Valparaiso University Student Senate is the campus legislative and advisory body that gives the students a voice on campus issues through representatives they elect. It is comprised of a 7-member executive board and 25 student senators who represent various constituencies around campus.
Student Senate meets to discuss issues affecting all facets of campus life. It recognizes and allocates funds to student organizations, brings student concerns to the attention of the administration, and takes action to resolve these concerns. The Senate also has several committees which address issues in specific areas, such as residence hall life, media organizations, and intercultural affairs.
Many students from a variety of majors find their experience with Student Senate to be a great developmental opportunity that gives them first-hand experience with organization management. Senators are able to work on a range of projects that are most interesting to their own interests or concerns for campus. The opportunities available through Student Senate and the over 100 organizations we support provide enriching experiences that bring learning outside of the classroom into real-world situations.
Employers consistently comment on the high amount of responsibility and experience Student Senators are provided. Valpo gives students a great amount of influence on how the University is run. Senate is responsible for supporting over 100 student organizations, managing the student activities fees budget totaling over $600,000.00, and representing the needs of students across campus.
Incoming freshman who would like to join Senate simply need to fill out an online application. This can be completed any time during the summer or until Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. Information about elections will be provided when school begins.
If you have any further questions about Student Senate, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Body President or Vice-President via email or text for more information. Their contact information is available here.
Here are just a few of the many projects that Senate has worked to provide for the students over the past couple years:
- Upgraded Fitness Center (Opened Fall 2009)
- VUTV / Campus Television Station (Started Fall 2010)
- Digital Display System in the Union (Started Fall 2010)
- Student Entertainment from UPC (ongoing)
- Upgraded Studio for WVUR / Campus Radio Station (ongoing)
- Several Major Concerts that have been put on by WVUR and UPC (ongoing)
- Upgraded Equipment for the Chapel's Contemporary Service: Celebrate! (Spring 2010)