Welcome Back Picnic
The Student Government Association in connection with the Garrett Hill and Bryn Mawr community hosted the third annual welcome back picnic in an effort to build relationships between off-campus Villanova students living in the area and the permanent residents of Garrett Hill and Bryn Mawr. This is a result of the efforts of SGA over the past several years to strengthen the relationship with the surrounding residents.
Spin-art booth in O-town
SGA set-up a spin-art booth at this year’s Special Olympics. This gave SGA members an opportunity to volunteer and support other student run activities across campus.
Members of the Community Relations committee of SGA volunteered at the annual Radnor Run on October 30 (at 5:30 am!), whose proceeds benefit Lung Cancer research. Students served as course marshals and assisted in the set-up and clean-up of the event.
Civic Duty Awareness
SGA members raised civic awareness by registering freshmen to vote and inviting them to attend a debate featuring six out of eight local commissioner candidates. On Election Day SGA provided transportation to polling locations so that students could participate in the Ward 7 commissioner election.
VSB Senators’ Food Drive
Throughout the months of October and November, the VSB Senators coordinated a non-perishables food drive with a VSB-affiliated charity, Fiorenza’s Food for Friends. The drive was structured as a competition between the classes with bins provided for each year.
Dining Services Thank You
Members of SGA’s Dining Services committee said thank you to all the hard-work of our Dining Services workers through gifts of candy and cookies at Christmas and Valentine’s Day. These staff members keep Villanova students well-fed everyday so SGA wanted to show our appreciation for them.
Education Reform Awareness
The Committee on Mission and Social Justice has been trying to raise awareness amongst students about education and education reform. In February, the committee hosted two related events with Teach for America: a screening of Waiting for Superman, in addition to a panel event entitled, “Zip Code, Income, and Race: Determinants of Educational Opportunity,” featuring Villanova graduates currently serving for Teach for America and Dr. Carol Anthony. The Committee has also been working with The Supply to raise awareness of the power of education in third-world countries. An event is in the works featuring this cause in mid-April.
Intellectual Climate Updates
Members of the Intellectual Climate committee have been working on the potential reform of Villanova’s teacher evaluation forms (CATS). This includes the questions asked, targeting specific majors, and increasing student awareness of importance of scores on teacher’s salary and tenure opportunities.
Athletic Committee Shows School Spirit
SGA’s Athletic Committee volunteers its time at each basketball game to “swipe” students’ ids at the men and women’s basketball games. This spring Athletics will help raise awareness and support of Villanova men’s lacrosse team.
Residence Life Resolving Technology Issues
SGA Residence Life members have worked with the Director of UNIT, and other technology related Directors to resolve technology related issues involving campus residents. As a result, computers in the Donohue dining hall will be replaced and printing issues will be addressed. In addition teams will be sent to South Campus Residence Halls to resolve problems students are facing with their wireless connections. This effort is expected to expand to main campus and west campus residence halls as well.
Class Council News
Throughout the fall semester each class council sponsored a town hall style meeting for members of their class year. This event was a great forum for students to express any issues or suggestions they had to make their Villanova experiences better. It also allowed for the classes to bond, organize class specific social events, service days and create class t-shirts.
The Senior Class Council has been working on exclusive senior events throughout the year. These include “Welcome Back Senior” nights during the first and second semesters, co-sponsorship of a 100 Days until graduation celebration and more senior events to come in the spring.
Spring Food Fest
This spring SGA’s Dining Services committee will host its second annual Food Fest. This event is sponsored by local eating establishments and Villanova’s Dining Services. Students donate a small fee to participate and proceeds go to the Philabundance charity.