Student Senate and Student Leadership Development
Through Student Senate, Student Life Committee, SkillsUSA, Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa you can organize students, attend conferences, compete in local and national competitions, practice public speaking, work on college policies, and meet with your elected representatives, just to name a few leadership activities!
Student Senate – Student Senate is empowered by the Saint Paul College President
and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to represent the student
body to the college and community. The purpose of the Student Senate is to
represent student ideas, concerns and issues at Saint Paul College. Through its
participation with the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA),
students can also present issues and concerns influencing legislation at the state
and national level. Participation in the organization is an excellent opportunity
to engage in the political process, serve on college committees, help organize and
support student associations, as well as host volunteer events in the community.
Every spring, students elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Diversity Officer,
Secretary and Marketing/Events Coordinator. Officers serve one-year terms
(August-May) and are paid $10/hour.
During the academic year, the student body comes together every two weeks for
General Assembly. During General Assembly, all students have a vote on major
issues affecting students. They can connect with student associations and consult
with the college on tuition and fees. General Assembly is on Wednesdays from
12:00 to 1:00pm in the Theatre on the following dates:
September 9 and 23
October 7 and 21
November 4 and 18
February 3 and 17
March 2, 16 and 30
April 13 and 27
Student Life Committee – The Student Life Committee meets on a monthly basis
to make recommendations about student activity fees and programming. It is the
responsibility of the Student Life Committee to recommend the following annually
to the Student Senate: the amount of the student life activity fee (currently $3/
per credit); the allocation of student activity fee revenues; review and establish the
policies and procedures for oversight of student activity fee expenditures. It is the
goal of the committee to support programming that serves the diverse needs and
interests of the Saint Paul College student body.
The Student Life Committee should consist of at least 6 students, 2 faculty and 2 staff.
At least two-thirds of the voting members must be students of Saint Paul College
enrolled for at least one credit. The Student Life Committee shall elect officers
annually every Fall semester. Officers will serve for one year. The committee shall
also elect a Chair and Secretary who shall serve for one year terms.
SkillsUSA – SkillsUSA provides students with quality education experiences in
leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Students participate
in a variety of social, community service and educational opportunities. Saint Paul
College students also compete at local, state, and national competitions. Students
compete in a wide range of areas that cover almost every discipline and program
at Saint Paul College. Our chapter of SkillsUSA is consistently recognized for
excellence. In 2014, 18 students received awards, including 6 1st place awards!
- Kappa Beta Delta – Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter - Kappa Beta Delta is an academic
honor society for business majors at Saint Paul College. Eligible members will
automatically receive an invitation to join KBD either in September or January
via their Saint Paul College email account. There is a one-time membership fee of
$40. Eligibility includes (but is not limited to) being enrolled in one of 60 business
majors at the college, having completed at least 15 college-level credits, with 6
credits in their major, and having a GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Xi Alpha Chapter – Phi Theta Kappa is the international
honor society of the two year college. Eligible members will automatically receive
an invitation to join either in September or January via their Saint Paul College
email account and by regular mail. Eligibility includes (but is not limited to)
being enrolled in an associate degree program; completing at least 12 credits of
college-level coursework and obtaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.
There is a one-time membership fee of $60.
The following student associations provide students the opportunity to gain leadership
skills based on specific career or personal interests. Full funding support for these
associations comes from the Student Senate.
- Association of Computing Machinery – The Saint Paul College chapter of
the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) purpose is to promote and
increase knowledge and interest in the science, design, development, construction,
languages, management and applications of modern computing.
- American Sign Language Interpreters Association – The mission of the ASL
Interpreting Association is to enhance the learning experience of all ASL students,
interpreting students and Deaf peoples regardless of their background in ASL to
help spread deaf awareness to Saint Paul College. The club will also provide social
opportunities to interact with members of the Deaf community to improve one’s
level of sign language skills and cultivate appreciation and deep respect for Deaf
culture. This association is open to all students who are interested in learning about
American Sign Language and Deaf culture.
- Environmental Action Society – The Environmental Action Society’s purpose is to
create awareness of our environmental impact and offer education on how to help
mitigate these effects.
- Saint Paul College Yoga Association – The Saint Paul College Yoga Association
will be a welcoming, vibrant yoga community devoted to health, personal growth,
nutrition and happiness. Great opportunity for a synergy of like-minded people to
discuss various topics and occasionally practice together.