Common Application

Westmont College Student Association

The Westmont College Student Association serves as the “voice” of the student body. This council of elected officers represents the student population to the College administration. WCSA also oversees clubs and helps to fund student-initiated projects and programs around campus. WCSA is committed to connecting and unifying all the constituencies that make up the Westmont community.

WCSA Website (http://www.westmont.edu/_offices/campuslife/wcsa.html)

Executive Board

The President

The President represents the student body to the faculty, staff, administration, and the Santa Barbara community. This representation will be fulfilled by the President’s presence on college committees and in presentations to various administrators, faculty, alumni, and/or parent groups. The President will oversee WCSA by leading weekly meetings and evaluating all major decisions made by the organization.

The duties of the President include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Attend all meetings of the Executive Board and Senate
  2. Serve as the official representative of the students to the faculty, staff, administration, and the Santa Barbara community.
  3. Preside over and set the agenda for WCSA Executive Board meetings.
  4. Appoint WCSA members, and other students, if necessary, to college committees
  5. Fill any WCSA vacancies, which occur more than 30 days before a general election, with an appointee. This appointment requires a three-fourths majority General Council vote to be confirmed
  6. Veto any vote of the General Council within 7 days of the initial vote. This veto can be overturned by a three-fourths vote from the General Council
  7. Meet with the College President, and other administrators, on a regular basis inform them of student needs and to receive updates about any relevant decisions made by the administration
  8. Sit on the President's Council
  9. Break ties, when they occur, on official WCSA General Council votes
  10. Meet weekly with the Director of Campus Life

The Vice President

The Vice President presides over the Senate. The Vice President will sit on college committees and represent the student body in meetings with faculty, administrators, alumni, and/or parent groups.

The duties of the Vice President include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Attend all meetings of the Senate and Executive Board
  2. Serve as Chief Operating Officer over the Senate
  3. Prepare the agenda for all Senate meetings
  4. Cast a vote on every Executive Board decision that comes to a vote.
  5. Function as the WCSA President in the event that the President is unable to perform their aforementioned duties. When acting as President, the Vice President is not able to vote on General Council decisions.
  6. Sit on committees as appointed by the WCSA President.
  7. Lend advice to the President in the process of recommending appointments (which would be subject to a General Council confirmation vote) to the General Council to fill a vacant, dismissed, or recalled position.
  8. Collect biweekly reports from all Senators
  9. Schedule individual meetings with Senators as needed
  10. Maintain a minimum of five posted office hours per week
  11. Carry out directives of both the Senate and the SGA President
  12. Meet weekly with the Director of Campus Life

Business manager

The Business Manager oversees the financial outlays and revenues of WCSA; this involves proposing a semester budget, controlling funds, disbursing funds, and offering advice on the appropriation of finances with regard to proposals and daily activities of WCSA.

The duties of the Business Manager include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Attend all meetings of the Senate and Executive Board
  2. Cast a vote on every Executive Board decision that comes to a vote
  3. Provide the Executive Board with an annual budget. This budget will be discussed, amended, as necessary, and approved by a majority vote at the start of the school year
  4. Oversee the revenues, expenditures, and debts of all WCSA monies, and to periodically report the financial condition of all student organizations to the Executive Board
  5. Support and guide business managers from other affiliated student organizations funded by student fees. The Business Manager will plan and facilitate a meeting between all of the student organizations’ business managers each semester to discuss student fees and fund distribution.
  6. Function as the WCSA President in the event that neither the President nor the Vice President is able to perform their aforementioned duties. When acting as President, the Vice President is not able to vote on General Council decisions.
  7. Sit on committees as appointed by the WCSA President.
  8. Lend advice to the President in the process of recommending appointments (which would be subject to a General Council confirmation vote) to the General Council to fill a vacant, dismissed, or recalled position.
  9. Maintain a minimum of five posted office hours per week

Communications Manager

The Public Relations Manager ensures seamless communication between the Executive Board and the Senate and communicates the plans and purposes of WCSA to the student body.

  1. Partner with the Vice President in running Senate meetings
  2. Create a bimonthly "This Week at Westmont" summary of important events and issues for Senator hall publications
  3. Sit on any committees to which the President appoints them
  4. Print the agenda and relevant documents for each WCSA meeting and distribute that agenda to all at the Senate and Executive Board meetings
  5. Keep WCSA website updated
  6. Receive and distribute all official communications on behalf of the student government
  7. Work closely with campus publication groups to promote an understanding of the work of WCSA
  8. Coordinate design projects (either enacting the design on various creative platforms themselves or assembling a team to create the desired material)
  9. Work with SB Community members on local projects such as Montecito Beautification Day
  10. Maintain a minimum of five posted office hours per week.

Chief of Staff

The duties of the Chief of Staff include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Support the WCSA President and Vice President through administrative record keeping and follow through
  2. Collect ambassador report forms and work closely with ambassadors in their liaison roles
  3. Sit on any committees to which the President appoints them
  4. Take complete and accurate minutes of all Senate and Executive Board meetings
  5. Publish and distribute minutes of the Senate within twenty-four hours of meeting and save to WCSA computer
  6. Make room preparations for all Senate meetings
  7. Notify Senate members of the time and place of all Senate meeting
  8. Be responsible for monitoring the implementation of Senate bills
  9. Maintain a record of all bills passed by the Senate
  10. Maintain a minimum of five posted office hours per week
  11. Manage and maintain WCSA Office including e-mail and phone lines
Senate

Hall Senators

Hall Senators represent the six residence hall populations on campus.One Senator will be elected per hall. The primary responsibility of the Senators is to consult and work closely with residence hall students to get imput and ideas on ways to improve the student experience.

  1. Represent students from your residence hall to WCSA and campus administration
  2. Communicate with students & administration on campus issues
  3. Allocate student fee funds to independent events, like Robot Food
  4. Attend and participate in weekly Senate meetings
  5. Complete bi-monthly report forms
  6. Convene and meet every other week with a hall council
  7. Meet monthly with residence hall staff to coordinate on hall event and ideas.
  8. Meet monthly with Director of Campus Life and respective Residence Hall Director.

At Large Senators

At Large Senators represent an important aspect of Student Life such as Academics or Athletics.