Tag: Student Senate Spotlights

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Noah Farrell

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:

Noah Farrell – Senate Historian (Ex-officio Officer)

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Year In School: Junior

Major: Data Analytics and Computer Science

Hometown: Streator, IL

Campus Involvement: Anime Club, Drake Off Campus; past involvement in SAB, RHA, Carpenter EC

What made you join Student Senate? “I’ve always been interested in being able to serve the student body through student government – this is probably pretty apparent from my past campus involvement. As Historian for a second year, I have a unique opportunity to serve both the student body and all the great Senators and other members of Student Senate.”

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, TV and anime, politics, tech and programming, general nerdiness

Favorite Book(s): The Jungle by Upton Sinclair / A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Favorite Movie(s): Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Roman Holiday

Favorite TV Show(s): Friends / Scandal / Grey’s Anatomy / Scream Queens

General Advice and Quotes: “Peace, love, and Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.”


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 – Ben Morrett

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:

Ben Morrett – College of Arts and Sciences Academic Senator

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Year In School: Junior

Major: BCMB

Hometown: Chariton, IA

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Big Brothers Big Sisters at Drake

What made you join Student Senate? “I found it interesting how Student Senate operated and thought I would be a good candidate able to think and make decisions from multiple perspectives. ”

Hobbies/Interests: Playing sports, games, lifting, traveling, running, impromptu napping, impromptu snacking

Favorite Book(s): “I can’t read.”

Favorite Movie(s): Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Elf

Favorite TV Show(s): The Office

Quote to Live By: “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the tangy juiciness that life is made of.” -Ben Franklin


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.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Nathan Paulsen

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:

Nathan Paulsen – Organizational Council Senator-At-Large

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Year In School: Sophomore

Major: Political Science and Economics

Hometown: Durant, IA

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Resident Assistant

What made you join Student Senate? “I joined Student Senate because I wanted to work with a group of leaders that would all work towards a common goal of improving Drake University. I have always thought that it is important to contribute towards improving things that I care about and joining Student Senate was the way that I could maximize my contributions to Drake and to my peers!”

Hobbies/Interests: Chicago Cubs, Politics, huggggeeeee Iowa Hawkeye fan, I love to socialize

Favorite Book(s): Killing Lincoln

Favorite Movie(s): Step Brothers

Favorite TV Show(s): How I Met Your Mother

Quote to Live By: “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” -JFK


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 – Alex Maciejewski

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:

Alex Maciejewski – College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Senator

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Year In School: P1 (Junior)

Major: Pharmacy

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL

Campus Involvement: Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Love Your Melon, CPHS Student Governance Association

What made you join Student Senate? “Assist in building the bridge between all professions within the college: pharmacy, health science, and occupational therapy, as well as helping students maximize their experiences at the university level.”

Hobbies/Interests: USSF Soccer Referee and Traveling

Favorite Book(s): The Alchemist

Favorite Movie(s): Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite TV Show(s): Green Arrow, The Flash, and Grey’s Anatomy

Fun Fact: “I can read, write, and speak fluently in Polish!”


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.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – AJ Treiber

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:

AJ Treiber – School of Education Senator

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Year In School: Sophomore

Major: Secondary Education

Hometown: Evanston, IL

Campus Involvement: ATO Fraternity, GK Resident Hall EC, Athletic Event Staff

What made you join Student Senate? “I wanted to see a positive change on campus. I wanted students to feel like they are actually being represented and like they were having meaningful discussions on how to improve Drake, whatever that meant to each individual I talked with.”

Hobbies/Interests: Watching Sports, Running

Favorite Book(s): The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard

Favorite Movie(s): Gran Torino

Favorite TV Show(s): The Office

Final Thought: “I’m excited for a great school year! If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out! ”


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 – Anna Gleason

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:

Anna Gleason – Community Outreach Senator

Year In School: Sophomore

Major: BFA Graphic Design

Hometown: Indianola, IA

Campus Involvement: RA in Stalnaker Hall, NRHH, Rainbow Union, SAGE

What made you join Student Senate? “Mainly wanting to create tangible change on campus, specifically in regards to issues surrounding sexual violence.”

Hobbies/Interests: Movies, Margherita pizza, sailing, photography, art, printmaking

Favorite Book(s): “THIS QUESTION IS HARD AGH IDK”

Favorite Movie(s): Any Wes Anderson film or Her

Favorite TV Show(s): Chopped & The Office

Fun Fact/Story: “I tried the Emmenecker challenge my junior year of high school. I was sick for days & didn’t end up eating meat for a year afterwards. Party on.”


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