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Student Senate

2022-23 Finlandia University Student Senate Group Photo 2022

2022-23 Student Senate. Pictured from left to right: Danny Zuchak, Nehemiah Clanton, Paulyne Catacutan, Sarah Moir, and Allison Cooper. Not pictured: Austin Keranen

The Finlandia University Student Senate plays a vital role in the development of the campus community. Each academic year the officers of the Student Senate are elected by student popular vote.

Student Senate Officers are here to listen to you, and to pass on your concerns to the university administration. If you have a question, concern, or request, feel free to contact any of the officers. All Finlandia students are encouraged to participate in Student Senate activities.

The Senate may from time to time form subcommittees and special interest groups to address specific student concerns.

Contact the Student Senate at senate@finlandia.edu.

The Student Senate:

  • Responds to the requests and concerns submitted by the student body, faculty, or administration
  • Stimulates and promotes academic, spiritual, social, cultural, and recreational activities
  • Fosters high standards of Christian character and conduct throughout the university and community

Accepting Student Senate Applications

Positions are available on the Student Senate for the 2022-2023 academic school year. Please fill out the following form by no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

Vice President (Elected Position)

* Acts on behalf of the President when he/she is unavailable.
* Is held to the same responsibilities as the President in his/her absence.
* Keep open communication with student body and bring student concerns to Student Senate and University administration.
* Prepares reports for and records correspondence within/between Student Senate and Faculty/Staff (only as needed.)
* Assists with Student Senate-sponsored events.
* Coordinates any projects initiated by Student Senate not covered by committees.
* Follows the duties as assigned by the President, or assist others of Student senate in their assignments.
The Student Senate Vice President will be compensated with a minimum $1,000 scholarship for the 22-23 academic year.

Secretary/Treasurer

* Is responsible for meeting minutes, Senate budget, reports, records, scheduling facility use and equipment rentals.
* Shall represent the Vice President in his/her absence.
* Is responsible for filling out proper state forms concerning Student Senate Finances as directed by the President and/or Student Senate rulings.
* Is responsible for collecting any Student Senate revenues and preparing and maintaining the financial books and records of the Student Senate.
* Prepares monthly financial reports and a summary of Student Senate funds.
* Shall present funding requests to the Senate Advisor for review.
* Is the contact for publicity of Senate-related materials, documents, records, etc.
The Student Senate Vice President will be compensated with a minimum $1,000 scholarship for the 22-23 academic year.

Activities Officer (Appointed position)

* The Activities Officer will be Finlandia University’s campus club contact
* Set one meeting each semester with all clubs to inform them of their requirements and keep in contact with them on Student Senate events.
* Plan and assist the Finn Fair in both Fall and Spring semesters.
* Maintain contact list for clubs and organizations and Clubs and Organizations web page.
* Assist in Senate Sponsored events.
* Other duties as assigned.
The Student Senate Vice President will be compensated with a minimum $1,000 scholarship for the 22-23 academic year.

Campus and Community Representative (CCR) (Appointed position)

* Responsible for Senate Publicity in coordination with the Graphic Design Artist
* Liaison and coordinator for community events.
* Responsible to coordinate one meeting per semester with the head of the marketing department.
* Prepare/Record Senate positions for inclusion in university publications
* Responsible for scheduling as well as maintaining the Senate email by checking it daily.
* Managing the Student Senate Facebook page
* Assist in Senate-sponsored events.
* Other duties as assigned.
The Student Senate Vice President will be compensated with a minimum $1,000 scholarship for the 22-23 academic year.

Graphic Design Artist (GDA) (Appointed position)

* Responsible for Senate publicity in coordination with the Campus and Community Representative
* Responsible for all senate marketing and branding. This includes (but is not limited to) creating posters and Finn TV monitor advertisements
* Assist in Senate-sponsored events.
* Other duties as assigned.
The Student Senate Vice President will be compensated with a minimum $1,000 scholarship for the 22-23 academic year.

Please contact Alex Hilterbrand at Alex.Hilterbrand@finlandia.edu with any further questions.

Student Senate Position Applications

2022-23 Student Senate Officers

 

Allison CooperAllison Cooper, President
amcooper@finlandia.edu
Senior
Major: Nursing
Minor: Psychology
Where are you from?: Grand Rapids, MI
Co-curricular: Student Nurses Association
Joined: Fall 2018
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hanging outside at the picnic tables
Favorite place to eat in town: Gino’s
Favorite thing to do in the Keweenaw: Hiking
Why did you join Student Senate: I joined Senate to get involved on campus. I was a transfer student when I came in 2018 and wanted to meet people. I love what Senate does, so I have stayed ever since!


Paulyne CatacutanPaulyne Catacutan, Vice President
pccatacu@finlandia.edu
Senior
Majors: Criminal Justice and Psychology
Minor: Sociology
Where are you from?: Soldotna, Alaska
Co-curricular: Student Ambassador, SISU Leader, Orientation Leader, SAC, Soccer and Volleyball
Joined: Fall 2020
Favorite thing to do on campus: Visiting with other students and faculties on campus.
Favorite place to eat in town: Copper Range Depot Family Restaurant
Favorite thing to do in the Keweenaw: Berry picking and jumping in the canals
Why did you join Student Senate: “It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen”


Sarah MoirSarah Moir, Events Officer
slmoir@finlandia.edu
Senior
Major: Sports Management
Minor: Marketing
Where are you from?: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Co-curricular: Softball, Womens Hockey, Sudent Ambassador Program, New Student Orientation Leader, and a SISU leader!
Joined: Fall 2022
Favorite thing to do on campus: I enjoy talking to the familiar faces out of schools facility and students.
Favorite place to eat in town: Bleachers has the best BLT I’ve ever had and it’s extremely affordable! But Gino’s has amazing food!
Favorite thing to do in the Keweenaw: I enjoy swimming at Hancock beach and basking in the warm weather before we get our winter snow and it’s time to go sledding.
Why did you join Student Senate: I thought joining Student Senate would get me more involved on campus while helping students engage more with student life. It also gives me more experience and helps me build a portfolio for my future. I am excited to be a part of Student Senate this school year


Nehemiah ClantonNehemiah Clanton, Graphic Designer
njclanto@finlandia.edu
Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Where are you from?: Illinois
Co-curricular: Esports
Joined: Spring 2022
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out in the Esports room
Favorite place to eat in town: I don’t like to go to many places around to eat
Favorite thing to do in the Keweenaw: Star gazing
Why did you join Student Senate?: I joined Senate because I wanted to do more for the college that I joined instead of just sitting around on a team and wanted to help bring a better perspective to the campus than from what I heard in my first year


Austin KeranenAustin Keranen, Secretary/Treasurer
Senior
Major: Biology, BS
Where are you from?: Hancock, MI
Co-curricular: I am a student ambassador in admissions, I work in the registrars office, and am a TA within the BIO department.
Joined: Fall 2022
Favorite thing to do on campus: Be in the lab.
Favorite place to eat in town: Lindell’s in Lake Linden
Favorite thing to do in the Keweenaw: Hike in the woods and kayak.
Why did you join Student Senate: I joined student senate to help make Finlandia University an even better place for the students and to ensure that their voices are heard.

Danny ZuchakDanny Zuchak, Campus and Community Representative
drzuchak@finlandia.edu
Senior
Major: Liberal Studies, Business Administration
Where are you from?: Rittman, Ohio
Co-curricular: Men’s Basketball, Student Ambassador Program
Joined: Fall 2022

 

 

 


Student Senate Documents

Student Senate Bylaws