2017-2018 Student Senate Committees*

*The 2018-2019 committees will be assembled before the Fall 2018 semester begins.


Senate Resources

Student Senate - Senate Resources Committee

Members

Current Members:  Chair of Senate Resources: Kevin Chui, Greg Ziegenfelder, Holly Neva, River Gibbs, Monica Van Til, Thomas Quaine

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in KC 2264

Contact Kevin Chui with questions or concerns.

Purpose

The Senate Resources Committee is dedicated to developing and maintaining an effective Student Senate. The SRC will ensure efficiency within the organization by servicing its internal dilemmas and by enforcing its established rules.  The Student Resources Committee is also responsible for interviewing and appointing applicants to the Student Senate and for enforcing all organizational rules.

Responsible for:

  • Interviewing and appointing applicants to the Student Senate.

  • Enforcing all organizational rules, including those outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws, and holding review hearings when those rules are violated.

  • Hosting the annual Senate In-service.

  • Ensuring that all Senators are present at mandated events.

 

Meet the Resource Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Kevin Chui (Chair)

Biomedical Science major, Chemistry and Biology minor

Senior

Greg Ziegenfelder

Communications Studies major

Senior

Holly Neva

Political Science and International Studies majors

Sophomore

River Gibbs

Statistics major

Senior

Monica Van Til

Statistics major, Psychology minor

Sophomore

Thomas Quaine

Biomedical Science major, Chemistry and Biology minors

Freshman


Finance

Student Senate - Finance Committee

Members

Current Members: 

Chair of Finance: Carly Aller, Nyia Slade, Nicholas Toth, Hannah Scott, Ben Rifkin, Patrick Cox, John Lurie, Amanda Crawford

Meetings and Contact

Meets after appropriations on Tuesday evenings  in KC 2201

Contact Carly Aller with questions or concerns.

Purpose

To effectively administer the Student Life Fund to student organizations for the promotion and enhancement of campus life at Grand Valley State University; evaluate all monetary expenditures and events ensuring Student Life Funds are being used for the enhancement of campus life.

Responsible for:

  • Providing information to ensure the proper spending of the Student Life Fund.

  • Promoting responsible uses and expenditures of each registered student organization budget.

  • Submitting a finalized budget of their Campus Life Board during the winter semester.

Meet the Finance Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Carly Aller (Chair)

Statistics major, Data Science minor

Senior

Nyia Slade

Multimedia Journalism and Writing majors

Senior

Nicholas Toth

Accounting and Finance majors

Sophomore

Hannah Scott

International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish majors

Junior

Ben Rifkin

Management Informations Systems major

Junior

Patrick Cox

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John Lurie

Business Management major

Freshman

Amanda Crawford

Advertising and Public Relations major

Freshman


Campus Affairs

Student Senate - Campus Affairs Committee

Members

Current Members: Chair of Campus Affairs: Rachel Jenkin, Carter Engler, Darwin Harris, Rachel Ibarra, Ethan Schafer, Alia Johnson, Madison Esselink

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in KC 0042.

Contact Rachel Jenkin with questions or concerns.

Purpose

To monitor all campus-oriented issues, to inform the Student Senate and administration of these issues and to act as the voice of the students ensuring that their best interests are fulfilled.

Responsible for:

  • Serving as a liaison between students and administrators in order to voice concerns and suggestions.

  • Enhancing collaboration between other registered student organizations.

  • Ensuring the proper maintenance of all Grand Valley campuses.

  • Working to ensure proper transportation, dining, classroom and other such services.

Meet the Campus Affairs Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Rachel Jenkin (Chair)

Psychology major

Junior

Carter Engler

Information Systems major

Sophomore

Darwin Harris

History and Political Science majors

Junior

Rachel Ibarra

Social Work major

Junior

Ethan Schafer

Political Science and Human Rights majors

Sophomore

Alia Johnson

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-

Madison Esselink

Psychology and Social Work majors

Junior


Educational Affairs

Student Senate - Educational Affairs Committee

Members

Current Members: Chair of Educational Affairs: Eric-John Szczepaniak, Matt Higgins, Parmida Davarmanesh, AJ Carter, Erin McIntosh, Bilal Qureshi, Sydney Washington

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. in KC 1140.

Contact Eric-John Szczepaniak with questions or concerns.

Purpose

To keep a close watch on the changing system of education at GVSU, to maintain close contacts with University academic committees and to ensure a strong student voice in the shaping of academic policies.

