Category: 30th Session

Website Updates Coming

Hello everyone!

The website is currently going through maintenance and page updates which will continue to occur throughout the duration of this week. Most of the site’s pages and resources will still be available and accessable, but many of the senator page’s will be down. This is due to pages needing to be updated as Senate transitions from the 30th Session to the 31st Session.

I apologize for the inconvience, but the site will be fully functional by the end of next week. Thank you for understanding and I hope everyone is having a great summer break so far!


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlights – The Executive Council of the 30th Session

As the 30th Session is coming to a close, I believe it is important to meet the people behind the positions that make Senate run smooth and efficiently! The leaders of the Executive Council of Senate have put in countless hours to make Senate and our campus awesome for students and faculty alike. Student Senate Spotlights have been a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! But, as we now close the final chapter of the 30th Session, this week in the Final Spotlight:

Thalia Anguiano – Student Body President

Year In School: Senior

Major: LPS and Public Relations

Hometown: Bensenville, IL

Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, Mock Trial, Delta Theta Phi and La Fuerza Latina

What made you join Student Senate? “I ran for what was previously known as the Diversity Interest Senator position last year and I was able to see the amount of change that came out of that. Being able to work with UNITY Roundtable, implement Identities 101 as well as see some of the work that UNITY did to empower themselves was amazing. I knew after that that I wanted to continue to serve the student body, I wanted to continue to advocate for the voices of the students and impact this institution on an internal and external level.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like to sing and pretend that I can play piano sometimes. When I do get some free time, I like to listen to acapella groups on YouTube and watch inspirational speakers. It is a good de-stressor after a long week. This may seem kind of childish, but I love to take out a coloring page/book and just sit in my apartment or outside and color.”

Favorite Book(s): “I’m not a big book person, however, a book that was super interesting was the story behind Henrietta Lacks. If you haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to do so.”

Favorite Movie(s): “Remember The Titans, hands down.”

Favorite TV Show(s): How To Get Away With Murder

Advice to Everyone from Thalia: “While this is my last year at Drake, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be open-minded and get to learn about those around you who are different, have different opinions and experiences. Take those differences and challenge them, celebrate them and reflect on them. Learn to empower yourself and those around you and take that motivation to do good things. Be conscientious of those with whom you are working with around you and speak out when you see something that shouldn’t be happening. Often times, we hear a lot of people say that they want to change this or that, but rarely is any action taken to make that change. Aspire to be different, go against the norm and do something; even if it’s the smallest of things. You truly never know how much of a difference those small things can make in a person’s life or change the culture of a place. Challenge the system that we have been so accustomed to as much as you can and stand up for yourself and others while knowing your place. Also, be aware of the fact that you are ALWAYS learning. No one has all the answers and if you think you do, or you know of someone who thinks so, then that’s probably a red flag that you should do some more reflecting. Life is a learning experience–continue to be hungry to learn, be curious, ask questions and give answers when you can. Before I continue to write on an essay, I’m going to stop this right here. Thanks for everything, Bulldogs! And as always, if anyone ever needs anything, you can reach me at thalia.anguiano@drake.edu.”

Kevin Kane – Vice President of Student Life

Year In School: Junior

Major: Elementary Education, with endorsements in Reading and English as a Second Language

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Campus Involvement: VIP and D+ Improv

What made you join Student Senate? “The opportunity to advocate for the student body and impact real change around the university.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I love to play music (guitar, piano, drums, violin, and mandolin) and enjoy watching TV shows in unhealthy amounts.”

