Heidi Wolfe, '16
This profile was first published on January 25, 2016.
Heidi Wolfe, a senior from Pataskala, Ohio, has been a very active member of the campus community during her time as a student, even founding a student organization based on her beliefs in animal rights and the absence of such a group on campus.
Last spring, Wolfe founded Students Against Animal Suffering (SAAS) in order to raise awareness for animal welfare issues, as well as money for local shelters. Wolfe, a communication major who described herself as “a huge animal rights activist […and] a vegan,” hopes to one day work for the Humane Society of the United States.
The current SAAS president previously served as president of Muskingum Programming Board (MPB), which schedules weekend events for the student body. She says, “I started out as just a general member looking to get involved in program planning because it seemed like fun to me. Then I became student senate representative to become a little more involved, and before I knew it I was running for President, because I really believed in the organization and believed in making positive changes and helping it grow. As President, I was given the opportunity to attend the conferences for the National Association of Campus Activity each semester, and…interact with vendors in regards to planning our campus events.”
Wolfe is also a member of her sorority, FAD, the Animal Care and Human Subjects Committee, and she works in the Communication, Media & Theatre Department.
Wolfe, who chose Muskingum because she felt it was the right distance from home, didn’t expect to become so involved, nor did she ever anticipate becoming the president of one of the largest and most funded organizations on campus. However, she says, “Being that it is such a small campus with so many opportunities for involvement and for growth, I soon learned that the way to make the most of your time here is to jump in and get as involved as you can with the things that interest you the most. I am very grateful to Muskingum and to the leadership opportunities I have been given here, because they have really helped me to grow.”