What has been happening in Senate? //What should I be aware of on campus?
-Lead4Justice- Registration is OPEN!
-Take Back the Night- Thursday (April 7th), 6pm
Do you want a say in what happens on the weekends? Why not join a Programming Subcommittee?
Here are some reasons why you should join a Programming Subcommittee:
There are so many more reasons why you should join a Programming Subcommittee today. If you want to see these reasons for yourself, join one of the five subcommittees: Special Events Committee, Concert/Coffeehouse Committee, Movie/Comedy Committee, Spirit Committee, and Trip Committee.
-Adrianna (SGA Executive Programming Chair)
With elections approaching, I thought it made sense to use this as an opportunity to explain what I value about my own experience.
First and foremost you are elected to an Executive Board position to represent the student body and voice the concerns that are brought to you. This ranges from small issues, like requesting mirrors in the lady’s room bathrooms in Duffy, to campus-wide campaigns that aim towards creating a better social environment. Being a voice of the students challenges you to explore what you believe in and to better understand and explore those values. The job isn’t easy, and sometimes you can get caught between a rock and a hard place with the positions you’re put into when the student body doesn’t have one cohesive voice. The value in this conflict is that it gives you the chance to explore issues much more intensely because the decisions you make are felt by the rest of the student body.
You also have the opportunity to learn a lot from the incredible leaders that surround you in other positions. I personally have been able to feed off a diverse range of working styles and opinions that have allowed me to become a more flexible and open person. Executive Board challenges you to work through differences in individual values and opinions to create a single product that each member is proud of. I have never worked so closely with people before this experience but it has so significantly increased how much I value working on a team. The positions are filled with articulate, intelligence, and competent students that you truly can rely on to go above and beyond their responsibilities to make SGA function. HOWEVER, I would be lying if I said you could get by with just the other members of the Executive Board. Two people that have truly helped to guide me throughout my experience and have helped me succeed in this role are Julie (the previous Finance Chair) and Jim (our advisor). To start with Julie, I know I can text her the most random questions or complain about the most trivial things and she knows where I’m coming from. She’s always willing to throw some advice my way or give me a little kick to do better. As for Jim, he is absolutely the glue that holds SGA together. Although he likes to say he is just there to give things from a “historical perspective”, he truly helps us navigate through the job and is instrumental in helping to bring our ideas come to fruition. These mentoring relationships that come about through Executive Board really have strong real-world application as many jobs are moving towards a system that fosters mentoring among employees.
To wrap this all up, I think Executive Board is beyond worth the time and investment you put into it. You learn invaluable communication and project management skills that will stick with you beyond the classroom. The job is not easy at times and you’re completing difficult, meaningful work but it is so rewarding and I encourage all who want to apply to do so.
-soon to be a washed up Finance Chair
Giving Back on Giving Tuesday
As a senior in college currently applying to graduate school, and preparing for plans after Stonehill, I cannot help but appreciate what Stonehill has done for me. This is why I participate with Giving Tuesday.
Soon after Thanksgiving, we begin to participate with days like Cyber Monday or Black Friday, days that focus more on gaining materialistic items. However, we then have Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy when we are all encouraged to give back to something that we value.
For the third year in a row, Stonehill College is participating in Giving Tuesday. This day can be misunderstood, as some people think it is simply Stonehill just asking for money, even though the tuition is high, and even though we still have loans to pay when we graduate. In reality, the day is about so much more.
I am proud to say I have been a scholarship student these past four years, and like many of our students, I can say I would not be able to come to Stonehill if it were not for scholarships. I encourage alumni, parents, and even students to give today to help with scholarships.
Giving Tuesday helps for so much more then scholarships too. In our mission statement, Stonehill calls for us to, “create a more just and compassionate world.” We live out that statement by serving others, with programs like H.O.P.E. No matter where the group is going, each trip is very special as it relates to specific social justice issues that impact the area. So please remember when you give to Stonehill, you can be a part of the process of Stonehill giving back to others outside of our community but close to our heart.
Another reason, especially for seniors to give, is the senior class gift, go big or go home campaign. For the past month, different members of the senior class, the legacy committee, have been meeting with Class President Cody Page, Class Vice President Erin Carberry, and Legacy Committee Advisor Nick Howard ’13. Different members of this committee will be at different stations around campus throughout the day, welcoming our classmates to make a gift. This is not just about Stonehill, but it is about pride in our class as well; the Class of 2016. If you have any questions about the campaign, feel free to reach out to Cody and Erin!
So today, no matter what has made Stonehill special for you, whether it is scholarships, H.O.P.E. or something special to you, think about the opportunities Stonehill has given you, and give back. It will totally be worth it. #GivingTuesday #GoBigOrGoHome
Throughout high school, I can vividly remember the intense bonds that my classmates would form with various teachers, advisors, and administrators. shat stuck out to me most, was that so many of us were finally figuring out our passions and would therefore find ourselves connected to a particular class or instructor. My mentor(s) through high school were always my Spanish teachers. They were the ones I sought all of my advice from, the ones I took cues from as I started to apply to colleges, and the ones I still look forward to visiting all these years later.
College, much like high school, brought about new passions, and from this, new mentors. The type of mentors you find in college, however, take on a completely different role, in my opinion. When I think of Student Government, I immediately think of Jim Hermelbracht, our advisor. I think I speak for the entire Executive Board, at the very least, in saying that he has been a mentor to all of us through our years at Stonehill, and (on a personal level) in many ways inspired me to run for my position as Vice President.
A mentor like Jim is so essential as we go through our formative years at college. Not only are our passions growing and changing, but we are continuously pushed outside of our comfort zones.
I can recall a number of times when I have been frustrated, confused, or simply in need of a bit of inspiration- all of which can be addressed by someone you have come to know and admire.
This post is particularly important to me at this time as I recently sought out Jim’s advice as my mentor. After spending my junior year abroad, I thought a transition back into SGA would be seamless, and would hopefully help me to ease back into my home at Stonehill. A few months in, I realized that I needed a bit of guidance as to how to “re-adjust”, especially into my role. Jim offered personal experience, his own ideas, and tangible plans to help me along- about a week later, I feel infinitely more at “home”. There truly is so much value in finding a person like this; someone who knows how to push you, while comforting and guiding you at the same time.
On behalf of all of us, thank you Jim!