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Our Mission

As a democratically-elected team, the Morningside University Student Senate establishes a platform for students and groups to voice their concerns while also providing various student services, including general interest committees, and student-life events.  Additionally, Student Government serves as the governing body of all student organizations on campus, organizing the registration of said groups and ruling on allocation requests. Our senators are committed to abiding by the By-laws and amendments set forth in our constitution and agree to respectfully represent the views and opinions of their constituents.  


While the purpose of Student Government is to provide student services, the organization additionally puts on a number of student-life events on campus.  In recent years, monthly trivia, Earth Day painting, and Professor’s Night Out have been our most popular activities. Additionally, MAC, Student Government’s sister organization, provides students with various educational and entertaining programs at no charge.  

Our Mission

Student Senate

Meet your 2022-2023 Student Senate team!

Student Senate

Freshman Representatives


Samantha Burke

Freshman Representative

I’m Samantha Burke and I am a Biology major. I am in cheer and choir. I am from here in Sioux City, and I love it here! I love reading and hanging out with family and friends! I am so excited to be involved in student government and I can’t wait to be a voice for Morningside!

If you need to get ahold of Senator Burke, please email her at 



Joseph Gray

Freshman Representative


Julianne Johnston

Freshman Representative

Senator Julianne Johnston is excited for her first year on Student Government. She is originally from Longmont, Colorado and is majoring is Music Education. Outside of Student Government she is involved in student groups such as Harmonium and is a member of the Morningside Choir and Morningside Wind Ensemble.

If you need to get ahold of Senator Johnston, please email her at 



Marco Alvarado

Freshman Representative

Marco Alvarado, Graduated from South Sioux City, NE. I lived in both Hawaii and Germany for 3 years. Involved in Morningside Football, FCA, MSAA, and student ambassador. Majoring in Secondary Ed. to become an Athletic Director.

If you need to get ahold of Senator Alvarado, please email him at


If you need to get ahold of Senator Gray, please email him at


Sophomore Representatives


Logan Gerdes

Sophomore Representative

Major, Music Education; Group involvement, Harmonium Logistics Executive; I am from Le Mars, Iowa. I am a sophomore here at Morningside University studying Music Education with an emphasis in vocal. I enjoy playing my instruments and socializing with my friends. Some other activities I am involved in around campus include The Morningside Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and The Pride Of Morningside.

If you need to get ahold of Senator Gerdes, please email him at


Demory Stout

Sophomore Representative

Dem Stout, a sophomore from Clear Lake SD! I am a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education and double minor in Business Administration and Sports Management! I am involved in the Sideline cheer team, MAC as a public relations officer, TIES as the treasurer, ISEA as the Reporter, Student Ambassador, and now Student Gov! My favorite things are seeing my family, laughing, having fun with my niece and nephew and making memories with my friends!

If you need to get ahold of Senator Stout, please email her at


John Groetken

To get ahold of Senator Groetken, please email him at

Sophomore Representative


Andrew Markowsky

Sophomore Representative

My name is Andrew Markowsky! I am from Sioux City, Iowa. I am a Sophomore here at Morningside University, where I study Elementary and Special Education. I am involved in Student Gov, Morningside Choir, and TIES. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions we can help solve. 

To get ahold of Senator Markowsky, please email him at

Junior Representatives

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Chandler Todd

Junior Representative

Hello Mustangs! My name is Chandler Todd and I am so pleased to be one of your Junior Representatives. I have devoted my time to campus advocacy of all kinds. Whether it is giving you a tour as a prospective student with admissions, serving as your senator while you are here, or helping carry out your alumni function after you are gone at Okoboji. I am a member of The Morningside Choir, and both the Morningside Republicans and Democrats. I also have the privilege of being able to mentor students as they navigate what is the difficult course that is college in addition to being one of our campus's Americorps interns. I'm so proud to serve. 

If you need to get ahold of Senator Todd, please email him at


Rachel Roose

Junior Representative

-Nonprofit management 


-Waverly IA

-Hobby: Swimming

If you need to get ahold of Senator Roose, please email her at


Jacob Heitshusen

Junior Representative


Morningside Civic Union and Col. Bud Day Center

Carroll, IA

If you need to get ahold of Senator Heitshusen, please email him at


Ridge Hoffman

Junior Representative

My name is Ridge Hoffman and I am a Junior. I am a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. I am the secretary for T.I.E.S., member of ISEA, and Team Lead for WOO CREW. I am from Dorchester, Nebraska and I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to country music, and love MSIDE!

If you need to get ahold of Senator Hoffman, please email him at

Senior Representatives


Jacob Murphy

Senior Representative

Jacob Murphy, History Major, Sioux Falls, SD.

Football player, hobbies include- fishing, hunting, hiking, and working on personal projects.

Senior. My favorite color is Blue.

If you need to get ahold of Senator Murphy, please email him at


Caden Schulte

Senior Representative

I am a senior mass communications and business administration major. I currently serve as the student station manager of KMSC, the campus radio station, as well as being a long snapper on the Morningside Mustangs' football team. In my free time I enjoy golfing, disc golfing, and spending time with my family.

If you need to get ahold of Senator Schulte, please email him at


Isaac Maurice

Senior Representative

If you need to get ahold of Senator Maurice, please email him at

Looking for other ways to make a difference?

Executive Team

Executive Team


Caleb is a junior majoring in both Mass Communication and Political Science.

A fun fact about Caleb is that he loves the Chicago Cubs and has a dog named named Wrigley!

Caleb can be reached at

Caleb Lubbers

Sophie is a junior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Finance and Non-profit Management with a focus on education.

Furthermore, she is working on a minor in Psychology. The student groups that she is currently a part of are Accounting Club, CEO, Gender Undone, Morningside Civic Union, MAC, and of course Student Government. 

Sophie can be reached at

Sophie Fill
Vice President
Brett McEachern
Vice President of Student Life

Brett is a senior studying Computer Science and History from Las Vegas. He is on the bowling team, Student Government, and MAC.


He always enjoys participating in events at the school. His favorite hobbies include bowling, reading, and doing video games when he has the time.

Brett can be reached at


Garrett is a senior double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. With a triple minor in Legal Studies, Religious Studies, and World History.

On campus he is involved in M Ave Jazz, The Pride of Morningside, the Morningside University Republicans, Phi Alpha Theta, and Theta Alpha Kappa. 

Garrett can be reached at

Garrett Anderson
Director of Communications
Mara Brown

Mara is a Sophomore Pre-Physical Therapy major and Criminal Justice minor from Sioux Falls, SD. She is a part of the Cheer team, Pre-Professional Health Club, and FCA.


Her favorite color is purple, and her favorite animal is her dog Roxy aka Taco. She is so excited to see all the new faces on campus and to have a great year! Go Mustangs!

Mara can be reached at

Jacob Martin

Jacob is a Sophomore Political Science & History double major with a minor in legal studies. He is an active member of MCU, MUR, the Morningside Choir, Garden Club, harmonium, and Student Government.

Jacob can be reached at



  Sheri Hineman  

Sheri has Bachelors of Science in General Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout Masters of Science in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota. Sheri has also been at Morningside University in several positions in residence life for 18 years, and is also a volunteer coordinator for the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament and NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Tournament hosted in Sioux City. 



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