Student Senate Emeritus President

What is Emeritus?

The title of Emeritus is to be bestowed upon a Student Senate President who has served four academic years in Student Senate. This is an honorary title given to those who have specifically dedicated an entire college career towards the betterment of Students at Grand Valley State University through the Student Senate organization. Not only does this person meet the standards and expectations of the positions over the years of serve, but often go past the regular duties. Through this honoring this individual will be recognized in the Student Senate Office and a specific Medallion that can be worn during Commencement. This person is a great embodiment of Student Senate and Grand Valley State University, and through this title will hopefully help recognize their last mark.

Emeritus Criteria

  • Having served on Student Senate for 4 Full Consecutive Academic Years
  • Two years in a Cabinet Position (one of which can be as President)
  • One year as Student Senate President 
  • Maintained Accumulative GPA of 3.50
  • Served on Three University Committees
  • Completed and introduced higher standards for the Responsibilities of the position.
  • A nomination letter from a Cabinet Member that includes a substantive narrative addressing how the nominee qualifies for emeritus status. The nomination letter should refer to specific evidence of the nominee’s qualifications. Although the application need not include the materials themselves, evidence such as resolutions, awards, and acknowledgements of outstanding service to the University should be cited in sufficient detail.
  • Approval of University President

Student Senate Emeritus President


Ella Fritzemeier:

  • Major: Finance and Economics
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Honors College Student
  • Served as President (2016 - 2017), Vice President of Public Relations (2015 - 2016) & Senator (2013 - 2015)
  • Designated Emeritus on March 23rd, 2017

Letter of Support

Ella's Proudest Accomplishments:

  • Created the Snacks with Senators Annual Event
  • Created the now annual Meet the Candidates Event
  • Collaborated on various statements to address the divisiveness of the 2016 Elections
  • Voter engagement efforts (Voter vans, registering students to vote, post-election dialogues)
  • Increased visibility of the presidency
  • Served on the Provost Search Committee
  • Second Fall Break resolution passed 


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