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. This year's Symposium takes place March 8, 2019.
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 RCSA administers a set of annual funds for students use. This includes a conference fund for encouraging attendance at academic conferences and 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.
Jayson Gallatin, 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.
Jayson hails from Montana, USA and is in his third year of the MA. He earned a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies at North Central University. He has a paradoxically deep love of both the mountains and the Midwest, loves to hike and camp, and read a good fiction book.
Contact the President at email@example.com
Amy Wen, 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.
Amy was born and raised in Southern California and is in her third year of the MDiv. She completed a BSc in Human Development at UC Davis. Amy enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, cooking large meals for friends, camping, and taking people up on obscure bets.
Contact the VP Academic at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth Clegg, 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.
Gareth comes from the even more green and rainy lands of Northern Ireland. He is in his second year of the MA and earned a BA in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. He loves sports, thoughtful conversation and reading, and relishes the love and fellowship of friends.
Contact the VP External at email@example.com
Rachel Hart, 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.
Rachel proudly calls many places home, including Germany, Hawaii, the American South, and Florida. She is in her second year of the MA and previously received a BA in Theology from Moody Bible Institute. She enjoys poetry, good food, and long walks on the beach.
Contact the VP Internal at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2017-2018 are:
- Lorna Taylor, Arts Portfolio, email@example.com
- Derek Hiemstra, Sports, firstname.lastname@example.org
- TBD, Academic Symposium
- Tim Kuhn, Prayer, email@example.com
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 2018-2019: Ian Gilbert
Committee RepresentativesThe Committee Representatives for 2018-2019 are:
- Academic Policy: Amy Wen
- Academic Standards: Amy Wen
- Accreditation: Jayson Gallatin
- Admissions: Amy Wen
- Board: Jayson Gallatin
- Student Relations: Jayson Gallatin
- Course Syllabi: Amy Wen
- Distance Education: Amy Wen
- Financial Aid: Rachel Hart
- Library: Amy Wen
- MDiv: Ashleigh Brice
- Senate: Jayson Gallatin, Amy Wen
- Summer Programs: Amy Wen
- UBC AMS: Gareth Clegg
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.|
|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.|
RCSA Events: 2018–2019
Fall Term 2018
|New Student BBQ||5 pm||Spanish Banks||VP Internal|
|Elections: First Year Rep, MAL||12–2 pm||Atrium||President|
|Locker Sale||12–2 pm||Atrium||VP Internal|
|Soaking Prayer||7 pm||Chapel||MAL Prayer|
|Dec. 3–Dec 14||Posada||—||—||DoS & VP Int.|
|Artisan Fair||9 am–4 pm||Atrium||Arts Admin & VP Int.|
|Sing and Swing||6 pm||Atrium||DoS & VP Int.|
Winter Term 2019
|New Student Welcome Event||7 pm||Atrium||VP Internal|
|Soaking Prayer||7 pm||Chapel||MAL Prayer|
|Taste of the World||6pm||Atrium||DoS & VP Int.|
|Academic Symposium||9 am–4 pm||Room 100||VP Academic|
|Elections: 2019–2020 RCSA Council||12–2 pm||Atrium||President|
|L'Chaim||6 pm||Arbutus Club||VP Internal|