Raysean Hogan is not from Philadelphia. He’s not even from Pennsylvania. Yet the Pasadena, Calif., native is making his mark on the university as the president of Main Campus Program Board, the campus organization responsible for giving students the college experience.
Hogan became involved with the MCPB his sophomore year. It was what helped him to feel more comfortable in his Temple surroundings.
MCPB’s mission is to provide events on campus for students. It consists of a general assembly, an executive board and seven committees: technology, lectures, special events, contemporary music, film series, travel and marketing and promotions.
Anywhere from 60 to 100 people attend MCPB’s General Assembly meeints, which are held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Room 217 of the Student Center.
To be a member of MCPB, in addition to meeting the general assembly attendance requirements, a person must be a matriculated student or staff member at Temple and have at least a 2.0 grade point average. “To be a member you have to go to three consecutive general assembly meetings. And three consecutive committee meetings and at that point you’re given a constitution and we welcome you to our organization because you’re a member. We encourage everyone to be active,” said Hogan.
Hogan credits MCPB with changing his outlook on his future.
“Putting me in the circle made me believe that I really belong there and that I’m not that far away from being one of those people myself,” Hogan said. “It changed my perspective. It’s not them anymore. I’m a part of whatever I want to be a part of. It changes your perspective.”
Feeling like he is a part of that circle didn’t come at an easy price. On top of classes, Hogan puts in 50-60 hours every week overseeing activity of the MCPB. He also coordinates and manages an 18-member executive board that coordinates the general assembly. Hogan encourages even the busiest students to get involved with the MCPB.
“Don’t be afraid to join organizations,” he said. “Take care of everyone that goes to your school because we’re all a family now as far as I’m concerned.”
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