The Student Senate represents you on campus. The Senate advocates for policies that benefit every student and supports more than 70 clubs and organizations that can play a big role in your college experience. Members are active on standing Governors State University committees, offering their voice on students’ behalf to the administration and the board of trustees.

About the Student Senate


The mission of the Student Senate is to promote the general welfare of GSU students. This is accomplished through the representation of student concerns, viewpoints and interests regarding governance issues to the administration, staff and faculty.

Through this work, the Student Senate will strive to improve the quality of the academic and co-curricular experience at GSU and provide developmental opportunities for its members.

 

Join the Movement!  #Save Our Education..read more below


     

    • Save Our Education- Join The Movement

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       Save Our Education

      Illinois’s public universities are under attack and it’s up to US to take action to save our education!  

      Budget cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner include a 31.5 percent across-the-board cuts in appropriations including Governors State University.  Governors State’s appropriations have decreased 13 percent in the last five years, while our student enrollment has increased 24 percent. GSU has the smallest state appropriation of all public universities in Illinois. Additional cuts would severely impact the positive effect GSU has on the local community and the State of Illinois. GSU serves a region that needs quality educational options. Its graduates are the educators, nurses, and other dedicated professionals who in turn serve the people of the Southland.

       When the students became aware of the state of higher education in Illinois, and how it would directly impact the continuation of their educational process, the Student Senate reacted with a call to action.  The student senate made the decision to mobilize their energy to come together in a collaborative effort to let their voices be heard. 

      The student senate will be mobilizing students to travel to Springfield on Wednesday, April 22, to let legislators know how they feel about Governor Rauner’s proposed budget cuts to higher education.  We are encouraging you all to share the information with other students and support participation in this important endeavor #SaveOurEducation.   

      Let your voice be heard, sign-up at for the trip to Springfield https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SaveOurEducation

      For more information visit us at http://www.govst.edu/studentsenate/ or contact Sheree Sanderson at ssanderson@govst.edu

      Sign Governors State Student Senate Change.org petition:  http://bit.ly/saveoureducation      

      Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/GSUStudentSenate?ref=br_rs

      Follow Us on Twitter:  @GovernorsSenate

       

       

    • Student Senate Members

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      The Senate includes four members from each college, 10 members at large, a Board of Trustee Student representative and the Illinois Board of Higher Education Student representative. The Student Senate holds two elections each academic year, one during each fall and spring semester. This means you can get involved soon after you become a GSU student.

      Student Senate Members

      Mychael Vanarsdale, President
      David Gethers, Vice President
      Darren Heldt, Treasurer
      Erica Mitchell, Secretary
      Addison Jackson, Jr. 
      Kevin Green
      Shaniqua Jones
      Evan Nave
      Doria Scott 
      Arnett Lewis, IV
      Gina Kates-Mitchell
      Lisa Garman
      Marie Penny
      Yolanda Pitts, BOT Trustee Representative
      Lisa Wallace, IBHE Student Representative

       

      Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students
      Advisor 

       


       

    • Student Senate Schedule

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      Student Senate meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. All meetings are held in Engbretson Hall.

       Come to the next meeting and get involved.

       

      Student Senate Meeting Schedule

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:00 p.m.  

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Tuesday, March 10, 2015,  6:00 p.m.  

      Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m.

       

       

    • President's Council

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      The President's Council is made up of the presidents of the student clubs and organizations.  This group is managed by the Vice-President of the Student Senate.  The President's Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 - 4:15 pm in Student Row, Room A2110.  The Council discusses information as it pertains to the nuances of club life here at the university.  Meetings are mandatory for active clubs.

      President Council Meeting Schedule

      • January 22, 2015 -- Student Clubs & Organizations Officers Training Luncheon
      • February 3, 2015
      • March 3, 2015
      • April 7, 2015
      • August 20, 2015 -- Student Clubs & Organizations Officers Training Luncheon
      • February 3, 2015
      • March 3, 2015
      • April 7, 2015

    • Student Fee and Finance Committee (SFFC)

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       The Student Fees/Finance Committee (SFFC) of the Student Senate is responsible for recommending fee distributions for the Student Activity Fees and the Student Center Fees to the Assistant Dean of Students.  The Assistant Dean of Students as the designated fee administrator serves as a resource/information source to the Committee. The budget for the next fiscal year is developed by the Committee and recommended to the Assistant Dean of Students.  Faculty representatives may be asked to participate in the discussions, but they are not voting members.  The Assistant Dean of Students makes the final recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

      Student Activity Fees facilitate the development and maintenance of extra and co-curricular activities on and off-campus which increase the ability of students to enrich/enhance their educational goals. The development of a “sense of community” is a key ingredient in attempts to create a sense of belonging among the student population. Student Activity Fees help support clubs and organizations, including the Student Senate and the Phoenix.

       

      Any student club or organization, which has been recognized by the Student Life Unit of Governors State University (GSU) is eligible for funding throughout any present fiscal year and for the following fiscal years to come. These groups are referred to as Recognized Organizations, or ROs. To become an RO, an organization must complete and submit a New Club/Organization Packet to the Student Life Unit for approval.

      FY2015 Student Club Budget Packet

    • Get Involved in Student Governance

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      If you are interested in working on behalf of the student body then you need to get involved!   The student senate is currently looking for students to join them and add to the exciting and creative new ideas and concepts on behalf of the students.

      Student Senate election packets are currently available until February 27, 2015.  Campaign Week will be held March 23 - 27, with the candidates fair taking place March 26.  Candidates will be provided space in Hall of Governors to engage voters and create awareness about their campaign.  Senate elections will be held March 30 - April 3.  There's still time for you to get involved.

       

      Student Senate 2015 Election Packet

       Board of Trustee Student Representative Election Packet

      Illinois Board of Higher Education - SAC  Student Representative