Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Campus News and News
Student Alumni Leadership Board (SALB) members serve as the official student representatives and volunteers of the KU Alumni Association. Members also facilitate spirit functions, serve as campus ambassadors and organize community service projects. SALB is governed by eight executive board members, who have the opportunity to interact with some of the best student leaders, campus officials and alumni. This week’s profile features Rachel Volk, a freshman from Newton who is undecided about her major. Rachel serves as the vice president of administration.
What’s your favorite KU tradition or KU memory?
My favorite KU memory is a tossup between going to Traditions Night at Memorial Stadium my first week of college and going to my first Late Night in the Phog. Traditions Night made me feel a part of KU even though I had only been on campus for about 48 hours, the thrill I got after completing the Jayhawk clap made me feel like a part of the big KU family. And Late Night in the Phog was amazing, it was the first time I was in Allen Fieldhouse and it will certainly not be the last.
What do you think is KU’s best kept secret?
I think that KU’s best kept secret is opportunities you can receive by going to school here. Of course you have to work for these opportunities but in the end it will all be worth it. I am proud of the support KU alumni have for the KU students and future students. Many scholarships are given out to students, and other alumni have connections that are given to students because the alumni see how important it is to give students experience in the field they would like to work in. And having alumni across the world lets our students be free while receiving an education!
What other groups are you involved with, and how did you become involved with SALB?
In addition to being on SALB, I live in Miller Scholarship Hall and next year I get the privilege of serving as the treasurer of Miller. I am also a new board member of the United Way Board, representing the students of the University of Kansas. I will soon be involved with the Boys and Girls Club, volunteering after school in order to receive experience in teaching, because I would like to teach math after I graduate.
What made you decide to attend KU?
The University of Kansas was really the only place in Kansas for me. I wanted to go to a big school to receive the atmosphere of community as a large university, also blue and red are my colors. There was no choice but when arriving on campus for my college visit I fell in love. It felt right, the campus was beautiful and if I would have known the opportunities and leadership roles I would have been given all I would need is a KU pen and a sign-up sheet. KU felt right and will continue to become a bigger part of my life every day.
Where’s your favorite place to hang out in Lawrence?
My favorite place to be in Lawrence is Massachusetts Street. I love to go down there with my favorite person and search for a new place to try. One thing KU has done is feed me the best I have ever been fed in my life. Mediterranean food has become a new favorite of mine, but if I could name anything it would be the Rose Lemonade at Aladdin’s or Wheatfield’s Bakery, anything from Wheatfield’s is great!
How many crunchy chicken cheddar wraps have you consumed since arriving on campus?
I actually have not eaten any crunchy chicken cheddar wraps! Since I live in a scholarship hall I almost always have a good home-cooked meal waiting for me. Though, to achieve the full KU experience I need to head on over to the Underground one day and chow down.
Check back for more profiles of the Student Alumni Leadership Board members!