Below are your elected officers for the 2017-2018 school year. They will be working hard to uphold the Emporia State University SCALA Constitution and to promote your involvement in your chapter. Feel free to contact them anytime you have questions, suggestions, or comments and look forward to getting to know them this year as you get more involved with your student chapter of ALA. For details about specific officer duties, see the SCALA Constitution.
President – Brady Lund
I am in my final year of the MLS program at SLIM, after receiving my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wichita State University. In addition to my role with SCALA, I serve as graduate school senator to ESU’s Associated Student Government, as Student Ambassador for the Special Library Association, and on several university-wide committees.
I am a strong advocate for the work of LIS students, and believe that it is important for students to produce original scholarship, publish, and present at conferences. I also believe it important for all LIS students and professionals to be actively engaged with their community (both their physical community and their professional community), as this ensures that they always stay current with the trends, beliefs, and desires of their stakeholders.
I always like to hear from my fellow students! Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Vice President – Danica White
I am a first year student in the SLIM program, where I am pursuing the Leadership and Administration concentration. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to gain
important library experience while working in the public library setting for over four years. I am currently employed as the night and weekend supervisor at the Emporia Public Library. I have a BS in History with a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies from Emporia State University. I am originally from Wellington, KS, but I’ve lived in Emporia since 2008. I plan to take part in advocating for libraries and the library profession as a graduate student and future librarian. I want to uphold the mission and values of the American Library Association by becoming a knowledgeable leader for my fellow future librarians. I love true crime, folk music, desserts, and hiking! I have a passion for learning and you will usually find me with a good psychological thriller book in hand.
Secretary – Brandon West
I have worked as the Adult Services Coordinator at the Independence Public Library for 4.5 years. During my time in this position, I have held many leadership roles including heading our annual holiday festival committee, chairing our Friends of the Library fundraising committee, and being part of the library’s strategic planning committee. I serve on my community’s Diversity Task Force, which works to combat systemic racism within our community, for past two years. I am currently serving on the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table Advocacy Committee, and am a member of KLA.
Treasurer – Sara Schoenthaler
Originally from Hays, Kansas, I moved to Wichita to attend Wichita State University in 2014. I graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Graduate school was the next logical step for me. As I enjoy learning of the acquisition and usage of information as much as I do reading, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Library Science instead of another English degree. That being said, I am in my first year as a SLIM student and currently work as a graduate assistant at the Emporia High School library. I have never been so happy with the path I am pursuing. So here I am today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to take on my position as the 2017-2018 SCALA treasurer!
During my time as treasurer, I hope to increase awareness about what can and cannot be accomplished with the budget within the new class of officers, to create a new fundraising event to supplement those already in place, and to aid the pursuits of all other SCALA officers and representatives as well as the current SLIM student body.
Webmaster – Jeana Lawrence
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English- Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism from Kansas State University. After graduating, I got a position with the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau as the Tourism Assistant, where I did a bunch of odd jobs from managing rentals of our Civic Center to graphic design and general website upkeep to being the printer mechanic when it broke down to (recently) being a mouse hunter. After some thinking, I decided to get back to what I loved- books. So I am a first-year SLIM student and was recently hired by the Chanute Public Library (my hometown) as the Children’s Librarian. I look forward to what all SLIM can teach me and my new experiences at the Chanute Public Library!
Events Coordinator – McKenzie Gullick
I am in my first year as a graduate in the SLIM program and have yet to choose a concentration.
Growing up in Olpe, just down the road from Emporia, I just received my Bachelors of Science degree in History from Emporia State this past May.
I work as a graduate assistant at the Emporia Public Library but I have also worked there as an employee for about three years now. The best part of my job is the wide variety of people I get to see everyday, especially the adorable little kids! Having two jobs throughout my undergrad, I was not as involved as I would have liked so I am excited for this opportunity to serve as the SCALA Events Coordinator this year!
I love history, books, sports, and bonfires. In my spare time I like to read, go fishing, travel and cuddle with my cat
Alumni Relations Representative – Emily Sanders
I grew up in a small town called Manito, IL, and recently moved to Emporia from Lenexa, KS. I am in my first year of the MLS program after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Child Development this past May. I am not pursuing a concentration in the SLIM program because I could not pick just one! I work as
a GRA for Dr. Valenti and Dr. Walther as well as a receptionist at the Newman Regional Express Care. I love libraries and all that they encompass. I love my family, books and cupcakes. In my spare time I like to read, watch movies and travel. Most recently I have been to Seoul, South Korea and hope to go back soon! I am looking forward to this year!!
Special Projects Manager – Joy Bancroft
I am a creative professional with experience in tech writing, scholarly publishing, and academia. My education and research has focused on assessing and developing digital and information literacy in writing centers and learning commons. I have taught college composition and have worked in college writing centers as a peer and professional tutor. I look forward to future work in the field of library and information studies where I can continue to achieve my goal of helping others participate actively, creatively, and critically in digital environments. My hobbies include volunteering at an equine-facilitated psychotherapy program, drinking craft beer, coloring, reading, and napping.
Faculty Advisers – Andrew Smith and Kathie Buckman