By Barbara Young —
Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? What about something bigger than University of Wisconsin–Stout itself? Stout Student Association (SSA) may have a position suited for you.
According to SSA President Eric Huse, “People who get involved have a love for government, their school or want to make a difference on campus.”
The SSA is UW–Stout’s governing body. The group has statutory authority, which gives the students rights and powers over school segregated fees and a voice in any policies the university is considering.
The minute a student enrolls at UW–Stout, they become a part of the SSA, but there are different branches of the governing body students can join to get further involved. The executive branch consists of the president, vice president, and other elected positions. The legislative branch is made of the student senate, which can be joined through application.
It’s a serious job, but it has big pay off. “We want to make people aware of the responsibilities,” said Huse, “You’re a part of something bigger on campus with student government. You’re a part of something bigger than the campus and that’s the whole system.”
This year the SSA has seen changes in their logo. Huse, and likely his entire senate, believes the SSA exists to serve the students of UW–Stout.
“We represent the students and I think we’ve done a fairly good job of it, but we could do a lot better,” said Huse. “There’s often a disconnect between us and the campus. We’re trying to figure out ways to engage the campus first and foremost.”
The SSA is currently looking for more individuals interested in joining the senate.