Regent College Student Association (RCSA)
The RCSA is Regent College’s Student Association, of which every fee-paying student is a member. The RCSA is led by a council made up of elected student officials, voted in by other Regent students—we are students serving students.
The Association’s involvement within the life of the College extends across all the spheres of Regent life—academics, community, and interaction with the wider UBC campus. Our goal is to help students fully embrace being a part of the College and to actively play a part in the wider mission of the College.
We are located in Room 12 on the bottom floor of the College. Drop by and visit us!
“In the light of Regent College’s mission, the RCSA Council serves the student body by discerning and addressing needs of students, cultivating opportunities for them to engage in the life of the College, and representing them on committees within both Regent and UBC.”
What are we doing for you?
We represent you, the students, and we advocate for you on both a collective and individual basis. We also provide a number of other services that help the student body flourish.
The Et Cetera
Published each Tuesday of the school week during Fall and Winter semesters, the Et Cetera is Regent College’s weekly student paper. It provides a window into College life and a space in which ideas can be generated, dialogue can be fostered, and community renewed. Submissions are welcome from students old and new.
We host an annual Academic Symposium in which students present selected papers for the Regent community. This is a great opportunity to practice delivering a paper at an academic conference. This year's Symposium takes place March 4, 2016.
We recognize the need to celebrate together as a community. And so we make sure that during significant times of the year like Christmas and the end of the school year (L'Chaim) we create a space in which the students of Regent, along with the other community members like staff and faculty—and of course their families—can join together in celebration.
The RCSA administers a set of annual funds, including a conference fund for encouraging attendance at academic conferences. To apply, please use the Conference Fund Application Form. The RCSA also has a more general emergency fund. Although these funds are somewhat limited, they are there to support you. Please contact us if you’d like to know more.
The council consists of up to 12 members, including a paid executive committee and a committee of willing volunteers.
David Paul, President Elect
David Paul, from Bangalore, India, is approaching the end of his Master of Arts in Theological Studies in Applied Theology and is currently contemplating a Th.M. Prior to coming to Regent, he spent six years serving on the pastoral team of a Brethren Church in Singapore. He has previously served as the RCSA Vice-President Internal (2015-2016) and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as President this year. David believes that serving is a way of sharing God’s blessing and grace bestowed on his life.
Kasey Kimball, Vice-President Academic Elect
Kasey Kimball, raised in Boston, MA, completed a BA in International Studies and French at the Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Regent in the fall of 2014, she spent six years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Baltimore, MD. She is presently doing an MA in Doctrinal Theology and is writing her thesis on Bonaventure. Kasey previously served as Regent Soup Coordinator and looks forward to serving the Regent Community in her role as VP Academic.
Mitchell Ferreira, Vice-President External Elect
Mitch Ferreira, a local from Burnaby, is currently pursuing his MA with a concentration in the Old Testament. He previously attended Briercrest College in Caronport, SK, where he completed his BA in Biblical Studies. Mitch served in student government at Briercrest and was a RCSA Member-at-Large in 2015-16. He enjoys all things west coast: skiing, hiking, and telling everyone else how beautiful Vancouver is.
Kyle MacKenney, President
Responsible for overseeing the operation of the whole structure of the RCSA, the Student President manages the Executive Committee (made up of the president and the three VPs) and the Student Council. The role of the president is to lead the student body and represent it to the staff, faculty, Senate, and Board of Governors.
Kyle MacKenney, from Seattle, Washington, is working on the Master of Arts in Theological Studies in Doctrinal Theology. Before Regent, he spent seven years with International Justice Mission in Washington, DC. He served as RCSA VP Academic in 2014-2015 and as the RCSA Accountant in 2013-2014. Kyle is a member of St. John’s Vancouver.
Contact the President at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Galbraith, Vice-President Academic
Representing the student body, the VP Academic serves on the following Regent committees: Academic Standards, Admissions, Academic Policy, Course Syllabus, Distance Education, and Summer. The VP Academic also oversees the distribution of the RCSA Conference Fund and organizes the annual Regent Academic Symposium in which students present papers in a conference setting.
