In light of the ending school year as well as the transition of RCSA elections we at Et Cetera asked the outgoing and incoming RCSA presidents for their reflections on this year as well as the one to come:
MaryGrace Kunefke, 2010/11 RCSA President:
There is significance in what may seem in- significant. God imbues the insignificant mo- ments in life with meaning because he is ac- tive, aware of the small, and significantly loves us. That is why the experience of serving on an eight person student council, for a 480 person student body, on a campus that one can walk across in two minutes, has been incred- ibly significant; actually, one of the most significant experiences of my life. You may think that a rather pathetic confession, or it might be that meaning and significance are not im- bedded in the “pomp and circumstance” (Rikk Watts) we too often presume it to be. It might be that some of the most significant moments for the Council members this year was washing dishes after soup, wondering how to voice a conflicting opinion, and singing happy birthday to one another. Not what many may deem “life changing” experiences, but these are the moments from which God formed us.
So on behalf of the 2010/2011 RCSA Council, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and we thank God for his presence in the small things. And we hope that you, the 2011/2012 Council, the returning student body, and the graduates, will experience this same meaning and significance as you follow Jesus and serve others, trusting him with your formation in the “insignificant” moments of your lives.
Steve Shaw, 2011/12 RCSA President:
Regent College is a blessed place. I believe that this is due, in good part, to the quality of people that are a part of it.
As I looked over the list of candidates for the RCSA Council Elections I probably had a similar dilemma to the rest of you, “How do I choose between these people?” I would have been more than happy to serve with each and every one of them.
And yet, so many of you took the time to wres- tle through this dilemma and cast a vote, and I thank you for taking the time to do so. I’m thankful because I’m confident that the people that have been elected to the Council are, by the grace of God, the right people for the year ahead.
I don’t know what the year ahead holds other than that there will be new people to welcome into our community and new challenges to face. And so, as many of us prepare to leave for the summer I ask that you pray for what is to come, and return with warm and open hearts that invite new students to be a part of our story.
At the same time, I’d like to acknowledge that Regent is a place that will always need to be transformed by God. So, if there are concerns that you have about life as a part of Regent please take the time to contact the Council about them so we can begin to discern how best to serve the College in the year ahead.