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Press Clipping: SGA Update at Morton College
This article from the Morton Collegian newspaper at Morton College mentions the American Student Government Association.

SGA Update at Morton College

By Katharine C Romero | Posted October 17, 2014

Greetings, Morton College students! As your Student Government Association (SGA) President for the 2014-2015 year, I am writing to update you on Student Government related issues and topics. I am proud to say that SGA has started off on a great note!

On Sept.17, SGA held Elections for the open Treasurer and Secretary positions that had not yet been filled from the Spring 2014 semester. We had an outstanding number of candidates that were higher than we have seen in years. I want to congratulate Samantha Gianan, the new Treasurer, and Alejandra Murillo, our new Secretary! We are excited to work with these two individuals as they have showed their true dedication from the start.

On Sept. 20, we were invited to participate in a Student Government / Student Trustee Exchange hosted at Joliet Junior College. I can honestly say that it was an amazing experience! All SGA boards and student trustees from community colleges throughout Illinois were able to swap ideas, discuss issues on their campuses, and network with one another.

In the coming months, we are working to collaborate with other colleges on events and community service projects. At the Exchange, we were also able to attend leadership workshops, one of which was held by our Student Activities Director and Leadership Assistant, Rodolfo Yañez.

The SGA Board was also heavily involved in planning Morton College’s fourth annual Student Leadership Conference with Student Activities and the first to be open to all students.  The SLC is meant to help students improve their leadership skills and to learn about their executive board member roles. SGA helped decide on the theme: “Step Into Success.”

I was able to host a workshop on how to be a student senator along with SGA Vice President Jesus Montero. We discussed the role and duties of the student senator and the importance of attending SGA meetings. We also established an incentive program where we encouraged all of the club members to attend. The club with the most members attended will get a pizza party on us!

We collaborated with the HOPE Scholarship Committee, which is run by student trustee Omar Ruiz, to provide three scholarships to undocumented students to attend Morton College. We helped fundraise for the “La Show Latino” comedy show hosted in the JPAC Theatre Oct. 10.

SGA established a small contest between clubs to help sell as many tickets as possible. Although the contest was not mandatory, many clubs such as Morton Ambassador’s Program (MAP), Morton College Radio, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and YELRS were more than happy to help fundraise. The club that sold the most tickets would earn a grand prize for their club!

This truly promoted club collaboration and it made students more excited to participate. All of the proceeds from the tickets and concessions sold at the event went toward the HOPE Scholarship.

Lastly, I am excited to announce that we will attend the American Student Government Association (ASGA) conference on Oct. 25 at Malcolm X College! This conference gives us an opportunity to meet and network with other SGA boards from universities, private colleges and community colleges nationwide.

This experience will teach us valuable lessons on improving student government, getting students to care about our Student Government and establishing better communication with our administration and staff. I am confident that after this conference, we will be able to have a greater impact on the Morton College student body and community.

I am proud to say that SGA is going to be hardworking and productive this year. We are learning many valuable lessons as we go, and with our outstanding level of work, this may be the best year yet!
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