This Wednesday, SGA is holding its first Town Hall meeting of the year at 6:30 PM in Commons A/Quiet Cafe.
The Town Hall is held every semester to serve as a way for students to bring up questions, concerns, and ideas they have about Stonehill. Also, this is a great chance to bring up something you think is going really well or working for Stonehill!
Representatives from different offices will be present to discuss these issues and concerns with students. Some examples of administrators who will attend include President Father Mark Cregan, Vice President for Student Affairs Father John Denning, and Police Chief Peter Carnes.
The Town Hall really is a great way to voice your opinion and your opinion will truly be taken into account. The Town Hall is where SGA gets ideas for new focus groups for Senate and it brings attention to issues that are important to the student body.
However, before you come to the Town Hall be sure to come to the SGA Open House!
The Open House will be tomorrow, Monday, November 5th from 5-7 PM in the SGA Office located in the lower level of the Commons!
There will be lots of candy, snacks, and music! So be sure to stop by during dinner and learn about the upcoming Town Hall and about different aspects of SGA!
We hope to see you there!
For those who are not familiar with Senate, the SGA Senate is the legislative branch of SGA. Its purpose is to act as a liaison between students and the administration. It’s role is to work on policies that are pertinent to the Student Body and SGA. Some of the things the Senate will typically work on are approving new SGA clubs and organizations and it will work on addressing different areas of concern important to the student body.
The voting members of SGA include the Executive Vice President, the Executive Secretary, the Executive Treasurer, the President and Vice President of each class committee, two commuter senators, each residence hall senator, and the Executive President in the case of a tie. The SGA Executive President, Diversity Chair, Programming Chair, and Finance Chair sit on the Senate as non-voting members.
Feel free to look under the Senate section of the SGA blog to see all the different members who sit on Senate this year! (http://stonehillblogs.org/sga/senate/)
The Senate has had three meeting so far this year, where we came up with focus groups to start off the year with. Then we decided to dedicate every other Senate meeting to having time for focus groups to meet in place of our regular senate meetings.
Here are the Senate focus groups and their members so far:
Commuter Life: Brett Gammon, Jeff Santos, & Jamey Breen
Environmental Issues: Lindsey Beauregard & Austin Alfredson
Parking: Jackson Reilly & Amanda Carlino
Operational Hours: Billy O’Donnell & Molly Bannister
Space Improvements: Nick Culbert, Jamie McDermott, & Mike Smith
* If you have any ideas for new focus groups, please feel free to submit your idea under the “suggestions” tab!
In addition, to focus groups, Senate is working on bringing in speakers from different departments and in the administration to address the Senate.
Our next Senate meeting will be Monday, October 15th at 11:30 AM in the Cleary Dining room. All students are welcome to attend! It’s a great way to see what is going on in SGA and to see the different issues the SGA and Senate are working on.
Hope to see you there!
This past weekend the Student Government Association held it’s annual retreat!
This year the retreat was a little bit different than usual since it was held on campus, but it was a great way to have SGA members learn about leadership where they will be actually leading.
The retreat was a great way for the members of SGA to interact with each other socially and engage in group bonding activities. On Friday, everyone went to an SGA event in the Hill with poetry slam artist, George Watsky. The event enabled SGA members to show their support for another SGA sponsored activity and to see how an SGA event is run.
Other things we accomplished at the retreat included positional training so that everyone could get a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities in SGA. Plus, everyone went through “true colors” leadership training with Jim!
Last, everyone at the retreat participated in a mock town hall where we discussed issues and ideas for the upcoming year. From the town hall we came up with ideas that will be addressed in focus groups in SGA Senate.
Overall, the SGA retreat was both a fun and productive weekend for everyone. Everyone is really excited for the upcoming year in SGA and ready to make a difference on campus!
Hi Everyone! Hope you’re getting excited for the first Senate meeting. Only a day left! This is my first time on Senate, so I’m looking forward to Monday. I have been involved in SGA, mainly Programming Committee, since the end of my freshman year. It was a great way to get involved and joining the committee was by far the best decision I made since coming to Stonehill. Since I’m new to Senate, it’s going to be a learning experience, so why not join with me? As a senior, I don’t have many opportunities to collaborate with the other classes. I’m excited to work with all years and can’t wait to see what great ideas we come up with!
