UNK Student Government

Members of UNK Student Government

The 2017-2018 UNK Student Government
(Image courtesy of Corbey Dorsey)

We are the Associated Students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney at UNK Student Government.

UNK students play a major role in ensuring that the Kearney experience is something you will never forget. Here, in Student Government, you will find access to shaping the university and its culture. At UNK, our student government is highly involved in all aspects of university governance, and has the administration’s ear on a wide range of issues regarding student life, academics, and university policy.

Much like the federal government, our student government is comprised of an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. Each is charged with specific roles and responsibilities, and the students who serve on them take their job in that role seriously. These are students you know; they are your friends, roommates, classmates, study partners, and teammates. This means that you can depend on them to get your voice heard even if you are not involved in student government yourself.

Please check the links below for events, elections, and governing documents.

On behalf of Student Government, Thank you to everyone that voted, and an extra Thank you to all of the candidates that ran!! This year's overall voting count was the 2nd highest since 2011.

The results are as follows:

The UPFF and Collegiate Readership funding issues each passed, as well as both of the constitutional amendments.

In the matter of Senate positions, the following students were elected under their respective colleges:

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Laura Fisher of Omaha
Madison Parshall of Plattsmouth
Kristen Tomjack of Wahoo
Kaitlynn Zitek of Ulysses

College of Fine Arts and Humanities
Jasmine Beringer of David City
Jase Hueser of Papillion

College of Business and Technology
Audrey Arsenian of Valley
Leslie Braun of Henderson
Ryan Brungardt of Kearney
Andrew Burival of O’Neill

College of Education
Emily Eairleywine of Fremont
Paige Kristensen of Minden
Morgan Daubert of Omaha

University College (deciding/pre-professional)
Trey Janicek of Bridgeport
Olivia Slater of Omaha

In the matter of the Student Body Presidential Ticket, 1377 votes were cast!

The new President/Regent and Vice President of the UNK Student Body are:

-Logan Krejdl and Taylor Janicek!

Congratulations to all candidates that ran and let’s support our new leaders as they represent UNK for the 2018-2019 term!

The Executive Branch is composed from members of the Cabinet.

The Student Body President & Student Regent; Vice President; and four constitutionally enumerated officials: the Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Student Organizations & Affairs, and Secretary of Community Relations comprise the President's Cabinet. The President serves as the official student body representative to the administration and the public on behalf of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He or she has the power to pass or veto legislation passed by the Senate and also serves as a student member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. The Cabinet, chaired by the Vice President, consists of the four constitutionally enumerated officers and other directors, advisors, and support staff.

Cabinet Members 2016-2017:
Chief of Staff - Jacob Stallbaumer, stallbaumerjk@lopers.unk.edu
Assistant Chief of Staff - McKenzie Cuba, cubamj@lopers.unk.edu
Secretary of Community Relations - McClain Narber, narberme@lopers.unk.edu
Secretary of Student Organizations & Affairs - Carlie Prososki, prososkicc@lopers.unk.edu
Secretary of the Treasury - Logan Krejdl krejdllm@lopers.unk.edu

The Senate is the legislature of the student body.

Students are elected to the Senate from each of the four undergraduate colleges at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska graduate college. There are also freshmen senators (elected in October), and deciding/pre-professional student senators. The Speaker of the Senate is the chief presiding officer of the legislature. The Senate has the power to pass legislation for the campus, approve new student organizations, appoint student representatives to Faculty Senate and other administrative committees, and perform any other duties concerning student issues or concerns.

The Senate meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Cedar Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. Meetings are open for anyone to attend. Time is set-aside for Public Comment, where any guest can speak directly to the Student Senate. For more information, contact the Student Senate office at (308) 865-8395 or the Senate Advisors at (308) 865-8523. If you are interested in running for a position in the Senate, please click the link below to access an application.

The Senate will only meet when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, and will not meet during finals week. Below is the current committee roster for the Senate; this group of talented individuals are here to represent the students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Feel free to contact any of them with questions or concerns you may have about UNK and they will happily get back to you as soon as possible. The Speaker of the Senate appoints senators to different committees; the members of each committee will be selected shortly after their election in the spring.


Senate Committees Members Available Soon.

