The 2011-2012 Student Government was sworn in during Monday night’s meeting.
SGA President Jessica Krayson swore in the new president, junior Todd Foy, who ran unopposed for the seat. Foy then swore-in the 2011-2012 SGA executive board.
The first order of business was electing senate chair and senate secretary. Senator Jason Brown nominated Korinna Dennehey for senate chair, and President Foy nominated Rachel Kish. Senator Cat Chaput nominated Brown, who respectfully declined because he holds another e-board position. After deliberation among the SGA body, Foy announced Kish to be the new senate chair.
For the senate secretary seat, Student Trustee Jaynelle Bellemore nominated senator Jake Powers and Foy nominated Dennehey. Powers was chosen for secretary seat.
Foy addressed all present with a short inaugural speech.
“The university is evolving right before our eyes,” he said. “And the beauty of it all is that we, as students, have the power to influence it.”
Foy said he foresees many opportunities for students to influence MCLA over the next year, including making the Green Team a bigger part of the campus community, forming an SGA Residential Programs and Services committee, and creating a LGBTQ resource center.
“The decisions we make and the actions we take here will shape the MCLA of the 21st century,” Foy said. “But we should not be frightened by that. Rather, we should accept that challenge and meet it head on. We are inspired. We are invigorated. We are ready.”
The 2011-2012 SGA e-board consists of: President Todd Foy, Executive Vice President Stephanie Esposito, Coordinating Vice President Jackie Nash, and Student Trustee Jaynelle Bellemore. The Senate at-large representatives are Tyeson Belle, Jason Brown, Catt Chaput, Korinna Dennehey and Hanna Sterns. The Athlete Senate Seat is Dan Saunders, the Greek Senate Representative is Christopher Hantman, and the Commuter Senate seat is Sara Grimaldi. Class of 2013 senators are Juwonni Cottle and Nashua Rosa. Class of 2014 Senators are Rachel Kish and Jake Powers.