Friday, April 19th, 2024

Senate to Government

New semester, new name.

The student organization at Millersville University that handles student issues and concerns, and the recognition and funding of clubs, has a new name – the Student Government Association (SGA).

“As president of the Student Government Association, I saw an opportunity for our association to grow and better serve the students,” says Kiefer Luckenbill.

“The name change from Student Senate to Student Government Association is window dressing for all the changes we want to make going forward. Many of those changes won’t occur until after I’ve graduated this coming spring because it will involve bylaw changes. We knew that being a senate is restrictive. Our senators were operating as trustees, rather than representing our students. By being a government, it forces us to move towards an actual representative system,” says Luckenbill.

“I give our student leaders a lot of credit for being thoughtful and insightful enough to look ahead and determine what’s best for the future of the organization,” says Brian Hazlett, vice president of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. “I believe the changes will allow more students, groups and clubs across campus to get involved with student government.”

“Our student leaders are digging deep this year to critically examine the strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement of the organization, including the most recent name change. The desire to do and be more for our students at Millersville has become contagious amongst all the members of SGA,” says John Hearn, director of CSIL and staff advisor to SGA.

The SGA meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. during the semester in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) Circle in the Student Memorial Center.

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