Forty-three students have been selected for the Freshman Action Council, after more than 90 students applied for the positions.
Aaron Andrew, senior information systems major from Amarillo, said that choosing the 43 students to serve on the council was hard due because all applicants were highly qualified. This is Andrew’s third year to sit as a co-chair for the FAC.
“Out of more than 90 applicants we didn’t have a single one that we thought would let us down,” said Andrew.
Hailey Clinton, junior advertising and public relations major fro Keller, is another of the five upperclassmen who serve as co-chairs for the FAC.
FAC is like a student council, said Clinton. The forty-three students in the council organize activities, but all freshmen are encouraged to participate. It is not a social club, but it gives freshmen many of the options that social clubs offer upperclassmen.
“It’s the one thing that’s for freshmen and not for anyone else,” said Clinton. “It’s great to have a community your freshman year, someone to be involved with in all aspects, like community service, fellowship and everything.”
Beginning this year, the FAC is required to conduct one smaller event and one community service event each month, along with larger events like weekly devotionals, freshman social in the fall and freshman formal in the spring.
“If we don’t provide some kind of goal, something attainable, the responsibility tends to not get taken because there are so many people,” Andrew said. “We hope to see people stay involved, and we would like to see FAC be more useful to the student body.”
FAC leads a devotional for freshman every Thursday night. A time has not yet been set, but it will be advertised when it is decided.
In addition to the Thursday night devotionals, FAC conducts a service project and a social event each month.
Past community service projects have included fundraising for Abilene charities, helping with services in communities around ACU and preparing medications to send to medical missions in Zambia.
The monthly social events have not been set for the year, but some of the ideas include a slip-and-slide, ice-cream social, skate night, movie night and paint war.