Student Senate at Coon Rapids Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College named Best Student Senate of the Year by State Student Association

May 16, 2014

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Student Senate was recently named Best Student Senate of the Year by the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA).

“This student senate went above and beyond to get things done,” MSCSA’s leaders said in announcing the award.

Called a “strong and cohesive student senate,” the Anoka-Ramsey Coon Rapids Student Senate also was cited for repeatedly encouraging and mentoring cabinet members, teaching others how to deal better with conflict and different personalities, valuing individuals’ interests as well as group goals and motivating other MSCSA members.

Thomas Berg, president of the Anoka-Ramsey Coon Rapids Student Senate, accepted the award on behalf of his leadership team. He said he was particularly proud of helping students learn to advocate for themselves. “We were incredibly inclusive. No student was ever turned down for help,” Berg said.

Berg said he also was proud that the senate was instrumental in creating a campus-wide disability services committee that includes the college’s president and chief financial officer. “This has been a huge passion of ours,” Berg said. “Many students who have such disabilities as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face unique challenges and often need extra encouragement and support.”

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Student Senate accepted the award at the recent MSCSA Spring General Assembly. The state association represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community, and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses and advocates for more than 100,000 students across the state.

Coon Rapids Campus Student Senate

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Student Senate was recently named Best Student Senate of the Year by the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA). (from left) Brayden Mann, public relations coordinator, MSCSA; Kelly Charpentier-Berg, president, MSCSA; Angela Demling, student senator; Thomas Berg, AARC-Coon Rapids Student Senate president; Chris Dang, student senator/photographer; Zachariah Mayfarth, student senator; Gary Patterson, vice president-elect; Goldie Obasi, public relations coordinator/director of legislation; Ed Holthus, student senator; Felicia Lockrem, clubs coordinator; Ted Parker, director of communications; and Kevin Parker, vice president/president-elect.