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Peru State’s Black Student Union Members Present Work at Student Leadership Conference


(Peru, Neb.) Thirteen members of Peru State College’s (PSC) Black Student Union (BSU) recently presented their work at a conference focused on student leadership.

The students gave two 45-minute presentations and answered questions at the “Student Involvement …Bridging the Gap” Conference at Wayne State College.

Their presentation was titled “Yes We Can: The Formation and First Semester of the Peru State College Black Student Union.” Each of the 13 members spoke during the presentations, which addressed the formation of the group, the group’s membership and activities, and what the group has planned for the future.

The purpose of the BSU, which was formed at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year, is to foster a sense of community, stimulate the intellectual, social, cultural and political growth of all Peru State College students, and provide support for students and the community. The BSU is open for membership to all PSC students of all backgrounds.

BSU Founder and President Jennifer Epting, a senior from North Platte, said, “The conference was a wonderful experience for all of us. We are very proud of our efforts, and it was nice to share that pride and receive so much positive feedback from others attending the conference.”

Kristi Nies, BSU faculty advisor and instructor of English, said the conference provided an opportunity for members to hone their leadership skills.

“Both freshmen and seniors attended the conference and presented,” she said. “Everyone made valuable contacts with students from both Wayne State and Chadron State Colleges. There was much sharing of experiences and ideas.”

PSC students who attended the conference include Epting, Fred Whitted, Shyriah Marshall, Kimberly Sohm, Devin Wright, Dwayne Sydnor, Chloe Courtier, Gabrielle Massey, Jade Gordon, Ryan McClarty, Liz Stewart, Mike Brown and Jeremy Crump.