Student Senate members presented and approved all nominations for senior awards during the meeting on Wednesday night, which include senator emeritus, justice emeritus and senior honors.
All of the awards are for senior leaders and highlight individuals who have gone above and beyond with their work at Ohio University in Senate.
Janie Peterson, Allison Shryock, Benjamin Carman and Hunter Graffice were awarded both senator emeritus and senior honors. Other students awarded senior honors included Justin Fink, Cali Leasure, Adam Boesinger and Makayla Fritinger.
“Senior honors is an award that alumni, and some students that are not graduating on the senator emeritus and senior honors committee, award to somebody who went above and beyond their role in Student Senate,” Jonathan Schlosser, senator emeritus, said.
Additionally, Casey Hall-Jones was awarded justice emeritus as well as senior honors.
Senate President Ian Carter II also addressed the recent events that have been occurring involving the police and minority groups, especially the Black community.
“Recently we have been seeing the murders of African Americans and members of other minority groups,” Carter II said. “I want to say there is no place for bystanders, everyone needs to speak up, use their voice, and…their platform to bring about change.”
Patricia McSteen, Senate advisor, provided more information about the vaccine and informed students that they do not have to get their second shot in Athens.
“We just learned, late this afternoon, that originally folks thought that if you got your first shot here in Athens you needed to stay for the second. But we learned that those who are not in Athens for the second dose of your shot, you can get that in another location,” McSteen said.
Carter II encouraged everyone to continue to social distance, wear their masks and to continue to get tested for COVID-19 as students finish out the Spring Semester.
“We are approaching the end of Spring Semester, be proud of yourself,” Carter II said. “Continue to wear masks, wash hands and get tested. We are still in a pandemic.”
Eliza Ivan, Senate treasurer, gave the financial report presentation, noting that $60,841.97 from the budget this year will be rolling over to next year's budget.
Additionally, applications for next year are open to any students who want to apply.