By Kathryn Moore
The Student Government Association kicked off the first Student Senate meeting of the semester on Feb. 6 by announcing upcoming changes, swearing in newly elected officers and welcoming a new organization.
“I wanted to provide more incentives for what students were already doing in Senate and show them how much the work they do here can benefit their organization,” said Jenaye White, sophomore broadcast journalism major and SGA executive vice president.
One of White’s duties in the role is to preside over the Senate.
One to three senators who are active participants, who write bills and who attend all Senate meetings will be recognized May 1 during the last Senate session of the semester as “best senators.”
Organizations whose senators present successful bills, along with organizations that maintain perfect attendance, also will be recognized.
Winners of all awards will be eligible for cash prizes.
The senators also confirmed new appointed officers, chosen by the executive council.
- Jesse Dahms, freshman undecided major, will serve as chaplain.
- Michael Messmer, sophomore psychology major, will serve as Sergeant at Arms.
- Anna Goodman, freshman political science and Spanish major, will serve as clerk.
- Luke Trammell, junior political science and history major, will serve as speaker pro tem.
- White also announced that Katy Wade, sophomore biology major, will be the new sophomore class secretary. Former Secretary Christa Seyler, sophomore nursing major, stepped down.
After swearing in all new officers, the focus of the night turned to a new organization, the International Students Union.
Jessica Lee, senior mathematics major and president of ISU, described the organization as a home away from home for international students and a way to promote international community on campus.
Union is home to 55 international students this year.