2019-2020 Student Senate Committees


Senate Resources

Members

Vice President Hannah Benoit
Current Members: Kelly Dowker, Gabrielle Przekop, Hugh Boyd

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Tuesday at 5PM in the Student Senate Office

Contact Hannah Benoit 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

Email Address

VP Hannah Benoit

Political Science, International Relations, History (minor)

benoith@mail.gvsu.edu

Kelly Dowker

Political Science, Sociology

dowkerk@mail.gvsu.edu

Gabrielle Przekop

Political Science, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice (minor)

przekopg@mail.gvsu.edu

Hugh Boyd

Film, Marketing

boydh@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

TBD

   

Finance

Members

Vice President Madeleine Samuels
Current Members: Camarie Smith, Brandon Love, Anthony Paquet, Richard DeBerry, Harrison Benet

 

Meetings and Contact

Appropriations and Cultural Funding Board meets on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in KC 2201. Finance Committee meetings immediately follow.

Contact Madeleine Samuels 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

Email Address

VP Madeleine Samuels

Political Science, Arabic (minor)

samuelma@mail.gvsu.edu

Camarie Smith

Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice (minor)

smitcama@mail.gvsu.edu

Brandon Love

Business

lovebra@mail.gvsu.edu

Anthony Paquet

Finance, Accounting

paqueant@mail.gvsu.edu

Richard DeBerry

Public Administration, Political Science, International Relations

deberryr@mail.gvsu.edu

Harrison Benet

 

beneth@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

Campus Affairs

Members

Vice President Grace McMahon
Current Members: Carter Houtman, Ari Nitzkin, Gavin Marlowe, McKenzie Gamage, Kathryn Thornton

Meetings & Contact

Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Grace McMahon 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

VP Grace McMahon

Global Studies & Social Impact, Public & Nonprofit Administration

mcmahong@mail.gvsu.edu

Carter Houtman

Political Science, International Relations

houtmanc@mail.gvsu.edu

Ari Nitzkin

International Relations, Religious Studies, Business (minor)

nitzkina@mail.gvsu.edu

Gavin Marlowe

Political Science, Legal Studies (minor)

marloweg@mail.gvsu.edu

McKenzie Gamage

 

gamagem@mail.gvsu.edu

Kathryn Thornton

 

thorkath@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

Educational Affairs

Members

Vice President Autumn Mueller
Current Members: Amanda Brainard, Camilla Russo, Jenia Thompson, Kyle Holcomb, Naomi Armstrong

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Senate Office.

Contact Autumn Mueller 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

Email Address

VP Autumn Mueller

Political Science, Marketing, Management (minor)

muellaut@mail.gvsu.edu

Amanda Brainard

Anthropology, Art History (minor)

brainaam@mail.gvsu.edu

Camilla Russo

Political Science, Nonprofit Administration (minor)

russoca@mail.gvsu.edu

Jenia Thompson

Political Science, Criminal Justice (minor)

thomjeni@mail.gvsu.edu

Kyle Holcomb

History, Classics

holcombk@mail.gvsu.edu

Naomi Armstrong

 

armstrna@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

Diversity Affairs

Members

Vice President Alexandra Murarescu
Current Members: Doris Daughrity, Alexys Neal, Juliet Ferreyra, Gillian Garton, Alexis Krichevsky

Meetings & Contact

Meets TBD

Contact Alexandra Murarescu 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

Email Address

VP Alexandra Murarescu

Public & Nonprofit Administration, Human Rights (minor)

muraresa@mail.gvsu.edu

Doris Daughrity

Allied Health Sciences, Women & Gender Studies (minor)

daughrid@mail.gvsu.edu

Alexys Neal

International Relations

nealal@mail.gvsu.edu

Juliet Ferreyra

 

ferreyrj@mail.gvsu.edu

Gillian Garton

 

gartonbg@mail.gvsu.edu

Alexis Krichevsky

 

kricheva@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

External Relations

Members

Vice President Joel Pagel
Current Members: Terry Jackson, Dorian Thompson, Samuel Jacobs, Alex Hicks, Noah Kamekawa, Tumaini Sango

Meetings & Contact

Meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Senate Office.

Contact Joel Pagel 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

Email Address

VP Joel Pagel

Political Science, History (minor), Philosophy (minor)

pagelj@mail.gvsu.edu

Terry Jackson

Political Science, Philosophy (minor)

jackterr@mail.gvsu.edu

Dorian Thompson

Political Science, Public Administration (minor)

thompdor@mail.gvsu.edu

Samuel Jacobs

Public Administration

jacobssl@mail.gvsu.edu

Alex Hicks

Marketing, Hospitality  & Tourism Management (minor)

hicksak@mail.gvsu.edu

Noah Kamekawa

Criminal Justice

robertno@mail.gvsu.edu

Tumaini Sango

 

sangot@mail.gvsu.edu


Public Relations

Members

Vice President Ryan Fritz
Current Members: Lauren Moine, Lansing Sanchez-Castillo, Justin Frappier

Meetings & Contact

Meetings TBD

Contact Ryan Fritz 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

Email Address

VP Ryan Fritz

Political Science, Communications

fritzr@mail.gvsu.edu

Lauren Moine

Political Science, Criminal Justice

moinel@mail.gvsu.edu

Lansing Sánchez-Castillo

International Relations, Human Resources

castilan@mail.gvsu.edu

Justin Frappier

Political Science, Business

frappiej@mail.gvsu.edu

TBD

   

TBD

   

TBD