A Message From the Student Senate Presidents of the Nebraska State College System
We, the Student Senate Presidents of the Nebraska State College System, representing our student bodies in Wayne, Chadron, and Peru unite for peace, justice, and an end to racism and police brutality.
Recent events regarding the deaths of George Floyd and James Scurlock, as well as countless other instances of police brutality against African Americans, have left the state of Nebraska and the United States as a whole in a state of unrest and fear.
There are undoubtedly many emotions that our students are experiencing right now. Many are angry, frustrated, sad, and uncertain of what the future holds.
Despite all the anger, sadness, frustration, and sense of uncertainty that exists in our world and in our state today, we must come together and act if we are to see an end to these problems. We must collectively lift up one another through kindness, understanding, and education.
We have seen passionate people across our great state and beyond unite for an end to the evils of prejudice, racism, and inequality. We hope that our students continue to advocate for these values through peaceful, non-violent means. We have made great progress here in the Nebraska State College System. Our campuses are becoming more diverse with every coming year. We give Nebraskans educational opportunity through affordability. Lastly, we provide many educational opportunities for our students through our diverse clubs and organizations, speakers, and support for events like Martin Luther King Day.
However, we cannot and we should not stop here. We must continue to stand up for the oppressed and silenced members of society. We also must continue to celebrate diversity on our campuses, and look for ways to make sure that every guest, student, faculty, and staff member of the Nebraska State College System feels welcomed and valued. Furthermore, we must continue to foster this environment not just on our college campuses, but in our communities and in our state. We must take what we learn about diversity and its importance and carry it with us after we graduate. In doing so, we can create a society where the sorts of things we see today are no longer prevalent, and we see a world where one is not defined by the color of their skin, their religion, their sexuality, or any other factor, but rather as a human being.
We are proud to serve a state college system that fosters and champions these values with us, and we thank the NSCS Board, our college presidents, and Chancellor Turman for their support. As we move forward, we look forward to working with fellow students and leaders to find ways to foster the value of diversity and create an environment that in inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all. As President Obama said, “We can create the change we seek.”
As we move forward into another school year, we do so with open hearts, open minds, and a strong desire to create a sense of hope on our campuses.
Student Senate President, Wayne State College
Student Senate President, Peru State College
Student Senate President, Chadron State College
Student Senate Mission Statement:
Student Senate is the voice of the students for the students.
Student Senate Vision Statement:
Student Senate will become an organization recognized as a positive change agent to enhance the student experience, fostering student leadership, equality, and achievement through engagement.
The Student Senate focuses on the interests and opinions of the students in regard to the operations of the College. Through involvement in a wide variety of campus affairs the Senate provides a means for students to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student services. From this participation, the Student Senate aims to express student views and interests to the administration, develop better educational standards, facilities, and teaching methods, and to foster the recognition of the rights and responsibilities of students to the school and community.
All Peru State College students, seeking membership to Peru State College Student Senate must not be on any type of probation. With the exclusion of freshman all students, must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of the semester preceding the election and must be taking at least twelve (12) semester hours each semester at Peru State College.
Student Senate Petitions Available
President and Vice-President petitions are now available outside of the Student Organizations Office in the Student Center. All petitions are due in the box outside the Student Organizations Office by 5 p.m. on the posted deadline.
- According to Article 2, Section 1.2 of the Student Senate Constitution, all Peru State College students seeking to run for the office of President or Vice President must have completed at least 30 college credit hours (15 of which must be completed at Peru State College), these 30 hours must be completed prior to running for office. In addition candidates must have previously served at least one term or currently be serving a term on the Student Senate of Peru State College. Candidates must meet all requirements of Article I of this Constitution, complete all required paperwork including a petition signed by fifty students and the student identification number of the electors signing the petition.
- Article 1 Requirements: All Peru State College students, seeking election to the Student Senate of Peru State College must not be on any type of probation. All students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of the semester preceding the election (excluding freshman), must be taking at least twelve semester hours each semester at Peru State College
Senator At Large petitions are now available outside of the Student Organizations Office in the Student Center. All petitions are due in the box outside the Student Organizations Office by 5 p.m. on the posted deadline.
- According to Article 1, Section 1.1 of the Student Senate Constitution, all Peru State College students, seeking election to the Student Senate of Peru State College must not be on any type of probation. All students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of the semester preceding the election (excluding freshman), must be taking at least twelve semester hours each semester at Peru State College, and complete all required paperwork including a petition containing twenty-five signatures and the student identification number of the electors of the vacant seat being elected. Only one petition is allowed per student per election.
Student Senate is seeking nominations for the Barb Lewellen, the Scroll of Service, and the Thomas Edigar awards. Descriptions of the awards and those eligible are listed below. Nominations are welcome from all Peru State College students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Nominations are to be submitted to the Student Senate Office using the following web forms. Nominations must be in written form and include a short biography or reason why you believe the nominee should receive one of the distinguished awards. Student Senate will review the nominations and vote for the recipients. The winners will be announced during the Student Senate banquet in the spring.
The awards’ descriptions are as follows:
Barb Lewellen Award
This award is designed to honor an outstanding faculty, staff member, or administrator who has distinguished him or herself through the betterment of students and student life at Peru State College. The award is open to all part or full-time faculty, staff or administrators. An individual trophy will be presented to the winner. The recipient will also have their name engraved on the plaque, which is located in the entrance of the Student Center.
- Barb Lewellen Nomination Form (Submission deadline April 1st)
Scroll of Service Award
The Scroll of Service Award is the highest non-academic award that is given to a student at Peru State College. The Scroll of Service Award is designed to honor any current, full-time PSC student for dedication and service to the student body and college (to qualify, a student must be enrolled for spring semester). The recipient will be presented with a plaque during the Student Senate banquet.
- Scroll of Service Award Nomination Form (Submission deadline April 1st)
Thomas Ediger Award
This award is designed to honor an outstanding club or organization who has shown service above and beyond to the campus and its surrounding community.
– Must be an active club for at least one (1) year
– Recognized by Student Senate as a campus club/organization
(must have updated paperwork filed and hold regular meetings and elections)
Nominations may be submitted by any member or non-member, with the exception of students currently holding an Executive Position in the club/organization. A certificate will be given to each Advisor and the President and Vice President of the awarded organization. A plaque will reside in the Student Senate Office to commend the past and present winners.
- Thomas Ediger Award Nomination Form (Submission deadline April 1st)
Please contact Student Senate at StudentSenate@campus.peru.edu, if you have any questions.