Student Government Association (SGA)

Dear Westfield State Campus Community,


Our hearts are heavy with the news of George Floyd and those affected by the recent events across the United States. It is important in times like now, more than ever, that the campus community comes together with love, and reaffirms its belief in equality for all.

Westfield State University is a campus of love and acceptance, and we do our best to afford every student the tools they need to succeed, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, etc. The tragic circumstances surrounding George Floyd and other recent unspeakable tragedies both preceding and following his death are proof, yet again, that systematic discrimination and racial disparities continue to negatively impact our country.

It is time for change.

As an institution of higher education, we have an obligation to actively root out ignorance and inequality of all forms, and set an example for inclusivity and education, embracing the beauty and power that comes with diversity.

We must not accept apathy, silence, or complacency. Westfield State University is proud of its culturally rich campus community, and we stand with all of our students. We are writing to you to convey a message of love and compassion for those who live in fear that either the color of their skin, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation makes them a target for hate. Our hearts are heavy knowing the weight that recent events have had on our marginalized students, staff, and faculty.

We support our campus community as you express your sadness and anger, and we know it is even more challenging with social distancing practices and COVID-19 concerns that have come with this global pandemic. Despite these obstacles, the Westfield State University community is hurting with you and supporting you through these difficult times as we strive for more positive change. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and, most importantly, please show your support for each other.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, “Anger is not only understandable, but right,” and we stand with you and will continue to actively fight injustices on our campus. We will continuously hold true to our ideals that knowledge is a power to which everyone deserves to have access, regardless of who you are or where you come from.

Sincerely,

Westfield State Student Government Association

Coronavirus Update:

For the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, you can reach SGA by contacting SGA President Samuel Tsongalis at president.sga@westfield.ma.edu or Barbara Hand at bhand@westfield.ma.edu 

For general questions about SGA, CAB or Clubs, please contact Barbara Hand at bhand@westfield.ma.edu or Kimberlee Hosmer at khosmer@westfield.ma.edu - we are working from home and are happy to help in any way. Be safe!

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the longest standing open forum on campus.

SGA consists of a 75 member Legislature and eight member Executive Council. The Executive Council is selected annually through a campus election held in the spring. The Legislature is made up of elected representative students from each Class and Residence Hall, Commuters, Diversity/Inclusion Represetative, Community Relations/Fundraising Representative and Representatives at large.

The function of the Student Government Association is to represent student interests within all academic and social aspects of the university community. SGA maintains representation on the university governance committees in which students, faculty and administrators work together to evaluate the university curriculum and create university policies and standards.

SGA also helps to sponsor campus events and activities to enhance student life through allocations from the Student Senate Trust Fund (which is made up of the Student Activities Fee). SGA maintains a great emphasis on programming for students during the week and on weekends through the Campus Activities Board. The Campus Activities Board is open to all students regardless of SGA standing. 

Our committees in SGA have a reputation in the Westfield community for helpful and sincere volunteer work. It is a continuous and never ending goal of SGA to help the student body maintain a healthy relationship with the surrounding community.

SGA Constitution

Samual Tsongalis
President

If you have any questions about the SGA or our University, please contact me at president.sga@westfield.ma.edu or (413) 572-5439 and I will help you out to the best of my ability.


 

Aaron Lessing
Vice President of Student Life

During the Academic year, I will be representing students interest on different committees, through voicing their concerns/opinions and making sure that they’re taken cognizance of. Feel free to contact me at vpstudentlife.sga@westfield.ma.edu  

 


 

Lyric Lamadgelaine
Vice President of Academic Life

Feel free to stop by if you have an concerns or if you would like to just say hello.  My email is vpacademiclife.sga@westfield.ma.edu.  I look forward to representing you this year!


Kelson Burke
Vice President of Finance

My name is Kelson Burke, and I am excited to be serving as your Vice President of Finance for the Student Government Association for the 2019-2020 academic year. I am currently a Business Management major with a concentration in Accounting and I believe that the experiences in my major can help me achieve the best for my job. I look forward to working with all the students and clubs on campus this academic year! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact my email at vpfinance.sga@westfield.ma.edu or by phone at (413) 572-5548.


Cameron Kelleher
Vice President of Programming

Hello, my name is Cameron Kelleher and I am beyond excited to be serving as your Vice President of Programming for the 20120-2021 academic year. I will also be serving as the President of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am currently in my sophomore year and I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Management and Writing. I have been fortunate enough to be an active member on the Class of 2022 class council, SGA, and the Campus Activities Board for the past year. Through these experiences, I have gained important knowledge regarding the campus, the student body culture, and what makes for efficient teamwork. I’m looking forward to applying the knowledge retained from my first year towards these positions, in order to help deliver the student body exciting, consistent, and inclusive campus programming! If you have any questions, comments, or just want to learn about CAB feel free to email me at vpprogramming.sga@westfield.ma.edu.


Thalita Neves
Student Trustee

My name is Thalita Neves, and I look forward to being Student Trustee for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a Criminal Justice and Communications double major with a concentration in Public Relations and have enjoyed my past two years on SGA as a representative for University Hall Hall Council and as Vice President of Finance. As Student Trustee, I will be representing students on the Board of Trustee’s for Westfield State University and making decisions that impact the whole campus community. Don’t hesitate to email me at trustee.sga@westfield.ma.edu  or stop by the SGA office located in the Garden Level of Ely E017 at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas! I look forward to serving the campus on the Board of Trustee. 


