Student Government

Near You Network Student Government

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The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Near You (ASUANY) works to enhance the quality of student life through academics, activities, community involvement, clubs and organizations, service, and advocating for students. The Executive Board for this student government body represents the student voice in the discussions and decisions that shape all aspects of Wildcat life for Near You Network and Online students, both academically and socially. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Near You (ASUANY) exists to foster and enhance communications between the student body and the University community; to provide a forum for discussing and defining the role of students in the University; to represent and advocate their concerns within the University community and statewide; to serve as a resource for student inquiries and requests; to advise and make recommendations on existing and proposed University policies and procedures.

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Applications for 2024-2025 Officers are open 

through March 26, 2024

The Associated Students for Online and Near You are ACTIVELY SEEKING THEIR NEXT OFFICERS! Make a difference. Apply for the '24-'25 ASUA-Online and Near You Board!

Submit your cover letter and resume here


Past Town Hall

Town Hall meetings are a chance to meet with your Online and Distance student government representatives.

Connect with your Online and Distance Student Government representatives to enhance your educational experience at UA. Share your love for UA and provide input on how to make it even better, whether you have a few minutes or an entire hour to spare. Click on this zoom link at the time of the event.  

Date: October 12, 2023

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. MST  

Audience: All Online and Distance students. 

Join the Student Government's Town Hall on Thursday, October 12th from 4:30-5:30 PM MST

Participate in Online and Distance Spirit Week ~ October 16-20

Comment on Spirit Week posts on Facebook or Discord to be entered into a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to the University of Arizona Homecoming football game!

Link for Online and Distance students to join private Facebook page:

Link for Online and Distance students to join Discord:

ONLINE SPIRIT WEEK EVENTS October 16-20 Monday Pet Day, Tuesday Share why you chose Arizona Online or Distance, Wednesday Share the people helping you through, Thursday Show off your athletic ability or love for your team, Friday Show your UA spirit with your wildcat gear


Introduction to the 2023-2024 ASUA-NY Student Government Board

You are invited!

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming swearing-in ceremony for our new student government leaders--Lori, Madissen, and Marina! Your participation is highly valued, and we can't wait to see you there as we kick off an exciting new chapter in our university's history!

🗓️ Date: August 1st

⏰ Time: 3:00-3:30 PM MST

💻 Virtual Link:

Get ready to witness the inauguration, as they take on their new roles to make a positive impact on student life and bring fresh ideas to the table. This is an event you won't want to miss! 

Our professional and friendly student leaders are excited to represent you and ensure your voice is heard. It's essential to be part of this democratic process and support those who will work diligently to enhance our university experience. 

Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating this momentous occasion! Let's come together as one Arizona Online family and show our unwavering support to our new leaders. 



President Lori

Lori Bentley Law


Hello! I’m Lori, a classic non-traditional student studying Design Arts and Practices online. I returned to school after a twenty-four-year career as a video journalist for NBC Los Angeles, a thrilling career that put a couple of Emmys on my shelf. I left the news business to discover the next iteration of myself. One important goal was to finish the education I started in my twenties but the idea of walking into a classroom at my age worried me. Online education solved that problem. I am now rectifying my regret in a way that works for me and I’m grateful. It’s my honor to serve on the ASUA-NY board. My goal is to make sure online students are valued, respected, and heard, so please tell me about your experience! Go Wildcats!



Executive Vice President Madissen

Madissen Miller

Executive Vice President

Hello Everyone! My name is Madissen Miller and I am so excited to fulfill the role of Executive Vice President. I am a Distance student at the UA's Gilbert location studying Nursing, so the health and wellbeing of students is very important to me. After I complete my BSN I want to further my education and become a Midwife! I believe very strongly that everyone's voice matters and that even if we don't agree with that voice, it still deserves to be heard. I hope to create a space for all students, both online and distance, that is open, respectful, and compassionate and follows the same ideology. I look forward to supporting you on your journey, and I hope to be a light during times of darkness. Let's Go Wildcats!

Owi Akpan

Owi Akpan

Hello! I'm Owi Akpan, currently serving as the Administrative Vice President (AVP) of ASUA-NY. My journey in University of Arizona is a blend of technology and continuous learning as a software developer. My commitment to growth led me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Applied Computing, aligning with my passion for Mathematics and Physics. Outside work, I enjoy reading, keeping up with the news, and nurturing my love for music through playing the acoustic guitar and singing. At ASUA-NY, my aim is to leverage this multifaceted background to enrich our community, ensuring our members feel supported and connected. Your experiences and insights are vital, so I'm all ears! Let's make our association a thriving hub for everyone involved.

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Annie Custer

Staff Advisor

I'm Annie Custer, and I am thrilled to serve as the advisor for this remarkable group of student government leaders. As an advocate for higher education and a believer in the power of student voice, I couldn't be more proud to support these dynamic individuals in their quest to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community. One of my greatest joys is witnessing the personal and academic growth of students throughout their time in the student government. I am passionate about empowering our leaders to develop essential skills like leadership, communication, and problem-solving, which will serve them well beyond their college years. As an advisor, my primary goal is to be a dependable mentor and ally for each member of the ASUA-NY board. I believe in fostering an environment where ideas are celebrated, and every voice is heard and respected. Together, we will work to ensure that all students, regardless of their backgrounds or learning modalities, feel valued and supported during their college journey. Together, we will continue to make our university community a thriving hub of connectedness and growth. Bear Down!