KEARNEY – Temo Molina of Stanton and Ethan Ciancio of Fullerton will serve as the next student body president and vice president at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
They were elected Thursday and will take office April 18, succeeding current President Emily Saadi and Vice President Zach Zavodny.
As student body president, Molina will represent UNK as a student regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and serve as the official student body representative to the administration and public. The president also has the power to approve or veto legislation passed by Student Senate.
A sophomore majoring in political science and business administration with an accounting emphasis, Molina is involved in the UNK Honors Program, Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, Undergraduate Research Fellows, Pre-Law Society, Hispanic Student Association and Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. He serves as a senator representing the College of Arts and Sciences, vice president of Model United Nations and Locke and Key Society and president-elect of the Honors Student Advisory Board.
Ciancio is a second-year student in the pre-radiologic technology program. He serves as the performing arts co-chair for Loper Programming and Activities Council and vice president of external affairs and philanthropy for the Honors Student Advisory Board. Ciancio works for UNK Campus Recreation and was selected as a New Student Enrollment leader for summer 2023.
Members of their executive cabinet, pending Student Senate approval, are:
Noah Shackelford of Clay Center – Chief of staff
Olivia Lawless of Aurora – Secretary of the treasury
In addition to the presidential election, 13 students were selected Thursday to serve on UNK Student Senate. This organization is the legislature for the student body, with representatives elected from each of the three academic colleges at UNK and the graduate college. There are also freshman and deciding/pre-professional senators.
Student Senate has the power to pass legislation for the campus, approve new student organizations, appoint student representatives to UNK Faculty Senate and other administrative committees and perform other duties concerning student issues.
Those elected to Student Senate are:
College of Arts and Sciences
Sam Schroeder of Seward
Austin Dubas of St. Paul
Kyle Dittmer of Central City
Noah Shackelford (seat vacated if executive cabinet position is approved)
College of Business and Technology
Emily Hall of Columbus
Emma Bond of Kearney
Omar Sanchez of Lexington
Olivia Lawless (seat vacated if executive cabinet position is approved)
College of Education
Joey Orellana of Cozad
Lily Seibert of Kearney
Jacob Howe of York
Hunter Hiatt of Grand Island
Emma Nolan of York