During the Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, Feb. 20, sophomore Maurielle Stewart was announced as the Student Trustee-in-training for the 2010-2011 school year. She will take over the position of Student Trustee for the 2011-2012 school year.
Stewart is a political science major and democracy studies minor. She is the president-elect of Dance Club as well as a Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP) mentor. She is also involved in Black Student Union and St. Mary’s Votes. When Trustee Neil Irwin ‘00 gave his report at the Board of Trustees meeting, he said that Stewart has a “deep appreciation for what this college is” and praised her for preparing for her role by asking students about their college concerns before she had even been selected.
Stewart was one of three candidates for the 2011-2012 Student Trustee position. During a forum on Sunday, Feb. 14, Stewart and the other two candidates, sophomores Caroline Selle and Mike Young, responded to questions both from a committee of students chosen to help select the new Student Trustee as well as from other students who attended the forum. Questions probed everything from the candidates’ views on leadership to their grasp of the issues facing the student body to the ways in which they would communicate with students and Board members alike.
“I thought the candidates gave complex answers to complex questions,” said Dean of Students Laura Bayless, who attended the forum. “They did a good job.”
For the selection process, students who came to the forum were able to give input about the candidates by taking notes on them and ranking them. First-year Andrew Reighart said, “I think all three demonstrated a passion for this campus…I think all three of them could handle the role of Student Trustee.”
“I thought [the forum] went really well,” said sophomore and Class of 2012 president Stephon Dingle, who was on the selection committee. “Each candidate really showed us their true colors.”
“They all seemed pretty qualified,” he added.
Stewart was notified that she was chosen on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 19. She appeared at the Board of Trustees meeting, and later said that while “to some it might have seemed kind of tedious,” she was “really interested in what was going on.
“I’m enthusiastic to get to know the school better,” she said. “I’m excited to get to serve all of [the students] and do my part.”