Tyler Junior College has announced the members of its Student Senate cabinet for the 2018-19 academic year.
They are: Christian Marez, president, of Longview; Griselle Esparza, vice president, of Tyler; Dornell Crist III, ambassador of organizations, of Madisonville; Caleigh Reese, public relations officer, of Rusk; Andy Phan, parliamentarian, of Longview; Hannah Lair, secretary, of Carlinville, Illinois; Jalen Christopher, freshman president, of Rowlett; Jack Williams, freshman vice president, of Whitehouse; and Maddie Beam, freshman secretary, of Bullard.
Advised by Lauren Tyler, TJC director of student life, the Student Senate serves as the student governing body of TJC and includes representatives from each of the more than 40 campus clubs and organizations.
The TJC Student Senate is one of the most prestigious organizations on campus and ensures that all clubs and organizations at the College are in good standing. The senate serves as the voice of the student body and has the ability to be a change agent on campus. The senate subcommittees -- which include health and safety, building, technology, elections and academic affairs -- meet at least three times per semester.
Past Student Senate projects include the creation of a library task force and a resolution that led to increased study areas and additional furniture for Jenkins Hall. Plans this year include increasing campus recycling efforts, in addition to an Arbor Day event on Jan. 26, 2019 and the East Texas Big Event (with Jarvis Christian College and UT Tyler) on March 30, 2019.
“Our student leaders inspire us to raise the bar of accountability, both as educators and as public servants,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, president for branch locations and district provost. “I am very proud of our Student Senate leadership team.”