From the president

Wesley (Wes) Kirchner is a junior at St. John's University. As a Political Science major, Wes is passionate about exploring avenues for civic engagement and creating equitable policies and systems both on and off campus. He is a member of the St. John's Senate, the Bonner Leader Program, and a student worker at St. John's Campus ministry where he focuses on creating service and immersion experiences for fellow students. Last summer, he interned at the Philmont Scout Ranch where he served as a leader to other staff and rangers and assisted with several search and rescue efforts. In the future, Wes hopes to pursue a career in law or policy.

Brian Bruess


Saint Johns University


Personal Statement

I came to the St. John’s community in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. Due to this I made it my top priority to get involved with campus organizations and clubs to build relationships with my peers and the school. By doing this in conjunction with the various Covid measures in place, I saw a serious need for community. Since my first year of school, it has been my vocation to improve and enliven the community. I have done so by taking positions as a student senator, a campus minister, and a frequent volunteer of our outdoor education program, OutdoorU. I have also had the privilege of being a Bonner Student Leader, which has allowed me to explore the community outside of school. With Bonner, I have engaged with several non-profits in the St. Cloud area which has expanded my understanding of what community is and what needs are present. I have also received my second fellowship from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University to pursue an internship with a non-profit or government organization this coming summer. I will use this opportunity to learn how I can turn my passion for service into a career.

Wesley Kirchner

Political Science

Saint Johns University