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Nov 04

2016

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Everything You Need to Know About State of the Hill!

In accordance with the major developments to Stonehill College in the coming years, SGA has decided to forgo the traditional Town Hall meeting and replace it with a newly structured State of the Hill Address.  The State of the Hill Address is open to the entire student body, and will feature college administrative faculty as the presenters, including our President, Father John Denning!

 

The State of the Hill’s presentations have been given in front of multiple audiences, and have been perfectly refined for this occasion so that you, the students, are getting the best information available.  The presentations are as follows:

 

1) Diversity Initiatives on Campus as presented by Father John Denning

 

2) Academic Restructuring and Transitions as presented by John Pestana and Cris DePina

 

3) Master Plan and the constructions on campus as presented by Craig Binney

 

All of these developments are going to have a wonderful impact on student life here at Stonehill College, since all three will improve our resources, programs, and opportunities.  The Diversity Initiatives are currently improving the inclusivity of the Stonehill community, the Academic Restructuring will focus future academic programs for students at Stonehill, and the campus constructions will provide beautiful new facilities to foster greater learning.  Also, if this isn’t enough to be excited about, FREE PIZZA will be provided throughout the event.  Stonehill’s students are some of the most involved and considerate, and it is the action and support of the student body that drive the school’s betterment.  Thanks for reading, and see you all there!screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-38-42-am

Oct 18

2016

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#CultureNotCostume Campaign

Recently, students have been asking about the posters that are supposed to make every one aware about the defining line between culture and costume. This is in respects to any one who might feel offended seeing someone dressed up as a costume that represents the stereotypical “Asian” or “Mexican.” We have to understand that this is not some thing appropriate, and it should not occur when going to an institution like Stonehill that is flourishing with beautiful culture.

Origin:

In late October of 2011, a student organization at Ohio University named “Students Teaching Against Racism in Society” (STARS) launched a campaign to raise awareness about racially insensitive Halloween costumes. On October 21st, the president of the organization posted several images of awareness posters on her Tumblr blog.

On October 26th, 2011 CNN published an article about the controversy surrounding the campaign in an article titled “’We’re a culture, not a costume’ this Halloween.”

The Student Government Association supports this initiative, and encourages students to make the right choices, and look for alternatives to dress up as some thing else.

 

Oct 18

2016

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SGA Brings Back the It’s On Us Campaign!

Hi folks! It’s your SGA E-Board here! We hope your first month of school has been off to a great and productive start. For the past few years the Executive Board of SGA has created blog posts to keep students informed of what is going on around campus and upcoming programs. We would first like to let you know that the It’s On Us campaign is back on campus for the 2016-2017 school year and we would love to have your support!

October 10th-14th is the It’s On Us Week of Action. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the It’s On Us campaign, this campaign started in the White House in 2014 to raise awareness in presenting sexual assault on college campuses across the United States. This initiative has gained impressive momentum and Stonehill College has been recognized for our efforts with this campaign by Vice President, Joe Biden. Starting at Fresh Check Day in September, SGA held a table to remind students that this campaign was coming back to campus for the 2016-2017 school year. We had students sign the pledge and remind them what It’s On Us is and how we are going to promote the campaign this year. Two weeks ago, we released our own video promoting the It’s On Us campaign featuring Stonehill students. Check out the link here!

This week we set up a table in the Commons where students have been coming by to take the pledge online. The pledge is a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution. Students that sign the pledge (or have previously signed it) have been receiving a purple ribbon to wear on their shirts or backpacks to show their support for people that have been affected by sexual assault.

This initiative is very important to us as we know there have been instances of sexual assault at Stonehill and many other college campuses. We hope you all understand we can be a part of the solution by getting a friend home safe on the weekend and taking care of one another.

In terms of upcoming events, be on the look out for information regarding Midnight Madness, the Halloween Dance, and the State of the Hill.

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