Elizabeth “Becca” Townsend has been elected West Shore Community College’s Student Senate President for the 2020-2021academic year. Her term began Thurs., April 30, when she was sworn in by college President Scott Ward.
Born and raised on a farm in Ludington where she still resides, Becca has been taking classes at WSCC since her junior year of high school when she was 16 years old.
Currently enrolled in the early college program, ASM Tech, Becca is pursuing an Associates of Science degree at the college. Once she earns her degree at West Shore, Becca plans to transfer to Michigan State University to study veterinary medicine.
“I have always had a passion for helping animals feel better,” she said, “and love to spend time with my dog, poultry, turtle, rabbits, and sheep.” In addition, Becca loves the outdoors, where she enjoys time hiking, bike riding, and photographing nature.
In addition to her college studies, Becca is enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard as a 12w, which is a masonry and carpentry specialist. She is scheduled to attend basic training this summer.
Becca ran for student senate president to make a positive difference in the lives of students and further her own personal and professional growth. “I wanted to be student senate president,” she said, “because I have a desire to not only challenge myself, but also to better myself, our campus, and our community as a whole.”
As senate president, Becca plans to focus on improving support services for the student body. “I want to center my time on student senate looking to support mental health efforts on campus,” she said, “with a branch of that being a focus on how outdoor recreational activity can help students flourish.”
“Becca will be an outstanding student body advocate and leader of our Student Organizations and Activities Program (SOAP),” said Annie Jacobson, an advisor to student senate. “Becca has the leadership and interpersonal communication skills to guide the senate toward achieving great things over the next year.”
Becca takes over the reigns from the 2019-2020 Student Senate President Cynthia Fout. As president, Cynthia worked on many initiatives, including the launch of a new campus mobile app, the formation of a campus activities board devoted to planning student events, strengthening the relationship between the senate and college administration, and balancing the SOAP annual budget.
Here is the video of our inauguration.