Music club begins year with new officers, new advisor and more plans. 

Paul Watson, Lamp Staff

The Music Performers, Patrons, Plus (MP3) club members have selected officers, made plans, recruited new members, and enlisted Professor Jason Waddell to replace Adjunct Professor Melinda Kay as faculty adviser. 

The officers for the 2019-2020 academic school year are Madison Leek, music major, president; Ellie Ramey, music major, vice president; Anna Palmer, musicology major, secretary, and Julian Marvel, science major, treasurer.   

Officers were selected August 23, during the club’s first organizational meeting.   

The only returning officer is Ramey, who held the vice presidency last school year.  As a returning club officer, Ramey said being vice-president “thus far has been a great and fun experience for me in gaining perspective on involvement and responsibility, as well as the fun opportunities to meet others who share the passion of music.” 

 “The club is planning on expanding with more activities, bakes sales and going further outside the box than we did during the previous school year,” Leek said of her initial plans for the club.   

The club is currently planning a bake sale that is tentatively planned for Sept. 27 and is interested in working on an event with other clubs later in the semester. 

“To attract more members, we are trying to show that this club is for everyone and not just music majors/minors.” Leek also said she intends to post signs advertising the club’s inclusivity all over campus.   

Besides Ramey, the members include several returning members.  The club has increased its membership from 10 students last school year to 19 so far this school year. 

The club is also considering establishing a Facebook page as another medium in which to engage members and alumni 

Waddell indicated he would become the club’s official faculty adviser Sept. 13.  Waddell said he would welcome club member input on his role.  “I think the members should decide what the plans and goals are for the semester and have officers run them by me,” Waddell said. 

Waddell would like for the club to consider additional activities such as sponsoring performance events and other opportunities for the club members to earn service hours. 

 “I look forward to seeing how the club develops this semester as this is a great experience for students to share their love of music,” said Waddell. 

Melinda Kay is leaving Lincoln Land Community College and is unable to continue as faculty adviser of MP3.  She is still teaching an online course, Music in America, this semester.  

Melinda Kaye said it was an honor to serve as MP3’s adviser and wished the members, “Good luck.” 

Last school year, Ramey and the other officers were trained in the Student Life Office’s club procedures and attended leadership training.