Michael France, a School of Media Arts & Studies student from the Honors Tutorial College, was recently elected as the new Audio Engineering Society Student Delegate Assembly Vice Chair for North & Latin America at the 139th Audio Engineering Society Convention which took place October 28 - November 1, 2015 in New York City. France was elected to succeed Steven Van Dyne, a recent alumnus who was elected at the 135th AES Convention in 2013 and retired at the 2015 Convention.
The Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) is led by four AES student members, elected by their peers to represent over 4000 AES student members around the world.
There are two regions, North/Latin America, and Europe/International, and each region is represented by a chair and vice chair. These students essentially commit to a volunteer part-time job in which they assist the Education Committee Chair and Vice Chair to plan, organize, and run student events at conventions, as well as represent student members to the AES.
Michael was vying for the position among representatives from the University of Hartford and the Universidad de San Buenaventura in Colombia. In his address at the second meeting of the Student Delegate Assembly, he expressed what servant-leadership means to him as well as his belief that every student can make a difference by giving back to younger generations in his or her own way. France showcased what an important perspective Ohio University students bring to this global organization.
Pictured Left to Right: Steven Van Dyne (Outgoing AES SDA Vice-Chair, North & MDIA Alumni, Kyle P. Snyder (Incoming-Chair, AES Education Committee and MDIA Lecturer), Michael France (Newly Elected AES SDA Vice Chair for North & Latin America and Chair, Ohio University Student Section).