Student Senate Appointment Application
Student Senate Appointment Application
Must be submitted before: TBD
Please Describe Yourself
In Your Own Words, What Is The Role Of The Student Senate?
Please Describe Your Past Leadership Experiences/Involvement
Please List Other Leadership Positions, Duties, Commitments You Have During The School Year
(RSOs, Meetings, Jobs, etc)
Why Do You Think You Should Be Appointed To Student Senate?
If Appointed, What Specific Goals or Projects Would You Like to Pursue?
What Specific Groups of EIU Students Do You Believe You Best Represent?
(i.e. Who are your constituents? Residence Hall Life, Greeks, minorities, etc.)
If Appointed, What Student Senate Committee Would You Like To Be a Part of?
(See committee descriptions below. Feel free to ask questions about this during your interview. Provide a Top 3 Ranking.)
Interviews for Student Senator Appointments will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are being turned in. You will receive a phone call to set up your interview date and time.
Student Senate Meets Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Room of the MLK Jr. University Union. If you wish to be appointed to the Student Senate, it is highly recommended that you introduce yourself to the Speaker of the Senate.
Student Senators Also Must Meet The Following Requirements:
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Be in good standing with Eastern Illinois University
- Complete a minimum of 2 Office Hours each week
- Attend ALL Student Senate Weekly Meetings on Wednesdays
- Serve on a Senate Student Committee (see descriptions)
Any questions about the Student Senate or the interview process can be directed to:
Speaker of the Student Senate
Thanks for your interest in our organization.
Description of Student Senate Committees
1. Student Affairs – This Committee serves as the direct link between Student Government and the student body. In the past, this Committee has sponsored successful programs such as Spring Pantherpalooza, Panther Service Day, and Panther Pile-Up. They also serve as the governing body of new campus organizations that wish to become Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).
2. Diversity Affairs – This Committee serves as the uniting voice of diverse groups here on campus. They also oversee the implementation of the Student Senate Diversity Requirement. This Committee will soon become a much more active voice on this campus as they work to create a coalition of representatives from each of the diversity-based RSOs on the EIU campus.
3. University Development and Recycling – University Development and Recycling works directly with the EIU Office of Sustainability to plan and implement stronger recycling programs on this campus. Furthermore, they work to create a green environment here at EIU.
4. External Relations – External Relations works to bridge the gap between the Charleston community and the EIU student body. This organization sponsors trash pick-ups, dumpster dives, forums on off campus housing, and other successful philanthropic events throughout the EIU community. This committee also represents EIU at the Charleston City Council meetings.
5. Business Affairs – The Business Affairs Committee publishes a yearly Fee Booklet that breaks down the fees that are charged to every student’s student account. Furthermore, this committee often plans forums on these fees. Business Affairs also assesses all fee increases before they are ultimately voted on by the Student Senate.
6. Academic Affairs – Academic Affairs serves as the voice of the Student Body in all areas related to academics on the EIU campus. They work to ensure that courses are added to the EIU Course Catalog to ensure that EIU’s course offerings are staying current. They also work to expand the public knowledge of programs offered by the various educational departments here on campus.
7. Panther Express – The Panther Express Committee works to enhance the Panther Shuttle Service that is available to all full-time students here at EIU. They are the direct link between the administrators that run this vital service, and the student body. They have worked to expand the service to stop at Textbook Rental Service, and have worked to implement changes to the Panther Shuttle Service.
These assessments offer only a brief overview of each of the Student Senate Committees. In order to fully grasp what each committee does, feel free to ask a current Student Senator and/or Executive to further explain.