UNK Student Government

student government logoStudents play a major role in ensuring that the UNK experience is unforgettable. At UNK, student government is highly involved in all aspects of the university, including student life, academics, and policies.

Much like the federal government, student government is comprised of an executive branch, legislative branch, and 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 ensure your voice is heard.

For more information, call the Student Engagement office at 308-865-8523.

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Sam Schroeder



Sam Schroeder

Email: unkregent@nebraska.edu
Phone: (308) 865-8523

Zane Grizzle



Zane Grizzle

Email: grizzlez@lopers.unk.edu
Phone: (308) 865-8523


Forms and Documents

members of the student government pose for a group photo with chancellor kristensen

The executive branch is comprised of six cabinet members -- student body president, vice president, chief of staff, secretary of the treasury, secretary of student organizations and affairs, and secretary of community relations.

The president is the official student body representative to the administration and public and represents UNK as a student member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He or she has the power to pass or veto legislation passed by the Senate.

The cabinet, chaired by the vice president, consists of the four constitutionally enumerated officers and other directors, advisers and support staff.

Emma Nolan: Chief of Staff
Genesis Acosta: Secretary of Student Organizations & Affairs
Joey Orellana: Secretary of the Treasury
Ally Sedlacek: Secretary of Community Relations

The Senate is the legislature of the student body. Students are elected to the Senate from each of UNK's three undergraduate colleges and the University of Nebraska graduate college. There are also freshman senators and deciding/preprofessional student senators.

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. Tuesdays in the Antelope Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. Meetings, which are open to anyone, are held weekly during the school year, except during finals week.

For more information, call the Student Engagement Office at 308-865-8523.

Speaker of the Senate:
Secretary of the Senate:
Parliamentarian of the Senate:


College of Business and Technology

Emma Bond
Olivia Lawless
JaeDee Rasmussen

College of Education

Jonathan Burklund
Jacob Howe
Lily Seibert

College of Arts & Sciences

Crista Manning
Paige Oltmans
Luke Przymus
Ellery “Jett” Simpson
Hernan Vargas
Jashna Samuel
Jonathan Schardt

Graduate College
University College
Freshman Senators

Student court consists of seven associate justices, a chief justice and secretary of the court. The student body president nominates justices, who must be confirmed by the Senate.

Student Court handles cases in four primary areas:
  • Student organizations recognized by Student Government
  • Complaints filed in relation to Student Government elections
  • Cases that involve the functioning of Student Government from either the legislative or executive branches
  • Appeals of traffic citations issued by campus police and parking services.

Student Court meets at 4 p.m. Tuesdays during the school year in the Nebraskan Student Union. These meetings are private, but you are welcome to attend if your case is being reviewed.

For more information, email studentcourt@unk.edu or call the Student Engagement Office at 308-865-8523.

Information on how to file a formal complaint

Student Court members

Braden Peterworth, Chief Justice
Brooks Glanzer, Associate Justice
Austin Dubas, Associate Justice
Shawn Peterson, Associate Justice
Simon Clark, Associate Justice
Alex Novicki, Associate Justice

Current openings in Student Government:

Student Court: 1 Justice

College of Education Senator: 1 Seat

Graduate College Senator: 1 Seat

University College Senator: 1 Seat

Student Government Application