Selections & Constitutional Review
The Selections & Constitutional Review holds confirmation hearings for Presidential appointments, conducts candidate interviews for Senate positions, and holds hearings concerning Student Government recognition of new or existing student organizations (RSOs) by reviewing the proposed constitutions of such groups. Senators in this committee:

Chairperson: Taylor Rieper

1. Audrey Arsenian

2. Taylor Janicek

3. Paige Kristensen

4. Dan Zavadil

5. Morgan Daubert

6.Leslie Braun

Rules & Ethics
This body is tasked with the duty of handling proposals for amendments to the Constitution of the Associated Students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (Student Government) and the Bylaws of the Senate, handle legislation concerning procedural issues of the Student Government, guards protocol of the Senate, enforces the attendance policy of the Senate, updates an index for the Constitution of the Associated Students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, is the initial body which considers articles of impeachment brought before the Senate, and acts as an investigative committee into the actions and ethics of Student Government officials and the possible misuse of student funds. Senators in this committee:

Chairperson: Jase Hueser

1. Madison Parshall

2. Andrew Burival

3.Kristen Tomjack

4. Paige Kristensen

5.Leslie Braun

Facilities & Campus Development
The Facilities & Campus Development committee is charged with the handling of legislation concerning the facilities, strategic planning proposals, and physical development of the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. Also, this advisory board is tasked to establish and maintain relations with the Department of Facilities Management & Planning and the UNK Sustainability committee. Senators in this committee:

Chairperson: Drew Thompson

1. Ryan Brungardt

2. Kaitlynn Zitek

3. Emily Eairleywine

4. Dan Zavadil

Student Programming Board
Tasked with the duty of acting on behalf of the Senate and the student body in matters of funding that affect UNK student organizations. The Student Programming Board shall have the authority to disperse funding to Registered Student Organizations that have applied for UPFF funding, or University funding in order to bring advocacy activities for UNK students' interests.

Chairperson: Paige Whalen

1. Madison Parshall

2. Audrey Arsenian

3. Emily Eairleywine

4. Olivia Slater

5. Laura Fisher

Student Affairs & Public Relations
Charged with planning and implementing the Student Organization Fair during the fall semester, the Student Affairs & Public Relations committee issues legislation relating to the general welfare of the student body, campus life, and student activities and concerns. It may also issue news releases, announce open positions in the Senate, and handle relations with local news media. The commission shall, by nature, be the most general, given its name. Senators in this committee:

Chairperson: Asic Helberg

1. Ryan Brungardt

2. Andrew Burival

3. Kaitlynn Zitek

4. Olivia Slater

5. Morgan Daubert

6. Laura Fisher

Abbreviation denotes which college each Senator directly serves:

CNSS - College of Natural & Social Sciences
CFAH - College of Fine Arts & Humanities
CBT - College of Business & Technology
COE - College of Education
GC - Graduate College
UC - Deciding & Pre-Professional
FS - Freshmen Senators

The Court is the judiciary of the student body.

The Court is the final and supreme judicial council of the student body. Its authority is derived from Student Government and the Constitution of the Associated Students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. As enumerated by the Constitution, the Court consists of seven Associate Justices, a Chief Justice, and a Secretary of the Court. The President nominates justices to sit on the Court, who are then confirmed by the Senate.

Student Court is entrusted with Fair, Honest, and Ethical deliberations as cases are presented to them. Promotion of Due Process to all individuals that are part of their proceedings.

For information on the process of how to file a formal complaint please click on the link below:

Student Court Hearing Form

Student Court is charged with four primary areas of responsibility:

  1. Adjudicate cases for Student Organization recognized by Student Government, as cases are brought to the attention of Student Court
  2. Adjudicate cases in reference to any complaints filed in relation to Student Government Elections
  3. Adjudicate internal cases that involve the functioning of Student Government either from Legislative Branch or the Executive Branch
  4. Hear appeals of Campus Student Traffic Citations issued by Police and Parking Services.

During the fall and spring semesters, the Court meets at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the Fireplace Lounge of the Nebraskan Student Union. These meetings are private, but you are welcome to attend if your case is being reviewed by the Court. For more information, contact the Student Government office at (308) 865-8395 or the Court Advisor at (308) 865-8523.