Favorite Book(s): The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite Movie(s): Mr. Nobody

Favorite TV Show(s): It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Advice to First-Year Students from Kevin: “A piece of advice that I would give to first-year students is to not be afraid to look dumb. Some of the most fun experiences of your lives are going to happen when you look like a complete fool. ”

Nick Jenderko – Vice President of Student Activities

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Year In School: Junior

Major: Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in Leadership

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Campus Involvement: Student Activities Board, CPHS Ambassadors, Orientation Leader and PMAC

What made you join Student Senate? “I joined Student Senate because I originally saw it as an opportunity to be very informed about all aspects of the university and to be involved with a lot of positive changes happening on campus. After being involved with Senate in different capacities over the past few years, I have also really enjoyed all of the relationships I have built and the communities I have been able to be a part of.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I enjoy eating, traveling, jamming to Shawn Mendes and the song Lip Gloss by Lil Mama, binge watching/reading Harry Potter, watching Netflix shows, and spending time with my roommates and friends.”

Favorite Book(s): Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Movie(s): The Last Holiday or Matilda

Favorite TV Show(s): Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy

Advice to First-Year Students from Nick: “Something that I have learned at Drake that has become my biggest piece of advice to new students is to do something because you want to do it, not because someone else tells you to do it.”

JD Stehwien – Student Body Treasurer

Year In School: Junior

Major: Quantitative Economics

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), Interfraternity Council, Residence Life

What made you join Student Senate? “I was on SFAC last year and saw a lot of opportunities to help the student body be more supported.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I am big into reading and movies!”

Favorite Book(s): Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Movie(s): The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV Show(s): Fargo

Advice to Everyone from JD: “It is amazing how much impact one person can have at Drake. Title or not, do what you can to move this institution forward.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlights – Madison McConnell

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! As we get closer to the end of the semester, I will begin posting two spotlights per week. This week in the Spotlight:

Madison McConnell – Ex-Officio (Public Relations Liaison)

Year In School: Senior

Major:  Public Relations with a concentration in Leadership Education and Development

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Campus Involvement: PRSSA, Student Leadership Advisory Panel, Blue Crew Dance Club

What made you join Student Senate? “It was something I had thought about for four years and never let myself actually do for one reason or another, and then when I got the application for this position I kind of said, it’s senior year, my last chance to do this so why not! ”

Hobbies/Interests: “Today, my hobbies include reading biographies of the great rockers, planning trips that I do not have the funds to take, pretending graduation isn’t imminent and lots and lots of procrastination. But they’ll be different tomorrow :)”

Favorite Book(s): A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Favorite Movie(s): The Princess Bride

Favorite TV Show(s): Gilmore Girls

Advice for Underclassmen: “Never be afraid to try something new, to be uncomfortable because chances are whatever it is will be an incredibly rewarding experience once you dive in. ”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlights – Nina Strong

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! As we get closer to the end of the semester, I will begin posting two spotlights per week. This week in the Spotlight:

Nina Strong – Student Affairs Senator-at-Large

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Year In School: Senior

Major: Economics and Political Science

Hometown: Streamwood, IL

Campus Involvement: Student Ambassador

What made you join Student Senate? “I wanted to apply the knowledge I’ve gained from past leadership experiences to current Drake issues.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like eating, dancing, cooking, and fighting.”

Favorite Book(s): A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Movie(s): Guess Who, The Imposter, The Babadook

Favorite TV Show(s): Black Mirror and most reality tv

A General Thought from Nina: “It has been great approving new organizations with my committee and Senate, and I wish I could join them all!”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Grace Rogers

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! As we get closer to the end of the semester, I will begin posting two spotlights per week. This week in the Spotlight:

Grace Rogers – Student Services Senator-at-Large

Year In School: Senior

Major: Public Relations and Political Science

Hometown: Lenexa, KS

Campus Involvement: Student Activists for Gender Equality, Drake Broadcasting System, Voice of Choice, Public Relations Student Society of America, Mortar Board National Honor Society

What made you join Student Senate? “I am very passionate about the issue of campus sexual assault. Drake does a pretty good job, but we aren’t perfect. I ran for Senate because I wanted to get us as close to perfect as possible. ”

Hobbies/Interests: Knitting, reading, asking underclassmen to swipe for me.

