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Student Government
SIUE Student Government

About Student Government


Student Government represents undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Its primary function is to serve as an advocate on student issues and voice students’ concerns about campus issues.

Student Government holds two senate meetings each month that students may attend and address the senate at the end of the meeting during open forum.

The Constitution pdf and Bylaws pdf serve as the primary governing documents for Student Government and its committees.

Student Government Structure

Student Government is overseen by the Kimmel Student Involvement Center and the Office of Student Affairs and is divided into two main branches:

  • The legislative branch comprised of 22 senators:
    • 2 appointed Freshman Senators
    • 2 elected Graduate Senators
    • 3 elected Senators at Large
    • 3 elected Senators for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Business
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Dental Medicine
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Education
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Engineering
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Nursing
    • 2 elected Senators for the School of Pharmacy
  • The executive branch consists of three elected positions and eight appointed positions
    • Student Body President (elected)
    • Vice President (elected)
    • Student Trustee (elected)
    • Financial Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Organization Relations Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Internal Affairs Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • External Affairs Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Marketing & Communications Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Student Diversity Officer (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Election Commissioner (appointed by the President after elections)
    • Fee Review Commissioner (appointed by the President after elections)

The appointed positions are approved by the Senate. These officers, in addition to elected members of the executive branch, make up the Executive Board.

Student Government Staff

The following team provides advisement and support to the executive board and senators.  If you have any questions or concerns about SG, do not hesitate to contact these folks directly.

Vickie Vickie Sumner, Fiscal Technician for Student Government & the Kimmel Student Involvement Center

Hometown:  St. Jacob, IL
Number of Years at SIUE:  11 yrs working at SIUE
Vision for Student Government: to help SG help SIUE students achieve their goals and get their degree
Hobbies: Playing pan with SIUE Steel, spending time with family, working at WGEL and  gardening
Other involvements:  Member of the AFSME Local 2887, mentoring students and staff

Contact Me: vsumner@siue.edu or at 618-650-3819
Maggie Maggie Price, Student Secretary for Student Government

Hometown: 
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Contact Me: magapri@siue.edu or at 618-650-3818
KJK Kelly Jo Karnes, Student Government Advisor
Director for Morris University Center, Student Success Center and the Kimmel Student Involvement Center


Hometown:  Lawrence, KS
Number of Years:  5 yrs working at SIUE
Vision for Student Government: To help the students be good stewards of student fee dollars and to be a voice for students and their issues and concerns on campus.
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and daughter (Harper Jo - 4), cooking and baking, reading and binge watching new shows.
Other involvements:  Volunteer for the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and for my organization, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority

Contact Me: kkarnes@siue.edu or at 618-650-2305
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