SGA meeting recap: Provost Rafoth asks for student input on RMU core classes


Soundharjya Babu, Assistant News Editor

MOON TOWNSHIP – Provost Mary Ann Rafoth spoke about Robert Morris University core courses at the latest Student Government Association meeting.

Dr. Rafoth asked students for their opinions on these classes, to understand their priorities and gave out a survey. Students were asked to rank certain core skill sets from 1 to 10.

These classes focused on communication, leadership and resilience skills. Results showed that students valued classes in skills such as communication, leadership and financial intelligence. The Board of Trustees ranked communication as the most valued skill.

When Dr. Rafoth opened up the discussion to the room, people emphasized the importance of including technological savvy courses and including modern tools used in the workforce. Students also recommended focusing on lessons to protect people from scamming, hacking and viruses.

After the discussion of core classes, Donna Anderson from the Office of Engaged Learning and Community Involvement discussed Hunger and Homelessness Week. The organization will hold several events throughout the week, including a food drive for the Colonial Cupboard. The Colonial Cupboard supports students that are in need of food or running low on their meal plan.

Students introduced one new club at the meeting, Spikeball Club. The club was launched after people played the sport during BobbyMania and enjoyed it.

SGA also approved three organizations, which are the Institute of Management Accountants, Writers Club and Cooking and Baking Club have been approved.

Winterfest was announced to kick off on campus from Dec. 3 to Dec. 8. Various events will be held throughout the week. On Dec. 3 to Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., SGA will host a gingerbread house and hot chocolate contest at the Gazebo.

Organizations can also decorate a Christmas tree with a themed ornament. The winning organization will be awarded $100 towards their SGA budget. The event will also feature the Colonial Choir and Jazz band.

Additionally, 21 blankets were made for Beaver County Humane Society. If any student is staying on campus for holiday breaks, they can register at The Office of Residence Life. Spring officer training will take place on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.