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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:40

Great Plains Student Association looks to further students’ campus experiences

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The Great Plains Students' Association: from left to right, back to front: Debbie Huskins (Event Coordinator), Darylea Anderson(Treasurer), Jesse Begin, Hayley Modien (Secretary), Cassidy Andres, Carlee Gusikoski, Jessica Mosher (President), Jordi Ginter; and in front Zachary Neufeld. Missing is Paige Haubrich. The Great Plains Students' Association: from left to right, back to front: Debbie Huskins (Event Coordinator), Darylea Anderson(Treasurer), Jesse Begin, Hayley Modien (Secretary), Cassidy Andres, Carlee Gusikoski, Jessica Mosher (President), Jordi Ginter; and in front Zachary Neufeld. Missing is Paige Haubrich. Shawna Smuk (GPC)

Jessica Mosher-Slinn is in her second year of the registered nursing program offered by Great Plains College.


She is not political by nature, but definitely likes to help: a perfect fit for someone to lead a Student Association. Mosher-Slinn is the Great Plains College Student Association president. She was never a president of a student association and has never led a political-activist type group, but has worked with youth initiatives and has coached skating.
She is part of a group of eight students in the registered nursing program with another eight or so in the practical nursing program.
All those in the Student Association want to make a difference in people’s lives and leading the students’ association is just an extension of that ideology.
“When you’re in nursing you have to be a leader on the job,” explains Mosher-Slinn. “A leader can make a difference in someone’s life. So with this you can make someone in the school’s day better and put smiles on their faces or with nursing you’re administering medication and making a difference.
“I’ve always been fond of leadership roles. I take pride in trying to be a good leader.”
The association had its first meeting at the beginning of September and the start of October, Jessica was asked to take the president’s role.
She is pleased with the group she has working together and it’s an eclectic group with a wide variety of opinions and approaches. While this may seem daunting to be able to reach a consensus, Mosher-Slinn is of the opinion it will work even better.
“They are so enthusiastic; it’s a good group,” Mosher-Slinn explains adding she was on last year’s association too. “I’m very proud of this group. They are right on the ball and so energized to go. We bounce ideas off of each other. It’s an amazing group, they will do whatever is needed.”
She agrees having a committed group of students makes it easier to plan and do things because she is not having to beg and plead for help. The focus can remain on the ideas and what kind of strategy they want to implement. Mosher-Slinn says this group wants to get involved in the community more and show the college is a good community partner and citizen.
“We are looking into reaching the community more with a youth initiative, the Christmas tree lighting campaign, the Salvation Army, the Women’s Shelter —we have a good community and we want to be volunteering in the community.”
She says they are also working on the student scholarship that was planned last year by slightly tweaking the successful Battle of the Bands event. Last year it was held in March, but it will be moved to February this school year.
In the past, GPC student associations have been involved in casino nights; the Olympic torch relay; mock accidents; community tree plantings; chili cook-offs; ball hockey challenges; Halloween costume and ugly sweater contests; the Relay for Life; scavenger hunts; fundraising auctions; campus luncheons and bowling and pizza nights amongst many other activities.
Mosher-Slinn is grateful for the college’s Staff Student Advisor Shawna Smuk, Athletics and Recreation Manager Mona Patterson and Bill and Debby Lee who operate the SunDog pub café and who has been helpful with a lot of events. She says each of them have been a source of knowledge and invaluable advice.
The campus experience should be a fun one, yet still rewarding. Great Plains College’s student body should be able to take advantage of it.
“A smaller campus has its advantages; I mean with the SunDogs pub and the student lounge it looks great. We should be able to get together more and hang out and socialize,” Mosher-Slinn explains. “This year we need to have less groups just keeping to themselves and more socializing together. I want everyone to be able to visit with everyone.”

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