In a field of six candidates, Rowan University senior Colleen Curren captured 67 percent of the vote and was elected to the National Education Association Board of Directors representing the NEA Student Program. The election took place during the NEA Student Program Summer Leadership Conference in Atlanta in late June.
Six NJSEA members—including current and former officers—attended the Summer Leadership Conference.
Curren ran a spirited campaign that included the Facebook page “Vote Colleen Curren for the NEA Student Program Board of Directors” to promote her vision and beliefs.
Curren helped to charter the Rowan chapter of NJSEA and is its current president. She will be one of three student members on the NEA Board, a position that gives her a seat on the NJEA Executive Committee.
NJSEA wins awards
At the same conference NJSEA came away with three awards.
The Carol Stowe Humanitarian Award recognized the NJSEA fundraising efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. NJSEA also received two awards or Political Action Committee Fundraising: for raising the highest total dollars and for total dollars per member.
A busy spring and summer
Back at home in New Jersey, NJSEA proved why it is such a leader at NEA events.
By May 31, class may have been dismissed for many New Jersey college students, but NJSEA leaders and members held a two-day retreat at the Doubletree Hotel in Mount Laurel to develop their own leadership skills, build a team, and develop and mission and vision for the organization.
Wendell Steinhauer, now NJEA President, Marie Blistan, now NJEA vice president, and NEA Student Program Chairperson David Tjaden also participated.