19 February 2010: Michael Villella, the new Student Senator at Australian Catholic University (ACU), has big plans for his fourth and final year of study.
The 22-year-old, who is completing the Bachelor of Information Systems at the North Sydney Campus, was elected to the role of Student Senator for 2010 after being involved with the ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA).
“Coming to the end of my studies I knew this was the last opportunity I would have to make a difference at ACU, and give something back to the University before graduating,” Michael said. “I have been involved with ACUNSA since my very first day at ACU, and have always considered it essential that students are represented at all levels of the University.”
As Student Senator, he will chair ACUNSA – comprised of the six university campus presidents – and sit on both Academic Board and the University Senate.
Michael said he will be focusing on two main areas during his year as Student Senator - sport at ACU, and forging a stronger relationship between local and international students.
“I am really big on pushing sport at ACU, which I think is a great way to bring all six campuses together and foster a strong sense of community,” he said.
“In regards to international students, they have come a long way to study in a foreign country, which can’t be easy. This year we will be working on events which encourage closer interaction between international and local students, which I believe will benefit all involved and add to their overall university experience.”
Above all, Michael said that his role was to listen to students’ needs and act upon them.
“We are here for the students and not for any personal glory,” he said. “Student associations are a very important part of university life, and if at the end of my term I can say I did the best I could for our students, then I’ll be happy.”