A note from the student body president

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A note from the student body president
North Central senior Tony Elder reflects on his term as student body president. Photo by Ericka Sura.

When people ask what my duties entail as student body president, it can be a little bit frustrating. How do I explain the honor of my duty while rattling off a list of objective facts? I could talk for hours about my experience and how much I have learned and grown from this year.

I wanted to be President this year to serve the student body and to help leave North Central better than when I first got here. Leslie Hernandez and my campaign focused around listening, supporting and unifying the student body. We intentionally did not have specific goals of things we wanted to change because we still did not know what we would be able to change. I still remember being told that we had been elected. I was so excited for the opportunity I was being given. That’s when It all started.

Now here we are, over a year later, and my term as student body president is coming to an end. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was beginning meetings concerning the flagpole. I consider this to be one of the most important things I have done this year. It was the first concern that was mentioned to me by a student on campus once I was elected president, and I was happy to take the baton from Tiffany Larson, former student body president, to finish the project. I am proud to say that we will be putting up a flagpole on campus next month! This has been a long process, but I hope it will be a visual sign of respect to our veterans and our great country.

Another big project we have worked on is a restructure of the student senate. Working with Nicole Palser, we have decided to eliminate the peer mentor leadership position and instead have a larger senate who will take on Welcome Week responsibilities. The renovated senate, as it will be more populous, will be able to take on more school improvement and service projects. There will also be more people to hear what the student body is saying and the concerns they may have. Our overall goal this year has been to make senate a stronger presence on campus and to better our service to the student body. I believe these improvements to the system will only better the mission of the Senate and the health of the North Central community.

After a year of serving in this position, I have grown to love North Central more than ever before. Beyond meeting more of the incredible staff and students of this university, it has also been an honor to see God moving through the campus and see how He has healed the wounds of last year. I had the opportunity to be part of the Presidential Search Committee and hear President-elect Scott Hagan’s heart for this community and the people in it. I am so excited for what God has in store and what is to come.

But the best part of my job this year has been you, the students. It has been so fun walking down the halls and learning your stories. You all make every office hour, every email and every meeting worth it. It has been such an honor serving all of you this year. Without you, North Central would not be the place that it is.

As I now begin to transition out of this position, I encourage you to continue pouring your heart into the people and community at this university and this neighborhood. You have the opportunity to create the culture here. Without you, North Central University would not be what it is. Be intentional to continue creating the deeply spiritual and communal atmosphere for future students. It is up to YOU to make North Central the best it can be.

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