February 13, 2013 Leave a comment
It is with pleasure that I welcome students, faculty and staff back to Goucher for the spring semester.
For some, this is their first semester at Goucher or first semester back from abroad. For others, returning from break is an old hat and are already preparing for what will come after their Goucher education.
I am honored to represent the student body as SGA President and I wanted to give readers an update on what the SGA has been busy doing the previous semester and what we have planned for the upcoming semester.
Let me begin by applauding the Executive Board for all their hard work in the fall, and for their anticipated work to come. Many students don’t realize how much work goes into serving on the Executive Board of the SGA. We spend our Monday evenings meeting, usually well past midnight, our Wednesday afternoons in Senate, we also hold office hours and serve on other committees. All in all, we spend at least ten hours a week working for and on behalf of the student body.
All of this hard work pays off. This past semester, the Student Senate hosted one or two guests each week who discussed a variety of issues. Each discussion was very beneficial to both the students in attendance and those presenting. As President, I hear nothing but praise from those who have received input and feedback in Senate. I believe that this goes to show just how much of an impact the student body can have on campus and in the decision making process of the administration. SGA and other student groups have worked hard to improve and change policies that effect students, such as the trips policy and the upcoming discussions about the internship policy.
Furthermore, the committees and Executive Board of the SGA have been busy working on a multitude of things.
First, as you may know, the SGA launched both a Facebook and Twitter page where we post event and information notices. If you haven’t “liked” our page or “followed” us yet, I’d highly suggest doing so to stay connected!
Programming Board hosted a very successful Gala in December which will hopefully set the precedent for student behavior at GIG this coming spring. They have also been busy planning weekly weekend events which have been very well attended.
The Student Initiative Committee, in conjunction with departments on campus, has been working on a beautification program for Stimson Hall, which will hopefully begin this spring.
We also had one of the most successful club rushes I’ve seen in my three years here, with clubs and students filling the Hyman Forum.
Lastly, there has been a lot of work to reform the way the SGA operates and the way it represents students. As you know, the Student Senate is intended to represent the concerns of students. It, however, has not lived up to its name for many years now. We have reformed this in order to ensure that every student on campus has a representative and has a voice in their government.
What is listed above is just a short description of what we have done so far this year, and the spring semester is looking even more promising. Beyond further constitutional review, we hope to enact Senate club representation and club umbrella organization reform as well as finance committee reform.
Also, implementing the Green Fund is in the works and will likely take effect next year. We also have many other plans and initiatives which we are currently working on, and which will greatly benefit the student body. As I like to remind everyone, the SGA is here to represent the student body, address your concerns and assist with making your goals and ideas a reality. If we can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us on the Executive Board.