Bergstrom to lead Student Senate in 2011-2012

Emily Bergstrom, an All-American softball pitcher for the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars, will bring her leadership to an off-the-field arena when she leads the 2011-2012 UHV Student Senate.

Emily Bergstrom
Emily Bergstrom

Bergstrom, an El Campo native and senior biology major, was named president during the recent Student Senate elections. She also will serve as the student representative on the UHV President’s Cabinet.

Her Jaguars teammate, Bre’Neka “Shorty” O’Bryant of Huntsville, was elected vice president. Victoria native Ashley Kellis-Carr will be secretary, and the 2010-2011 president, Paige Ruschhaupt of Victoria, who is now a counseling graduate student, will stay on as treasurer. All three served on the Student Senate last year.

“We had a lot of great ideas for projects last year that the Senate members couldn’t fit into our crazy schedules,” Bergstrom said. “A few good community service projects we plan to do are Habitat for Humanity and Adopt-a-Highway, as well as the campus events like the Giving Tree, Finals Food and a welcome back celebration for all the students.”

Other students serving on the Senate are:

Undergraduate representatives – Lauren Clark of Missouri City and Benito Salazar of San Antonio.

UHV campus senators-at-large – Juan “Andy” Llanes of Rosenberg, Moses Olukoya of Houston, Dawn Villegas of San Marcos, Danielle Bergstrom of Port Lavaca, Dashia Brock of Houston, Alexandria Hawk of Katy, LeAnne Kolar of Victoria and Wesley Middlebrooks of San Antonio.

At-large members representing the University of Houston System at Sugar Land and the UH System at Cinco Ranch, where UHV offers many of the programs, will be named after the school term begins. Nonvoting freshman committee members also will be added to the Senate roster at that time.

The UHV Student Senate serves as liaison between students and the university’s administration. It also enhances the student environment by sponsoring and promoting participation in student activities.

Thomas Cox, an assistant professor in the UHV School of Education & Human Development, will serve as adviser.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342