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May 26, 2005
Contact: Michael Diaz, elections commissioner, (785) 864-4060; or Nolan Jones, Student Senate communications director, (785) 864-3710.

KU Student Senate announces 2005-06 student government leaders


LAWRENCE -- Following campuswide elections in April, the University of Kansas Student Senate has announced its 58 newest student government leaders for the 2005-06 academic year, and in mid-May, the selection and installation of its 12-member executive staff.

Nick Sterner, Shawnee junior in political science and psychology, and Marynell Jones, Wichita junior in English, were chosen president and vice president. Together with the executive staff, the president and vice president will direct internal operations and various Student Senate programs for the coming year.

The KU Student Senate consists of about 80 elected and appointed senators representing each school of the university and campus living groups and organizations, including three holdover members elected by previous senate members. The senate maintains five standing committees that are open to all students. In addition, the Student Senate president appoints students to dozens of other all-university committees and boards. The executive staff is chosen through an application and interview process following the annual spring semester student elections.

Established in 1969, KU Student Senate is based on student governments that have existed in some form since the early 1900s at the university. All have been organized to enhance students' collegiate learning experiences both in and out of the classroom with a variety of student-run activities. With both its elected and appointed student representatives, KU Student Senate plays an integral role in shaping policies and procedures that affect the university community.

In addition to Sterner and Jones, the 56 newly elected Student Senate members and 12 executive board members, their hometown, level in school, majors, parents' names (when available), high school and office held for students they represent or board responsibilities are listed at http://www.news.ku.edu/2005/may/26/directory.shtml.

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