Student Government Association

For more information about Student Government Association please contact our Student Life Coordinator, Genny Stevens. 309.341.5332, gstevens@sandburg.edu

 

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About SGA

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the officially recognized student governance body for Carl Sandburg College. SGA is composed of no more than 15 elected senators and five executive officers. Elections are held each fall. SGA serves as a liaison between the student body and the College, governs student organizations, and assists with Office of Student Life events.  SGA Constitution

SGA Executive Board

The SGA Executive Board consists of (5) elected officers: President, Vice President, Student Trustee, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Student Trustee is elected in April serving a 1-year term while the other officers are elected in September, serving the 9-month academic year.

 

2016-2017 Officers

  • Melissa Paris, President
  • Braden Myler, Vice President
  • Skye Swearingen, Student Trustee
  • Ryan Rutledge, Secretary/Treasurer

Student Trustee

 

The Position

By law, colleges are required to have student representation on the Board of Trustees governing the institution. This position, Student Trustee, is not only important to administration but also to the students.

The Student Trustee position requires a strong commitment of time and energy on the part of the student. It is the most unique experience a student can have at the community college and could possibly be the most rewarding.

 

Term of Office

The board of trustees is comprised of seven trustees elected at-large from Community College District 518. An eighth trustee is the student trustee elected by the student body, who has an advisory vote. Trustees serve six-year terms on a rotating basis. Student trustees are elected annually and seated in April.

The student trustee will serve a term of office of one (1) year beginning in April. The student must be able to fulfill the year long term.

 

Responsibilities
  • Attend the Board of Trustee meetings held once a month, in addition to 2-3 possible other meetings, which could be scheduled within one month.
  • Develop a Student Trustee report to present at Board of Trustee meetings to share information on behalf of the student body. This report will keep the Board apprised of issues and events occurring within the student community.
  • Reading many college documents, discussing recommendations on the operation of the college.
  • Serving on Student Government and attending weekly meetings to report on issues relating to the student population from the Board of Trustees.
  • Meeting regularly with the Coordinator of Student Life and others upon request.
  • Attending regional, state and national meetings as the student representative for Sandburg with the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee (ICCB-SAC).
  • Working with Student Government to keep students in the communication loop about things happening at Sandburg.
  • Working with Student Government to promote the role of Student Trustee and seek interested replacements for the position before the term ends.
  • Participating in the Spring Commencement Ceremony (held in May) as part of the stage party.

 

Qualifications
  • Student must have earned nine (9) college credit hours at Sandburg and must be enrolled for six (6) or more hours each semester of their term.
  • Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Student must be in good standing as defined by the current Student Code of Conduct.
  • Student can NOT have any Student Code of Conduct violations.

 

Selection Process for Student Trustee
  • Students interested in this position can be nominated by a Sandburg staff or faculty member OR apply directly for the position.
  • The interested student will submit: A Declaration of Candidacy Packet which includes an application, a short essay, a letter of recommendation from a current staff or faculty member, and resume.
  • All students who have successfully submitted their Declaration of Candidacy Packet by the posted deadline will be officially listed on the ballot for election.
  • The election will run for a duration of (1) week in early April. A public forum will be held before the election begins for candidates to announce their intent to run and share with the student community why they wish to serve as student trustee.
  • Candidates will be given an election petition on the first day of the election with which they must collect at least (50) unique signatures of currently enrolled Sandburg students. All election petitions are due back to the Office of Student Life by 4pm on the final day of the election.
  • Candidates may campaign up through the end of the election. Candidates may use personal social media sites for promotion. Candidates may not post or comment of their candidacy on the official Carl Sandburg College social media sites or website. Candidates may create flyers or promotional materials to post on campus, but must get them approved through Marketing before posting. Campaigning must remain clean, fair, and not used as a means to attack another opponent. Slander, defamation of character, or any other kind of bad-mouthing of another candidate will not be tolerated and will be grounds for forfeiture of candidacy and removal from the election.
  • Selection of the Student Trustee will occur after the petitions have been tabulated and it has been determined one candidate has collected the most unique signatures from the student community.

 

Timeline

March 1 - Declaration of Candidacy Packets Open/Available

March 30 - Declaration of Candidacy Packets Due

March 31 - Mandatory Student Trustee Candidate Meeting

April 3 or 4 - Public Forum of Student Trustee Candidates

April 5-12 - Student Trustee Election

April 15 - Student Trustee term begins

*Dates subject to change depending on the academic calendar.

 

Current Student Trustee

2017-2018 - Donyae Payton

 

Past Student Trustees

2016-2017 - Skye Swearingen

2015-2016 - Mia Ismal

2014-2015 - Blas Nache

2013-2014 - Tanner Nygard

2012-2013 - Rachel Grzela

2011-2012 - Pam Eaves

2010-2011 - Joe Gembala

 

For more information:

Office of Student Life

B 56, Student Center

309.341.5332

gstevens@sandburg.edu

Join as a Student Senator!

Students may join SGA as a student senator if they do not wish to run for office and still want to be involved. Student senator serve as a voting member of SGA and as a voice for the Sandburg student community. Up to 15 students may serve as a senator. Interested students may fill out the Student Senator Application below and submit it to Genny Stevens, SGA advisor. SGA Executive Board will review the applications and select students to serve in SGA. SGA Advisor can be contacted at 309.341.5332 or gstevens@sandburg.edu or Office B 56.

How to Become a Student Senator for SGA.doc

Student Senator Application.doc

Meetings

SGA meeting dates and times are determined at the beginning of each semester. See the current semester meeting date and time below. All students are encouraged to attend to discuss current campus issues, upcoming student events and student leadership opportunities. Guest speakers, including faculty/staff, are welcome to attend upon invitation by an SGA member. Can't make a meeting but would like to talk with SGA member about your idea or issue? Email us your information at sga@sandburg.edu!

2016-2017 General Assembly Meetings

Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the Month

12:15 p.m., C 102

  • October 3 & 17, 2016
  • November 7 & 21, 2016
  • December 5, 2016
  • No meetings in January
  • February 6 & 20, 2017
  • March 6 & 20, 2017
  • April 3 & 17, 2017
  • May 1, 2017