Student Senate gives students a voice while serving needs of the community

Student Senate gives students a voice while serving community needs
November 30, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Copy of student senateLisle, Illinois ~ Prospective and current college students want to know that their concerns and opinions are being carefully considered by university administrators. At Benedictine University, the Student Senate is their voice.

Serving as a liaison between the student body and the administration, the Student Senate is a powerful influence on campus. It seeks to enhance the school's cultural and social environment, promotes academic honesty, and pushes for improving technology in the classroom and throughout campus.

But the Student Senate is not just a promoter of change on campus. It has also created a variety of volunteer and fundraising activities that serve the surrounding community.

The Student Senate recently secured the cooperation of the Benedictine University Police Department to create a Ticket Amnesty Program. Students who receive tickets for non-alcohol or non drug-related offenses can bring donations of four yards of fleece, two children's toys or 15 canned goods to the Benedictine Student Success Center and have their ticket expunged.

The senate is also leading canned good drives to benefit local food pantries and other charities,

"Senators who represent athletics on campus have partnered with other clubs and organizations to collect food, which will be distributed to three local food pantries – Lisle Food Pantry, African American Evangelical Church and Operation Support Our Troops," Joan Henehan, Student Senate advisor said. "We have already collected close to 2,000 cans."

Working on a community service project at the DuPage County Convalescence Home, raising funds for the H.O.P.E. scholarship for those whose lives have been affected by cancer, and hosting its annual "Breakfast with Santa" in the Krasa Student Center are other activities of the Student Senate.

"Breakfast with Santa" will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17. The Krasa Dining Room will be transformed into a winter wonderland where children of all ages will be able to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and his hard-working elves.

The cost is $10 per person. Children under age 2 are free.

Members of the Student Senate at Benedictine University include: Eddie Price, president, a senior Mathematics major from Bolingbrook; Jessica Dyrek, vice president, a Health Science major from Huntley; Afrah Hussain, secretary, a senior undecided major from Westmont; and Paul Nguyen, treasurer, a Biology major from Carol Stream.

Also, Kevin Webster, speaker, a Political Science major from Elburn; Feras Alhourani, College of Science representative and Biology major from Oak Lawn; Stephanie Analytis, commuter students representative and Biology major from Plainfield; and Caitlin Bettisworth, College of Liberal Arts representative and a Health Science major from Batavia.

Members also include Thuy-Vu Do, International Students representative and an undecided College of Science major from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Cesar Garcia, College of Education and Health Services representative and Spanish major from Wood Dale; and Nuratullah Ishola, College of Liberal Arts representative and Radiation Therapy major from Lansing.

Also, Umar Kamal, College of Science representative and Health Science major from Aurora; Daniel Karlovitz, College of Business representative and a senior Business and Economics major from Elmwood Park; Chris Kordick, Athletics representative and Biology major from Plymouth, Mich.; and Akif Khan, College of Science representative and Health Science major from Streamwood.

Other senators are Maryam Khan, Commuter Students representative and Health Science major from Naperville;Zareen Khan, Student Relations representative and Health Science major from Naperville; Kevin Khoury, College of Science representative and Health Science major from Oak Brook; and Sehrish Munir, College of Education and Health Services representative and English Language and Literature major from Naperville.

Also, Thanh Nguyen, International Students representative and Biology major from Garden Grove, Calif.; Sonali Patel, Student Relations representative and Biology major from Schaumburg; Jay Pollack, College of Business representative and Business and Economics major from Batavia; and Harjot Sangha, College of Science representative and a Medical Humanities major from Naperville.

Members also include Mary Severado, Residence Life representative and an undecided College of Education and Health Services major from Joliet; Alice Tindall, College of Business representative and Accounting major from Darien; and Sanika Tolia, Student Relations representative and Biology major from Aurora.

Other senators are Alexis Wadowski, Athletics representative and Finance major from Oak Brook; Joseph Ward, Student Relations representative and Theology major from Evergreen Park; Neveen Yasin, Commuter representative and Health Science major from Oak Lawn; and Aaron Youngblood, College of Liberal Arts representative and Political Science major from Hornlake, Miss.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.