On April 14, it was announced that Rangeline DeJesus will serve as a new Shippensburg University Trustee. Appointed by Gov. Tom Wolfe, the sophomore will be serving on the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees and representing students.
The council of trustees acts as a direct line from the campus to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). A trustee’s job is to share trends, convey issues and, in DeJesus’ case, represent the student body.
“Rangeline is ready and well-prepared to become the student voice on the Council of Trustees,” said Charles Patterson, SU’s interim president. “While the entire council works to serve and advocate for students, inclusive of underrepresented students, Rangeline’s voice truly represents the diversity of our student body and their needs, interests, and priorities.”
DeJesus is majoring in international studies and Spanish, with a political science minor and concentrations in global political relations and Latin America and the Caribbean. DeJesus is also an active student on campus, acting as a residence assistant in Naugle Hall and working in dining services. DeJesus has always had an interest in public service and leadership.
“Absolutely, and it started at home. I have served as my family member’s mini representative from a very young age,” DeJesus said. “I took the lead in interpreting for them, filling out paperwork, and helping them find jobs, among other things, and through that, I realized I enjoy serving people in a way that helps them. That transferred over into high school, where I took a big interest in community service and student leadership positions.”
At Reading High School, in Reading, Pennsylvania, she spent time in the National Honor Society and held the position of Lieutenant Governor in the Division 13 of Key Club. DeJesus was awarded the Key Club’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Leadership in 2019 and was honored with the Robert F. Lucas Award as a Distinguished Lieutenant Governor in 2020.
“I think the best possible way to represent SU students is by listening to the students, taking in their feedback, and most importantly, being present. I plan on attending any public events hosted by student groups, collecting feedback from members of SGA, and keeping an open ear to student concerns to anyone who wishes to express them.”
“I am here to serve you. I hope that you all find me approachable, whether that be in class or in line at Starbucks. I urge you to come to me with your ideas, suggestions, concerns, or worries. The Student Trustee position is nothing without the student body it serves, so with that, please feel free to reach out to me anytime, anywhere”. DeJesus will serve a two-year term and plans on keeping her ears open to student voices and concerns. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and after May 9th, email@example.com.