Two students from The School of Hospitality Business were recently elected to the top two positions on the Broad College of Business Student Senate for 2013-2014.

Sarra Serhane (BA ’15), a sophomore, was selected to be president of the group of student leaders, and Austin Alexander (BA ’16), a freshman, will serve as vice president.

“Relatively, The School is one of the smaller entities within the 6,000-student Broad College,” says The School’s assistant director of undergraduate academic programs Jeff Yingling.  “So having two of our students elected to these positions is quite an honor.”

Sarra already has a wealth of leadership experience at MSU.  She serves as a resident assistant in Wilson Hall this year and in The School has volunteered with CAREER EXPO, Destination Auction, and Les Gourmets – last year as director of donations.  She is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association student chapter and the hospitality honorary Eta Sigma Delta.  Previously on the Broad Student Senate, Sarra served on the event planning committee and as director of membership enrichment.  She now looks forward to her role as president, and has big plans for the group.

“Being elected president of the Eli Broad Student Senate as a sophomore Hospitality Business student has been a huge honor. I’m extremely excited about this leadership opportunity where I can best represent both the students of the Broad College as well as the students in The School of Hospitality Business. My goal over the next year is to make Senate more present in the College and in The School through more integrated, inclusive, and beneficial programs for all business students.”

Austin, who is a freshman, was active in 2012-2013 as a Broad Student Senator, involved especially with the group’s Human Resources committee.  In The School, he participated in The School’s Hospitality Association Polar Plunge fundraiser and was a volunteer for Les Gourmets.  He is excited to serve as the Senate’s vice president as a sophomore and lead a new initiative.

“Next year we have plans to bring international students and domestic students closer through a new committee task force. We also hope to get a permanent store to sell Broad College apparel.  Beyond that, I believe the overall structure and involvement of the senators will be amped up. As a freshman, I am honored to represent The School and student body. I could have not asked for a better group of people to work with and am enthusiastically awaiting the new school year to begin!”