February, 2012

Feb 23




Why should you be an Executive Board member?

Why should you want to be an Executive Board member?


Nominations for the 2012-2013 Executive Board positions opened yesterday, and some people may be wondering whether or not to run.  The current Executive Board has compiled the following top ten reasons (in no particular order) to want to be a part of the Executive Board:


  1. Working with Jim Hermelbracht– who doesn’t remember him from Freshmen Orientation?  You get to work with and be seen with one of the sharpest dressed members of the Stonehill staff!
  2. Dinner at Father Cregan’s house– ever wanted to know what the inside of the President of our College’s house looks like?  He invites the Executive Board 1-2 times a year to dine there!
  3. “I heard it first…”– everyone loves being the first to know the gossip.  When the administration is considering a major change, the Executive Board is usually the first group they consult with.  The Executive Board heard about the ice rink, parking changes, and changes in academic requirements before it was communicated to the student body and the administration asked for student input.
  4. Being at the forefront of creating change– the Executive Board is elected to serve the student body and address its concerns, and some of the major areas of concern it has addressed in the past on behalf of the student body are parking issues, bias incidents, accessibility of study areas, and more!
  5. Resume building– the skills acquired while being an Executive Board member are unmatched and invaluable, and involvement in the community speaks volumes to future employers about your character.  Also, you’ll attend a number of events that will give you the chance to network with various alums in all fields of employment.
  6. Time management skills– even though being a college student requires time management skills, the workload only increase post graduation with different responsibilities.  Being an Executive Board member gives you the chance to practice and finesse these skills, which can make the transition to the real world that much easier.
  7. Swag– have you seen the fancy new logo yet?  You could get Executive Board swag covered in the logo’s colors of green, purple, and blue!
  8. Leadership skills– at some point in time in your careers, you’re likely to find yourself in a management position of sorts.  Why not start building those skills now?  Each member of the Executive Board either chairs a Committee or is responsible for managing club/organization officers.
  9. Communication skills– working in a group with 6 other people will give you the opportunity to effectively voice your opinion while listening closely to others’ and working towards a conclusion in a democratic setting.  In addition, you may often have to send forms of communication to a greater audience (ie the student body), which will be a valuable skill that may come in handy one day
  10. Creativity outlet– each position allows for the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing!  Whether it be changing social media efforts, reorganizing the Student Senate, or coming up with new and fun Diversity or Programming events, there will always be opportunity for improvement and change within each position

Feb 14




Changes APPROVED within SGA

The Student Senate has been working hard for the past four weeks on perfecting a new structural organization to the Student Government Association that will increase the representation of the student body within SGA.  After four meetings of working on positions, their descriptions, and their purposes, the Senate today passed with an almost unanimous vote to approve the new structure.


The major changes occurred within the Class Committees, completely altering the positions and their roles and responsibilities within the committee.  The mission of the committee was also changed, as in the past, it was more “programming” based and beginning next year it will be more “issue” based, meaning that the committees will work to address student concerns and questions instead of hosting social events.


The role of the Programming Committee has also changed too, transitioning from an active role to an advisory position, passing off its traditional programs to its subcommittees and serving as an advisory role in the organization and planning of its subcommittee events.


For a more complete description of the structural changes made, click here to download the Word document.


A special congratulations to our Executive Board and Student Senate for working to approve a change aimed at improving the mission of the Student Government Association!



Feb 05




SGA Launch Party

Last night, a hundred or so students gathered in the Martin Auditorium to witness the unveiling of the new SGA blog and new SGA logo, as well as hear about the proposed structural changes that the Executive Board has brought to Senate.


The event featured ten tables, all showcasing different elements of SGA.  One included information about upcoming elections, as nominations for Executive Board elections start this month, with nominations for general elections beginning at the end of March.  Another table featured the Executive Board’s Diversity & Inclusion pledge, allowing students to sign their names to pledge against incidents of bias and hate, an initiative the Executive Board started last fall.  Other tables featured upcoming events for different clubs and organizations, as well as for the Programming Committee. Another table showcased this new blog, as well as gave out information on how to follow SGA at our social media accounts.


A very popular table allowed students to give their input on how SGA should give back to the campus using the leftover funds from the SGA account at the end of the year.  Executive Finance Chair Anthony Toppi explained to students how funds aren’t always used and the Executive Board has the ability to use them at the end of the year, and they believe the best way to spend the funds is to ask the students what they want to see.  If you have any suggestions on how the money should be spent, click on the Suggestions tab and leave a comment!  You can also tweet at our Twitter account, using the hash tag #SGA50000.

Students listen to Anthony Toppi as he explains how the $50,000 works

Giveaways featuring our new logo were given out, as well as a couple of raffle prizes including a pair of ice skates to be used on the new rink and spring weekend bracelets.  All in all, the event was a huge success and we hope everyone had a great time!

The Executive Board with their advisor Jim Hermelbracht, wearing sweatshirts featuring the new logo of SGA