Monday, 10 September 2007 01:00
This is a time of many “firsts” for the students and staff of Georgia Gwinnett College. Perhaps one of the most exciting and meaningful of those is the creation of the College’s first-ever Student Government Association (SGA), which is well on its way to developing new programs, clubs, and traditions that are sure to go down in GGC history.
To formally recognize and celebrate the establishment of the SGA, student officers from the organization will present its inaugural constitution to GGC’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Stas Preczewski for signing at a formal press conference on September 12 at 10:30 a.m. The signing will take place in the B-Building Board Room on GGC’s 200-acre campus in Lawrenceville.
“This event signifies the true beginning of the SGA at Georgia Gwinnett College,” says Dr. Thomas Hancock, professor of psychology and faculty advisor to the SGA. “They are truly an amazing group of students. I’ve had the privilege of watching them discuss and resolve some complicated issues, and to found their inaugural constitution. Now they will have the opportunity to further dedicate their energy toward the needs of our students.”
With six student officers on board now and more to come this fall, the SGA is already having an impact. “One of the SGA’s roles is to provide the much needed information to help facilitate the creation of new organizations,” Hancock says. “Concerning the number of new clubs on the horizon, the possibilities are endless. With the arrival of our first freshman class, I have a strong feeling that we will see an immediate and significant increase in student clubs.”
Including SGA, six clubs have already been formed on campus. The others include: Biology Club, Psychology Club, the Organization of Latin American Students, Georgia Gwinnett Golden Guild (Four G’s), and SCRUBS (Starting Careers and Research Using a Bachelor of Science).
“Our SGA is committed to helping every student be involved, both on campus and in the larger community,” says Andrea Ide, a 22-year-old psychology major and one of the founding members of the SGA.
In addition to facilitating the start-up of new clubs, the SGA provides a collective voice and support network for the students of GGC. “Our main goal all along has been to be the voice of the student body at GGC” says Ide. “This is such an important thing for SGA, because not every student has the time or desire to play an active role in the student government or other organizations, but every student should have the ability and means to have his or her opinion heard.”
The SGA relays student views to administrators and organized governing bodies, and helps the College operate more effectively and efficiently in the interest of students. It’s also committed to improving students’ academic welfare by developing better educational standards, facilities, and teaching methods.
“Being part of the first-ever SGA is beyond exciting,” says Rico Torres, a 22-year-old business major and member of the SGA. “It’s one thing to be a student, but it’s another thing to be involved in the inner workings of the College. I love the support the College is providing, and they definitely rely on us—the SGA—to represent the voices of the students.”
Ide, who serves as secretary of the SGA, says the task of creating the documents and foundation for the organization, and writing its constitution, was a most “difficult task,” but that it was also an “amazing process, knowing that we were creating a government that will serve this school for many years to come.”