Regent College Student Association (RCSA)
The Regent College Student Association (RCSA) is comprised of every fee-paying student. If you have paid current student fees at Regent, you are part of the RCSA! The RCSA is led by a council 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 to fully embrace being a part of the College and to actively play a part in the wider mission of the College.
We are located on the lower level in Room 12. 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. The date of this year's Symposium is March 6, 2020.
We recognize the need to celebrate together as a community. At significant points in the year, we provide times in which students, along with other community members like staff and faculty—and of course their families—can join together in celebration. Highlights include Sing and Swing at Christmastime, and L’Chaim at the end of the school year. We also arrange smaller events, like lunchtime concerts in the atrium. View calendar.
The council consists of up to 12 members, including a paid executive committee and a committee of willing volunteers.
Regula Winzeler, President
Responsible for overseeing the operation of the whole structure of the RCSA, the 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.
Regula is originally from Switzerland but has spent the majority of her life near to and in Edmonton, Alberta. She earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta before teaching junior high for several years and is currently in her second year of the MACS. In her spare time, you can find Regula exploring the city, walking through the beautiful coastal forests, skiing at Whistler, or throwing dinner parties at her home.
Contact the President at [email protected]
Joshua Walker, Vice-President Academic
The VP Academic is responsible for any Student Council-related concerns or activities whose focus is on academic issues. The VP Academic liaises with the Academic Dean and Academic Administrator as necessary, and serves as the student representative on selected committees of the school relating to academics.
Josh is originally from Alberta, Canada but has spent the vast majority of his adult life abroad. Most recently, he worked overseas as a missionary in Kyiv, Ukraine and previously earned an MATS from Regent. He is currently beginning a ThM while working part-time on the pastoral staff of University Chapel. He lives with his wife Saana, also a Regent grad, on the UBC campus.
Contact the VP Academic at [email protected]
Ian Gilbert, Vice-President External
Student life at Regent College extends far beyond the four walls of our own building, into the UBC campus and Vancouver. The role of the VP External is to help facilitate these missional aspects of student life. One of the key aspects of this role involves serving as a UBC AMS (Alma Mater Society) Representative.
Ian comes from Australia and has spent time living and working between its small rural towns and Sydney. He worked for several years in a government role after completing a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) at Charles Sturt University. Ian is now in his second year of the MACS. Ian, possibly a closet Canadian, loves hockey, wilderness exploring, and has a fascination with bear encounter videos on YouTube.
Contact the VP External at [email protected]
Alice Hodgkins, Vice-President Internal
The VP Internal works within the Regent community to see what can be done to better aid the co-curricular side of student life. 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.
Alice was born and raised in North Carolina, USA and is currently in her second year of the MATS Arts program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Grove City College and taught high school for a few years before coming to Regent. Sometimes she writes and sometimes that’s poetry, but other times she just likes to look out the window. You’ll often find her wearing sparkles (or bright colors at the very least).
Contact the VP Internal at [email protected]
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 2019-2020 are:
- Amos Bohoussou, Arts, [email protected]
- Jesse Perl, Sports, [email protected]
- Aubrianna Pennington, Community Table, [email protected]
- Christine Yeung, Prayer, [email protected]
Each year, two or three of our Member-at-Large positions are reserved for first-year students. These First-Year Reps serve as an easy access point for students new to the College, helping them to engage in and adjust to College life and to voice their concerns.
The First-Year Rep for 2019-2020: Chris Sundby
The Committee Representatives for 2019-2020 are:
- Academic Policy: Joshua Walker
- Academic Standards: Joshua Walker
- Board: Regula Winzeler
- Student Relations: Regula Winzeler
- Course Syllabi: Joshua Walker
- Distance Education: Ian Gilbert
- Financial Aid: Alice Hodgkins
- Library: Joshua Walker
- MDiv: Allysen Mahaffey
- Senate: Alice Hodgkins, Regula Winzeler
- Summer Programs: Ian Gilbert
- UBC AMS: Ian Gilbert
Terms and elections
Each member of the RCSA council is elected for a one-year term running from May 1 to April 30.
There are normally three elections held over the course of the calendar year:
- The first election, held towards the end of the Winter term, is for positions on the Executive Committee.
- The second, which closely follows the first, is for the majority of the Members-at-Large.
- The final election, held early in the Fall term, is 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.|
|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.|
RCSA Events: 2019–2020
Fall Term 2019
|New Student BBQ||5:30 pm||Jericho Beach||VP Internal|
|Elections: First Year Rep, MAL||12–2 pm||Atrium||President|
|Locker Sale||12–2 pm||Atrium||VP Internal|
||Prayer Event||TBD||Chapel||MAL Prayer|
Thursday, Dec. 5
||Sing and Swing||6 pm||Atrium||DoS & VP Int.|
Winter Term 2020
|New Student Welcome Event||7 pm||TBD||VP Internal|
||Prayer Event||TBD||Chapel||MAL Prayer|
|Friday, March 6||Academic Symposium||TBD||Room 100||VP Academic|
|TBD||Elections: 2020–2021 RCSA Council||12–2 pm||Atrium||President|
|L'Chaim||5:30 pm||Shaughnessy Golf Club||VP Internal|