Joshua Galbraith has greatly appreciated his time in Regent as he enters into his third and final year. He is working on his thesis on Kierkegaard and planning a winter wedding. As VP Academic he aims to represent the students well as a member of their RCSA executive council and encourages everyone to think about submitting a paper for the Spring Academic Symposium.
Contact the VP Academic at email@example.com
Ryan Grubbs, Vice-President External
The life of Regent College students extends far beyond the four walls of our own building into Vancouver and the wider University of British Columbia campus. The role of the VP External is to help facilitate these missional aspects of student life. One of the key ways is by serving as a UBC AMS (Alma Mater Society) Representative.
Ryan Grubbs, born in White Rock, BC and raised across the border in Lynden, WA, is in her second year of studies at Regent, working towards the Masters of Arts in Theology with an Interdisciplinary focus. She attended Pacific Rim College in Honolulu, HI, where she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry. After graduating she worked with her alma mater in Enrollment. Ryan enjoys living in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, but looks forward to her trips down to Seattle to visit her husband.
Contact the VP External at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Paul, Vice-President Internal
The RCSA also works within the Regent campus to see what can be done to better aid the co-curricular side of student life at Regent, and this is the role of the VP Internal. By organizing celebratory events and coordinating with the Dean of Students office, the VP Internal hopes to make your life at Regent as healthy an experience as possible.
David Paul, from Bangalore, India, is working on the Master of Arts in Theological Studies in Applied Theology. He served on the Pastoral team for six years in a Brethren Church in Singapore. Last year (2014-2015) he helped as a ‘member-at-large’ on the RCSA Council and is grateful for the opportunity to be serving as RCSA’s VP Internal this year. David believes that serving is a way of sharing God’s blessing and grace bestowed on his life.
Contact the VP Internal at email@example.com
In addition to the President and the VPs, the council is made up of a maximum of eight Members-at-Large (MAL). Each of these members takes on a specific portfolio based on the area that they are passionate about serving students in. Examples of these MAL portfolios include Prayer, Sports, Community Involvement, and the Arts.The members-at-large for 2015-2016 are:
- Lydia Collin, Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mitchell Ferreira, Sports
- Shaun Liu, Academic Symposium
- Chad Pope, Prayer, email@example.com
- Daniel Supimpa, Prayer and Lunchtime Concerts
Two or three of our Member-at-Large positions are reserved each year for first-year students. First-Year Reps provide an easy point of access for those students new to the College to people that will help them engage and adjust to College life, and to generally voice their concerns.The first-year representatives for 2015-2016 are:
- Gillian Chu
- Christian Hemerling
Terms and elections
Each member of the RCSA council is elected for a one-year term running from May 1 through to April 30.
There are normally three elections held over the course of the year.
- The first election is held towards the end of the Winter term and is for positions on the Executive Committee.
- The second closely follows the first and is for the majority of the Members-at-Large.
- The final elections are held near the start of the Fall term and are for First-Year Representatives and any other remaining MAL positions.
HISTORY OF THE RCSA
|1968||Student representation on Senate established by the Regent College Act.|
|1970s||Student Council formed.|
|1977||Weekly Regent newspaper, Family Affair, renamed as Regent’s Page.|
|1980||Executive roles on the Student Council consisted of Chairperson, Treasurer, Student Representative to Faculty, Social Functions Coordinator, and Intra-Campus Representative. Council Members also included student representatives on various Regent College Committees: Academic Planning, Admissions, Library, Senate, and Worship.|
|1988||First Constitution of Regent College Student Association (RCSA) adopted.|
|1994||Weekly newspaper, Regent Page, renamed as Et Cetera.|
|2000s||Conference Fund inaugurated.|
|2009||First annual Academic Symposium held in April.|
|2010||Year-End Party renamed as L'Chaim, held annually in April.|
|2010||First Soaking Prayer evening held in November.|