Campus Spotlight: Nick Horsmon and Laura Berk

September 03, 2010

Laura Berk and Nick Horsmon

An international relations major and political science minor, Nicholas Horsmon (Class of 2011) has spent his entire Rollins career studying all aspects of the political world.  However, the political life closest to his heart takes place not in Washington, D.C., but behind the closed doors of the Galloway Room when Student Government Association’s (SGA) Senate is in session. This year, Horsmon will serve as the elected 2010-11 president of SGA.

“I am very proud to be the leader of an organization that has helped to develop me into a successful and dedicated college senior,” said Horsmon.

Throughout his previous Senate career, Horsmon served as a senator and as the student life chair on the SGA Executive Board. In addition to his commitment to SGA, Horsmon is also an active member of his fraternity, X Club, and an RCC Peer Mentor.

“I urge each and every one of our students to not only explore everything that this awesome college has to offer, but to find an initiative and go at it with full force,” said Horsmon. “Whether your goals are academic, social or leadership-oriented, I hope everyone looks back at their time here being absolutely certain that they took everything they could get out of the experience.”

One person who has found her niche within the Rollins community is Horsmon’s right-hand lady Laura Berk. A psychology major and professional writing minor, Berk will serve as the 2010-11 vice president of SGA. Before being elected to the role of vice president, Berk previously served as a senator and sat on the community relations committee.
As a student extremely involved in campus organizations, Berk also serves as the student coordinator for the Office of Explorations, on the executive board of the PanHellenic Chair Chi Omega, and as a “diplomat” for the Office of Admissions.

So what can the Rollins community expect from the Student Government Association for the upcoming school year?

“We are working on enhancing homecoming,” said Berk. “As for legislation, I would like to bring in the organization Red Watch Band to hold students more socially responsible for one another off campus.”

 “We are striving to promote the visibility of our organization and hope to play an even greater role in the college experiences of the members of the student body than in previous years,” said Horsmon. “As always, we will be hosting and organizing events such as Lipsync, Homecoming Week and, of course, Fox Day.”

“Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘It is better to light a candle than curse darkness,’” said Berk. “If you want to see changes on campus, don’t just complain about it, do something about it. This student body has the ability to make amazing things happen on campus. We just need to see the passion. Come to senate every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Galloway Room. These meetings are always open, and we are voting on things that affect students’ everyday life.”

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