Favorite Book(s): Currently, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutowski

Favorite Movie(s): Midnight In Paris

Favorite TV Show(s): Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A Message to Underclassmen: “If you ever want to swipe for me, I’m always down for Hubbell/Quad.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlights – Jackie Heymann

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! As we get closer to the end of the semester, I will begin posting two spotlights per week. This week in the Spotlight:

Jackie Heymann – Campus Advancement Senator-at-Large

Year In School: Senior

Major: Political Science and Sociology

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Campus Involvement: Drake Hillel, Strategic Diversity Action Team, Social Justice Living Learning Community, Disability Action and Awareness Community, UNITY Roundtable, Kappa Alpha Theta

What made you join Student Senate? “After being highly involved in other areas around campus, I thought that I had experience and a base of knowledge that would assist me in serving the student body well. Also, I am very passionate about furthering equity and inclusion and I thought that Senate could benefit from having another person with that mindset around the table.”

Hobbies/Interests: Baking, running, hammock-ing, hiking, traveling.

Favorite Book(s): Defacing Power by Clarissa Hayward

Favorite Movie(s): Wet Hot American Summer

Favorite TV Show(s): New Girl

A Word of Advice: “Remember that life is not just accumulating lines on your resume. Make sure that you are spending time, and cherishing that time, with those you love.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlights – Kenia Calderon

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! As we get closer to the end of the semester, I will begin posting two spotlights per week. This week in the Spotlight:

Kenia Calderon – Equity and Inclusion Senator

Year In School: Senior

Major: Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Campus Involvement: La Fuerza Latina

What made you join Student Senate? “The efforts to make our campus more inclusive for all of its students are far from being done so I wanted to make sure I was in the right organization to make positives changes.”

Hobbies/Interests: “Painting and drawing, activism, protesting, politics, business, and cheese.”

Favorite Book(s): Sonio Sotomayor

Favorite Movie(s): 13 Going on 30

Favorite TV Show(s): Friends

General Advice: “Even as an undocumented student, I have been able to advocate for several changes that make our campus a better place for all. If I can do it then so can anyone at Drake.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Updated Budget Overview – March 30th, 2017

Hello everyone! I hope your semester is going well and you are getting ready for warmer weather! Attached to this post is an updated budget overview for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year. This budget is currently tabled and will be voted on by Senate on Thursday, April 6th, 2017.

This overview can be found here: Budget – Fiscal Year 2017-2018

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the budget, please reach out to the Student Body Treasurer, JD Stehwien, via email at jd.stehwien@drake.edu.

I hope you have a great finish to your semester! Go Bulldogs!


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Beth LeValley

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Beth LeValley – School of Journalism and Mass Communication Academic Senator

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Year In School: Senior

Major: Marketing and News/Internet Journalism

Hometown: Waukee, IA

Campus Involvement: President/Editorial Director of Spoon University, member of Drake Chorale, previously a writer for the TD & Drake Magazine.

What made you join Student Senate? “I want the best for the SJMC students, and I think I can contribute to that. There are fantastic students on Student Senate this year, and I think there’s potential for big change on Drake’s campus. After watching senate function for the past few years, I’ve realized that students can make a big difference.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I love cooking and baking, including decorating cakes and cupcakes. I also am a huge advocate for Des Moines, so I love going out and seeing the opportunities Des Moines has to offer.”

Favorite Book(s): Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite Movie(s): Across the Universe

Favorite TV Show(s): Parks & Rec

General Advice: “Advice for underclassmen: Go out and get involved! Make new friends. You’re never too old to meet new people. Be aware of your surroundings, respect everyone and have an open mind — then you’ll be successful in the real world.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Updated Budget Overview – December 1st, 2016

Hello everyone! I hope your semester is going well and you are enjoying your last few weeks before finals! Attached to this post is an updated overview of the current Senate Budget as of December 1st.

This overview can be found here: Budget Overview – 12/1/16

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Budget Overview, please reach out to JD Stehwien via email at john.stehwien@drake.edu.

For any other questions regarding this post or the website, please reach out to me at dustin.casey@drake.edu.

I hope you have a great finish to your semester! Go Bulldogs!

-Dustin Casey, Webmaster