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!
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
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!