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SGA President is announced

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The Student Government Association brought in new leaders for this upcoming academic year by having its annual Spring 2017 SGA Executive Board Elections. The new leaders were announced at Spring Day. The positions are Student Body President, Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Student Activities, Treasurer and Secretary.

This year the positions that were not the Student Body President ran unopposed. Luke Williams, junior and business management major, is the new SGA President. Levi Cochran, sophomore and business management major, is the Vice President of Administration. Jordan Beach, junior and communication and media studies major, is the Vice President of Student Activities. Bill Hess, junior and business management major, is the Treasurer, and Adrienne Lawrence, junior and music education major, is the Secretary.

Williams said, “Ultimately, I just want to serve my Reinhardt community. I’ve had a wonderful experience here and I want others to have the same. My parents raised me to serve others without asking for anything in return and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.” Williams is the current Vice President of Administration. He has a 4.0 GPA and he is an honors student.

Williams inspired Hess to run for treasurer. Hess believes that his other leadership experience and business classes  equipped him to fill this position. “I have a lot of knowledge with being the treasurer of the fraternity here on campus and my business classes have taught me a lot with accounts and finances,” said Hess.

Cochran said, “Running for VP was a goal of mine since I got to Reinhardt. I am just glad I got this opportunity so early in my college career. I believe I can offer this position enthusiasm and great work ethic. My excitement over having this position will most certainly guide me to use it to make decisions to better help the school and students.”

The students that forgot to vote online or at the Tarpley polls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. need to make it a priority to vote next year for the student representation of Reinhardt. Student elections are a perfect opportunity for the student voice to be heard.

Congratulations to all of this year’s elected leaders.

Written by: Deborah Dahn.

 

Campus events discussed at Student Government Association meeting

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The Student Government Association’s meeting accomplished the task of providing the funds necessary to further education and integrity through academic conferences, competitions and social events, such as card making and movie nights organized by the various clubs on campus.

Just as every previous Student Government Association (SGA) meeting begins, this one too began with an opening prayer delivered by Luke Williams before delving into approving funding for projects such as campus improvement, academic trips and club events.

SGA President Katie Purcell. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reed | Reinhardt University

Reinhardt has been making steps towards beautifying the campus and keeping it “University in a Park.” These steps have included placing trashcans in readily accessible places for students to drop their trash quickly and conveniently. A motion was made at the Jan. 30 meeting to purchase two more trashcans for $1,300, according to the unofficial minutes, one of which is to be placed near the Echo Garden to collect trash from students leaving the cafe inside the library.

After recapping upcoming events, including the Student Activities Council’s acoustic karaoke event and laser tag event coming up on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 respectively, Katie Purcell, senior and President of SGA, began discussing upcoming events and proposals. SGA will be hosting a Valentine’s Day event where students will have the opportunity to make cards that will then be donated to the Canton Nursing Home. This event is happening so SGA can “show students it’s the little things that matter and that paying it forward is very rewarding,” Purcell said.

African Descendants will also be holding a book stamping event from 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 to provide underprivileged students in Africa with reading materials. The “goal of this event is to provide an easy way for students to serve their community and to branch out beyond Waleska,” SGA member Adrienne Lawrence said.

According to the unofficial minutes of the Jan. 30 meeting, multiple clubs requested funding for projects including the Anime Club, which asked for $400 for a Valentine Movie Night; Pi Gamma Mu, the Social Behavior and Sciences Honor Society, which requested funds to travel to the Southeastern Psychological Convention for $1,986; and the Ultimate Frisbee team that asked for funds to pay the $150 enrollment fee in the Mars Hill University Conference. All requests were approved.

Purcell adjourned the meeting by providing instructions for those interested in running for office. Elections for the offices will be held April 3-5.

Student Government Association meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Nook.

Written by: Erin Laas.

Student senate election winners announced

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The winners of the Reinhardt University student senate election have been announced.

