President’s Student Advisory Council (PSAC)
Applications to serve as the Senate representatives to the President’s Student Advisory Council for the 2013-14 school year have been released. It is due Tuesday, April 9 by 5 p.m.
On April 19, Senate received confirmation that President William Powers approved its two nominations to the President’s Student Advisory Council for the 2012-13 school year. Joining president Michael Morton and vice president Andrew Clark – two automatic PSAC appointments – to represent Senate on the Council will be Alyssa Davis and Michelle Moon.
Alyssa Davis is a third-year Plan II Honors and Sociology major in the College of Liberal Arts who is currently in Washington, D.C. as part of the Bill Archer Fellowship Program and is serving as a policy intern and interim staff assistant for the United States Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Originally from Grapevine, Texas, Alyssa currently serves as the Vice-President of Membership for the Orange Jackets and is the former director for Student Government’s Women’s Resource Agency.
With a belief in “service-based leadership” and a passion for gender equity and diversity of all kinds, Alyssa has been a member of the Women’s Programming Alliance and the Gender and Sexuality Center Advisory Board. In addition to her passion for social justice, Alyssa has also been an advocate for education, serving as the Plan II volunteer coordinator for the KIPP Academy of Arts and Letters where she has mentored underprivileged and bilingual students. Alyssa plans to engage her fellow students and the university community by holding office hours, using Senate communication resources and social media, and conducting surveys regarding particular campus issues. A recipient of full financial aid herself, Alyssa plans on focusing on the university’s current budget climate and communicating the budget’s intricacies to the student body. With an eye of social justice, an understanding of UT Austin current budgetary constraints, and a desire to reach out and voice the needs of students, Alyssa is an excellent addition to PSAC.
Michelle Moon is currently a second-year Finance major in the Business Honors Program in the Red McCombs School of Business, as well as a Government major in the College of Liberal Arts. From Houston, Michelle has recently served on the Student Conduct Advisory Committee and as the co-chair of Senate’s Academic Integrity Committee and was responsible for bringing IntegrityUT Week back to campus this year. Additionally, Michelle is member of the Undergraduate Business Council and serves on the McCombs College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee where she has extensive knowledge about the tuition-setting process, college budget constraints, and where student priorities lie in the face of possible budget cuts.
With experiences living in both Indonesia and Pakistan when she younger, Michelle brings a diverse perspective to the PSAC table and is terrific representative of UT’s vast Greek community as an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi sorority. Michelle plans to engage the university community by not only attending Senate General Assembly meetings and speaking to each of the 20 college councils but also through speaking to various student organizations and departments about their needs, concerns and ideas. With a vast knowledge of higher education issues and challenges facing the university, Michelle brings her passion for student involvement, diversity and academic excellence to the PSAC table.
Both Davis and Moon were selected from a field of candidates after submitting an application and being interviewed by Senate’s Executive Board.