Scott Strenger, a rising junior at the University of Rochester, was recently elected president of the University of Rochester Students' Association (SA), a governing organization for undergraduates in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. Elected by his peers, Strenger will serve a one-year term in the position.
"Being elected president of the SA will give me the opportunity to work with students and administrators to advance the quality of student life at Rochester," said Strenger. "It's one way I can contribute to the University community in a significant way."
Strenger, a resident of Plainview, N.Y., and graduate of Plainview – Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, is working toward a self-created interdepartmental major that focuses on entrepreneurship. Strenger was accepted into the University as a Rochester Early Business Scholar, which provides him the opportunity to study at Rochester's Simon School of Business upon completion of his bachelor's degree.
Strenger has already made a mark on the SA, serving as a senator during the 2009-2010 academic year. In this role, he chaired the communications and public relations committee, which launched new initiatives including a new Web site and the association's Facebook page and Twitter account. A perennial Dean's List student, he is a brother in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a member of the 2012 Class Council. Strenger also participates in D'Motions, a hip-hop dance team, and he is a member of Hillel.
As president of the SA, Strenger hopes to raise the association's profile through increased communication channels. He also aims to promote collaboration between the University's more than 250 student organizations, by encouraging groups to work on programming together. In addition, Strenger says the SA will focus on improving the Web services students receive in regards to academic support.
According to its Web site, the Students' Association is designed to "provide for a unified student voice to influence decisions of the university administration; ensure that student activity fees are appropriately spent on student activities; promote open, straightforward, and inclusive student governance; and create a university environment in which students can pursue their interests."