September Review

This year, the 2018-2019 Ave Maria SGA is working to ensure that Ave Maria’s student body will not only enjoy their time at Ave Maria through various events and projects, but also be a transparent representation for the students and work towards ongoing unification in the on-campus culture. This month, committee leaders provide insight into the goals that SGA has for this semester, and are excited to share upcoming plans for Ave Maria.

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Sarah Miller

Development Committee Chair

With the help of student feedback, we are here to address any concerns or issues and make changes so that everyone can be proud to be a part of the Ave Maria University community.

Specifically, we are working with the environmental club to implement recycling on campus. In addition we are focused on making small changes in the cafeteria to create more options so that students enjoy eating in the cafeteria. Also, we look forward to students attending athletic events and are planning tailgates to encourage the student body to support the Gyrenes. Finally, we will begin working to get visitation extended.

Our Committee appreciates the enthusiasm and passion of the students at AMU. Any feedback about what we are doing or what a student would prefer us to do is always welcome. Likewise, we would like to thank the student body for their support as we work on their behalf to improve the AMU experience!

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Noah Miller

Outreach Committee Chair

The goal for the Student Outreach Committee is to plan and host events that will extend the culture of positivity on campus. Also, we want to establish an open feedback system so that we can adjust the events to meet the demand of the students.

We are very excited to be planning numerous opportunities for the students that will be taking place throughout the school year! Our next big event will be Ave’s Got Talent on November 1st at 9:00pm in the Prince auditorium. We are also hosting Ave’s first ever Turkey Trot on November 17th (time and location tbd), where we will also be having a food drive for the less fortunate in Immokalee. Along with those we will be hosting festivals for feast days, Dunkin Mondays, and much more!

The student body at Ave Maria could not be easier to work for. Everyone is very kind and honest with feedback, come to events with positivity, and are always enthusiastic about making Ave more fun!

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Taryn Posch

Communication Committee Chair

We hope to communicate news, events, surveys & more through our website and social media platforms. We want the Council to maintain transparency, and effectively share information between the students and SGA.

Currently, we’re working on producing a video to introduce the new council, and helping to plan Ave’s Got Talent. We’re also going to be conducting a survey to get feedback on how students feel about inter-visitation and the status of common rooms. Also, look out for our weekly "Ave Spotlights” showcasing students, clubs, and AMU staff!

The President's End of Year Report

Student Government Association is dedicated to being the voice for Ave Maria students. We're going to do everything we can to make this school excellent. 

 

Dear friends,

We've strived to live up to that mission statement all year. The Council has worked tirelessly to accomplish meaningful results based on your input. It's been an incredible year.

Here are some of our proudest moments:

 

During my campaign, I ran on the following platform:

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We recognize much room for improvement, however, I also feel as though we accomplished many of these goals. I'm incredibly proud of this year's team of representatives; they saw the vision and raced to make it happen. These reps put in countless hours so that Ave Maria would strengthen. Their hard work made for a truly incredible year. Read through our other reports below to learn more about all the things we've been up to.

I cannot express my gratitude to you enough for allowing me to serve as your representative. This position has been the highest honor of my time at Ave Maria. I'm optimistic on the path ahead. I look forward to what's on the horizon, and I wish the new Council only the best.

Sincerely,
Stephen Akers



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The VP's End of Year Report

As Vice President I served as the liaison for the Catholic Council Network (CCN) and for clubs and households. Additionally, I worked with every committee and acted as a secondary advisor.

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The liaisons of the CCN appointed me as Coordinator of the Network, which entailed coordinating meeting times, facilitating conversation and discussion, and recruiting additional student governments.

Ave Maria hosted the spring conference in February, and I organized and directed the planning and execution of the conference. I started planning for the conference over Christmas break, leaving about two months to put everything together. I wish I had started sooner because it was more planning than expected. Overall, the conference went very well. We picked our guests up from the airport, provided rooms in Xavier Hall, and provided several meals. The bulk of the conference discussions took place on Saturday. 

Noah Blanchard, the Director of Student Life, gave a talk on Authentic Leadership, Assessing Your Organization, and Image. President Towey came and talked to our group about St. Teresa of Calcutta and the importance of being leaders. We had a breakout session where the corresponding positions met to discuss their roles. Each university gave a presentation which discussed their strengths and weaknesses. Professor Anne Marchetti, an assistant professor of accounting, gave a talk on Personal Wellness, Relationships, Communication, and Accountability. Finally, we had formal and informal group discussion.

We surveyed attending members of the conference, and the ratings were on a 1-5 scale (5 being excellent). Here are a few highlights:

Overall Satisfaction 4.5
Breakout Session 4.7
Accommodations 4.8

Thoughts Moving Forward

At the beginning of the year, I gave a presentation to club leaders and household leaders. This presentation gave an overview of how to submit a bill, precedent, and what Student Government does. Overall, the presentation was well received and helpful.

The VP's job as liaison to the Network is enough to keep someone busy all year. I would recommend clarifying goals on the clubs and households front, and designating specific roles to all the liaisons in The Network. The CCN does not currently have a permanent leader. Every year, the student governments change with elections. I believe it would be beneficial to establish a deeper relationship with the Cardinal Newman Society. The Network schools do not want them to take over but perhaps act as a resource and mentor for conferences and growth.

Regarding specific roles for the liaisons of the CCN, we should consider roles such as coordinator of communications, marketing, recruiting, a secretary, etc. This is important so everybody is involved and the work is evenly distributed.

The website also needs to be properly maintained and updated. All material posted and designed needs to follow the marketing and design that is already put in place. It is currently the primary way for us to explain The Network and it's mission so it's very important.

The Executive Board, as student government leaders, sets the tone for the Council. When leadership remains positive and optimistic, the representatives will react accordingly.