Two Iowa Lakes Community College sophomores have been elected to serve as Student Senate President of their respective campuses for the 2013 – 2014 college year.
Both were on the Student Senate last year - Trenton Meiners, a Wind Energy and Turbine Technology major from Manson, and Rachel Eddy of St. Louis, Mo., a Nursing major, are looking forward to opportunities for the upcoming year.
When asked what can be done to build unity among campuses, Eddy said, “Last fall all five campuses got together at Camp Foster for team building and leadership activities. I think that really helped everyone get to know senators from other campuses. It makes it a lot easier to call each other and try to plan things together.”
Meiners added that one of his goals is to “get more participation from students and just make the upcoming year one to remember, and leave a lasting impression on the younger class by trying new and exciting activities!”
Students will have many things to look forward to next year on the two campuses.
“Some activities I'm looking forward to Senate participating in are the Italian Buffet at the Emmetsburg campus, blood drives, and career and job fairs,” commented Eddy. “We did all those last year and I'm sure we'll participate again. Also, Root Beer Fest was a real hit so that's a possibility for a fun evening!”
It was also noted that there were basketball, dodge ball and mud volleyball tournaments to participate in as well.
All five of the Iowa Lakes campuses have openings in the Student Senate and come fall they will be accepting applications and holding interviews to determine the new teams.
“Just give it a try,” Meiners stated, “and really see how you can improve somebody’s day and just the bonding experience with the other senators is something to enjoy.”
“It really is rewarding and a great opportunity,” commented Eddy. “You get to know the staff and students a lot better when you're involved. Coming from St. Louis, I didn’t know anyone, but I met some great people and learned a lot about what it takes to be a leader. Senate is always busy and keeps you in the loop.”
A few other added bonuses for those who are a part of the Student Senate include participating in a Leadership Conference and traveling to Des Moines with other community college student leaders to learn about legislative processes.