From the President’s Desk: Jan. 19

SGA Vice President Trenton Kennedy and SGA President Jessica Van Ranken (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

Welcome back, Wildcats!

We hope you had a relaxed, family-filled winter break! It is time to get back in the swing of things this spring semester and we have a few exciting updates to share with you all.

First things first, a program that we helped kick-start is beginning this semester and we could not be more excited to watch it develop and grow to serve the student body. Peer Advocates for Mental Wellness and Success, also known as P.A.W.S., prepares students to be peer advocates to give presentations on mental wellness, help teach stress management strategies and show students the many resources available to them on campus. Upon completion, students who take this non-credit hour course become a peer advocate from then on. This allows them to visit classrooms and organizations, as well as presenting on the topics they’ve studied.

Additionally, falling under our theme of political advocacy, we have an opportunity for students this semester to apply to the legislative advocates program. Civic engagement is an effective way for student leaders to represent their peers and what they believe in an effective way. This program’s plan is to build a bridge between the Kansas Legislature and the priorities of our university. Check our Twitter account for more information on how to apply to the program.

Among many commitments this spring semester, there are a few we would like to highlight. The Tuition and Fees Strategy Committee and Student Centered Tuition Enhancement Committee will be meeting this spring. The Tuition and Fees Strategy Committee will be hearing multiple proposals from different units across campus regarding fees, as well as recommending a tuition rate to the administration. The Student Centered Tuition Enhancement Committee will be reviewing startup projects and units on campus that have applied for funding and deciding what would best benefit students.

We want to hear from you, in order to represent you to the best of our ability. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out. Email us at or, flag us down or come into our office. We appreciate any opportunity to connect with students. Also, please follow us on Twitter @KStateSBP_SBVP.

Go Cats!

Jessica Van Ranken, student body president

Trenton Kennedy, student body vice president