Spoon River College student Zoey Lane was sworn in as the 2022-2023 Student Trustee at the regular monthly board meeting May 4 by trustee Jerry Cremer.
“Becoming the student trustee was a goal of mine even before I began attending SRC,” said Lane, who took dual credit classes at the college while still in high school. “I love the idea of being the voice of our students.”
Lane is a member of the HEAL (Healthcare Enthusiasts And Leaders) Student Association and serves as a Student Ambassador. She works in the SRC Cafeteria and the River Roast Coffee Shop, and is the Resident Assistant at the Snapper Villas. She is working towards an Associate in Science degree, then plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she will complete a bachelor’s degree before applying to their dental program “to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist.”
Outgoing Student Trustee Mary Toothaker was recognized by the Board for her service during the past year. Toothaker said that “During this past year I learned a lot about how colleges operate, and presenting the student government report helped me improve my public speaking skills. I have enjoyed my time at Spoon River College, and love how the instructors genuinely care about you and help you succeed.” Toothaker plans to transfer to Illinois State University to major in English.
Student trustees at Spoon River College attend monthly board meetings and give updates about student life and events to trustees, further the interests and promote the welfare of SRC students, and represent the student body in the Student Government Association. Along with gaining leadership skills, trustees have opportunities to attend state trustee meetings and conferences. They serve one year, and receive a stipend towards their tuition and fees.