Name: Patrick Sario
Major/Program: BA International Business
Student at UWest since: 2013
What did you do this summer?
I worked on campus assisting the PACE program and traveled to Taiwan for 28 days (attending the Life and Ch’an Seminar at Fo Guang Shan and touring the country). I was fortunate to spend several days and nights at the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) monastery and the Buddha Memorial Center. During the seminar, I formed lifelong bonds with other participants from Malaysia, Singapore, France, Philippines, South Africa, and China. I attended a 2 hour heart-to-heart lecture from Ven. Master Hsing Yun and spent one night at Lanyang Temple in Yilan. During my travels in Taiwan, I visited Fo Guang Universiy, Nanhua University, Wenzao Ursuline University, National Sun-Yat-Sen University, and Pumen Senior High School. I stayed on the beautiful island of Xiao Liuqu and visited the night/day markets over 15 times. I was in a different city every 2-3 days.
Where can we find you when you’re not in class?
In the newly renovated Fitness Center, doing service work on campus, or studying. I am available to all students to provide them with support or mentoring.
What do you do in UWest Student Government?
I am the UWSG President and I work with Officers, Senators, and Students as a liaison with the University Administration to advise on student needs and interests.
What does UWSG do?
We are the collective voice of the UWest Student Body providing social, recreational, and educational services to the students. We also try to work with University Administration to ensure they are aware of the issues and needs of the students, and we provide feedback regarding university policies, projects, and future plans.
Tell us about your UWSG team.
I am very proud and excited to have such a diverse and motivated team of Officers and Senators. Members of my team represent backgrounds from Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Mauritania, Mexico, China, and the United States. Many of our members have been involved in leadership around campus and together we are connected to almost every university department.
What are some events our Student Government has planned this upcoming school year?
This year we are planning to host several events on major US holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a party at the end of the semester. We will collaborate closely with other clubs such as the Sustainable Investing Club, Kung-Fu Club, Japanese Club, and the Public Speaking Club for many of our events. Also, we hope to collaborate with outside organizations for additional programing and provide a rewarding and rich growing environment for our constituents.
Can you tell us a little bit about Club Day?
Club Day will be a fun event where club representatives can showcase and recruit members. We will have presentations from clubs and wrap up with a bon fire for the community.
Describe yourself in three words.
I’ll describe myself in three short phrases: Do Good Deeds, Speak Good Words, Think Good Thoughts.