SGA to Focus on Student Outreach
For those that do not know me, my name is Ian Burns, and I am the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) for this academic year. I hope you have all enjoyed the first few weeks of classes and are ready for an exciting year on campus.
This year in SGA, we will be focusing a lot on outreach to the student body. As a part of this initiative, I will be sending monthly emails to the student body addressing what is currently happening on campus and what SGA has been working on. I will also be inviting random students to dinner in the Marriott room of Taylor Dining Hall in order to have discussions on student’s views on the college. This is all in effort for us to hear feedback from students outside of who we normally speak with.
As you can read in the other sections of this Provoc edition, this year is a big year of change for Assumption. Throughout all of this change, SGA is committed to making the student voices. With every decision made, the effect on the student experience both inside and outside of the classroom is important to keep at the forefront. In SGA, we will try our best to ensure this happens, but we can only do this with the help of other students. If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to us. My email is email@example.com, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also feel free to stop by our office in Charlie’s anytime.
At our senate meeting on September 10, we had many concerned students voice their opinions on what was happening at Assumption. I want to commend these students for speaking up, as this is exactly what SGA needs from the student body. By asking questions and speaking their mind, other members of SGA and I were able to clearly see what the issues are from a different perspective. Because these students came to us, we were able to bring all of their points to President Cesareo and members of his Cabinet. All of our senate meetings are open to any member of the student body to attend and voice their thoughts. They take place every Sunday at 8:20 p.m. in Hagan Campus Center Hall.
I would also like to take this chance to introduce the other members of Student Government’s Executive Board for this year. Julia Demkowicz ’19 is the Vice President for Student Affairs. She oversees the planning of many big school events sponsored by SGA, such as Midnight Madness, the Christmas Tree Lighting and Duck Day. Julia also meets regularly with administrators who deal with student life, such as residential life, recreation, food services and buildings and grounds. Kara O’Connell ’18 is our Vice President for Academic Affairs. Kara works directly with administrators who oversee everything academic. This includes undergraduate classes, study abroad programs, career services and information technology. Mark Carpentier ’18 is our Vice President for Financial Affairs. He oversees all SGA funding and helps allocate funding from the student activities fee. If you ever have questions regarding club and organization funding, he is the person to see. Finally, Rafael Hamawi ’18 is our Senate Speaker. Rafael organizes all senate meetings, oversees each member of SGA and deals with all the internal functions of SGA.
Thank you for reading, and I wish you all the best of luck this year both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you have one year left or three enjoy the year and make it one you will not forget.
Ian Burns, a senior, is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.