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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Student Healthcare Association

SHA Attends Master Plan Campus and Community Involvement Fair

On August 21, 2014, incoming Freshman at Western Kentucky University had an opportunity to learn about the various campus organizational opportunities during the Campus and Community Involvement Fair.  This provided the Class of 2018 time to explore the many opportunities at WKU to help them get involved with the campus community.  Among the many organizations represented was the Student Healthcare Association (SHA), which is an organization housed within the Department of Public Health on WKU’s campus.

“Master Plan proved to be a beneficial networking opportunity for SHA.  More than 30 students stopped by our table to fill out registration forms and discuss their interest in SHA,” stated SHA Vice President Trevor Davis.  In addition to recruiting students, SHA also used this time as an opportunity to fundraise for their Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team.  The SHA team will be walking in the 2014 event at Preston Miller Park in Bowling Green on September 20th.  SHA President Amanda Waid said that she was “..estatic by the number of students who stopped by…”  At the end of the day nearly 40 students had requested to be notified about the first SHA meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.

Not only were many students interested in the first meeting, but many were excited to get involved with an organization on campus.  “Surprisingly, the majority of the new students we talked to seemed very set on their decided majors, and were extremely confident in knowing that healthcare was the field for them.  It is inspirational to watch these young adults, many of whom are taking flight from the nest for the first time, be decided on their future careers and want to join an organization who’s members are determined to help change the world for the better,” said Amanda Waid.  

SHA is a peer led organization on WKU’s campus that strives “To facilitate connections among students and professionals, and to develop global leaders in all healthcare sectors” (SHA, 2014). According to the SHA website, SHA seeks to “..develop healthcare professionals by expanding their horizons within the field, facilitating networking opportunities, and imparting knowledge and information to help rising professionals realize their potential in the healthcare sector” (2014).  “Joining SHA is one of the best decisions I have made at WKU,” said Trevor Davis. Davis also commented that he was pleased to be able to share how that decision had benefited his college experience with incoming freshman.

For more information on SHA, you can visit their website at http://orgs.wku.edu/sha, or you can find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StudentHealthcareAssociation.