Stories from Ethan Castro
As the semester draws to a close, the newly elected Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) executive board is taking their formative steps to map out the direction they wish to take the organization in the coming year. Although the summer break creates an upset at the beginning of the new board’s tenure, it is imperative that the new heads of SGA form a solid understanding of the ideals and actions they wish to accomplish in the coming year.
As situations demand it, the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) reserves the right to create special committees for single, specific projects. Unlike the established SGA committees, such as academic affairs, communications, or student life, these special committees are created solely to facilitate a single project or action. In this instance, every spring semester, SGA creates an elections committee to ensure a smooth nomination, orientation, and voting process for the organization’s annual executive board elections.
On behalf of the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA), Senator Ethan Castro from the Stuart School of Business has taken efforts to create a student advisory board with the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC). His vision is that this advisory board will serve as an intermediary between the questions and concerns of the student body and the overall strategies and programs of the SHWC.
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During the weekend of February 18 to 19, the Illinois Tech Residence Hall Association (RHA) led a delegation of executive board members, resident advisors (RAs), and other residents to the Illinois Residence Hall Association (IRHA) conference hosted at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Illinois. The Illinois Tech delegation of ten students certainly made their best efforts to bring their school spirit, and it paid off.
On Tuesday, March 21 during the student lunch hour, the Student Government Association (SGA) Events Committee hosted another installment of the organization’s regular Town Hall forums. During these public events, staff from a particular university department are invited to come and host an open platform where students are welcome to come and voice their opinions or ask questions of that particular department.
The enchanting time is once again upon this campus. As of Sunday, February 19, nominations for the 2017-2018 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board are now open. Through an open Google form (that can be found under the “Students” section of Illinois Tech Today), any Illinois Tech student can nominate either themselves or a fellow student for any of the executive positions of SGA up until Sunday, March 12.
Thus far, coverage of the Illinois Institute of Technology Student Government Association (SGA) has focused on the four main committees of the Senate - Academic Affairs, Communications, Events, and Student Life. As prior articles have exemplified, these four committees serve the needs of the student body by creating projects and assigning senators to carry them out. However, the Senate is only one third of the Student Government Association body.
MyIIT cannot be ignored as a part of every student’s daily life at Illinois Tech. From accessing academic records or inputting work timetables to more recently having quick access to student organization information via Hawklink, MyIIT is an indispensable hub for student life within this university (assuming it is used properly). While there are many sources of suggestion for ways to have MyIIT better serve the student body, one such way Student Government Association (SGA) is seeking to improve the service is by having a dedicated SGA tab for easy access.
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