Student Federal Government: A Voice For Trainees

Chief of Staff Blake Andert (right) and Trainee Body Vice President Taylor Nelson attend to the Trainee Senate. The Trainee Senate satisfies weekly throughout the academic year.

Roughly 15,000 students are registered at UND, so it may seem as though a single trainee’s voice would get lost in the crowd. However, Student Government offers a chance for each trainee to have a say in what occurs at the university.

Each of UND’s nine schools is represented in Trainee Government by a senator. There are likewise senators for on- and off-campus housing. When students see something that needs interest, they are motivated to contact their senator, who will have the opportunity to bring up the concern at a Student Senate meeting.

If there’s a problem, a senator can compose a bill to demand changes. If the costs is approved, the modifications will be carried out. This is similarresembles how the government works at the state and national levels, where lawmakers act as a voice for their constituents– the individuals they represent.

While the senators comprise the legal branch, there is likewise an executive branch that manages the Student Government’s operations. The executive branch consists of the trainee body president, vice president, chief of staff, treasurer, government affairs commissioner and task coordinator.

A chief of staff works as a go-to for the president and vice president. The vice president’s chief of personnel for the 2015-2016 academic year was Blake Andert, a sophomore majoring in supply chain management.

An Eagan, Minn., native, Andert will begin his junior year as the trainee body vice president, after getting chosen in April alongside Brandon Beyer as president.

Andert got included with Student Federal government as a freshman, when he ended up being a liaison for the Trainee Company Funding Firm, a standing committee of Student Government. The agency assists and allocates funds to student organizations.

After a month and a half as an intermediary, Andert became the firm’s chairman. Around this time, he likewise became the chairman of the elections committee, which indicated he supervise the whole trainee body election as a freshman.

Andert stated he understood he desiredwished to be involvedassociated with Student Federal government immediately, but other students might not understand the value it plays or how the procedure works.

“Students must care about Trainee Government because it has a real-life impact on every trainee at UND,” Andert stated. “You need to wantwish to get involved. You must permit your voice to be heard.”

Working with administrators in a professional setting is a great method to improve interaction skills, according to Andert, who stated one should be “on top of their video game” when dealing with individuals who run the university.

Leadership is another location in which Andert has actually enhanced during his time in Student Federal government. He stated establishing and organizing committees has given him abilities that will help him throughout his future profession.

However nothing can be done alone, Andert stated, including that Student Federal government has actually taught him the value of teamwork.

“Everything we do can’t be done by just one individualsomeone,” Andert said. “It’s all a teama synergy, and when everybody’s doing their part and everybody’s working hard, things occur.”

If the members of the Trainee Government team share anything in typical, it’s that they’re hardworking students with strong aspirations, Andert said, including that the common trainee who comes to Student Federal government wants to exceed and beyond what the average student does.

Andert stated he is delighted to be a vice president during a legislative year in North Dakota. The ND Senate and Home of Representatives, which meet every other year, will convene at the North Dakota State Capitol in January 2017, and Andert stated he is looking forward to going to Bismarck to promote for trainees.

There likewise will be a brand-new university president this year. Mark Kennedy was selected to replace former President Robert Kelley after a five-month search experience. Former ND Gov. Ed Shafer acted as the interim president after Kelley retired in January.

Kennedy also has a background in government. He represented Minnesota in the US House of Representatives and served as a trade representative for Bush and Obama administrations. Kennedy likewise held executive positions at the Pillsbury Company and Macy’s, and he has actually operated in greatercollege at the Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Company School and the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

“I’m truly delighted to be working with him,” Andert said. “I think the Presidential Search Committee did a great task. We’re truly fortunate to have President Kennedy.”

Kennedy is pertaining to UND at a time when budget plan cuts are a concern for numerous in the university neighborhood. Since of a lower-than-expected revenue forecast for North Dakota, Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered spending plan cuts for state companies, consisting of UND.

As interim president, Shafer authorized proposed cuts that will conserve UND $21.6 million in the coming years. A few of the cuts were questionable, including those to baseball and guys’s golf, the music treatment program and Studio One, a student-run television program.

Andert said he expects the spending plan cuts will be the greatest obstacle going into next year, however he’s positive about the direction UND is headed.

“I think it’s going to be a terrific year for students,” he stated.” [Trainee Body President Beyer] and I are going to be working as difficult as we can to make sure everything’s going efficiently and trainees are getting everything they need.”

Andert stated students shouldn’t be scared to contact their senators when they see an issue, adding that he and Beyer will always have open line sof interaction, also.

Lucas Amundson is the features editor for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at�lucas.amundson@und.edu!.?.!