President's End of Year Review

Dear AMU friends,

On behalf of Student Government Association, thank you for letting us serve you this year! It has been an honor to serve such outstanding students. We diligently ensured that your input was heard in administration and changes were made accordingly.

Here are some of SGA’s achievements from this year:

  • Hosted four AMU football tailgates, grilling up almost 500 burgers at each event. These aided in boosting athletic attendance. 

  • Expanded visitation from Thursday-Sunday to Wednesday-Sunday. Next year, they are looking into continuing this expansion even further. 

  • Organized a week-long initiative, Reparation Week, in partnership with the Households of AMU, to offer daily reparations for the priest scandal in the Catholic Church

  • Worked with the Keepers of His House Club on implementing four plastic recycling bins around campus and one paper recycling bin in the library. Recently, we also installed water bottle fillers in the first floor of JPII and academic building (pending installation). 

  • Brought back the panini press to the cafeteria and added the more frequent addition of sugary cereals. We also worked with Chuck Traver to discuss small changes to improve the cafeteria food such as simple chicken dishes and hummus in the salad bar. We also brought up the idea to have to-go lunches in the cafeteria. 

  • Organized AMU’s first Living Stations of the Cross

  • Opened the outdoor library patio and purchased sustainable furniture for social space. 

  • Co-hosted the Celebration for Emily Acosta with SAAC by providing the food, waterpark, shuttles, and assistance with set-up/take-down.

  • Discussed the expansion and paving of the gravel lot which will most likely take place while everyone is gone for the summer. 

  • Instituted more religious icons around campus including three statues. 

  • Put on Ave’s Got Talent, townhalls, and monthly Dunkin Mondays. 

  • Brought attention to the re-opening of the Ark Chapel which should be accessible to students next year.

  • Showcased students/faculty/staff weekly on Ave Spotlights

  • Added the opportunity to rent personal whiteboards in the library.

  • Worked with Joe Traver to get coconut milk in the coffee shop. 

  • Allowed students the opportunity to name the coffee shop the Daily Grind.

  • Opened the Hub 24/7

Among these changes, our overarching project this year was to reconstruct the procedures and processes of SGA. I cannot be more thankful for the perseverance and patience from administration and class representatives to successfully establish the new foundation of Student Government. I also want to thank all of you for allowing me to serve you in my final year at AMU. I feel that this year especially, we, as a student body, have experienced so much together and have grown closer for it. I hope we continue to strengthen our bonds of unity and I wish the best to the next council. The students of AMU will always remain in my prayers. 

God Bless,

Mary Rexroat

February Update

Hello AMU students!

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The visitation survey in the fall demonstrated that 71.1% of students that took the survey wanted more visitation hours and 76% of students wanted five or more days of visitation. SGA and administration have been in communication on how we address these statistics for this semester while remaining within the budget. A member of SGA, Allyssa Toth, pioneered a creative solution to address both statistics while remaining within the limitations of the budget for this semester. Seeing that dramatically expanding visitation would greatly exceed the budget for this semester, we proposed to have visitation from Wednesday-Sunday from 7 PM-12 AM for which we received approval by Mrs. Kim King. This entails a total expansion of hours from 24 to 25 while also adding an additional day and staying within the limitations of the budget. After reviewing the visitor logs from the Fall Semester with Gregory Howard, it was determined that the hours of 6PM – 7PM had the fewest number of students signing-in. The new visiting hours will begin the week following Spring Break. We hope in the following years, the students’ opinions on visitation will continue to be addressed. 

Another exciting development taking place within SGA is increasing the opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to recycle. This past week, Student Government ordered three recycling bins for empty bottles and cans, one bin for paper in the library, and one bin for batteries in the academic offices. Maintenance of these bins will be overseen by the Environmental Club members. Jason Sylvester, the head of physical plant, and the rest of his team do a lot behind the scenes to recycle our cardboard on campus, so we are excited to work with them to offer more opportunities. 

Continuing the efforts of expanding social spaces, the Academic/Library Services committee passed a bill to order furniture for the second-floor library patio. Once these are ordered, we will begin re-opening that area for additional social space. More projects are in the works to adjusting the library to be more conducivefor students. In addition, the Food and Culture Committee is working with Campus Ministry to create a prayer garden and plaques for the rosary walk. For ideas on this, please contact Sam Cimaglio, the chair of the committee. 

Lastly, Student Government now has an official office for any student to come propose ideas or give feedback. This is a space and time for YOU to have open access to the SGA members! We are located in the old office of Jen Lang in the second floor of the Student Union! Our hours are from 12-4pm Monday-Thursday. If your wary about coming up to the office, we are offering a monetary incentive to hear your creative ideas and feedback!Upon visiting the office, you will be thrown into a lottery for that month in which you have the chance to win a $20 gift card! We want to hear from you! All our projects have come from emails or suggestions from members outside of SGA, so our intention with this office is to increase the flow of ideas and feedback of students. As always, you can also contact me through email mary.rexroat@my.avemaria.edu.

Thank you and God bless Ave Maria University!

Best,

Mary Rexroat

SGA President 

First Semester Review

Mary Rexroat,   President

Mary Rexroat, President

Welcome back to school! 

As the new semester kicks off, I would like to share some of the accomplishments from last semester and fill you in on where we’re headed this semester.

The fall semester was largely a transition period as we tried to maintain all that SGA has been without the same resources while simultaneously redefining and reconstructing what SGA will be. Some of the highlights from the fall semester included hosting football tailgates, the townhall, and working on the visitation and food survey results. As some of you may have enjoyed, we kicked off the beginning of the season by hosting three tailgates to boost athletic attendance. We’re thankful our efforts were joined by a successful season of the Gyrene football team! We continued the semester by conducting a intervisitation and food survey where we received almost 600 responses. As SGA becomes more of a lobbyist based entity, surveys will serve as a vital role in factually representing the wants of students. We now more then ever have a capability of expressing your wants to the university through tangible survey data (that carries substantial weight in the decision making process).” With that said, thank you for taking the survey! Administration is currently looking into the logistics of expanding visitation hours. In regards to the food portion of the survey, the cafeteria has worked with us to make small changes like the panini press. If you really liked Chick-fil-a, some of you attended the SGA Town Hall in December. Some great ideas came out of that which we are using them to shape the next semester. Among those ideas was one to expand the hours of the student hub. If you did not know by now, the hub is now open 24/7!

These are just a few ways your participation in SGA has changed the school! We thank you for letting us serve you!

- Mary Rexroat