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Message from the ASMSU President


My name is Lorenzo Santavicca and I am your Student Body President. As the official representative of nearly 40,000 students at Michigan State University, I am humbled and honored to serve in this office for a second year.

 At MSU, every student understands the importance of dedication to and passion for pursuing their dreams, an ethic known to us in our institutional values. As the Associated Students of Michigan State University, we are dedicated to and passionate about serving the student body. Campus safety, health and wellness, college affordability, city relations, equity and inclusion, student organization funding, sustainability efforts, academic scholarships, and so much more — all are examples of the tireless efforts student government members undertake on behalf of the students of this university. Perhaps most importantly, we want all Spartans to know that ASMSU is the only organization on campus that is solely dedicated to representing the interests of the student body and doing all that it can to ensure that each student’s experience around East Lansing is vibrant, engaging, and unforgettable.

 The Associated Students of Michigan State University may often be torn on what policies to pursue or what decisions are made with students’ best interests in mind. As your president, I am committed to resolving differences when I can, taking a firm stand when I cannot, and devoting all of my energy in the upcoming year to fighting on your behalf. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about student life or MSU in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at president@asmsu.msu.edu or on Twitter at @ASMSU_Pres.  

Our weekly meetings are open to the public, and we welcome all students who wish to voice their opinion on any topic concerning student life. Moreover, there’s always room for one more; I invite you to be involved in your student government. The General Assembly (your elected voting representatives) meets each Thursday at 7 PM of the third floor of the Student Services building. I strongly encourage you to visit and learn more about how university decisions — decisions that impact your lives — are made.

Welcome back, and for many – welcome home!

Go Green!

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Lorenzo Santavicca
Student Body President, ASMSU

Office of the President

Lorenzo Santavicca
Lorenzo SantaviccaPresident
Office: 517-884-8077 president@asmsu.msu.edu

Lorenzo Santavicca is the President of the Associated Students of Michigan State University. He is a senior studying International Relations and Economics. Lorenzo has previously served as the President in the 2016-17 academic year, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the 2015-16 academic year, in which he authored the Spartan Code of Honor for Michigan State University; an academic pledge holding all undergraduate students to a higher standard for academic integrity and personal best in research, examinations, and group work. He has also served as a class council representative and intern staff member. During his time at ASMSU, Lorenzo has served on over 11 University academic governance committees, University advisory boards, University administrative search committees and numerous ASMSU sub-committees. As President, Lorenzo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ASMSU, a 1.8 million dollar organization and one of the largest student government associations in the country. He is the primary delegate and spokesperson of the student body to University Administration as well as local, state and federal government officials. In addition, Lorenzo is the chief administrative officer and the chairperson of the ASMSU General Assembly. Lorenzo’s interest for student government and representation lies within the voice of the student body; he is always open to meeting with any student or group interested in the work of ASMSU.

Lauren Fish
Lauren FishChief of Staff
Office: 517-884-8078 cos@asmsu.msu.edu

Lauren Fish is the Chief of Staff of the Associated Students of Michigan State University. She is a senior majoring in Finance. She has previously served as Vice President for Student Allocations where she worked to fund student organizations and found the new RSO Consultancy Program. In her role as Chief of Staff, she oversees over 40 staff members and 7 different ASMSU departments. Within this role, Lauren serves as the staff liaison to the General Assembly and the rest of the Office of the President.

Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah
Ewurama Appiagyei-DankahVice President for Academic Affairs
Office: 517-355-8266 vpaa@asmsu.msu.edu

Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at ASMSU. She is a senior studying Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Spanish. As the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ewurama seeks to enhance the presence of ASMSU within the academic governance committees at MSU, and serves on various academic governance committees herself. She works with administrators and senior faculty members to ensure that all undergraduate students at Michigan State University can have a great holistic academic experience. Ewurama is also tasked with recruiting students to serve on the Student Caucus, a facet of ASMSU that ensures the voices of undergraduate students are heard in Academic Governance, particularly as they pertain to any changes the student body wants to see in academic policy. If you want to get involved with Academic Governance or have any other questions about academic affairs, do not hesitate to contact Ewurama; feedback from the student body is critically important to her!

Dan Iancio
Dan IancioVice President for Finance and Operations
Office: 517-355-8266 vpfo@asmsu.msu.edu

Dan Iancio is the Vice President for Finance and Operations at ASMSU. He is a Junior majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. As the Vice President for Finance and Operations, Dan serves the undergraduate student body by overseeing the business and financial operations of the Red Cedar Log Yearbook Department, Legal Services Department, Student Rights Advocates Department, and other ASMSU Service Departments. Dan also manages the various ASMSU programs, which include the Blue Book Program, Readership Program, iClicker and Graphing Calculator Rental Programs, Loan Program, Bike Share Program, Safe Ride, and additional ASMSU Service Programs. Dan’s administrative obligations include contractual negotiations and maintenance, exploration and execution of new student initiatives, and development of student collaboration efforts. In his role, Dan acts in the best interest of the Michigan State University student body to enhance the student experience throughout their undergraduate career. Feel free to contact Dan for any potential collaborations or suggestions at vpfo@asmsu.msu.edu or (517)-303-4428.

Tyler VanHuyse
Tyler VanHuyseVice President for Governmental Affairs
Office: 517-355-8266 vpga@asmsu.msu.edu

Tyler VanHuyse is the Vice President of Governmental Affairs. He is a senior studying International Relations and Russian with a minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies. As Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Tyler represents all of Michigan State’s undergraduate students at the local, state, and federal levels of governance. Overseeing and working with the Community and State Liaisons, ASMSU Governmental Affairs advocates for students on issues affecting their education, community, or livelihood. Whether it is higher education funding, fair and affordable housing, intern protections, criminal justice reform, or one of the many other legislative priorities students’ have, ASMSU Governmental Affairs always upholds the interests of students. Moreover, voter registration and engagement are two highly important services that the office provides to ensure students are active participants in the political process. If you have any inquiries or concerns regarding governmental affairs, please reach out to Tyler VanHuyse.

Katherine Rifiotis
Katherine RifiotisVice President for Internal Administration
Office: 517-355-8266 vpia@asmsu.msu.edu

Katherine Rifiotis, also known as Cookie, is the Vice President for Internal Administration. She is a junior studying Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with a minors in Political Economy and Latin American Studies. As Vice President for Internal Administration, Cookie works closely with the legislative body of ASMSU, the General Assembly, ensuring that all representatives, from colleges, Greek life, CORES/COPS and residential life are engaged. She oversees the legislative process ensuring that all bills and resolutions are conducive to the Spartan community. Apart from that Cookie mentors all four of ASMSU’s Class Councils, which range from Freshman to Senior, they serve the student body through a variety of creating events. Cookie is also tasked with recruiting students who are interested in student government, so if you want to get involved make sure you contact her!

Stephen C. Brown
Stephen C. Brown Vice President for Student Allocations
Office:517-355-8266 vpsa@asmsu.msu.edu

Stephen C. Brown is the ASMSU Vice President for Student Allocations. He is a Senior studying Supply Chain Management with minors in Information Technology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. In addition, Vice President Brown serves as the chair of ASMSU Student Allocations Board (SAB). The SAB provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), Individual Research grants, as well as the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES) and Council of Progressive Students (COPS) groups. Any Student Organization can apply to receive funds that will be used toward project areas including guest speakers, conferences, and educational programming, and more! Stephen is excited to work diligently and proactively so that all our events on campus are the best they can be! If you want to get involved in the electrifying world of Student Allocations or would like to receive funding please contact Vice President for Student Allocations Stephen Brown.