University of Wisconsin-Richland students recently elected Student Senate officers who will represent the student body and provide leadership during the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Also during late April voting, a referendum regarding UW-Richland’s continued membership in United Council of UW Students passed.
Alex Barnes, Richland Center, was elected president. He ran against Amanda Ruskamp from Arena.
Jennifer Ka Yin Lau, an international student from Hong Kong, was elected vice president in a close contest with Khalid Abdl-Haleem, from Muscoda. Amanda Baker, Gays Mills, was elected secretary and Anna Schellhorn, also Gays Mills, was elected treasurer.
President Barnes has served on Student Senate during the 2012-2013 academic year. He’s been a very active and involved student, a member of International Club, Paranormal Investigators Group, as well as on stage and behind-the-scenes with UW-Richland Theatre. He’s still deciding on a major, considering the possibility of music.
“I plan to be involved and positive,” Barnes said. “I look forward to learning more about how the campus operates.”
The four newly elected officers will meet over the summer to attend to student government business and to plan early fall activities.
Student Senate is the governmental body representing students on campus. Student representatives are full voting members on the faculty/staff/student committees that govern the campus. An additional 12 representatives, including both freshmen and sophomores, will be chosen for Student Senate in elections to be held next fall. In addition to governance work, Student Senate sets the social calendar, plans and organizes an array of activities. Incoming freshmen and others interested in learning more about Student Senate can contact advisor Karen Stoltz by e-mail at
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