The USG body has a set of committees to divide up the work required by our positions; all are listed below with their responsibilities and members. If you would like to get in contact with a committee directly, the contact information for each committee’s Chair is included.

Ways and Means (WAM)

WAM makes recommendations to the rest of the body on funding requests. Most of the money that is disbursed to students  from USG goes through WAM first. All of WAM’s recommendations must be voted on by the entire body during a meeting.


Membership: Chair (Treasurer), President, Vice President, Secretary, and two elected members of the general body.

Chair: Harley Merkaj (Contact:

Members: Larkin Hooker-Moericke, Lauren Spahn, Natalie Wohlgemuth, & Zbigniew “Ziggy” Bell

Political Affairs

The Political Affairs committee plans and coordinates events designed to promote political involvement on campus. Formerly involved with the Student Association of Michigan (SAM), Political Affairs now focuses on organizing with the universities in our region through the 1UP Conference.


Membership: Chair, Vice Chair, and three other members of the general body.

Chair: Zachary Olson (Contact: )

Vice Chair: Bryce Walbrun


Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for all advertising and publications regarding USG. The committee strives to be as transparent as possible to the student body keeping them updated on current projects and events.


Membership: Chair, Vice Chair, Webmaster, and two other members of the general body.

Chair: Jordan Craven (Contact: )

Vice Chair: Jake McDowell

Webmaster: Bianca Schuck



The events committee is responsible for the planning and execution of USG events through out the year. The Events committee also is responsible for the management of the Student Org storage building.


Membership: Chair, Vice Chair, Storage Manager, and three other members of the general body.

Chair: Darren Hutchinson (Contact: )

Vice Chair: 

Storage Manager: 

Members: Conny Yang, Justin Mentik, & Tej Bergin

Student Affairs

Student Affairs is responsible for finding, investigating, and resolution of issues brought forth from the student body. Student Affairs also advocates for the rights and of the campus community and serves as a check on university policy.


Members: Chair, Ex-Officio (President), Vice Chair, Diversity Liaison, and three other members of the general body.

Chair: Zofia Freiburg (Contact: )

Ex-Officio: Larkin Hooker-Moericke

Vice Chair:

Diversity Liaison: Harley Merkaj

Members: Tristen Duelge, Joe Barbercheck, & Karina Madigan


The Judiciary Committee resolves all election protests and complaints, all Constitution and Bylaw disputes that are unable to be resolved by the Parliamentarian, and any personnel issues pertaining to any body member.


Members: Chair (Parliamentarian), Vice Chair (S.A. Vice Chair), one elected member of the general body, and two appointed students of the Student Assembly.

Chair: Sydney Dankert (Contact: )

Vice Chair: Bryce Walbrun



The Personnel Committee meets on a need-be basis to conduct a review of a USG member if an issue arises. The issues under review are specific to a specified limit of unexcused absences to general meetings/committee meetings/office hours as well as the implication of malfeasance/misfeasance/nonfeasance in office.


Members: Chair (Vice President), Vice Chair (appointed standing committee Chair), Alternate (appointed member of the general body), and the remaining five Committee Chairs.

Chair: Lauren Spahn (Contact:

Vice Chair:


Members: Harley Merkaj, Zachary Olson, Jordan Craven, Darren Hutchinson, Zofia Freiburg, & Sydney Dankert