Student Government filled four of its senate positions and granted approval for a new student organization, the American Medical Student Association, at Monday night’s meeting.

The Student Senate’s vacant School of Business position was filled by junior Abigail Schuneman, of Bloomington, Illinois, and the open School of Nursing position was filled by senior Sabrina Chau, of Pekin, Illinois. 

Newly elected freshman senators AnneMarie Ellingsworth, of McConnelsville, Ohio, and Ava Ploeckelman, of Clarksville, Tennessee, also took their oaths of office at the meeting. One vacant senate position remains for the College of Arts and Sciences.

SG also officially approved the American Medical Student Association’s petition to become a recognized student organization on campus.

Lisa Thompson-Gibson, Counseling Services’ Coordinator for Outreach and Prevention Initiatives, spoke to SG about Counseling Services’ offerings, including upcoming events like the Out of the Darkness Walk. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in the SIUE Gardens to commemorate National Suicide Prevention Week.

Robin Hughes, the new dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, spoke to SG about initiatives she hopes to bring to SIUE, such as encouraging more engagement between students and faculty and promoting study abroad opportunities.

Tarsha Moore, the assistant director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, spoke about the center’s continuous efforts to spread awareness of SIUE’s cultural richness and how student organizations can reserve the space for group meetings and events.

Additionally, junior economics major and Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences James Beverly III, of Los Angeles, reported on Dining Services’ new efforts to become more sustainable. These efforts include replacing styrofoam containers with compostable ones as well as switching to biodegradable straws and compostable bags.

SG’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in Student Success Center Room 0200. For more information about SG, visit

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