The Purdue University North Central Student Government Association (SGA) exists to represent the PNC student body to the university – to be the voice of the students, to express their concerns, to connect students to the faculty and administration and to ensure that PNC remains to be a student-centered campus.
The overarching SGA agenda for the 2010 -2011 academic year is to increase student involvement on campus, to unite the students of the various Purdue campuses and to bring together the campuses as a whole.
“It is important for all students to be connected on- and off-campus,” said SGA President David Myers, an Elementary Education major from Wheatfield.
Thus far this academic year, five new student clubs have been suggested and approved. There are plans for additional clubs. Last year, there were seven new clubs added for the entire year.
“I got involved with SGA because I wanted to be active in my school,” explained Taylor Coleman, a Biology major from Porter who serves as SGA vice president. “I want to be a part of something that will live on at PNC after I graduate. I want all PNC students to have a good time here.”
The SGA students work hard to make themselves visible on campus and available.
The SGA office, located in Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 66 is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an SGA member always present. Their meetings are open to the public and there is an on-line suggestion form at http://clubs.pnc.edu/government/.
“I want to make sure that we have a positive impact on students’ lives,” said Nick Mucha, a Human Resources major from Valparaiso, who is in his second term as SGA secretary.
SGA members work hard on their campus activities. They came in for a meeting during their semester break to brainstorm ideas for the semester ahead. They make sure that there is an element of fun in what they do.
The SGA members admit that they’ve become friends during the school year. All are members of other clubs or organizations and serve on campus committees.
“As a student, you not only come to school, it’s important for you to get involved, it’s important to meet people,” noted Emily Turner, a Biology major from Hobart and SGA treasurer. “Being involved helps me keep my sanity.”
Meeting people – it’s a phrase that the SGA members repeat over and over.
“It’s important to have familiar faces on campus,” agreed Janelle Taylor, an Elementary Education major from LaPorte. “Whether it’s making friends with other students, getting to know your professors or meeting administrators, it’s important to have people to talk to, to know where to go with questions or problems.”
“We always want to reach out to other students,” noted Sharon Glaze, Elementary Education major from North Judson. “All students have a hand in what happens at PNC.”
“When I heard about SGA, I knew I wanted to be part of it. “I’m proud of what we’ve done,” said Kirsten Babcock, a Biology major from Chesterton.
SGA members have taken part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities; they’ve hosted a holiday party on campus and a variety of social activities. They’ve had leadership conferences for high school students and look forward to a leadership conference for PNC club members. There are plans for a teddy bear drive to collect bears for children in the community.
SGA set up ongoing outdoor activities for students to enjoy during the warm weather and have an open mic night coming soon.
They are working with PNC administrators on having a sidewalk connecting two main parking lots on campus so that students to not have to walk in traffic. They’re also advocating for a parking lot for motorcycles.
“We are committed to our school,” added Sean Casey, a Business major from Kouts. “We want to make PNC a better place for everyone.”
“We’re all here to help,” concluded Joe Duron, a Valparaiso business major.