Michael Marafino | Staff Writer
Students want their voices heard. The Student Government Association (SGA) allows students to vocalize their opinions and concerns and have them heard by the faculty and other committees. It acts as the bridge between the students and the Duquesne University Administration.
Students from several schools of study at the university are able to represent the needs and concerns of other students, constituents and members of the school of study.
The current SGA at Duquesne is working on several projects, such as the Book Loan program, according to SGA President Oliva Erickson. According to the university’s website, “The Duquesne University Student Book Loan Program is a student-driven initiative by the Student Government Association (SGA) that seeks to assist in purchasing University Core Curriculum textbooks for all Duquesne University students.”
Erickson also discussed the Mosaic project which is still in progress. This venture allows students, faculty and anyone else to submit, with a donation of $35, a photo to be included in a mosaic on the third floor of the Union. The SGA is encouraging more students to become involved during this semester to expand the program.
SGA is also cosponsoring a PB&J lunch with Commuter Affairs next Wednesday, Jan. 24.
The Fireside Chats with President Ken Gormley will be making one or two more returns to the campus this semester to discuss Gormley’s Strategic Plan for Duquesne and to answer any questions or concerns from students.
Erickson discussed student involvement and activities.
“SGA is becoming more involved with Career Development in providing student feedback and activities, in addition to promoting the Open House on Jan. 30th,” she said.
“We are also seeking to enhance voter engagement on campus by sending a student representative to a voter engagement conference in addition to a student serving on the AICUP Student Aid Advocacy Council, a lobbying committee regarding financial aid,” she said.
SGA is looking for more students to become involved. As Erickson said, “Our attendance this year has been fantastic. We have a few schools with full Senate seats but are always happy to see new faces wanting to get involved.”