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RCTC Student Senate


HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION

The Student Senate was organized in January of 1922 and is the oldest two-year student government in Minnesota. The Student Senate, and all RCTC students, are members of the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA). As a member of the MSCSA, the RCTC Student Senate shares in the governance of Minnesota State College and Universities. The Student Senate is governed by a Constitution and By-Laws.

 

A PROUD RECORD OF SHARED GOVERNANCE

The Student Senate exists as an integral part of the college’s governance.  It is the official representative of the RCTC student body and represents the students’ rights and views to all RCTC stakeholders. The Student Senate also appoints students to many All-College committees, sub-committees, work groups, and task forces. This right of appointment is included in MnSCU policy, RCTC policy, and the express powers of the RCTC Student Senate Constitution and By-Laws, granting the student body an active voice in policy- and decision-making at Rochester Community and Technical College. 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to serving as the official representative of all RCTC students, the Student Senate is the administrative body for the RCTC Student Life Division. The Student Senate approves all expenditures collected through the Student Life fee, and sets requirements for and governs all student organizations. The Student Senate annually proposes a Student Life budget plan to the College President for approval.

The Student Senate is an active participant in the annual College budgeting process, and consults regularly with the RCTC Cabinet regarding the College's management, state of fiscal affairs, and enrollment. This annual process concludes with the submission of a Budget Consultation Letter to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (2014 Budget Consultation Letter).

The Student Senate empowers students by providing world-class leadership development, creating a diverse learning environment, and building relationships that enhance life-long learning.

 

COMPOSITION OF THE STUDENT SENATE

The Student Senate consists of one representative or designee from each of the RCTC chartered clubs, six at-large student members, one student representative from the Yellowjackets athletics program, and the Executive Board..

The Student Senate has two standing committees:

Student Life Finance Committee

Student Senate Working Documents Committee

Student Senate Ad-hoc Committees are established and dissolved at the discretion of the Student Senate.

 

The Student Senate Executive Board consists of four officers:

The Student President

The Student Senate Vice President

The Student Senate Secretary

The Student Senate Treasurer

 

To contact your Student Senate representatives,call 285-7207, email, or stop by the Student Senate offices located at CC401 and CC403.

 

 

2014-2015 Student President

Michael J. Wenzel

2014-2015 Student Senate Executive Board

PICTURE COMING SOON

 

2013-2014 Student President

Cody Pogalz

Currently MSCSA Representative to the MnSCU "Charting the Future" Student Success Team

 

2013-2014 Student Senate Executive Board

L to R: Student Senate Secretary Brianna Clement, Student President Cody Pogalz,

Student Senate Vice President Michael Wenzel, Student Senate Treasurer Nasra Muse

 

2012-2013 Student President

Elisha Odegaard

 

2011-2012 Student President

Andrea White

 

2010-2011 Student President

Jonathan Kiehne

 

2009-2010 Student President

Elise Diesslin

 

2008-2009 Student President

Peter Moehnke

 

2007-2008 Student President

Keith Strehlow

 

2006-2007 Student President

Dan Filla

 

2005-2006 Student President

Scott Krook

Currently RCTC Director of Student Life

 

2004-2005 Student President

Jacob Peterson

Currently RCTC Foundation Treasurer

 

2003-2004 Student President

Nate Huelskamp

 

2002-2003 Student President

Chad Gerken

 

2001-2002 Student President

Vanessa Reuter

 

2000-2001 Student President

Mark Edwards

 

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