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Bethel truly is a place that shapes the person, while allowing each person to help shape Bethel, even if only a small bit.
Adam Robb ’05

Student Senate

Student government at Bethel College provides an excellent opportunity for student involvement. It is modeled after the U.S. federal government, in that it divides power between an executive and legislative branch. Student government functions independently of the college administration, though it does not assume an adversarial relationship.

The 18 elected offices, as well as many appointed positions, allow for individual initiative on issues directly affecting students. The executive branch is composed of the student body president and the student body vice-president. The Senate is composed of three senators from each class, two commuter senators, one senator from the International Student Club and one senator from the Multicultural Student Union.

General elections for freshman senators are held during September. All other offices are elected in April. All full-time students may vote and all full-time students having adequately circulated a petition of candidacy and maintaining a 2.0 GPA may run for office. Appointed positions are filled by the student body president with the consent of the Senate. Appointments are generally made in May, but may be made as needed throughout the year. Regular meetings are held twice a month.

Meeting minutes are available from the Senate secretary.

2014–15 Senators

President and Vice President:

Laird Goertzen
Laird Goertzen
Jacob Miller
Jacob Miller

Secretary of Finance and Student Organizations:

Kyle Riesen
Kyle Riesen

Secretary of Student Activities:

Brooke Powers
Brooke Powers

Coordinator of Student Activities and Senate Advisor:

Gabriel Fonseca
Gabriel Fonseca

Senior Representatives:

Madelyn Weaver
Madelyn Weaver
Shianne Defreese
Shianne Defreese
Luke Loganbill
Luke Loganbill

Junior Representatives:

Abby Schrag
Abby Schrag
Joshua Lewis
Joshua Lewis

Sophomore Representatives:

Drew Tropple
Drew Tropple
Daniel Ratzlaff
Daniel Ratzlaff
Issac Dunn
Issac Dunn

Freshmen Representatives:

Kaitlyn Scribner
Kaitlyn Scribner
Adam Kauth
Adam Kauth
Kiley Varney
Kiley Varney

At-Large Senator:

Grace Bradfield
Grace Bradfield