Adam Cooper envisions a time when he starts his own business or assumes a strong leadership role with an established firm that positively impacts society.
“I’ve had an interest in public service for as long as I can remember,” the 23-year-old Purdue University Calumet senior and Munster resident said. “I like to contribute and positively affect those around me.”
That’s exactly what he plans to do during the 2013-14 academic year as PUC’s elected Student Government president. After attending a downstate, liberal arts college during his freshman and sophomore years, Cooper transferred to PUC to study accounting, be closer to home and get involved locally.
“I like to support causes,” he said. “When I got here, I wanted to support this university and help it to be the best it can be.”
His quest for involvement connected him with PUC’s Finance and Accounting Club, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and Environmental Club, which he served as president. He also found Student Government an ideal venue for advancing the campus.
After serving as a representative, secretary of technology on the executive board and a senator representing the College of Business, he was elected president last spring.
“My two primary goals are improving campus communication and getting students more engaged,” he said. “I really believe in trying to get students connected to their campus.”
Cooper met this summer with PUC Chancellor Thomas Keon, campus vice chancellors and members of the university’s advancement, university relations and marketing staff. He also attended the National Campus Leaders Council summit for college and university student leaders in Washington D.C.
“It was inspiring to learn what (student government on) other campuses have done,” he said about the summit. “It also formed a bridge between student campus leaders and national leaders. It put us in proximity with individuals making policy decisions. We were encouraged to get involved in national discussions on very important topics, and I found that encouragement particularly inspirational.”
“It’s hard to ignore problems in the world,” he said. “Whatever someone else is experiencing affects all of us, so I want to do what I can to help.”