Senate is an awesome way to get involved and for students to make a difference while working together. It’s more than a club meeting; it’s a chance to build a stronger community with those around you. If you’re interested in joining, then come to the first meeting! See you there!
Class of 2013
SGA Executive Programming Chair
ONE Day Left ’til Senate… IT’s SO SOON!
Can you believe the year has already been kicked off, and we are about to start meeting as a SENATE?! This is my first year being a part of SGA, and one of the things I am most excited about is Senate. At Senate, we get a chance to hear directly from the student body what their experience is like here, and what would make it better! As SGA Executive Diversity Chair, this is so important to me because I seek to make Stonehill a comfortable environment for everyone to share their unique identities.
Even if you’re a first-timer (like me!), I hope to see you at the first Senate meeting on Monday, September 17 at 11:30!
SGA Executive Diversity Chair
Hey everyone! Unlike a lot of the other E-Board members, this is actually going to be my first year as part of Senate (and SGA in general). Student government was never really something I was gung-ho about in the past, but I realize now it’s definitely one of the best ways to get involved on campus. Last semester it started to dawn on me that I really only have one year left here at Stonehill, and I wanted to be able to get involved in a way that would help to leave a lasting impact on the place that has given me so much. As the main link between the student body and the faculty, Senate is the ideal place for anyone to voice their thoughts and opinions. Senate has really been the driving force behind a lot of the changes that have been instituted since my freshmen year, and I want to keep that momentum going. As an E-Board we definitely have a lot of lofty goals for the year, but with the help of Senate we feel like a lot of them can be accomplished.
Matt McCormack, Student Government Association Executive Treasurer
According to our constitution, the SGA Senate is “a forum that serves as the liaison between students and administration. Its chief role is to deliberate, approve, and set policies that are pertinent to the student body and SGA.”
The SGA Executive President runs the Senate meeting, and the voting members of the Senate include the Executive Vice President of SGA, Executive Secretary of SGA, Executive Treasurer of SGA, the Presidents and Vice Presidents of each Class Committee, two Commuter Senators, and one Residence Hall representative from each Residence Hall. BUT anyone is welcome to attend an open Senate meeting and present their ideas or opinions!
With 7 days left before the first Senate meeting, each day the SGA Executive Board will be describing why they will be attending Senate on Monday September 17 at 11:30 and why you should too!
Hello! I have been a member of SGA for four years now and have also been a part of Senate for all four years! My first and second year I went as representative from our class committee, and last year I attended as a general member after returning from abroad. I enjoy going to Senate because this is a group of students that many times administration and faculty will approach or present to in order to get a student perspective. I enjoy the ability to voice my opinion in a forum that will make a difference for my class and my school. This year I am looking forward to running the Senate as a professional student body that can take the lead on issues that may face Stonehill in order to create an even stronger community here.
-Courtney Beauregard, Executive President of Student Government Association
Nominations for Class of 2016 elections close tomorrow, Tuesday September 4th at 5pm! So if you are interested in any of the following positions come down to the SGA office in the Commons to sign up to run!
Once you’ve signed up to run for a position, campaigning will take place from Wednesday, September 5th – Tuesday, September 11th, ending with Speech Night that Tuesday (9/11).
Then voting will take place from Wednesday, September 12th at noon to Friday, September 14th at noon.
Chairs the Class committee, prepares agendas for weekly meetings, sits on the SGA Senate, and must hold 2 office hours a week.
Works closely with the President, sits on the SGA Senate, shall be concerned with any financial matters of the Class Committee, sits on the SGA Finance Committee, and must hold 2 office hours a week
Records and publishes minutes for he Class Committee meetings, as well as oversee the publicity and promotion of Class Committee initiatives, sites on the PR Committee
Programming Committee Representative
Oversees events organized by the Class Committee, as well as updates the Class Committee on Programming Committee activities
Diversity Committee Representative
Updates the Class Committee on Diversity Committee activities, as well as actively attends Diversity Committee meetings and events
An active member of a Stonehill recognized varsity or club sports team. Responsible for representing the student athlete perspective during Class Committee discussions and initiatives
Campus Ministry Representative
An active member in the office of Campus Ministry and its sponsored programs. Responsible for representing a campus ministry perspective during Class Committee discussions and initiatives
2 At-Large Members
Responsible for voicing and updating the Class Committee with any and all issues known by them or brought to their attention by their peers
Last weekend the Student Government Association’s Executive Board got together to plan and prepare for the upcoming semester. We outlined some important goals for the year that include making SGA more accessible and publicized to the student body, to create guidelines for listserv activity, and to work on providing space for individual student identities and diversity.
