A New Year for NCTA Student Senate
Jan. 9, 2019
By Jocelyn Kennicutt
NCTA News student assistant
CURTIS, Neb. – The Student Senate at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has started the year off with a new officer team, goals for upcoming events, and student projects on the horizon.
Trisha Fox, Student Senate president and a veterinary technology student from Stuart, Nebraska, said she is excited for the new semester which began Monday (Jan. 7).
She is joined in leadership by fellow officers Kayla Bowers of Lewellen, vice president; Rebekah Miller of Basehor, Kansas, treasurer; and Sadie Christensen of Arnold, secretary.
“We will be doing a Chili Cook-off in January and Goodie Bags for Valentine’s Day,” Fox said of upcoming events planned by the Student Senate.
Although the organization will not be sponsoring a student dance this spring as it sometimes does, Fox said the student members are organizing several projects for the Aggie student body and campus community.
Representatives of student clubs, teams and campus organizations comprise the NCTA Student Senate, said Laura Romeo, accounting associate in the NCTA Business Office and advisor for Student Senate.
“The goal of the Student Senate is a desire to be a representative and efficient government, and to provide communications between students, administration, faculty, and staff,” says Romeo.
“We are hoping to maintain a complete and fruitful atmosphere of learning at this college,” she adds.
The Student Senate will consider a new student organization request at its meeting on January 15. With the growth of the Agricultural Mechanics academic area in the past few years, a student club has been proposed.
“The first step that the Ag Mechanic’s Club takes is to submit a letter of intent to Student Senate,” explains Romeo. “Then, we can review the official nomination made for them to become a recognized student organization.”
Fox said the Student Senate leadership role gives her broader insights across the NCTA campus.
“My favorite part of being involved (with student government) is being able to hear how students are affected through NCTA clubs and teams in their own unique way,” Fox said. “I have been able to build a network with students outside of the Vet Tech department.”
Romeo echoed Fox in meeting students.
Now, she sees more familiar faces, aside from her daily accounting and business office responsibilities which are largely behind the scenes on second floor of Agriculture Hall.
“I enjoy getting out of my office and interacting with the students of campus. They might not know it, but I do cherish every moment and interaction that we have,” says Romeo.
“It makes me proud to know that I was a part of their years of growing and learning with NCTA.”
The NCTA Student Senate members represent 14 student teams and clubs.
Shown in the accompanying photo are representatives, back row, left to right: Vice President Kayla Bowers of Lewellen, Brooklyn Becker of Beaver City, Chrissy Starkey of Columbus, Stephen Lawson of Odessa, Treasurer Rebekah Miller of Basehor, Kansas, Colton Brown of Sargent, Hannah Friend of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and Shayla Woracek of Maxwell. Middle Row: Secretary Sadie Christensen of Arnold, Brianna Schuck of Harvard, Emma Bassler of Blair, Braydon Benjamin of Lexington, Baleigh Miller of Lincoln, and Rachel Miller of Basehor, Kansas. Front Row: Laura Romeo, Student Senate Advisor, Emily Hubbell of Orleans, Kody Daily of Auburn, Kaylee Hostler of Central City, Kendra Marxsen of Schuyler and President Trisha Fox of Stuart. (Not pictured is student Jocelyn Kennicutt of Gothenburg, photographer of this NCTA News Photo).