Western Leaders can serve in four different, yet equally important functions: Crew Members, Team Captains, Counselors, and Advisory Board. While each function is responsible for different aspects of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan
and MPC programs (M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan-Commuter Program), the four
functions complement each other and work to ensure the overall success of the M.A.S.T.E.R.
Plan programs, and a positive orientation experience for all new students attending
Western Leaders who serve as Crew Members function as excellent customer service representatives and assist in the implementation of programs during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (August 17th-21st, 2014).
*After one year of service, Western Leaders Crew Members have the opportunity to serve as Crew Member Team Captains.
Western Leaders Team Captains provide leadership to teams of up to 10 Crew Members during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week (August 17th-21st, 2014), and have one year experience in the Western Leaders Crew Member position.
Western Leaders who serve as Counselors function as small group discussion facilitators and mentor groups of new students during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan's Commuter Program (MPC, August 17th-18th, 2014). Western Leaders Counselors have two years of experience in the Western Leader position (preferred). Students who have served in the Resident Assistant position (not employed for fall 2014 term) and remain in good standing with the department of Housing and Residence Life are also eligible and encouraged to apply. In addition to serving as Counselors during MPC, Western Leaders Counselors also have the opportunity to assist with M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities August 19th-21st.
The Advisory Board serves as the governing board for the Western Leaders organization, and is comprised of six individuals who serve in the following positions: Socials Chair, Marketing Co-Chair, Big Red's Blitz Chair, and Membership Co-Chair. The Advisory Board Chairs/Co-Chairs are responsible for completing tasks in their functional areas, making recommendations to the Board, and voting on decisions that will ultimately shape the Western Leaders organization and the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program for the next year's incoming class. Advisory Board members mentor Western Leaders Team Captains and have the opportunity to travel to conferences including the National Association for Campus Activities National Convention (February 15th-19th, Boston, MA) and the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (March 14th-16th, Clemson, SC). Advisory Board members have two years experience in the Western Leader position (preferred), but Western Leaders with one year experience are also eligible to apply.
The Benefits of Being a Western Leader
Western Leaders benefit from the opportunity to:
- Enhance interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills
- Increase knowledge of campus resources
- Connect with University faculty, staff, and administrators
- Increase self-confidence
- Serve incoming students
- Give back to the University
- Serve as role models while assisting in the orientation, transition, and retention of new students
- Acquire Western Leaders apparel and gear
- Move into fall campus housing assignment early (one week before other upperclassmen students)