Illinois State University Student Government

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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

Senator Spotlight — Freddie Alvarado

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Position Title: Vice President of the Assembly and Off-Campus Senator

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Shorewood

Other organizations you are involved in?

  • Vice President of Delta Chi Fraternity
  • Vice President of College Mentors for Kids
  • A mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program
  • The undergraduate student-representative on the Presidential Search Committee
  • Member of the Student Grievance Committee
  • Student Health Advisory Board member
  • Inter-Fraternity Council delegate

What is your favorite part about being a member of SGA?

The opportunities you get to work closely with ISU faculty and staff and being able to represent a large constituency group is rewarding. Not everyone can say they see Al Bowman every week.

What is the best SGA related moment this year?

Being part of the homecoming parade was fun! I enjoyed being able to show our school spirit and to get other students excited about ISU.

What projects are you currently working on?

A texting service where off-campus students can text in feedback about SGA and anything related to the university. The majority of our feedback comes from on-campus students and we are trying to get more diversity with our feedback by reaching out to off-campus students.

An ongoing program is planning and organizing office hours on the quad. Senators spend an hour on the quad talking to students about SGA news and events.

Promoting awareness of the new smoking policy.

Come May, I will be working on the annual Club Milner Dance Party during Finals Week.

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Senator Update — New MCN Newsletter

Just an update from Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) and College of Fine Arts (CFA)!

In order to help promote communication within MCN, we are starting up a newsletter that will contain information regarding upcoming events, student spotlights, Student Nurse’s Association information and even a letter from the MCN’s dean, Dean Krejci.

For those of you who are in the CFA and have any ideas for improving your experience at Illinois State University or any positive comments about what is going well, please let me know. I am here to represent you and your college!

I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start!

Written by College of Fine Arts Academic Senator Lynnae Braker 

Goals for this Semester

At the beginning of the year, our association mapped out our mission and goals for this year. Now that we have one semester under our belt, we wanted to refresh everyone on the goals we have and how we are fulfilling them.

Goal #1 – School Spirit 

SGA wants to ensure ISU students are proud to be a Redbird every day. We are creating programs with other organizations in order to bring students together in one place, celebrating ISU and what the institution believes in.

One of the many projects that SGA wishes to accomplish, which we believe will help foster school spirit, is to place a Reggie the Redbird statue on the quad.

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Goal #2 – Tradition
As representatives of the student body, we want to maintain the current traditions of SGA and ISU, as well as create new traditions that will far outlast our current association.

A fairly new tradition that SGA has implemented is Club Milner Dance Party during finals week, where students gather together to have a dance party/study break in order to relieve stress. Another popular tradition through SGA is the Pack the Place for sporting and other events around campus.

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Goal #3 – Outreach
As representatives of the study body, we acknowledge that constant communication with students, faculty, staff, as well as Normal community members is important to move forward. We want to ensure others are aware of what SGA and ISU has to offer.

Our association volunteers and attends many events throughout the year because we value supporting and giving back to the community. This also sets an example for all ISU students to also volunteer and become more civically engaged and invested in our community.

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Those are our goals for the semester, but we want to hear yours! What else do you want to see from SGA this semester? We want to know your comments and concerns, as well as answer any questions you may have. We are an association by students for the students.

Please contact President Andy Manno at vpsaarmanno@exchange.ilstu.edu or visit sga.illinoisstate.edu for more information about SGA.

Written By President Andy Manno and Secretary of Public Relations Lisa Crocco

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