Student Government starts year strong

Kicking off another new semester, Robert Morris University’s Student Government Association (SGA) looks to continue its mission of serving as a liaison between students and faculty as well as provide plenty of entertaining activities.

Students who wish to voice an issue and representatives for student organizations are highly encouraged to attend SGA meetings, which are held Mondays of every other week at 5 p.m. in room 302 of the Hale Center.

“I’m very excited to work with this year’s group of officers. I’m looking forward to a great year. They have great ideas to implement, and I believe they will work hard for the students this year,” said Maureen Keefer, the assistant dean of students and advisor to SGA.

This year, Keefer is working alongside SGA officers Alan Buehler, president, Mike Holcomb, vice president, Zac Wassel, treasurer, and Drew Grunauer, secretary.

One of SGA’s main focuses this semester is putting its efforts into being the voice of the student body on campus issues and ideas.

Examples of such from last semester include the food court renovation, which adhered to the design that was voted for approval by undergraduates after SGA proposed it, the Winter Semi-Formal Dance, and shuttles to the Island Sports Center.

“This semester, SGA wants to keep things lively on campus and give the students events to go to on campus, as well as inform them of all the groups and organizations on campus,” declared Buehler.

Considering the events that have already been scheduled, that goal is clearly being met.

According to Keefer, the Activities Fair at the Nicholson Fire Pit on Monday, Sept. 12 gave students an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from each of the 70 clubs and organizations on campus.

Soon to follow is RMU’s annual Homecoming Dance on Friday, Oct. 7 with the Homecoming football game taking place the subsequent night, during which SGA will be selling merchandise.

Buehler also mentioned that SGA has added a few new organizations to its promotional roster.

Joining the other 14 intramural sports is Ultimate Frisbee, and RMU’s newest fraternity Kappa Sigma is also being supported by SGA this semester.

Any student organization that wishes to receive academic funding from SGA must hand in a report of their activities from last year no later than Sept. 27, which is when the officers for SGA determine the budget for the semester.

To stay up-to-date with SGA, be sure to become a fan of the Robert Morris University SGA page on Facebook, which was created by SGA officers last year to further the support of student organizations on campus.