Student Forum Address

SGA President Sabrina Belleci gives a State of the Campus Address.

Today marks my first State of the Campus address to you.

When I first joined student government last year, I was critical of the way business was done. Students took a back seat and let SGA take control. The old board too often stated, “this is the way we have always done it,” but that is no longer true. This year SGA is full of new talent, new ideas and fresh faces. We embrace our diversity and have had some very open and honest discussions about our disagreements and we have been able to come together and do what’s right for the students.

I would like to talk with you tonight about what we have done – and can do – together, to ensure that SGA and SNC grows, strengthens, and continues to put students first.

Since the start of the year, we have passed a new budget, which shifts our focus to directly affect student’s involvement in on campus activities. We added several new positions such as department Senators and PR representatives so that SGA can be more effective at reaching students. We also consolidated our existing duties to improve efficiency.

Since August, we have given $500 to Ski & Board Club for the Further premiere, hosted here on campus and $1300 to Golf Club for a golf tournament. Those expenditures combined with field day is more funding going to clubs in two months then was spent in all of last year. We are working with Tribe of Many Nations to host the first Undie run,  which is Nov. 8 benefitting the Washoe Tribe of the Carson Valley.

At Casino night last Thursday we were able to raise over $1,500 for Project Mana, a local non profit and give out big prizes to students.

And in October, we had a record attendance at our mid-term study break. This clearly shows me we have a more involved student body.

I am proud to be able to say we accomplished all this while designating more funds to assist student-run clubs and activities.  These moves have helped us support one of the largest clubs the school has ever seen and to promote growth and development for new clubs.

This year SGA will do something that has never been done before. We will be attending a Student Government Association conference in February in hopes of obtaining skills that we can bring back to SNC and to help us lead and represent our students efficiently and confidently and make sure your voice is heard.

We hope through student involvement we will empower student organizations to reach out to and re-energize our student body on campus and in our community. And through our online platforms we will showcase everything SGA has to offer in an engaging, impactful way fully utilizing our website and various social media platformsand our talented students.

I am proud of the team we have put together to help move SGA forward. I am confident that over the remainder of this academic year, our board – a student involvement and community-focused SGA – will increase awareness, improve campus life, engage students, and build community here at SNC.

Tonight we will be seeking your support as we address issues of parking, food, the community, IVGID and anything else you have concerns about. This is your chance to ask questions to us and to our administrative representatives and voice your opinions and suggestions.  If you would like to see more from SGA or if you have enjoyed our events let us know. We would love to hear from you.

I thank you for being part of this, and I want to remind you SGA is fully committed to working with you, our students to get the job done.

Thank you.

-Sabrina Belleci