The 2015-16 Student Senate
Benjamin Colon Nieves
Public Administration / Accounting Major
Benjamin is Majoring in Public Administration and Accounting. He states that “as a foreigner his first goal was to learn English.” He successfully completed English as a Second Language here at LCCC and then became an LCCC student. Last year Benjamin served as the Student Senate Financial Secretary.
Carson is in her senior year of the Early College High School program. Currently she is hoping to finish her Associate of Arts degree at LCCC. She plans on transferring to Baldwin Wallace University to study communications and film. Carson enjoyed her first term in the Student Senate and came back to get students more involved and to get students to enjoy their time at the college.
Brendan Q. Bennett
Psychology (Industrial / Organizational) Major
Brendan is a sophomore this year at LCCC and is a lifetime native of Elyria. Previously, he worked for the Marketing Department at the college and recently transitioned to Student Senate. He received his Associates of Arts Degree in December 2015.. Brendan will be starting the Cleveland State University Partnership for Psychology next Fall and plans on graduating the spring of 2017 semester. After receiving his Bachelors, he plans on attending graduate school for Psychology at a local state school. This past school year Brendan achieved Dean’s List status for both semesters. He was also accepted into Psi Beta, the honors society in psychology and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a tree time Deans List recipient.
This semester, Brendan and his colleagues are working on independent research on motivation in the workplace. They hope to present their research at a psychology conference in the Spring Semester.
Brendan joined the Student Senate because as a typical student he noticed areas where student interaction and other college processes could be developed more or revised. He also feels that every student should feel that they are listened to and their opinions are valuable to all of the student body and the college as a complete institution. Brendan and the rest of the Student Senate looks forward to making desired changes that the LCCC students would like to see implemented at our college.
Justin A. Christian
Business Management Major
Justin was elected to Student Senate as the Financial Secretary near the end of 2015. He is very driven to promote success of himself as well as others that surround him. Justin also has some international experience and works well with others that are diverse. He served as a member on The Best Place to Work Committee at TeleTech in 2010. Justin has previously studied accounting and to be a computer technician in 2004. Justin studies business management at LCCC and plans on enrolling at Robert Goodwin University in Scotland to obtain his Bachelor of International Business Administration in late 2016.
Justin joined the Student Senate to help the students of LCCC get more involved in the community and also to promote goal congruence between the students and staff. An initiative of Justin’s is to start a program that will allow some students to qualify for free or reduced lunches.
Middle Childhood Education Major
Alexandra is a first year LCCC Student. She has lived in Elyria, Ohio all of her life. Alexandra has been an active participant in the community for many years. She has participated in many clubs, local papers and Girl Scouts. Alexandra is currently pursuing a degree in middle childhood education with specialization in math and science; she plans on attending Ashland University through the University Partnership program within the next two years.
Alexandra was appointed to the Student Senate in Spring 2016 as the Event Coordinator. She is looking forward to planning
Learning Center Representative
Jaden Cataldo is a 2015 Early College High School graduate. This is Jaden’s 5th year at Lorain County Community College and first term on the Student Senate. She received her Associate of Arts degree in May 2015. Jaden plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English by transferring to either Baldwin Wallace University or Oberlin College.
She believes her 13 years’ experience with the Girl Scouts of Northern Ohio will be beneficial in improving activities and student life at all LCCC Campuses.
University Partnership Representative