Candidate profile: Seth Weinert

Name: Seth Weinert
Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.
Year: Junior
Majors: Finance and Marketing, Minor: Journalism
Credentials: PB executive vice chair, PB Corporate Relations chair, intern in the University Office of Special Projects, represented GW at the National Association of Campus Activities.

by Theresa CrapanzanoAsst. News Editor

Seth Weinert, candidate for Program Board executive chair, said he has spent at least five hours a week in the PB office or doing PB work since he first became involved with the student organization his freshman year.

(PB) has defined my GW experience, he said.

Weinert said he first heard about PB at Colonial Inauguration, where he looked through an album of pictures of concerts and other events PB produced. He said he was impressed by the ability of GW students to coordinate the events and meet with high-profile individuals.

I knew right from the start that (PB) was something I wanted to be involved with at GW, Weinert said. It’s the best job anyone could ever have.

Drawing from his experience with PB, Weinert said he plans to make what he considers a great organization even better.

One of his goals is to increase the membership of the organization through a program he calls Membership Has Its Rewards. Through this program, he plans to award points to students for organizing events or getting involved in PB activities. Cards distributed during CI and Welcome Week would keep track of each students’ points. Once a student accumulates enough points, he or she will get special rewards, including tickets and priority seating for PB events and gift certificates from PB sponsors.

The real key to any successful student group is make the members feel like they have a stake in the group, he said.

Another plan Weinert has for PB is called Take Stock in PB, which requires PB leaders to answer to students for the money they use, he said. Weinert plans to release a report twice a semester detailing what PB has done. He also said he plans to hold open executive board meetings to allow students to voice what they would like PB to accomplish.

And when it comes to being able to voice student concerns to the administration, Weinert said he has some special connections. After a chance meeting on the Smith Center racquetball court two and a half years ago, GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and he have been playing racquetball about twice a week.

This continued friendship has been an invaluable asset, he said. As a student I can bring concerns right to the top.

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