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Sept. 17, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Joe Barbosa developed a deep admiration for Northwest Missouri State University early in his life. Both of his parents earned degrees at Northwest, and a band trip he made to the University during high school solidified his decision to attend the school.
Now Barbosa has a greater role in helping shape the University for future generations. Barbosa recently was appointed as the student regent on the Board of Regents, the University's nine-member governing body.
The student regent, who is a non-voting board member, is appointed by the governor and approved by the Missouri Senate. Barbosa's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate in January.
Barbosa said he was honored and humbled to accept the governor's appointment, and he intends to be proactive in the role.
"I want to be not just someone who has to go to the meetings because of their appointment," Barbosa said. "I want to be a regent who goes out, meets the students and listens and does something. I can't solve every problem, but I want to at least acknowledge that (the students) are part of this University and they have a say."
Barbosa certainly has no aversion to being active and meeting new people. He takes his ability to offer opinions seriously.
"The ability to have a voice in anything is something that we shouldn't take for granted whether it's voting or just being involved in your community," Barbosa said.
A junior social science education major, Barbosa has been active on the Student Senate, serving as parliamentarian as a freshman and co-chair of the governmental affairs committee last year. During the spring he was elected vice president of the Student Senate but relinquished the position after being appointed student regent.
He also is a fundraising chair for the Newman Center and is active in the Residence Hall Association. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor societies.
Barbosa is a native of Helena, Mo., and a 2008 graduate of Savannah High School, where he was involved in cross country, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the speech and debate team and served as student body president.
Barbosa hadn't considered submitting his name for the open regent position until his academic advisor encouraged him to think about it. Barbosa took time to learn about the Board of Regents and eventually applied to be the next student regent.
"I thought I could really do a good job with it and bring some insight about what the students are facing right now," he said. "I believe that if I'm paying tuition, I'm a part of this University just as much as they are so it should be not only my privilege, but my responsibility to keep track of what's going on with the Regents."
Barbosa attended his first Board of Regents meeting as the student regent Sept. 2 and said he looks forward to working with the board members.
"They're a passionate group of people who do care about the University and do watch the bottom line, and I think that's very important," Barbosa said.
In coming months, Barbosa plans to meet with various student organizations to raise awareness about the Board of Regents and gather feedback about students' needs and concerns.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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