President

Mary Catherine Steenberge

Name: Mary Catherine Steenberge

Year: Senior

Position: President

Studying: Political Science and French with a concentration in Peace Studies

Why did you join Senate: I joined Senate because I want to empower the amazing women on our campus, and help them realize their full value and potential.

How long have you been on Senate: This is my 3rd year on Senate!

Favorite study spot on campus: I enjoy studying in the Computer Room of the library.

Other activities on campus: On campus, I am involved in Climate Action Club, Sustainability Alliance, Campus Ministry and the McCarthy Center.


President Duties:

  • Chair all Saint Ben’s Senate meetings according to Sturgis Parliamentary Procedure with no speaking terms.
  • Call special meetings of the Saint Ben’s Senate when necessary.
  • Serve as a member of the Saint Ben’s Senate for two semesters.
  • Chair the Executive Board meetings.
  • Vote in case of a tie, when that vote affects the outcome, or when votes occur in ballot.
  • Interpret the Saint Ben’s Senate Constitution and by-laws, except in cases of violation.
  • Assist any responsibilities and duties of each senator.
  • Meet with Saint Ben’s Senate faculty advisor when necessary.
  • Aid the Saint Ben’s Senate Vice President in coordinating correspondence with any affiliated state or national organization and other student governments.
  • Meet with the President of the College once a semester.
  • Assist the Public Relations Representative with press releases and final approval of all messages sent on behalf of the Saint Ben’s Senate.
  • Meet twice per month with the Saint John’s Senate President.
  • Keep a detailed record of Saint Ben’s Senate member absences and board report submissions.
  • Meet twice per month with the CSB Dean of Students.
  • Oversee senate project goals and individual senator goals.
  • Aid and oversee the Saint Ben’s Senate Vice President in the planning and implementation of the fall and spring retreats.
  • Create the agenda each week for the Saint Ben’s Senate meetings.
  • Present Saint Ben’s Senate goals to the President of the College and her Cabinet at the beginning of the fall semester.