Northern State University Student Association Update

   As the school year closes out, the new Student Association senate has been working on goals for moving into the next year.
   With so many new faces on the senate, we are dealing with a bit of a learning curve on how Student Association works and what responsibilities the individual senators shall have during the upcoming school year.
   After our final meeting of the semester on April 25, we had a cabinet meeting, during which the chairs of each of our four cabinet committees—Jake Sigurdson (Governance), Joseph Kvale (Public Relations), Kayle Sproles (Finance), and Alexis Tappe (Facilities)—brainstormed ideas for each of their respective committees to pursue throughout the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Ideas included Governance working on further amending the Student Association Constitution, Public Relations working on more Student Association hosted public events, Finance working on stricter rules for approving club budget requests, and Facilities purchasing a huge public chalk board to put up in the Student Center.
   Your SA President, Brooke Theilbar, and I have a meeting scheduled with President Downs to go discuss with him our own goals for Student Association and align our visions with his as we move forward.
   Additionally, we have a meeting scheduled with Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg, Associate Professor of Sociology and our new Faculty Advisor, to get in sync as a leadership group before the next school year.
   We will be having Kayla Sproles, one of our veteran senators from the School of Business and pro tempore, join us at all of our important meetings in 2017-2018.  Her years of service on Student Association make her a valuable resource, and we are grateful she has volunteered to take on a more informal leadership role for the upcoming year.
   Student Association still has three open senate seats (Graduate School, one School of Education, and one School of Business) moving into next year.  We encourage anyone interested to contact either SA President Brooke Thielbar ( or myself ( for more information or plan on attending our first meeting during the Fall 2017 semester.  Applicants will be asked to introduce themselves to the Student Association and answer a few questions from the senators.
   Meetings are held weekly throughout the school year. All meetings are open to the public.
   Student Association has an immense—although oftentimes largely unseen—impact on campus.  A full senate would be an awesome way to maximize that impact.
   Both Brooke and I encourage all students to contact us at any time and/or attend one of our Student Association meetings during the 2017-2018 school year.


Annika van Oosbree
SA Vice President