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2016-2017 Student Government officers elected

The newly elected Upper Iowa University SGA officers for 2016-2017 are (l-r) academic extension officer Kelsey Sanders of Sumner, Iowa; vice president Ashley Beringer of Worthington, Iowa; president Paige Davis of Rock Falls, Ill.; treasurer Mikayla Hand of Alburnett, Iowa; and secretary Brianna (Bri) Fenton of Crystal Lake, Ill.

A junior from Rock Falls, Ill., has been elected the 2016-2017 Upper Iowa University Student Government Association (SGA) president. Paige Davis, an accounting/business management double major, was elected alongside four additional officers on the Fayette campus Thursday, Feb. 25.

Davis is a member of the UIU School of Business Student Advisory Board and Peacock cross country and track teams. The new SGA president is also actively involved with Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the oldest and largest student business organization devoted to students who are preparing for careers in business-related fields. In addition, she is a member of the Gamma Delta Phi sorority, which is built on the three pillars of service, leadership and loyalty.

Davis said she is looking forward to the opportunity to voice the student body’s interests, concerns, and needs on the Upper Iowa campus.

“I believe that more students should become involved with SGA, not only to better themselves as individuals but to also further enhance Upper Iowa University to the benefit of everyone on campus,” she explained. “I hear students, including myself, talk about what they expect from our University or what they wish our University had. I would like to see more student involvement in any proposed improvements they are talking about. The first step toward change is becoming more involved in SGA.”

In addition to Davis, the 2016-2017 Upper Iowa SGA officers are as follows:

Vice President Ashley Beringer is a sophomore secondary math education major. The Worthington, Iowa, native is involved in Education Club and serves as a tutor in the campus Tutor Center. Beringer said she is thrilled for the opportunity to work with all of the students and “help make Upper Iowa the best it can be!”

Secretary Bri Fenton is a junior from Crystal Lake, Ill. Majoring in mathematics and sociology, with a minor in criminal justice, the EYE sorority vice president is also a Peacock women’s soccer team member and UIU Phonathon volunteer. Fenton indicated she wanted to be involved with SGA because she is the type of person who likes to know about everything that is going on around her. She also wanted to help assure everyone at UIU has a great Peacock experience.

Treasurer Mikayla Hand is an Alburnett, Iowa, junior majoring in mathematics and financial management. She is involved with the Peacock Entertainment Crew and Peacocks for Progress. Hand became interested in SGA because she wanted to get more involved at UIU and play an active part in helping make positive changes across Campus.

Academic Extension Officer Kelsey Sanders is a junior majoring in athletic training with a minor in psychology. From Sumner, Iowa, Sanders is involved in Peacocks for Progress, Peacock Entertainment Crew, and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She wanted to be a part of SGA due to the opportunities it provides to work alongside other students and make improvements to the Campus. As the academic extension advisor, Sanders also looks forward to working with other campuses.

SGA agendas are emailed to UIU students before every scheduled meeting. Unless otherwise notified, all meetings are held at 12:15 p.m. every other Monday in the Student Center Ballroom. For additional information, contact studentgovernment@uiu.edu.

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