Fort Hays State University student nationally honored

Fort Hays State University, Jacque McKenna, Jennings senior, was inducted into the National Association for Campus Activities Board of Directors April 24.

The national association is composed of college students from the United States who are elected by student organizations.

Fourteen students in the nation applied but only seven were selected by the current board and put on a national ballot, which was sent to all of the national activity boards, along with a biography and videotape of each applicant.

McKenna is one of two new inductees.

"It will be different than what I'm currently used to," she said. "It's not just looking at tomorrow; it's looking at three years down the road. I'll do a lot with budgets and advising. I'll look at what's going to affect this organization nationwide, not just how FHSU will be affected. I'm looking at this like a business."

"This is a huge step into the real world and it's giving me an eye-opening experience," she said. "This is what it's going to be like after school."
McKenna said that her first meeting would be May 15 in South Carolina. She said that due to budget management, there won't be as much traveling as the students experienced in the past.

"They used to travel to a national conference in a different state each month," McKenna said. "Now we'll do a lot of our conferencing over video phones. I'll travel in the summer for regional training."

McKenna became interested in joining NACA this semester, after she interviewed with the board in late February.

"I wanted to become involved out of frustration," she said. "Kansas got revamped and rerouted in the national groups and I didn't feel that was right. I went to focus groups and learned why NACA did what they did. When I went, I realized they had great ideas, but I had great ideas too."

McKenna says that because of the way that her communications degree is set up, it will allow her to serve her two year term on the board.

"It really helps that I have a great network of support here at Hays," she said. "FHSU is strong in its region, and so we have a good reputation. I plan to continue that."

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