L&C Gets New Student Trustee

Student Trustee Stephanie “Stevi” Johnson was elected for 2014-2015 academic year.
Student Trustee Stephanie “Stevi” Johnson was elected for 2014-2015 academic year.
by Eric Welch
Staff Writer

The Lewis and Clark student body recently elected Stephanie “Stevi” Johnson as its student trustee. The election was done online March 26-30.

Johnson, 31, is the mother of two children. She also possesses a degree in communication with a minor in business from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She is currently a first- year Nursing student at Lewis and Clark.

In her own words, a student trustee is the representative and voice for the students on campus.

“If they have any issues or concerns that need to be brought to the Board of Trustees, they can come to me about it,” Johnson said.

She said she became student trustee because it would be a great way to become involved in student activities, and to represent L&C.

“The Nursing students were my big supporters and were excited to have one of  their own on the Board of Trustees,” Johnson said.

“She is an excellent student leader. She is very likable among her peers. She also is organized and concise. She will represent the students well as the trustee. I am happy to see a Nursing student in student government because it’s been a while since we have had a representative from our program,” said Stephanie Cloninger, one of Johnson’s instructors in the Nursing program.

“I did very little campaigning. I hung some flyers around campus. I also went to a handful of classrooms and introduced myself and encouraged them to cast their vote,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she has heard amazing feedback from students who said the voting method was easy to use and not very time consuming.

“I thought she was an outstanding choice for trustee. She has lots of experience and will represent the Nursing program well,” said Nursing major and Nursing Club President Teresa Hellmann Spitze.

Johnson is set to graduate in December 2015.

“Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for trusting me to represent you for the next year. I look forward to serving the students and college. If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to let me know,” Johnson said to her fellow students.


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