Leadership focus: Student Senate

Student Senate President David Kuenzi hangs out in the office he shares with his executive team.

David Kuenzi ’14

HOMETOWN: Oak Brook, Ill.
MAJOR: Economics, pre-med program
MINOR: Biochemistry

We want to get students saying what they think.

For David Kuenzi, Calvin has been a place where he learned to hone his passions—and his leadership skills. Living on the Creation Care floor for his first two years was a great way to actively learn about sustainability. From there he really got busy: working for the Wilderness Orientation program, becoming a student manager of the Climbing Center and sitting on the Student Finance Committee. Today, he serves as the president of the student body, lending a student voice to college decisions.

"These experiences have allowed me to see beyond myself and into what impact I have on my community and on the world."

Through people like David, Calvin's 15-person Student Senate makes things happen—gathering student opinions and lobbying for the issues they care about. Senate appoints student representatives to serve on governance committees where they are able to directly speak into the college decision-making process.

Sound like something you'd like to do? First-year senators apply and are appointed during the first weeks of the fall semester. Learn more at: www.calvinsenate.com.

Student Senate 2013-2014 projects

  • Sustainability initiatives: installing energy-efficient hand dryers and motion sensors for lights; researching the potential for biofuel vehicles on campus.
  • College governance: promoting high-quality student representation on the governing committees of Calvin.
  • Student-centered spaces: creating more places where students can participate in dynamic group studying or study 24/7. Or just relax.
  • Rent-a-Bike program: providing transportation and promoting sustainability.
  • More leadership opportunities

    • Dorm presidents
    • Activities coordinators
    • Orientation leaders
    • Worship Apprentices
    • Dance Guild choreographers
    • Student/faculty research teams

    • Sport team captains
    • Barnabas team
    • Chapel Committee
    • Resident assistants
    • Jubilee Fellows
    • Perkins Leadership Fellows
    • Campus safety officers
    • Admissions hosts

    • StreetFest leaders
    • Multicultural Student Advisory Board
    • Cultural Discerners
    • International Student Advisory Committee
    • ROTC
    • ... or lead one of Calvin's many student organizations!

    VERGE: fall 2013

    First-Year Experience