Column by Bradley Stramel, SGA President
Fellow students, I hope this semester is going well for each and every one of you. For those who are planning ahead to the spring semester, don’t forget to start putting together your schedule worksheets for registration, which begins this week for on-campus students.
I encourage all students to make an appointment with advisers to discuss spring schedules and to allow time for career exploration and guidance.
At last week’s SGA meeting, one of our guest speakers was from the Ellis County United Way. He gave a presentation of how the United Way impacts the county as well as the FHSU campus.
Student Government Association takes pride in assisting the United Way each year through a project that has yet to be determined, which directly goes back to helping various entities in our community.
Vice President Tyler Thompson and I will start the ground breaking of our campus outreach initiatives to our SGA 09-10 Strategic Plan. This will entail joining the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. The basis of becoming part of the chamber is to connect the FHSU campus community to the city of Hays.
Yes, the Hays community is gracious and welcoming to FHSU, but this will allow us to become partners with the city. The FHSU student body needs representation and a voice in the matters of what the students would like or how we can be more involved with the city that provides a lot to our campus.
Once we join the chamber, we will be able to attend chamber events and meetings to gather input and make suggestions to benefit the student body of FHSU.
Next Tuesday at Forsyth Library, there will be a Health Care Reform Event sponsored by Forsyth Library, the Learning Commons and the American Democracy Project. This event is important, and I encourage all my fellow students to attend to get credible information and not be the “Invisible Minority” when it comes to college students in the health care debates. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will be a panel Q&A with health care professionals, politicians, political experts and information/media literacy specialists. I also want to acknowledge the departments on campus assisting in this event: nursing, political science and sociology.
Included in the evening’s events will be an interactive exhibition for all of us to be a player with gaming and information stations. I can’t leave out the great door prizes and prize drawings that will be taking place. If you are hungry at the event, don’t worry: The library has you covered and will provide snacks to feed the stomach and the mind.
Please bring a friend with you to the event where you can become well-informed and involved about the health care reform debates throughout the country.
For all student leaders out there, don’t forget this Sunday is the Student Leadership Workshop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the FHSU Ballroom.
This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and Student Government Association. Guest Speaker Dan Wrona from RISE Partnerships will be there to get the motivation started.
Good luck to the FHSU football players on Saturday, and have a Happy Halloween.