For the first time, the KSU has an internal coordinator who is not John Adams. Chris Parsons is the KSU’s new IC and he’s hoping to make your life on campus much easier.
The union hired Chris over the summer to manage office work and students’ services and he has vowed to make the KSU more active and visible on campus.
“I thought it was a really good opportunity to help people,” Chris said of his appointment. “I am really excited to try to improve the visibility and usage of the services that the Student Union offers and make sure people are aware of the degree to which they can take advantage of them.
Chris wants students to use him to navigate their ways around campus. He plans to keep the KSU office opened more frequently in the opening weeks of school to help fresh students through student-run services such as the health plan and the international student identification cards.
“I want people to have easy time accessing whatever they need from the student union,” he says. “I should be the point of contact for students for any concern they have and don’t know where to go.”
Chris is not a new face on campus after all. He is a King’s alumni and was the External Vice President of the KSU in 2007. He knows how things are done, but admits things might be slightly different than when he was a student.
“We didn’t have the support of someone to do the administrative work and make follow-ups at required time,” Chris adds. “The KSU now offers a lot more services and I am here primarily to support these service provisions and make sure things run smoothly.”
Chris is not the only employee in the KSU office. There is now a separate administrator to take charge of hospitality management of KSU such as day-to-day running of the wardroom.
He believes the duty separation will improve efficiency of the KSU and allow him more time to focus primarily on service provision.
“I will spend much time promoting the health plan and ensure the office is modern and up-to-date in terms of getting access to new computers and software,” says Chris. “I will also have time to meet with students.”