SGCA Officers Attend On-Campus Retreat
June 20, 2013
Members of the Cheyney University Student Government Cooperative Association, Inc. (SGCA) and members of the SGCA, Inc. governing board of directors participate in a weekend retreat to plan for the 2013-14 academic year. The group participated in hands-on exercises and covered numerous topics throughout the three days. Here Alumni Director Greg Benjamin solicits feedback from students as to what is needed to move the University to a new level going forward.
A Student Government Retreat was held on June 13-15 in Marcus Foster Student Center’s Auditorium with 10 SGCA,Inc. officers and 10 members of the SGCA, Inc. governing board of directors in attendance.
“It was a great opportunity for the SGCA governing board of directors and officers to learn more about each other and to hear from University personnel on how their respective departments function,” CUNAA Board member Barbara Daniel Cox said. “Dr. J. Otis Smith and Dr. Thomas Gordon did an excellent job of facilitating the team-building and information-sharing process. I’m glad we were able to have the retreat before school starts."
Smith and Gordon got students to address a number of issues by giving them hypothetical situations.
"We participated in hands-on exercises that depicted problems and we figured out solutions in a professional manner," explained incoming senior Jasmine Carter. "This program was extremely eventful and helped SGCA members express their concerns about student complaints regarding housing, public safety and security. We also explored ways to offer new campus policies and successful events for fellow students."
The group covered numerous topics throughout the three days including serving the special needs of freshmen and upperclassmen, supporting young alum, designing a budget for the year, creating fiscal policies and procedures, visions and expectations for the upcoming year, student code of conduct, the SGCA constitution, and the functional roles of all officers.
According to incoming SGCA president, Malik Williams, “The retreat gave us a basic course in what all board members need to know - from Roberts Rules of Order to how to plan events, activities and initiatives for a successful outcome. This groundwork will help us get this year off to a good start and the information will stay with us throughout our lives as we mature and undertake other endeavors in the future.”
According to CU Alumni Director Greg Benjamin; "The weekend went very well. We got great feedback from students, a better understanding of what's needed to move the University to a new level, and the role-playing really helped the student leaders figure out what works best when dealing with all kinds of situations. I have high expectations for the 2013-2014 academic year at Cheyney University."
"As students, it felt good to have a voice on the board," Carter remarked. "Now we can help change the community and unite like Cheyney knows how."