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Apr 13

2016

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Read4Justice Volume 5

Check out the latest edition of Read4Justice Below!

 

Read4Justice Volume 5

Apr 06

2016

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What has been happening in Senate?

What has been happening in Senate? //What should I be aware of on campus?

  • Think. Act. Lead:
  • An initiative to truly engage and mentor students through their four years at Stonehill
  • Attempts to answer the questions/ help students to discern: “Who Am I?” “How have my experiences shaped who I am and who I want to be?”
  • College was awarded a large grant (over $230,000) for this initiative; look a bit further to see how this might apply to YOU!

 

  • Long Term Plan (summer 2015- spring 2020) (Steve Beauregard):
  • Areas of Review:
  1. Curriculum (New programs? Graduate programs?  Ways to engage juniors and seniors in high school?)
  2. Digital Strategy/ Technology (Online courses?)
  3. Recruiting and Enrolling (the next generation) (How to keep enrollment up? New branding?)
  4. Engaging EVERY Student (Think. Act. Lead. —see above!)
  5. Inspire (lives of social responsibility) (HOPE, The Farm, CBL Courses, ITS…)
  6. Cultivate (a culture of collaboration, innovation, and assessment… a commitment to diversity)
  7. Manage Resources

 

  • Handshake:
  • Has replaced Career Connection- and it is GREAT—it is even on the myHill app!
  • Remember- you can log on with the same credentials you use to access myHill
  • Major bonuses to this system?
  • You can use this LONG after you leave Stonehill (an email will eventually be going out to help transition!)
  • Any documents you upload to Handshake (i.e. resumes…) will be saved forever- very handy!
  • Tools to schedule appointments (with Career Services, and soon with other offices!)
  • When you log on check out the EVENTS page!

 

  • SGA General Elections:
  • Though nominations have CLOSED… CAMPAIGNING has officially begun (April 5th- April 15th)
  • SPEECH NIGHT—April 12th
  • Voting—April 13th- 15th

 

  • Town Hall:
  • MONDAY, April 11th, 11:30 in the Petit Atrium—keep in mind…
    Over the year, SGA has been working on multiple projects including:
  • Promoting the It’s On Us Campaign
  • Passing a resolution in support of the Divestment Campaign
  • Passing a resolution in support of the 5 Point Bias Incident Plan
  • Facilitating monthly Academic Committee meetings with students and College leadership
  • Researching the possibility of placing crosswalks at the two main entrances of the College
  • Collecting data on whether it would be possible to implement an early morning and afternoon shuttle for students with internships
  • Securing mirrors in the women’s restroom on the second floor of Duffy

 

  • Upcoming Events:

-Lead4Justice- Registration is OPEN!

-Take Back the Night- Thursday (April 7th), 6pm

Mar 30

2016

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Read4Justice Volume 4

The latest volume of Read4Justice is here!  Click on the link below!

Read4Justice 4

 

 

Mar 16

2016

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Read4Justice #3

Check out the latest edition of Read4Justice.  Enjoy!

 

Read4Justice 3

Feb 25

2016

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Lead4Justice Newsletter #2

Check out the latest Lead4Justice Newsletter at the link below!

Read4Justice#2

Feb 20

2016

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Why Should You Join a Programming Subcommittee?

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:

  1. You get to meet a variety of people that you might not cross paths with otherwise. This is a chance for you to meet people of other class years and of different majors in a setting that is not focused on academics. I met many of my current friends in the clubs I have joined, especially in the Programming Subcommittees.
  2. It gives you a chance to have a say in what happens on campus. If you have a great idea for an event on campus, or you want to contribute to other people’s ideas, this is the perfect place for you to do this. You get to voice your opinions and get to contribute to the fun atmosphere on campus.
  3. It shows you how to plan certain events and shows you what actually goes in to planning all of them. You get to see what is needed in order to host an event. You will be able to help put the event on as well. Setting up might not sound fun, but once you see the final outcomes, it is so worth it.
  4. It provides you with opportunities. I was once a general member of each of the Programming Subcommittees and now I am going to conferences. I will be going to my sixth National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), which displays what other schools do on their campuses. It also allows you to sample various musicians, poets, artists, and many other types of performances that could be brought back to campus. This year, the National Conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky.
  5. Finally, it is just fun. From getting to meet new people, to actually meeting the performers that come to campus, there is never a dull moment when it comes to on campus programming. I am so glad I joined the Programming Subcommittees because if I didn’t, I am not sure my experience at Stonehill would be the same.

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)

Feb 14

2016

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Lead4Justice Newsletter Feb. 8-19

Click on the link below to check out the Lead4Justice newsletter!

 

L4J Pilot Newsletter FINAL VERSION

Feb 08

2016

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Why run for Executive Board?

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

Dec 01

2015

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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

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

Nov 19

2015

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The Importance of Finding a Mentor

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!