Executive Board Positions 2016-2017 Administration

By Christina Maloney & Lauren Wanless

Interested in applying for SGA's Executive Board but don't really know what the positions are or what they entail? Here's a summary of each of the e-board positions, as well as the names of those who currently hold those positions.

The President of the Student Government Association: this person is the official representative of the student body to the college and other groups. Duties include the authority to enforce, recommend, and veto all laws and enactments of the Student Senate, as well as report to the Student Senate with recommendations for certain actions or the creation of special committees and their authorities. With the power to introduce legislation for approval from the Student Senate, the President submits nominations for student representatives to the Standing Committees of the College and SGA Executive Cabinet members. The President also serves on the Appropriations Board and sits on the Campus Activities E-Board.

Current President: Nolan Varee

The Vice-President of the Student Government Association: this person serves as the President of the Student Senate, a member of the Campus Activities Board Executive Board, and on the Appropriations Board. The Vice President has the responsibility of delegating Student Senators to the committees of the Senate. In the event that the SGA President is absent or the position becomes vacant, the Vice-President has the option of assuming all duties.

Current Vice President: Brian Salvie

The Chairperson of the Welfare Committee: this person maintains a working relationship with the Dean of Students and reports weekly to the Student Senate. Responsible for organizing and managing the lost and found center in the Geisel Library, this person sends weekly emails to the student body reporting missing items.

Current Chairperson of the Welfare Committee: Chris Griebel

The Chairperson of the Academic Committee: this person works with the Dean of the College and reports weekly to the Student Senate.

Current Chairperson of the Academic Committee: Kristine Adams

The Chairperson of the Room and Board Committee: this person works with the Directors of Residence Life and Dining Service and reports updates to the Student Senate on a weekly basis.

Current Chairperson of the Room and Board Committee: Sheila Ramirez

The Secretary of Programming and the Assistant Secretary: these secretaries serve as the Chairperson of the Campus Activities Board Executive Committee, overseeing the programs, its Sub-Committee Chairpersons, and working with the Treasurer to balance a budget. The Secretary also holds weekly meetings with the Director of Student Activities and Assistant Director, as well as meetings with the Campus Activities Board Executive Committee and Board members.

Current Secretary of Programming: Rachel Follett

The Treasurer of the Student Government Association: this person is responsible for handling all fiscal affairs of SGA. They are the Chairperson of the Finance Committee and must report weekly to the Student Senate. In addition, the Treasurer serves on the Appropriation Advisory Board and is the sole distributor of Activities Fee money granted to campus clubs and organizations through Appropriations.

Current Treasurer of the Student Government Association: JJ Courtney

The Secretary of Internal Procedures: this person is responsible for overseeing all SGA elections. They are the Chairperson of the Internal Procedures Committee and must report weekly to the Student Senate. The Secretary of Internal Procedures is responsible for the enforcement and provisions of the Constitution: they handle any disciplinary matters of SGA, maintains the Constitution, advises the Student Senate in all matters concerning the Constitution.

Current Secretary of Internal Procedures: Emily Mazza

The Secretary of Public Relations: this person is responsible for the proper advertising of SGA, assists all branches of SGA with public relations, runs all social media pages in relation to SGA (Facebook, Twitter, and SGA Blog), and reports weekly to the Student Senate. The Secretary of Public Relations is the Chairperson of the Public Relations Committee, which is compromised of the four Class Council Secretaries, Secretary General, Social Media Coordinator, and Publications (Crier) Liaison. They also oversee the Hilltop Rewards Program.

Current Secretary of Public Relations: Christina Maloney

The Secretary of Club Affairs: this person reports weekly to the Student Senate and oversees all non-financial matters involving clubs and organizations on campus. They assist new and existing clubs with their constitutions, review, approve (or reject) community service applications for clubs and organizations and submit a list of those who have completed the requirement to the Finance Committee by the first day of Appropriations. Must organize and run a monthly Club President’s meeting throughout the academic year.

Current Secretary of Club Affairs: Tyler Pare

Vice Secretary of Club Affairs: Andrew Keyes

The Secretary General: this person takes the attendance and meeting minutes of both the Student Senate and Executive Board meetings. They shall distribute the Student Senate meetings to the student body, record all amendments, resolutions or other legislation passed by the Student Senate. The Secretary General shall also serve as a member on the Public Relations Committee.

Current Secretary General: Cassandra Mitchell

The Chief of Staff: this person is appointed by the SGA President and Vice President and is confirmed by the Student Senate by a three-fifths majority. They shall report to directly to the SGA President and Vice President, help seek out Executive Board candidates, organize leadership conferences as well as SGA’s annual retreat, troubleshoot with Executive Board members and attend the weekly Student Senate Meetings.

Current Chief of Staff: Kelsey Fair

Up & Coming Club Showcase: Green Team

The Green Team is a new club at Saint Anselm College made up of students who are dedicated to improving the environment and making the world a better place to live today, and for generations to come. The group looks to make positive changes around campus; this semester, their main focus is on water. At meetings, discussion topics have been as specific as students’ water bottle habits at the college or as broad as the dependence on water by human beings as a whole. So far, the group has put on multiple events to teach Saint Anselm students about the importance of water.

On April 15, the Green Team showed the film “Watermark” in Perini Hall. The documentary displays how humans are shaped by water and how their use of it affects the environment all around the world. According to Christina Coronis, Vice President of the Green Team, “[the film] was very beautiful and I recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about the importance of water”. The stunning footage and visuals in the film show how much we as humans are impacted by water in our daily lives.

