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Group designs programming to enrich College

REBECCA O'NEIL | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Student Government Association’s Council of Committee Chairs (CCC) sought to be transparent to the student body this semester, CCC director Kelly Gutrich said. 

Gutrich, a junior, said 12 committee chairs worked to address students’ needs. Those committees include Missions, Media Relations, Sustainability, Sophia Program, Food, International, Community, Sports, Social Concerns, Alumnae, First-Year Concerns and Technology. 

“We brainstorm together, and sometimes issues from Senate are then brought to our specific chairs to look into more,” Gutrich said. “We meet weekly together, which really helps up be able to collaborate across committees.”

Sophomore Gloria Zeiger represents the Sustainability Committee, while juniors Katie Stare and Rachel Weir serve the Food Council Committee. Gutrich said the two committees teamed up to plan and execute this year’s Food Week, which featured exceptional food at the dining hall. 

“Students got to meet with the director of the dining hall [Barry Bowles] and voice praise, questions and concerns,” Gutrich said.

The Social Concerns Council chair, junior Sam Moorhead, had an especially busy semester, Gutrich said. Moorhead promoted Support A Belle, Love a Belle – a week-long program that promoted mental-health awareness.

“One of the most popular events was the ‘Share your Story’ event, where a group of five students from a variety of years shared their own struggles and triumphs while dealing with mental illness,” Gutrich said. “This really showed how prevalent this issue is on campus but allowed students to bond together in a community of support for those struggling.”

Lauren Osmanski and Aneth Batamuliza, the Technology Committee’s co-chairs, maintained communication between the Office of Information Technology, SGA and the student body. 

“Our technology chairs have been working with [junior] Anna Ulliman, who interned with Google this summer, to promote technology on campus by hosting ‘Google talks,'” Gutrich said.

Gutrich said the Council will be especially busy planning campus-wide events next semester. 

“This summer will be the 50th year of the death of Sister Madeleva and will give Heritage Week a really special aspect this year,” Gutrich said. “Also, Love Your Body week is always an extremely popular event on campus. Various workout classes, discussion panels and alumnae speakers will be a part of the week this year.”

Grade: A

The Council of Committee Chairs has been one of the more successful councils in SGA this year, producing several campaigns on different issues.

Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edu