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.

Catholic Council Network

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.



Hall of Fame '17-18

Student Government Association would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped us make the 2017-18 school year a huge success. With your help, we continued traditions such as the Feast of the Annunciation, Dunkin' Monday, and Ave's Got Talent and started new projects like the streaming services bill, finals week relief, and all the new spaces in Project STOVE.

We specifically would like to thank our dedicated faculty and staff, and all these amazing individuals for their support and the amazing impact they have on the Ave Maria community:

  • H. James Towey
  • Kimberly King
  • Noah Blanchard
  • Rachel Flowers
  • John Paul Hare
  • Bryant Morin
  • Scott King
  • Donna Rittereiser
  • Fr. Bob Garrity
  • Fr. Amedeo Guida
  • Fr. Cory Mayer
  • Michael Miller
  • Brad Johnson
  • Vivian Crockett
  • Greg Howard
  • Tom Allen
  • Dan Ligowski
  • Daniel Fuentes
  • Mary Kate Waldow
  • Amanda Morin
  • Ana Maria Li-Rosi
  • Silvia Natarelli
  • Jeff Fox
  • Roger Nutt
  • Christy Dorer
  • Seana Sugrue
  • John Colman
  • Anne Marchetti
  • Daniel Davy
  • Jennifer Nodes
  • Brian Scanlan
  • John Gargano
  • Jason Sylvester
  • Todd Meehan
  • Jeff Fenuccio
  • Dennis Grace
  • Jennifer Lang
  • Brain Couch
  • Katy Thoele
  • Jennifer Whitis
  • Sophia Mick
  • Nick Root
  • Cathy Dailey
  • Robert Farnham
  • Esthela Saldana
  • Rodice Barosy
  • Marvin Gaitan
  • Ana Maria Angel
  • Kateri Allen
  • Zach Crockett
  • Karen Full
  • LauraLee Fenuccio
  • Michelle Sylvester
  • Chuck & Kathy Traver
  • Dining Services Staff
  • Laura Willard
  • Liz Feger
  • Eddie Dejthai
  • Rose Reed
  • Victor Frumoff
  • Marisa Helms
  • Taryn Posch
  • Harrison Catalano
  • Tom Pogasic
  • Peter Suchomski
  • Mari Dietz
  • Corinne Zay
  • Philip Rhein
  • Julia Wool
  • Hadleigh Thompson
  • Ryan Rasins
  • Tim Knauss
  • Jon Larochelle
  • Mary Dufresne
  • Rachael Gieger
  • Clare Littleton
  • Adrienne Conley
  • Aaron Ockenfels
  • Peter Liffrig
  • Nellie Murphy
  • Nick Pontarelli
  • John-Paul Arias
  • Sarah Kozak
  • Elise Buckley
  • Ree Suarez
  • Megan Rublee
  • Nora Anderson
  • Bernadette Hartney
  • Kolbe DeMasi
  • Alexandria Fountain
  • Andrew Nussbaum
  • John Benz
  • Jon Babineau
  • Michaela Flynn
  • Joe Free
  • Alana Babineau
  • Casey Knox
  • John Lowrey
  • Brianna Antram
  • Madison Southers
  • Natalie Arend
  • Hunter Rose
  • Alexander O'Conner
  • Katie Keenan
  • Blair Harbison
  • Annie Schlueter
  • Michael Gieger
  • Resam Moghimi
  • Katie Ringdahl
  • Margaret Kaiser
  • Paulina Hoeing
  • Zach Johanni
  • Brigid Lennon
  • Veronica Macias
  • Grace Cabrey
  • Valeria Tkacik
  • Johnnie Eagan
  • Jacinta Hogan
  • Anna Richart
  • Gabe Hogan

From all of us to all of you, and to the many others that help shape Ave Maria, thank you!