The 2016-2017 election, which took place Sept. 12-14, gave Reinhardt University students the opportunity to vote for representatives to fill several student positions in RU’s Student Government Association.  The winners are as follows:

  • Levi Cochran, Freshman male residence hall
  • Adrian Hayes, Upperclassman male residence halls
  • Hannah Hale, Freshman female residence halls
  • Aubrey Woods, Upperclassman female residence halls
  • Jorge Ramirez and Rebecca Braswell, Commuter representatives
  • Representative from each class:
    • Freshman: Wessly Soronellas
    • Sophomore: Avery Miller
    • Junior: Kristen Holder
    • Senior: Charlotte Davenport
  • Katie Hale, Intercollegiate Athletics Representative
  • Aleah Cooper and Talyn Owens, Two representatives from the student body at large

Owens, a sophomore sport studies major, saw the opportunity to serve as a way to give back.

“I want to be able to represent RU as a whole,” said Owens. “I feel that within this position, I will be able to get my name out there, to not only represent the school and company, but also my family.”

Following the results, Student Body President Katie Purcell offered her congratulations to all of the winners.

“I look forward to the upcoming year with these great leaders; I know we will accomplish a lot this year,” said Purcell. “I congratulate all of the winners on this opportunity to help voice student’s opinions, and I am excited to continue to improve SGA with these student leaders.”

Purcell also notes her satisfaction with the level of student involvement and support during the election process.

“We had about 150 students come out and vote for this Senate election,” said Purcell. “I was really pleased with the amount of applications we had for this election, and I hope it encourages other students to apply for future positions with Student Government.”

Although the elected positions have been filled, Purcell explained there are other ways students can get involved in SGA.

“Students need to know that our meetings are open; just because they aren’t on the senate doesn’t mean they can’t be there,” said Purcell. “I would encourage any student that would like to voice their opinion, or just sit in on a meeting, to come and join us on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in the Glasshouse.”

 

Written By: Adria Mulrooney. Photo Credit: Madeline Hervey

Getting involved in campus activities has benefits

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By Kelly Kipfer

Getting involved on campus has been a proven method for students to make new friends, learn new skills and become a part of the university they will call home for four years.

Involvement in campus activities can help students develop certain characteristics that will be useful for them in their future career and in life. According to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Dr. Walter May, student benefits include the development of “interpersonal skills, communication skills, and learning how to become dedicated and accountable.”

“There are learning outcomes associated with being involved in an organization,” he said.

Students who are involved in an organization or club tend to perform better in the classroom, resulting in having a higher GPA and being more satisfied with their college experience. Involved students can develop friendships and create new memories to keep with them for life, even after college.

Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Dr. May explained that leadership is a life skill that students can develop through involvement.

“There are two sets of skills,” he said. “There is what we call resumé skills and eulogy skills. Resumé skills are those that you learn from project management and people management. Eulogy skills are the ethics and the courage to make the right decisions.”

Student Body President Katie Purcell said involvement opened doors for experiences she otherwise would not have had.

“I have gained lifelong friends, real world experiences and had opportunities most people would never experience in their life. Being the representative of the student body is an honor and has taught me a lot about responsibility and trust. My goal is to lead other people into wanting leadership positions on campus to be able to have the same experiences as I have,” said Purcell.

Reinhardt University has more than 50 organizations and clubs, including 14 national honor societies, four club sports, leadership clubs and academic organizations. There is something for everyone.

Reinhardt students can join an existing club by simply attending the club’s meetings. Students can find a list of existing clubs and their advisors by going to the Reinhardt website, looking at the left side of the page and clicking on the club or organization that they are interested in. Club pages include contact information for the advisor(s). Students can email the advisor to find out about meeting dates.

If a student has an interest that isn’t represented by an existing club, that individual can start their own club. To propose a new club or organization, students need to work with the Office of Student Affairs. Information on the process is available on the Reinhardt website. The process begins with the completion of a Club and Organization Recognition Form, that is reviewed by the Student Activities Council once submitted. To be recognized at Reinhardt, the following is required:

  • A club must have an advisor/sponsor
  • A club must have at least 10 members
  • A club needs to have some type of mission statement that can fit into Reinhardt University’s mission statement and purpose.

Once a club is approved by the Student Activities Council, students can request funding from the Student Government Association.

Many universities list social fraternities and sororities as clubs and organizations but Reinhardt does not currently have either. However, Dr. May said Greek life is expected  to come to Reinhardt  in 2018.

“The larger the university grows, the more opportunity there will be for students to get involved,” he said.

The Eagle Eye will report on any further developments regarding the future of Greek life on campus.

 

Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer