by Paige Quiñones, ’14
start of a new school year always means new faces and new outlooks on the year
ahead. And for the Student Government Association (SGA) that meant an entirely
new strategic plan and focus on increased student involvement and stronger
is the main governing body for all undergraduate students and is the guiding
force behind student life on campus. Under the direction of a committed group
of student leaders, SGA strives to create effective change on campus, address
the needs and concerns of students, and facilitate programs and activities. In
addition, SGA aims to strengthen the bonds between students and faculty in
order to help make improvements in all areas of University life.
spring, the student body elected new members to the SGA executive board,
including: Brittney Longley, vice president of programming; Emily Sparks, vice
president of finance; Savannah Kramer, vice president of communication; Steven
Thomas, vice president of student body forum; and Theresa Schoemann, vice
president of organizations. Stephanie Coker leads the group as its president.
is focused on designing programs targeted at better serving the student body,
with the ultimate goal of having a greater impact on the experience of student
life on campus.
are starting to look at establishing new traditions on campus that will get our
name out there and address student needs,” Longley said.
also is shifting focus in its programming and communication efforts with the
biggest obstacle that SGA has encountered is the gap in communication between
the student body and the organization,” Longley said. “With our new programs we
are seeking to bridge this gap.”
forums are now held to address student concerns on a variety of topics
including food services, student life, parking, student programming, and campus
want students to know that they have a voice and we want to hear those concerns,
ideas and feedback,” Longley said.
the driving force behind installing security cameras in the Stritch parking
lots, SGA has a long-standing legacy at Stritch for being trailblazers in
making substantial improvements on campus.
semester, SGA has already made great progress and struck gold with such
successful events as the Hunger Games Premier and Sips and Sounds, and also
bringing in a nationally known acapella group, Ball in the House, to kick off
final exam week. The organization already is planning for the spring semester,
when they are looking to partner with other on-campus organizations, such as
the Alumni Association.
are important to the success of SGA,” Longley said. “As we begin to celebrate a
few successes on our own, it’s important that we now collaborate to further
expand our reach.”