Opportunities for leadership development and meaningful involvement in shaping campus life are available through the Waldorf University Student Senate. All Waldorf students are automatically members of the student senate, which is the chief governing and elected group representing the student body. Comprised of executive officers who are elected by the students, senators represent our diverse student population.
The purpose of the Student Senate include providing the means for effective student participation in community governance and policy development, campus improvements, developing and interpreting student opinion on issues of interest to students, providing effective student participation in planning and administering student affairs, promoting the welfare of the student body, and acting in advisory capacities to the university administration, campus programming, committees, and other instruments of university governance.
The Student Senate meets once a week on Wednesday night throughout the semester at 8 p.m. in the Breen Classroom except during university breaks, and conducts two budget funding meetings each semester for recognized student organizations to request funding.
The Senate, along with Student Life, host two "President Roundtables" per semester. This event is an opportunity for representatives from each student organization to gather and discuss upcoming campus events, announcements and dialog about leadership topics. Senate also hosts “Pizza with the Prez,” an opportunity for students to meet with the president of the university, have pizza, ask questions and hear about the state of the university.
In April, Senate and Student Life collaborate to sponsor the SEAL Awards. SEAL stands for Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership. This program recognizes students and student organizations for their service, involvement, programs and leadership over the course of the year.
Other traditional events that Student Senate help sponsor include Homecoming, Warrior Cup, WinterFest, Student Services Committee, Campus Hearing Board and forums for student discussion. All Student Senate meetings are open to the Waldorf community and we encourage students to attend.
2016 - 17 Student Senate Officers
President – Caleb Gilbertson
Vice President – Karissa Vetsch
Secretary – Kaylie Brindley
Treasurer – Karsen Houck
Advisor – Jason Ramaker, Dean of Students
Advisor – Andrea Searcy, Professor of Biology
Student Senate Constitution
Funding Request Form