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   October 2001                The idea of a "National Student Government" organization is broached on Student Leader magazine's e-mail list, leading to hundreds of letters from list members and some heated discussion.
 
   December 2001            Several of the Student Leader e-mail list members create a second e-mail list to exclusively discuss the formation of a national Student Government, and discussion rages on that list.
 
   Spring 2002                   Student Leader writes a major article about the pro's and con's of starting another national student group and how it would be structured. Student Leader conducts research on the other national and regional "student-oriented organizations" as part of the reporting for this article.
 
   Summer 2002                Project Manager Vince Brown suggests that Oxendine Publishing and Student Leader magazine are the best-equipped organizations in America to found and administer a national group serving Student Governments.
 
   Summer/Fall 2002       Student Leader Editor in Chief Butch Oxendine discusses the possibility of starting a new organization during workshops he leads nationwide at leadership conventions and conferences, such as COSGA, the National Leadership Conference on Student Governments, and consulting trips such as the University of Kentucky's SG Retreat.
 
   January 2003                Student Leader sets up a survey about the proposed American Student Government Association, eventually leading to responses from 225 institutions of all types nationwide by November 2003.
 
   January 2003                 The ASGA team writes ASGA business plan, considers benefits, services, and resources, researches membership dues structure, starts work on ASGA logo and letterhead, learns from other national and regional organizations, and solicits feedback from trusted allies.
 
   February 2003              Student Leader's Butch Oxendine meets with and solicits advice and feedback from the Executive Director of the American Student Association for Community Colleges in Orem, Utah to consider an alliance, and also meets with a top student affairs professional from Kansas State University, the leader of the National Leadership Conference on Student Governments, in Kansas City, Missouri.
 
   March 2003                    Student Leader and Oxendine Publishing, Inc., after careful research, planning, surveying, and outreach, decide to proceed with launching the American Student Government Association.
 
   March 7, 2003               Art Director Jeff Riemersma receives an unsolicited e-mail about CentralPoint, software that will allow Student Leader to easily and quickly develop the ASGA web resource without having to hire programmers to develop a membership-system from scratch.
 
   March 12, 2003             Student Leader receives final ASGA logo from Logoworks.
 
   March-April 2003          Student Leader and Florida Leader run ads in their spring editions promoting the formation of this new organization, encouraging students and advisors to participate in the ASGA survey.
 
   April 22, 2003                Oxendine Publishing, Inc. signs contract with Oxcyon to develop ASGA's web resource using the company's CentralPoint contact management software. Development of the site begins in earnest immediately.
 
   April 25, 2003                The University of Richmond becomes the first institution of any kind to commit to becoming an ASGA member.
 
   August 8, 2003              VoteNet becomes the first official ASGA Sponsor.
 
   September 21, 2003    ASGA is unofficially unveiled during Leadership Day at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. La Salle's SGA is also named the first "SG of the Month."
 
   October 9-12, 2003      ASGA is officially unveiled during the 25th annual "National Leadership Conference on Student Governments" in St. Louis, Missouri. Executive Director Butch Oxendine and Project Manager Vince Brown produce a video introduction, have an exhibit, and lead workshops about ASGA at this event.
 
   November 15, 2003     ASGA officially has 88 Founding Members from 26 states, moving rapidly toward the pre-launch goal of 100 Founding Members.
 
   December 22, 2003      ASGA officially has 98 Founding Members from 27 states, closing in on the pre-launch goal of 100 Founding Members. 198 institutions nationwide have participated in the ASGA survey.
 
   March 17, 2004             ASGA officially launches with 105 members representing 30 states. Membership is now open to any and all Student Governments nationwide.
 
 

 

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The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.

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