Sterling, Cathy (Kate)

Biographical Note:
Cathy Sterling served as Student Government’s first female president. She conducted a successful write-in campaign with a platform that focused on increasing the administration’s respect for students' rights, investigating the administration's use of student fees without student consent, and improved relations with the student body. As president-elect, Sterling presented a protest statement to Governor Robert Scott at the march to the capitol in May 1970. Students marched in opposition to Scott’s support of President Nixon’s movement into Cambodia. Following the march Cathy called for a “peace retreat” which included self-education workshops, community action projects, and political lobbying. Cathy, who later changed her name to Kate, worked in printing after graduation and later became a teacher.