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SGA prepares for next academic year

Meghan Price | Thursday, April 15, 2010

 Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed preparations for the 2010-11 academic year at its meeting on Wednesday night.

At the last meeting, the board named specific goals and expectations and on Wednesday began to prioritize and create plans for those goals. SGA president Rachael Chesley said organization would be very important in SGA’s efficiency. 
 
“First we had to establish where we were and where we want to get during the coming year,” Chesley said. “Now, we have to figure out the best way to get there.” 
 
The first step the board took in this process was to state the three goals to be put on the top of SGA’s list of priorities. Those goals are increasing the visibility of SGA and its members on campus, the appeal of life on Saint Mary’s campus and the SGA initiation retreat at the beginning of the year. 
 
 “I think we all feel that being recognizable and seen around campus is very important, so that students know who we are and what we can do for them,” Chesley said. “Now, we have to figure out the best way to go about doing that.”
 
Some of the suggestions the Board members had were creating a Facebook fan page, using Twitter and developing a newsletter. 
 
The suggestion the board decided will be the most efficient is to develop the SGA Web site. They plan to add resources for students. It was also suggested members spend time doing small things around campus like handing out stickers or candy. 
 
“I think it is very important that SGA commits to doing small fun things around campus regularly,” chief of staff Katrina Mesina said. “We may be working on large projects for the school for a long time, but the students won’t see that. So, we have to do small things around campus to connect with the student body.” 
 
The other priority is the SGA retreat, which Chesley said was very important for members. Held before classes start next semester, it will help the officers to get to know one another so that they can work together for the student body as efficiently as possible.