We are all wicked excited to begin work on these and other issues in the upcoming semester!
Courtney Beauregard ’13 – President
Lauren Melaugh ’13 – Vice President
Matt McCormack ’13 – Treasurer
Melissa Beaumont ’13 – Secretary
Terry Rose ’13 – Finance Chair
Rachel Ness ’13 – Programming Chair
Julie Kelly ’13 – Diversity Chair
On Sunday, at the Student Life Awards, the 2012-2013 Executive Board was inducted into their positions. Meet your new Executive Board members!
President: Courtney Beauregard ‘13
Major(s): Elementary Education and International Studies
Hometown: Northbridge, MA
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Student Ambassador, Kappa Delta Pi-International Education Society, Education Society, Honors Program, Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute
Favorite Stonehill Memory: Last year was my first year as a Peer Mentor and the whole week and a half was my favorite time at Stonehill. Getting to know the other Peer Mentors, being able to show off Stonehill and the college experience to the first years, and being completely clad in purple made it my favorite memory of Stonehill.
Fun Fact: One day I want to have traveled to all 50 states.
Vice-President: Lauren Melaugh ‘13
Major(s): International Studies and Art History major with a Business minor
Hometown: Medfield, MA
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Student Ambassador, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Admissions Operations Assistant, Art Gallery Assistant
Favorite Stonehill Memory: This semester’s Frisbee home tournament when we went 5-0 to win the tournament
Fun Fact: I went skydiving in Western Massachusetts through an RA program last fall
Treasurer: Matt McCormack ‘13
Major(s): Accounting with an Economics minor
Hometown: North Kingston, RI
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, TA Program, International Internship, Accounting Association, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Hall Council, Movie/Comedy, Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honors Society), Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society), and Lambda Epsilon Sigma (Schoolwide Honor Society)
Favorite Stonehill Memory: Storming the court after the basketball team won the NE-10 Championship this year
Fun Fact: I’m color-blind.
Secretary: Melissa Beaumont ‘13
Major(s): Political Science/International Studies with a French minor
Hometown: Southington, CT
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Chapel Choir, Volunteering at Holy Cross Family Ministries and the animal shelter, Intramural sports
Favorite Stonehill Memory: Living in the Sem Freshman year and meeting most of my good friends there. Also, being on the Peer mentor team last year!
Fun Fact: I got to see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama speak in person while I’ve been interning DC! Plus my absolute favor color is purple and most almost everything I own is purple!
Finance Chair: Terry Rose ‘13
Major(s): Math & Physics
Hometown: Norwood, MA
Campus Involvement: Ultimate Disc, Animal Shelter Volunteer, Intramurals
Favorite Stonehill Memory: Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience during summer 2011
Fun Fact: Life goal is to travel to another planet
Programming Chair: Rachel Ness ‘13
Major(s): Communications & Psychology
Hometown: Rollinsford, NH (the population is about the size of Stonehill!)
Campus Involvement: SGA, of course! Student Ambassador, dance club. Before being elected, I was treasurer of Programming, sophomore year I was president of the Heights Hall Council, I’ve been on a HOPE trip to NOLA and I am currently studying abroad in Florence.
Favorite Stonehill Memory: Midnight madness… I look forward to it every year! Also judging Mr. Stonehill this year!
Fun Fact: I’ve been dancing since I was three
Diversity Chair: Julie Kelly ‘13
Major(s): Interdisciplinary Studies- Anthropology
Hometown: Watertown, CT
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, ABS Program, Football Coach’s Assistant, Women’s Center Board of Advisors, Anthropology Society, PRIDE
Favorite Stonehill Memory: When the entire men’s rugby team stopped a match and verbally opposed a competitor’s use of a derogatory slur in the middle of a game against Framingham State University. I’ve never been more proud to be a Skyhawk.
Fun Fact: I recently went cage diving off the coast of South Africa with Great White Sharks without concern… But I am terrified of jellyfish!