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For the students: Organizations ready to see what new president will do for them, student body

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When students return to school in the fall, Dr. Kayse Shrum will officially be the new president of Oklahoma State University.

Student-led organizations want to hit the ground running with newly designated Oklahoma State University President, Dr. Kayse Shrum.

There are over 500 student organizations registered on OSU’s CampusLink and even more that are not online. These groups represent a range of student academics, social involvement, religions and activism. Some student organizations work with the OSU President to serve as a voice for the student body and act on issues in the university. 

Like Shrum, the incoming Student Government Association (SGA) President, Jack Edwards, and Vice President, Alex Bias, will be new to their positions next fall. In addition to transitioning back to a standard learning environment and hearing Shrum’s knowledge on the subject, Edwards said he would like to see a boost in overall student engagement. 

“If we have to summarize our platform into one thing, it’s really making SGA an organization that serves students and not the other way around,” Edwards said.

To reach out to students, Bias said their administration is planning to give brochures to incoming freshmen and target older students to establish a sturdy connection with SGA. Bias said after meeting Shrum, she is eager to help in Shrum’s creation of a shared vision between students, faculty and staff. 

In addition to being the new OSU President, Shrum is also the first female president of OSU. Destinee Adams, Director of OK State Stand United (OKSSU), said this is a celebration of women and hopes to see more emphasis and aid in women's organizations as well as diversity programs and organizations. 

Next year, Adams said she hopes the new diversity program is still implemented under the office of the president because that was where the commitment was made to have a new diversity plan. 

“Seeing the first steps and first initiatives the president’s office takes to implement the List of Emergencies on campus, I hope we actually see something,” Adams said. “Whether that be just a scholarship for a student or whether that be anything on our list, honestly.”

In addition to SGA Leadership and OKSSU, organizations like the Resident Hall Association (RHA) Eco-Representatives would like to draw attention to sustainability in OSU Housing and Residential Life. 

Hani Shwiyyat, vice president of sustainability for RHA and leader of RHA Eco-Representatives, said RHA serves as the representative body for over 5,000 on-campus residents and the Eco Representatives is made up of residents who want to help on-campus living become more environmentally friendly. 

In terms of sustainability, we (Eco-Representatives) would like to see President Shrum endorse OSU Sustainability and all of their efforts and use her platform to acknowledge the importance of sustainability at OSU,” Shwiyyat said. 

Dr. Kayse Shrum will make a full transition into office this summer, as current OSU President, Burns Hargis, is set to retire July 1.