If you could take one hour out of your day to find an explanation for all of the questions you have regarding what is happening to Sierra Nevada College, would you? When the Student Government Association held its last student forum on Nov. 7, 2012, only five students showed up. At the next forum, on Oct. 15, 2014, more than 60 people attended and displayed their involvement and concern with college proceedings.
“SGA’s vision is to create a strong and trustful relationship between the students, administration and community by increasing student engagement and bringing them to action,” SGA president Aaron Wiener said.
Wiener oversaw the forum and questions were answered by Provost Shannon Beets; Elizabeth Thibodeau, director of Student Affairs and Housing; Dianne Severance, director of Grants and Sponsored Programs; Dean of Students Will Hoida; Director of Facilities Brian Schultes and former SNC President Ben Solomon.
The first 10 minutes of the forum were open to any comment. Students questioned the panel about increased space for the music department, athletic diversity, earlier dining hours and the role of sustainability in SNC’s future. These topics were addressed quickly before moving on to the primary topics of parking, High Altitude Fitness passes and the president’s house.
“Why are there more passes given out than parking spaces?” Senior Emily Provencher asked, commencing discussion on the topic of parking trouble on campus.
“One of the issues about parking passes issued versus parking spots available is what are the use patterns on campus and how many folks do we have on campus at any one time,” Schultes said. “Everybody loves to go to class between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.”
Provencher then suggested that parking passes should only be issued to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Beets admitted that although “upperclassmen only parking” is not unusual at other schools, SNC ran a trial on the policy and it did not go well.
“It was incredibly negatively received by potential recruits,” Beets said. “We might have to get there; we might get to the point where as we grow that becomes our only option, but it does have the potential to impact our ability to recruit.”
According to Thibodeau, the college does have an agreement with Cornerstone Community Church, on 300 Country Club Drive, which provides overflow parking for the college.
Hello Beautiful SNC Students!
We hope your mid-terms are going swell! October is one of our busiest months in Student Government. This past weekend, the Executive Board went to Washington D.C. for the National Student Government Summit. We were able to sit down and talk to other student leaders and inspirational speakers about how to improve the SGA to better serve you! We are all so fired up about all of our new ideas and can’t wait to get them started!
The SGA is proud to announce that we now have a Green Fund! It is an awesome green/sustainable idea for our college. Want to see it implemented? SGA allocated $2,000 a semester to help students implement green activities, movies, programs, initiative and more! Want more information on how to write a proposal and get to work on your green ideas? Contact any SGA board member to find out how, myself, Sustainability Chair. We can’t wait to hear all of your ideas!
The Student Government Association will be holding a student forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, in room 106 of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences to discuss any issue that has invoked student concern on campus.
According to Marina McCoy, SGA sustainability chair, the forum was organized to provoke campus dialogue regarding the building of a president’s house on campus, but will also address any other issue that the students would like to bring into discussion.
“If you’re a student, bring questions that you want asked,” McCoy said. “Important administrative people will be there: faculty, staff, SGA. If you have a question come and bring it.”
Those likely to attend include President Lynn Gillette; Shannon Beets, executive vice president and provost; Director of Facilities Brian Schultes; Aaron Zender, SNC cafeteria chef; representatives of the SGA and other members of the faculty, according to Katie Russie, SGA director of public relations.
Russie states that it will be a “fairly open forum” with time dedicated to hearing student topic suggestions at the beginning of the meeting.
“We basically just really want to see a lot of students there so we can hear what they want and will then be able to implement it,” Russie said. “I’m super focused on listening to students feedback, and I want to hear as much as possible.”
This will be the first SGA-sponsored forum in over a year, according to McCoy. She states that the SGA usually plans on at least one forum a semester but they did not host a forum for the duration of the 2013-2014 school year.
“As part of my presidential duties I lead two student forums: one in the fall and one on the spring. It’s a chance for students to express to us concerns on campus and suggestions,” said SGA President Aaron Wiener. “Students are the main concern. They haven’t had the forum for two years and Sabrina Belleci gave a president’s address. I will be doing the same thing discussing campus initiatives and updates from SGA. Topics will be parking, the president’s house and the dining hall.”
