Front, from left: Maddie Beam, freshman secretary, of Bullard; Griselle Esparza, vice president, of Tyler; Caleigh Reese, public relations officer, of Rusk; Hannah Lair, secretary, of Carlinville, Illinois; Lauren Tyler, director of student life; Dr. Tam Nannen, dean of students; second row, Dr. Juan E. Mejia, president for branch locations and district provost; Dr. Tim Drain, associate vice provost for student affairs; Christian Marez, president, of Longview; Jack Williams, freshman vice president, of Whitehouse; Jalen Christopher, freshman president, of Rowlett; and Dornell Crist III, ambassador of organizations, of Madisonville. Not pictured is Andy Phan, parliamentarian, of Longview.
Student Senate is one of the most prestigious organizations on campus. Student Senate ensures that all clubs and organizations at TJC are in good standing. Student Senate is the voice of the student and has the ability to be a change agent on campus.
What is Student Senate?
The Student Senate, advised by the Director of Student Life, is the student government body of Tyler Junior College. The purpose and goal of the Senate is to promote an active student government, better relationships among the student body, good citizenship, and to provide an avenue by which student needs and desires are transmitted to the administration, as well as provide educational and wholesome entertainment for students. In general, the Senate sets all policies governing student body activities.
It is composed of three (3) Student Senate Executive Officers, four (4) Sophomore Class Officers (consisting of: Ambassador of Organizations, Public Relations, Parliamentarian and sergeant-of-Arms), three (3) Freshman Class Officers, numerous senators representing their organizations and committee chairs.
Student Senate Executive Officers and Sophomore Class Officers are elected in the Spring by a majority vote of Tyler Junior College Students. Freshman Class officers are elected in the fall by a majority vote of students. Each recognized organization may appoint two (2) senators to the Student Senate to represent their organization at general assembly meetings and serve as a liaison between the two organizations.
The Student Senate provides an avenue through which grievances by students may be channeled to the administration of the College. The Senate may also make recommendations regarding general student welfare. These recommendations are adopted by the Student Senate in regular session, and the consensus is forwarded to the Director of Student Life. The Tyler Junior College Student Senate is an active participant in the Texas Junior College Student Government Association and has won numerous awards at the state convention, as well as holding various offices in this association.
Want to get involved with Student Senate?
- Run for an office: You first fill out a petition for office that is available in the Center for Student Life and Involvement. Elections are held in September for Freshman Officers and in April for Student Senate Executive and Sophomore Officers.
- Join a committee: This is a great way YOU can make a difference on campus. Student Senate has several committees which are formed based on the needs and interests of students attending that semester or school year.
- Come to a meeting: Student Senate meets every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Jenkins 1109 in the Fall semester. Meetings are only held every other week in the Spring Semester.
- Attend an event: Events dates are available on the Campus Calendar.