Throughout the year, HSA offers its members opportunities to volunteer many hours of service on campus, in the local West Chester community, and surrounding areas. Community service is at the tenets of HSA because HSA's members believe being able to focus time and attention on someone else's needs not only sets a foundation for leadership ability but parallels one's 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." Some projects and events they participate in includes Adopt-a-Block, food drives, Fall Clean-up at the Hickman, various needs at the Friends Association, service trips abroad, American Red Cross Blood Drives, WCU Banana Day, and fundraising runs on campus such as the Bringing Hope Home Halloween 5k.

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 utilize hallmarks of leadership, including creativity, delegation, communication, and team building. Additionally, leadership development is encouraged throughout the organization through programming aimed at developing more engaged and active leaders and citizens.

Academia

While service and leadership inspire much of the programming of HSA, a passion for celebrating and promoting academia remains a common thread throughout the organization. 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 partner student-to-faculty research partnerships, most recently resulting in the publication of project contributed to by HSA's Erin Yentz related to the Literacy and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

Executive Board

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Matthew Lienhauser

Position: President
Major: Computer Science
Year: Senior

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Ollie DeSarno

Position: First Vice President
Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior

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Elise Klingaman

Position: Second Vice President
Major: Psychology
Year: Junior

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Michael Nangle

Position: Secretary
Major: English Education (Literature) 
Year: Sophomore

Julianna Zak

Julianna Zak

Position: Treasurer
Major: Nursing
Year: Junior

Coordinators (Extended Exec.)

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Carrie Smith

Position: Aid to South Africa Coordinator 
Major: Cell & Molecular Biology (Pre-Medical Program)
Year: Sophomore

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Anna Dyska

Position: Alumni Coordinator 
Major: Mathematics (BSED)
Year: Senior

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Kaylee Richard

Position: CCC Coordinator 
Major: Business Management and Marketing
Year: Sophomore

Alyssa Harvey

Alyssa Harvey

Position: Community Service Coordinator 
Major: Public Health
Year: Sophomore

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Anna Hewitt

Position: Fundraising Coordinator 
Major: Nursing
Year: Junior

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Erica Knorr

Position: Immediate Past President 
Major: Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology
Year: 

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Kartik Kumar

Position: Recruitment Coordinator 
Major: Cell & Molecular Biology
Year: Sophomore

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Becca Shoemaker

Position: Social Coordinator 
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Year: Senior

Directors

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Katie Coyle

Position: Public Relations 
Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior

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Alex Dwyer

Position: Jazz Combo 
Major: Music Education: Instrument
Year: Senior

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Juah Toe

Position: Sports & Recreation 
Major: Psychology
Year: Junior

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Nicole Faiola

Position: Choir 
Major: Education: Voice
Year: Junior

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Mark Gutierrez

Position: Historian 
Major: Communication Studies
Year: Sophomore

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Kathleen Shultz

Position: Dance Captain 
Major: Biology: Secondary Education
Year: Senior

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Zach Davis

Position: Trivia Night 
Major: Accounting
Year: Freshman

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Sabrina Avanzato

Position: Date Auction 
Major: Molecular Biology
Year: Freshman

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Melissa Roth,

Position: Dine & Donate 
Major: Early Grades Prep/Special Education
Year: Junior

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Morgan Murphy

Position: Adopt- a- Block 
Major: Business Management
Year: Sophomore

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Ryan Smith

Position: TAG Executive Director 
Major: Accounting
Year: Sophomore

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Emily Matthews

Position: TAG Logistics Director 
Major: Public Health
Year: Sophomore

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Jacob Mann

Position: Honors House Sustainability/Graduate School Fair 
Major: Geoscience: Earth Systems
Year: Junior

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Matthew Graves

Position: Alumni Database Manager 
Major: Chemistry/Biology
Year: Sophomore

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Beth Brunnquell

Position: Outstanding Faculty 
Major: Early Grades Preparation
Year: Junior

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Helena McKendrick

Position: Student-Faculty Research 
Major: Middle Grades Education
Year: Junior

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Sarah Croft

Position: International Outreach 
Major: Political Science: International Relations
Year: Sophomore

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Courtney Purdy

Position: HSA Happenings Editor 
Major: Exercise Science & Pre-Occupational Therapy
Year: Sophomore

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Molly Parkes

Position: HSA Happenings Graphic Designer 
Major: Mathematic Education & Special Education
Year: Sophomore

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Alex Kuhn

Position: Technology
Major: Computer Science: Applied & Computational Mathematics
Year: Sophomore

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Hannah Laboski

Position: SGA Senator 
Major: Early Grades Preparation
Year: Senior

Aid to South Africa Committee Chairs

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Ollie DeSarno

Position: Assistant Director 
Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior

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Blair Cunningham

Position: Assistant Director
Major: Music Education & Violin Performance
Year: Senior

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Kirsten Loughlin

Position: School Outreach 
Major: Early Grades Prep/Special Education
Year: Sophomore

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Aly Magness

Position: Music & Entertainment 
Major: Political Science: Government & Politics
Year: Freshman

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Aly Magness

Position: Games and Activities 
Major: Political Science: Government & Politics
Year: Freshman

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Anna Dyska

Position: Games and Activities 
Major: Mathematics (BSED)
Year: Senior

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Sabrina Avanzato

Position: Food and Vendors 
Major: Molecular Biology
Year: Freshman

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Sophia Long

Position: Fundraising Advancement 
Major: International Business
Year: Junior

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Samantha Henderson

Position: Fundraising Advancement 
Major: Cell & Molecular Biology
Year: Senior

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Kaylee Richard

Position: Media Hype 
Major: Business Management & Marketing
Year: Sophomore

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Carly Lare

Position: Decorations & Awareness 
Major: Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy
Year: Freshman

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Hank Kahl

Position: Webmaster
Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior

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Julia Edwards

Position: Logistics 
Major: Pure Mathematics
Year: Sophomore

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Justin Sartor

Position: Treasurer 
Major: Mathematics/Actuarial Science
Year: Sophomore

 

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