Earth Day is very significant to the Green Team, which is why they chose to hold two important events that day. One was the ribbon cutting for the new water refill stations. The ceremony took place in the gym in the Carr Center, however there are two other stations in the Cushing Center and the lower level of Alumni Hall. Working with Take Back the Tap, a national organization dedicated to reducing the use of plastics, one being plastic water bottles, the Green Team, SGA, the Environmental Stewardship Committee, and Physical Plant hope to spread awareness of the issues created by bottled water and show that it is in fact not better than tap water. The groups promoted this idea by giving away free reusable water bottles to all those who attended the ribbon cutting. The second event on Earth Day was an interesting and informative presentation by Dr. Jim Haney, a biologist from the University of New Hampshire. He spoke about cyanobacteria and biotoxins found in lakes.

The Green Team hopes to put on many more events around campus and have also talked about possible off-campus trips in the future. Any student interested in joining the Green Team is encouraged to contact Christina or President, Emily Erickson. The group is always open to new members and new ideas.

Getting to Know the Varee, Salvie Administration

Lauren Wanless '17 recently sat down for an interview with Student Government Association Student Body President Nolan Varee, '16. Varee and Student Body Vice President Brian Salvie '16 will serve through the 2015-2016 academic year.

Saint Anselm SGA 2015-16What are your goals as student body president?

Some goals that I have for the upcoming year include forming a new student committee to allow students to have a large input in the renovations of our student center. It's important that students have a say in what goes into the new center. Another goal would be to do more in terms of student activities around campus. While CAB currently does a great job putting on events throughout the year, it is my hope that SGA can take a larger role in promoting events and activities for students on campus. The biggest goal is to have more students involved with the decision making processes that are available to us as students including SGA, CAB, and other student organizations that have the ability to provide services and activities for students.

Nolan Varee '16How will you to get more students involved in the changes you hope to make for the school?

I hope to do this by creating an atmosphere on campus where students realize that our ability to promote the changes that we want to see on campus is real and when for everyone to see that when students speak those in the administration will listen. We all talk about what could make this a better campus, I want students to realize that we can push to make the changes we want to see with more voices and more involvement.

As a politics major, what have you learned in the classroom that you can apply during your time as president?

Well, I haven't studied any actions of student body presidents while they were in that office, but my classes have certainly taught me a lot on the subject of working with others to move plans forward. Beyond classes in politics, the small class settings that we get on this campus have helped me to learn how to sit at a table with people who may disagree with my views on a topic, hear what they have to say, and work to come to terms with the views of those around me.

How will your previous involvement in SGA and other experience in politics help you now as president?

Having a basic understanding of how SGA works will help both Brian and I to work through the processes that are currently in place to take the actions we hope to take, but I do not think that previous involvement is absolutely necessary to helping us move our ideas forward. I hope to make it clear to everyone on campus that it does not take previous involvement in student government to get involved now. It is my hope that by the end of our term in office, students will view SGA as a body where any student can go to for help regarding any needs they may have on campus.

How will you and Brian work together to make the Saint Anselm College community a better place for students, faculty, and visitors?

Brian and I will work very hard to ensure that the needs and wants of those students who choose to come to SGA for guidance will be heard by those who have the ability to act on their behalf. We are very excited to get to work on our plans, and we hope that everyone in our community will make it a point to come to us in SGA if there is anything that we can do to help in any situation. We want SGA to be a more student centered organization than it has been in the past, and we will work hard to see that accomplished.

Interview with Vice-President, Salvie '16

What are your goals as student body vice president?

My goals as student body vice president are focused around the students (as they should be!).  I want to do everything in my power to bring students together and make sure that the administration lets the student body know that they are priority number one.  I will do this by working with CAB to improve already popular events such as CABINGO.  I'll form a committee of students focused on setting a fire under the administration's pants in regard to the new student center that we were promised.  We in SGA have the power (and duty) to be the fly in the administration's ear, encouraging them to put the students first.

Brian Salvie '16Considering Nolan is a politics major and you hope to make SGA less political, how will you find a balance between your individual goals and work together to make decisions about the future of Saint Anselm College?

Nolan and I won't have to find a balance between our individual goals!  We are very like minded in our goals in that we both want to improve and continue existing traditions and events, work closely with the college's administration, and make the student body more vocal regarding their wants and needs.  We will work off of one another's strengths, because that's how the best teams function.  Nolan and I are on the same page in that we want to build a very transparent, "no strings attached" SGA; we simply have different majors.

As an RA, is there anything you see involving students, dorm buildings, etc. that you wish to change as the newly elected VP? If so, what would you like to change?

Yes!  As an RA one of my many responsibilities involve relaying maintenance requests that my peers send to me, up to my supervisor, who sends them up the ladder, where they go on a list, are fulfilled, then sent all the way back down AND up the ladder again to confirm that they were completed.  There has to be an easier way!  I want to figure out a more direct route.  Be it though an app or public spread sheet, Nolan and I want to somehow give everyone a direct portal through which they can report maintenance needs.

How will your experience as class senator help you as vice president?

As a class senator one of my responsibilities was to attend Senate every weekend.  As Vice President I run the senate, and plan on challenging the class councils to contribute not only to their class, but to the student body as a whole.  I fully intend to give class councils minor tasks every week in senate that will contribute to what Nolan, the Executive Board, and I are trying to accomplish.  Many hands make for light work!

How do you hope to get all students involved in the decision making process regarding the issues and improvements for our school?

Aside from forming committees of students and working tirelessly to get a student in on Board of Trustee meetings, I will personally set up anonymous surveys that will go out to the student body, nearly weekly.  These surveys will cover everything from ordering common concerns by priority, to choosing specifics of events, to evaluating the performance of the School's administration and the SGA administration under Nolan and I.  It will be my job to give all students the opportunity to be heard, and their job to speak!