Responsible for:

  • Investigating and handling any educational concern that arises; especially those concerning curriculums, policies and procedures

  • Long-term, wide range projects

  • Representing the student body by sitting on at least one Faculty Standing Committee

Meet the Educational Affairs Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Eric-John Szczepaniak (Chair)

History and Education majors

Sophomore

Matt Higgins

Marketing major with an emphasis in Distribution Logistics, International Business minor

Sophomore

Parmida Davarmanesh

Math and Physics majors

Sophomore

AJ Carter

Computer Science major

Freshman

Erin McIntosh

Political Science and Philosophy majors

Sophomore

Bilal Qureshi

Marketing and Management

Junior

Sydney Washington

-

Freshman


Diversity Affairs

Student Senate - Diversity Affairs Committee

Members

Current Members: Chair of Diversity Affairs: Madison Rhoades, Becca Rogers, Phillip Todd, Carly Wormmeester, Ian Arnold, Amrutha Patil

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Senate Office.

Contact Maddie Rhoades with questions or concerns.

Purpose

To consider and act upon policy, practices and issues; make recommendations to the Senate and University administration; create an open dialogue between the Senate and organizations that have a diverse interest or focus; facilitate awareness and open communication; research and investigate various forms of discrimination against students related to, but not limited to, matters of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, origin and other multicultural matters.

Responsible for:

  • Creating networks that foster cooperation and acceptance.

  • Working to create safe campuses where various lifestyles, beliefs and viewpoints are allowed to be shared in an open environment.

Meet the Diversity Affairs Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Maddie Rhoads (Chair)

Public Administration major

Junior

Becca Rogers

Political Science and Women and Gender Studies majors

Senior

Phillip Todd

Public and Non-Profit Administration majors, African-American Studies minor

Senior

Carly Wormmeester

Social Work major

Senior

Ian Arnold

Public and Non-Profit Administration major, English minor

Junior

Amrutha Patil

-

Freshman


External Relations

Student Senate - External Relations Committee

Members

Current Members: Chair of External Relations: Jakob Bigard, Brian Branham, My'Kel Brown-Thomas, Joe Cadreau, Cameron Jones, Amela Mandzukic, Julian VanDaele

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 4:45 PM in KC 1247

Contact Jakob Bigard with questions or concerns.

Purpose

The External Relations Committee will act as a liaison between the Student Senate and the local community, ensuring that Grand Valley State University students have positive experiences in the areas surrounding the University.

Responsible for:

  • Vocalizing the needs of the student body to legislators and other policy makers.

  • Attending lobbying trips to Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.

  • Working to promote student engagement, interest, and involvement in the community.

  • Encouraging a collaborative and connected relationship between community members and student body.

Meet the External Relations Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Jakob Bigard (Chair)

Political Science major

Senior

Brian Branham

Political Science major

Junior

My'Kel Brown-Thomas

Public Nonprofit Administration major, Accounting minor

Senior

Joe Cadreau

Public and Nonprofit Administration major

Junior

Cameron Jones

Political Science and International Relations majors

Sophomore

Amela Mandzukic

CSAT

5th Year


Public Relations

Student Senate - Public Relations Committee

Members

Current Members: Chair of Public Relations: Morgan Mattler, Stacey Gross, Christian Schroeder, Rachel Reynolds, Olivia Kolc, Robert Page, Stephen Szymanski

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in KC 2228

Contact Morgan Mattler with questions or concerns.

Purpose

The Public Relations Committee shall be dedicated to informing the Senate of the public opinion and concerns of the student body, to ensuring an accurate image of the Senate, and to informing the student body of Senate activities and legislation. Furthermore, the Public Relations Committee shall foster student awareness of important campus issues.

Responsible for:

  • Ensuring proper lines of communication between the student body and the Student Senate as well as faculty, staff, and administration.

  • Developing innovative marketing and publicity techniques.

  • Promoting the purpose and mission of Senate and its events; especially to freshmen seminars, Campus Life Nights, and other traditional events.

Meet the Public Relations Committee

Name

Areas of Study

Class Standing

Morgan Mattler (Chair)

Political Science major

Sophomore

Stacey Gross

Speech-Language Pathology major

Junior

Christian Schroeder

Marketing and Management major

Junior

Rachel Reynolds

Human Resources: Management major, Information Technology minor

Sophomore

Olivia Kolc

Accounting and Finance major

Junior

Stephen Szymanski

Computer Science

Freshman

Alex Samosiuk

Marketing and Economics major

Senior




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