Scholars elect new council, Southard to chair McConnell Scholars Program

(April 22, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sean Southard ('15), of Owensboro, Ky., is elected chair of the McConnell Scholars Program.
Scholars elect new council, Southard to chair McConnell Scholars Program

New council officers are sworn in

McConnell Scholars hold yearly elections, voting their peers as “leaders among leaders” to succeed previous office holders in council activities. The following students were elected at the April 21 general body meeting:

Sean Southard, a political science student from Owensboro, was elected to the office of Chair. His duties will include presiding over council meetings, attending conferences on behalf of the McConnell Scholars and interacting with McConnell Center staff regarding Scholars’ activities.

Arsh Haque, a political science student from Elizabethtown, was selected for the Vice-Chair position. His responsibilities will include representing the McConnell Scholars at campus events, as well as assuming other council member duties as necessary.

Diana Lalata, an English and political science major from Louisville, will serve as Secretary. Her position will include the recording of minutes at McConnell Scholars meetings and overseeing Scholar attendance.

Danielle Robinette, a Spanish and political science major from Ft. Thomas, was elected to chair the Service committee. She will coordinate philanthropy projects in the Louisville area and oversee Scholar community service hours.

Natalie Smith, an English major from Elizabethtown, was selected to chair the Outreach committee. Her responsibilities will include coordinating Scholar recruitment ideas, strategies and practices. She will also represent the McConnell Scholars program at recruitment events throughout the state.

Kevin Grout, a political science and history student from Florence, will serve as chair of the Alumni Relations committee. His position will be responsible for communicating news about the McConnell Scholars events and activities to an ever-growing alumni contingent. He will also connect with alumni regarding opportunities to mentor current McConnell Scholars.

The council of six will represent their fellow scholars to the University of Louisville and the community at large.