Congratulations on making it almost halfway through the fall semester! October is full of fun events, so get ready.
We’re very excited about the new and creative clubs that we have this year.
Check out sncsga.com for more information about active clubs.
Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming SGA-sponsored events:
October 8 - Midterms Pancake Study Break and Lacrosse Sign-Making.
9 p.m. in Patterson Hall. Take a break from the stress of midterms to eat yummy pancakes, bacon, sausage and more while making signs for the Parents Weekend lacrosse games.
October 11- Six Flags Trip.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. $10 deposit required.
October 15 – SGA Student Forum.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in TCES room 139/141.
Come share your opinions about the SGA and the school at this open student forum.
October 23 – SGA Pumpkin Carving.
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Patterson Hall.
October 25 – SGA Halloween Dance.
8 p.m. -11:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Ballroom.
Don’t forget that we are open to hearing and discussing any ideas or concerns you have at any time.
Never hesitate to approach an SGA member on campus to let us know what is on your mind!
Our weekly meetings are open to students at 8 a.m. every Tuesday morning. The SGA office is located on the second floor in the Campbell-Friedman dorms.
Good luck on midterms and we look forward to seeing you at these awesome October events!
The Student Government Association held its senator elections to solidify its board in order to productively represent the student body.
The senator elections were held to encourage not only freshman participants, but all students interested in becoming involved with the SGA.
In the pursuit to be more sustainable, the elections occurred via student email this year. Every student received an email with their own personal code, to ensure they only voted once. This year, there were 75 students that cast their vote.
Typically the SGA likes to have the sophomore, junior and senior elections in May along with all the other positions.
Since it did not receive enrollment for those positions, it was pushed back to the freshman senator elections. The SGA elected Freshman Frankie Sanchez and Senior Austin Farina on the board this fall, according to Sustainability Chair Marina McCoy.
“Class senators represent the voice of that particular class. But we also have senators that are for specific majors such as a Business and Psychology department,” Director of Events Haley Gray said.
In SGA, the class senators hold the important role of bridging the void between the students and the higher tier of student activities and clubs.
Grade senators now have more stipulations and duties than non-grade senators. Grade senators go to all the SGA meetings, events and press responsibilities.
“If the class has something they would like to voice, they generally would go to their grade senator so that they can come to meetings and share those ideas with SGA,” President Aaron Wiener said.
The SGA breaks down its board through an executive board and then through senators.
The executive board is divided in two committees: the Judicial and Events committee.
The Judicial committee consists of President Aaron Wiener, Vice President Cole Mizak, Secretary Mei Li Le Roy and Treasurer Brendan Wheelwright.
The Events committee includes Sustainability Chair Marina McCoy, Director of Events Haley Gray and director of Public Relations Katie Russie.
“It’s really great that we have a full board now. Hopefully next year for elections more people will be involved to better the school and the community,” McCoy said.
Students can contact the SGA at StudentGovernmentAssociation@sierranevada.edu or www.SNCSGA.com.
Get ready for a year of fun activities at Sierra Nevada College. The Student Government Association is here to make your SNC experience the best it can be. Our goal is to be a voice for all students, whether it is your first semester or we’ve known you for four years.
With the remarkable backdrop of Sierra Nevada College and an active assembly of students to match, SNC offers clubs that are both active and interest oriented.
Gathered in Patterson Hall, students patiently gnawed on snacks while they glanced at their watches, anticipating the commencement of student skits during Bohemia Night at 8 p.m. on April 2.
“It is the longest running student event: for students, by students,” said Junior Sasha Severance.
The 30th annual Bohemia Night showcased the exceptional talents that are hidden within the student body at Sierra Nevada College.
Spring formal tickets are now on sale at the front desk in Patterson. The fee is a refundable deposit of $10, but if you want to bring a guest the cost of their ticket is $20. Spring formal is Saturday, May 10, but we only have a limited number of tickets so make sure you pick yours up today.