Here’s a list of what SGA is currently working on:
Admissions Records Access: Under FERPA, students have the right to access the information which admissions personnel use to decided their entry into Colgate, but Colgate supposedly handles this content electronically and purges it after the student arrives. SGA is investigating whether this information can be retained for transparency and accountability in the admissions process. Contact Phuong Mac or Molly Nelson with any questions.
Before I Graduate Wall: What are the most important things to do at Colgate before graduation. This display will be featured in Donovan’s Pub. Contact Sophie Grayer for more information.
Composter: Colgate has pledged to have zero net carbon emission by the end of 2019. Composting our food waste from Frank, the COOP, and Donovan’s is one significant step we are taking to reduce our refuse and achieve our goal. Contact Christina Weiler to learn more.
Cruiser Routes and Schedules: The cruiser is an essential mode of transportation for many Colgate students, but where exactly should they travel and when? The cruiser is contracted through First Transit, which SGA will be working with to update routes and schedules. If you have any thoughts on the matter, let Ayah Elarabi, Muna Gure, or Micah Dirkers know!
Department Mentors: We have over fifty departments at Colgate, which are traditionally run by faculty and staff. SGA is meeting with Colgate’s departments to institute student department mentors, seniors or juniors who have extensive experience with a particular department on campus who would be able to answer questions. Let Doug Whelan know if you have any questions!
Flags in Frank: SGA is tasked with maintaining the flag display in Frank to accurately represent our students’ home countries. This year, we are updating the flag display and adding more flags for better representation. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Usman Ahmad or Thomas Dunia.
Governance Board Membership: The governance boards, administrative bodies which directly effect University policy change or bring motions for change before the faculty for evaluation, have historically had only 3-4 student representatives. Increasing student membership on these governance boards will allow students to have a more prominent voice and to more directly contribute to change. Interested in learning more? Contact Luke Myers or Micah Dirkers for more information.
Humans of Madison Country: To tell the stories of the Hamilton townspeople and the greater Colgate community, Cabinet members and the External Affairs Committee have partnered with the Colgate Photography Club to produce a “Humans of Madison County” exhibit in the Hall of Presidents next fall semester. The exhibit will feature answers to key interview questions and genuine photographs from the many people in Colgate, Hamilton, and Madison County. Please reach out to Samto Wongso, Jenny Lundt, or Jinui Thomas to learn more!
International Student Hosting: For many juniors and seniors, one of their defining experiences abroad is staying with a host family. With the impact this has, why not offer the same thing here for international students. SGA has been partnering with the local community to find people willing to host international students. Contact Jinui Thomas or Jenny Lundt for more.
International Travel Form: Looking for places to go abroad but not sure what the best places, restaurants, and activities are? Instead of relying on TripAdvisor, you can hear directly from Colgate students who have already been to these locations about the best things to see. This is a travel resource list created for students, by students. Want to contribute? Contact Usman Ahmad to learn more!
Promotion and Tenure Committee: According to University Policy, SGA Senate is tasked with forming a student committee to collaborate with the faculty committee on promotion and tenure to collaborate for evaluation of instruction. To learn more, contact Luke Myers or Micah Dirkers or read the university policy in Faculty Handbook.
State of the University: Since his inauguration as Colgate’s newest President, Brian Casey has focused on a long-term for the future of Colgate, working strategically with the Board of Trustees and the Advancement Committee. Together, they have developed a middle campus plan and have envisioned other changes over Colgate’s next 30 years. President Casey would like to share this content with students over a dinner with a presentation and questions and answers. For more information, contact Micah Dirkers or President Casey.
Time Capsule: The bicentennial is an ideal time to both reflect on the history of our university and envision the future of our institution. SGA will be collecting letters from the Bicentennial class which will outline our vision for the Colgate’s next century. These letters will be compiled and published as a book which will communicate this vision to prominent people at Colgate, including the President, the Dean of the Faculty, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Connect with Jenny Lundt for more details.
Website: The SGA website is our platform to communicate with the student body and with the world. From updating user profiles to posting meeting minutes, we want to ensure that our website is continually updated with a professional design and easy access for all of our viewers. If you have any suggestions, please reach out to our Webmaster, Cecilia Kane.