On Monday, April 28 Jordan Koch celebrated her inauguration as the University of Nebraska Omaha's (UNO) latest Student Body President/Regent.
The Student Body President/Regent represents all UNO students on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. On campus, the President/Regent meets with administrators, staff, and faculty in effort to improve the student experience on campus. They also serve as the official representative of the student body at various university functions.
Also sworn in was Vice President Adam MacKenzie, pictured below with Koch.
Below is a transcript of outgoing Student Body President/Regent Martha Spangler's speech introducing Koch:
"Jordan Koch is currently a junior studying Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, and hopes to remain in the Omaha area to begin her career as an educator upon graduation. She is originally from Yankton, South Dakota, but chose to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha because she values its student-centered focus inside and outside of the classroom. She has been involved since her freshman year in University Housing and Student Government, holding various leadership positions in each. And she is currently employed as a student worker for the Student Involvement Subdivision.
I first met Jordan three years ago in Student Government. She was an ambitious freshman serving on my Campus Improvement Committee, and easily one of its most productive members. Even then, I knew she would go far. She would eagerly take on projects and dedicate weeks researching possibilities, and even when she was faced with a roadblock, her energy and dedication remained.
After serving two years as Speaker of the Student Senate, Jordan continues to grow her passion for Student Government, which she demonstrates through her constant advocacy for students and aggressive goals for next year. Though Jordan’s dedication and passion are strong, it is well known that her unique personality is her best quality. One of her peers had this to say about her, “Jordan is quite possibly the most positive, bubbly and personable person I've ever met. She lights up a room with her smile, her energy and her charisma.
Today, it is my honor to pass the torch to Jordan Koch, a dedicated member of my executive council, someone I have come to consider one of my best friends, and now the 2014 - 2015 Student Body President and Regent.”
Koch was joined at the ceremony by Spangler, and past Student Body President/Regent Devin Bertelsen.
Pictured from left to right: Koch, Spangler and Bertelsen.