Reflecting and Planning

It's a true privilege to serve on the Council.

These last two years, many of my fellow representatives have become close friends, and they are some of the most hard-working and determined individuals I've ever met.

I came in at the beginning of President Gargano's first term, and I can't imagine coming in at a better time. John has been an incredibly supportive president. He has always been great at identifying talent, listening, and allowing people to do their job. With his graduation, we lose an incredible asset. John has many unique skills; he is an amazing chef, plants and landscaping are his specialties, and he has a playlist for anything. He always turns a good idea into a great one. I have big shoes to fill.

This year, the Council worked on a whole bunch of good stuff. We worked on the Gyrene Cafe revamp, hosted the first Catholic Council Network conference, planned the largest Feast of the Annunciation ever for our 10th anniversary on this campus, and passed the first official versions of our Constitution and Bylaws.

We also launched an internal initiative to dig through old documents and work to compile a "History of SGA." I have been so fascinated by the records from previous councils. Councils who put in the sand volleyball court and purchased the outdoor tables at the Union. Some projects succeeded, while others did not. They all contain great lessons to learn from.

As a Freshman Rep, I spent a lot of time learning the system and working on projects like Dunkin Monday, Project STOVE, and the digital video screens. As Treasurer, my term has been focused on processes. I've tried to implement new systems to maintain the most accurate budget possible, and have forged great relationships with many leaders on campus.

I'm still a regular student, and as President, I am going to keep listening, keep brainstorming, and keep working with you, with the team and with the administration to come up with new solutions to student concerns. It's been an honor to work with our dedicated staff members and administrators, and I look forward to working with them more closely.

I'm excited for our team this year, and I can't wait for what's to come. We are strong. We are Ave. We've got a bright future ahead.

- Stephen