I had the opportunity to talk to the Whitewater Student Government president, Justin Murphy, about involvement, what he loves about WSG, and his advice for freshman students. Justin is a fifth year senior double majoring in finance and integrated science and business with an emphasis in water resource.
Justin transferred from UW-Platteville when he was a junior, and has been in WSG for three years now. He started off as a senator, then became the business and financial services director on executive board, and he was elected president last spring.
One of his favorite things about being president is getting to know the higher-ups, such as the chancellor and the provost.
‘I got to know the chancellor very well and I’m getting to be pretty good friends with the provost. Their opinion matters a lot as far as WSG goes. We run ideas by the provost and see what her opinion is. Her feedback is invaluable. Being on WSG has definitely helped me learn how to interact with all different kinds of people.’
Justin also does a lot of professional development processes.
‘As president, I got to hire five directors, so we had an application process where I looked at resumes, went to interviews, and chose five people who we work with directly. That was good experience to have, to see the whole hiring process, from start to finish. We have to figure out how to handle situations in a professional way and not lose your head over it.’
He strongly encourages students to get involved. He describes himself as a go-getter, and admits to signing up for a dozen orgs at the Involvement Fair when he transferred to UW-Whitewater a few years ago. His favorite organization he’s involved in is WSG, of course.
‘I met a lot of great people through WSG. They are some of my best friends now. We have a great executive board. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.’
If you’re interested in joining WSG, their open meetings are at 7pm every Monday night in UC 259.
Photo by UWW Career.