February 20, 2020
During his first semester at Susquehanna University, studio art major Christopher Kalcich ’23 was elected to serve a four-year term on the Selinsgrove Borough Council.
Kalcich first became interested in joining the council during his senior year at Selinsgrove Area High School. The opportunity was recommended to him by a fellow vendor at the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market — where Kalcich sells his art — and he was immediately interested. Kalcich began to petition not long after, and within three days, he had gathered the necessary signatures for his run.
Now, Kalcich serves on the borough council as the chairman of the Borough Administration, Property and Equipment Committee, which leads matters regarding property and equipment acquisitions, computer software and oversees zoning and contract administration. He also sits on two subcommittees, as do most council members.
Kalcich hopes to use his position to strengthen the relationship between students at Susquehanna and residents of the surrounding area.
“I want to get them more connected with one another,” he said.
As both a member of the Selinsgrove community and a student at Susquehanna, Kalcich is already working to bridge this divide. He works at the Regional Engagement Center, or the R.E.C., planning programs that benefit the local youth.
“It’s always been about the youth,” he said. “Successful youth create a successful community.”
Kalcich has helped define programs like the Teen Business Innovation Zone, which allows middle and high school students to gain work experience at the center’s café before entering the workforce.
Kalcich is also involved in the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market, a popular event for both students and community members. Since 2010, he has been selling his original art, including prints, commissions and painted rocks.
Kalcich’s term continues through November 2023. After that, his goal is to stay in the Selinsgrove area and do more work to help improve the community.