Monday, April 27, 2009

Student Senate Banquet

On Sunday, April 19, at the Firehouse Grill in Murray, NE, Student Senate held its annual Awards Banquet to cap an eventful year for this important organization for which I am pleased to serve, along with Ted Harshbarger, as co-advisor.

We all enjoyed an excellent meal--and little of the delicious desert pictured on the left remained at the conclusion of the event; I hope to return soon for the Friday Fish Fry.

As the photographs from the evening suggest, everyone enjoyed a good time and received recognition for his and her contribution to Student Senate this past year.

Each year, members of the college community nominate people for
two awards Student Senate gives, The Barb Lewellen Award (for service to PSC students) and the Scroll And Service award to an outstanding student.

This year, Dr. Judy Grotrian, pictured on the top right, and Kristi Nies, pictured on the left, earned nominations, as did I.

Grotrain, who has won the Teacher of the Year at the college, teaches in Professional Studies. Kristi Nies serves as faculty advisor for the Peru State Times and teaches English courses.

That the students elected me is both flattering and a special honor.

The Scroll and Service award honors a student who couples high
academic achievement with noteworthy service to the college.

This year two exceptional students earned nominations, Taylor Dunekacke and Jennifer Epting (pictured on the left), two deserving candidates.

And this year's Scroll and Service Award went to Taylor Dunecacke, pictured on the right.

I am very happy to have had the opportunity over the past two years to work with both these fine individuals.

And as the
photographs of various events in which Student Senate took an active role this pat year indicate, from Trash Pickup along Highway 67 to delivering St. Valentine's Day gifts, this group of engaging students contributes pretty much daily to campus life here at Peru State College.

I look forward to working with all of them again next year and hope here to compile a partial list of the group's accomplishments this year.


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