 

Kimberly Fish
Executive Secretary

I oversee the recording of the minutes for the SGA meetings, run elections for SGA, oversee "Senator of the Week," and chair the Owl Ball Committee. Please do not hesitate to email me at execsec.sga@westfield.ma.edu or stop by the SGA office located in the Garden Level of Ely E017, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas! I’m looking forward to a fun and productive year!


Elizabeth Ferrara
Legislative Secretary

My name is Liz Ferrara and I am so excited to be serving as the Legislative Secretary to the Student Government Association for the 2019-2020 academic year. I am a junior, double major in Psychology and Art with a concentration in Fine Arts. As legislative Secretary, I oversee the attendance records of all the SGA senators, ensure they are taking an active role in our campus community, and I am the chair of the Blue Key Committee. All of which I am honored to do. Please feel free to email me at legsec.sga@westfield.ma.edu with any questions or stop by my office in the Student Government room located in Ely E017, on the garden level of Ely.

 

The Student Government Legislature is comprised of full-time day students at Westfield State University. Each Class Council has five SGA seats. Each Hall Council has one Representative per one hundred residents living in the respective residence hall. The Commuter population is represented by the Commuter Council President and one commuter representative for each one hundred commuting students. The Legislature has one Diversity/Inclusion representative who represents the interests of the Black Student Union (BSU), Latino Association For Empowerment (LAfE), Multicultural Student Association (MSA),  and the Queer/Straight Alliance (QSA). Also elected is a Community Relations/Fundraising representative who acts as a liaison between SGA and the campus community on charitable fundraising and awareness campaigns.  Rounding out the SGA legislature are nine All University Representatives who are reps at large for the entire student body.

Agenda for December 01, 2020

Student Government Agenda:

I. ROLL CALL:

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM:   

III. Public Remarks:

IV. PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Samual 
Tsongalis 
    A. Items not listed on the Agenda

V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES' REPORT: Thalita Neves
     A. All University Committee:
     B. Student Advisory Committee:
     C. Safe Opening Task Force:
     
D. Presidential Search Committee:

 VI.  VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT-STUDENT LIFE: Aaron Lessing
      
A. Student Affairs Committee:
      B. Diversity/Inclusion Committee:
      C. Food Services Committee:
      D.  Parking Control Board:
      E. Student Athletic Advisory Board:
      F. Substance Advisory Committee:
      G. Veteran's Affairs Report:
      H. Parking Appeals Board:

VII.  VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT-ACADEMIC LIFE:  Lyric Lamagdelaine
       A. Academic Policies Committee:
       B. Curriculum Committee:
       C. Enrollment Management Committee:
       D. International Programs Committee:
       E. Academic Technology and Information Services Committee:
       

VIII.  VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT-FINANCE: Kelson Burke
       A. Finance Committee:
       B. Foundation Report:
       C. Student Organization Council:   

IX.  VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT- PROGRAMMING- Cameron Kelleher
       A. Campus Activities Board:

X.  LEGISLATIVE SECRETARY REPORT: Elizabeth Ferrara
     
A.  Neighborhood Advisory Board:
      B.  Community Relations/Fundraising Report:
      C. Blue Key Committee: 

XI.  Executive Secretary Report: Kimberly Fish
       

XII.   PARLIMENTARIAN REPORTS: Matthew Michalik
     
A. Rules and Regulations Committee:
      B. Constituional Review Committee:

XIII. ADVISORY COMMITTEES:
     A. Advisory Committee on Facilities Planning:
     B. Advisory Committee on Academic Planning:
     C. Advisory Committee on Budget Planning:
     D. Advisory Committee on Affirmative Action:
     E. University Efficiency Analysis Advisory Committee:
     F. Advisory Committee on the Westfield State Experience:  
    G. Advisory Committee on Divesity, Equity and Inclusion:

XIV.   COMMUTER COUNCIL, CLASS AND HALL REPORTS:
      A. Commuter Council:
      B. Senior Class:
      C. Junior Class:
      D. Sophmore Class:
      E. First Year Class:        

XV.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS: 

XVI.   NEW BUSINESS:

XVII.    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

XVIII.    ROLL CALL:

XIX.    ADJOURNMENT:

To ensure the courtesy of others, please turn off your cell phone before the meeting.

Please also note that for accurate record keeping purposes, SGA meetings are recorded and kept on file by the SGA Executive Secretary.

Get Involved

SGA's purpose is so diverse that there is something for everyone. No matter what your major is or what your interests are, SGA is right for you! SGA provides an excellent opportunity to have your voice heard by the faculty and administration. Your participation in SGA will help you learn valuable skills in leadership and teamwork as well as being a great way to meet new people. Don't sit by and watch things happen - get involved!

If you are interested in the SGA, curious about what seats are available or just have a question or concern, call us or stop by the SGA Room. SGA meetings are held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Government Room located in the Garden Level of the Ely Campus Center Room E017. Meetings are open and all are encouraged to attend.