D&E Students Elect Mostly Freshmen to Leadership Roles

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Friday, February 16, 2018

ELKINS - First the first time in recent history, students of Davis & Elkins College elected a freshman as Student Assembly president and a majority of freshmen as members of the Student Assembly Executive Board.

Following a three-day campus-wide election, students chose Madeline “Maddy” Brown as president, Elijah Cordle as vice president, MacKinzie Smith as secretary and Ricard Castan as treasurer. Smith, a senior, is the lone upperclassman. The terms, beginning with the fall 2018 semester, are effective for one academic year.

Student Assembly represents the student voice of Davis & Elkins College.

Brown, a hospitality and tourism management major, was chosen for a full four-year scholarship to D&E based on her participation in Senator Leadership & Scholarship Day in 2016. She graduated from Hedgesville High School in spring 2017. At D&E, she is a member of the women’s track and field and cross country teams, Defenders Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is the daughter of Andy and Wanda Brown of Hedgesville, West Virginia.

Cordle is a political science and history major, and is involved in various organizations at D&E. He serves as vice president of the speech and debate team, secretary of the political science club, Polis, and treasurer of the Art Club. He is the son of Jack and Melissa Cordle of Raven, Virginia.

Smith, a biology major, is the worship leader for weekly chapel service and a member of the cross country and track teams, and the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir. She was selected in 2016 to join the first group of residents of the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy. Last summer, she was selected to participate in a biomedical research internship with the WV-INBRE Summer Research Program. She is the daughter of Sandy and Lisa Carter of Renick, West Virginia.

Castan, a native of Spain, also graduated from Hedgesville High School. A member of the Senator men’s swim team, he majors in computer science and mathematics with minors in economics and finance. He also founded the College’s new Robotics Club. He is the son of Ricard Pizarro and Pilar Estivill of Falling Waters, West Virginia.

Brown says the new Executive Board hopes more students get involved with Student Assembly.

“I really love it here and I want to try to get as many people as possible to enjoy it,” Brown said. “I’m really excited to start working with everyone.”

As the new student leadership takes form, they will participate in an apprentice program for the remainder of the semester with current student leaders, basically job shadowing their predecessors. In the week after the election, the new members sat in on their first Student Assembly meeting as members of the Executive Board and heard a presentation from D&E Compliance and Ethics Officer and Title IX Coordinator and Section 504/ADA Coordinator Amy Kittle on the process of recreating their bylaws. The group plans dinners and fellowship gatherings in the future.

“These new leaders are going to be catalyst for the new culture coming with a fresh vision and view of a better D&E,” current Student Assembly President Lee Wittekind said. “We will be discussing the future vision of D&E Student Assembly, SMART goals for them individually and for the Executive Board as a whole. We want to get to know how each works best to most efficiently and effectively implement positive change and instill intrinsic motivation in the student body.”

Wittekind, a senior from Marietta, Ohio, was elected Student Assembly President in spring 2017.

Student Assembly meets at 11 a.m. every Tuesday in Eshleman Science Center room 400 or room 413, depending on availability.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.


Photo Caption: The new Davis & Elkins College student leadership participated in their first Student Assembly meeting this week. From left are Student Assembly adviser and Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard, and Student Assembly Executive Board members incoming Treasurer Ricard Castan, current Vice President Kyle Seago, incoming Vice President Elijah Cordle, incoming President Madeline “Maddy” Brown, current President Lee Wittekind and incoming Secretary MacKinzie Smith.

Davis & Elkins College Student Assembly Officers