Office of the MSG Executive Board, Monday, February 13, 2006
The American Student Government Association's (ASGA) has named the Mercyhurst Student Government as its Government of the Month for February.
The ASGA is the nation's largest student leadership organization, created in 2003, which boasts 294 member institutions. MSG was one of the founding institutions and has taken an increased role in ASGA throughout this past year.
In September, five MSG members and advisor Darcey Kemp attended the ASGA National Summit in Washington, D.C., with nearly 300 other student leaders.
During the 2005-06 academic year MSG undertook several new initiatives aimed at resolving past issues and creating new possibilities. Topping MSG's agenda was to revise and update its constitution.
"With immense care and diligence we have produced a constitution that will govern MSG for the remainder of its existence," said Vice President Michael Nichols, who has led the revision efforts from the start. ASGA's professional consultant Chris Jachimowicz helped with the revision.
Another significant change for MSG has been the creation of a finance code, a document governing the way the organization operates financially.
"For the history of this organization, there have been a lot of unwritten rules that were just 'supposed' to be followed,” said Treasurer Ryan Palm. "I took the initiative to compile those rules and best practices into a complete document and also incorporate major changes in the way that we fund our Recognized Student Clubs & Organizations (RSCOs)."
A major part of a year-long effort to better inform the student body has been the creation of a new Website at .
In the past, the MSG section on LakerNet has not met its needs. This year MSG took a giant step towards increasing student awareness. "We are really happy to be able to communicate electronically with the student body, and what we have now is just the beginning of what we can do with the website," said Palm.
MSG has also completed a number of smaller, yet important, projects impacting the campus community.
President Dan Schuler spearheaded a revitalization of the Tree Lighting Ceremony in early December, MSG’s committees have been working on College Services Evaluation which will soon be presented to the college administration, and MSG representatives have also been serving one hour per week in the new Representative Office in the MSG hallway in the top floor of the Student Union.
"We are currently working on a College Services Evaluation, which rates many of the college services from a student perspective. This year, through a coordinated effort, the evaluation is coming together as the combined work of our representatives through their various committees. We anticipate that it will not only serve as a guide for MSG over the next year or two, but also serve as a guide for the college," commented President Dan Schuler.
Also, the group has purchased a new mounted projector and a series of international flags for the Student Union Great Room, installed a new print station in the Student Union, and updated and installed new reader-boards both in the Laker Inn and the Egan Cafeteria.