Dearest Jackets of the Yellow! We hope you are all enjoying the conclusion of summer, whether it be endlessly watching re-runs of Friends and That 70’s Show, or soaking up as much sun as you can before you head to Rochester! A very warm welcome to the incoming Class of 2016, and of course, the returning Classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015!
When you get back, there will certainly be some new and exciting changes. If you see
construction next to Wilson Commons and Morey, that is because construction for the new
Media Arts and Innovation Center has begun! Additionally, there will be several upgrades to
Fauver Stadium, the baseball fields and the soccer field on Wilson Boulevard.
This year, the Students’ Association Government will be focusing on the themes of “Inclusion”
and “Responsibility”, this year’s Communal Principle. We intend on working with all student
organizations to ensure that they all are adequately represented and feel a part of the larger
campus community. We will work to increase two-way communication between students and
the SA Government. This does not just mean finding better ways for the SA Government to
reach out to students, but also finding better ways for the students to voice their concerns to the
SA Government and the administration. Last year we saw an increase in the number of
students who attended the Monday night Senate meetings, which had a profound, positive
impact on improving student life and cultivating organic, student-driven initiatives to better serve
the campus community. We hope to see this trend continue this year and in years to come!
SA Government thrives on student feedback, so you are welcome and encouraged to voice
your opinions at Senate meetings, or e-mail us directly at email@example.com!
There are a lot of ways that you can get involved within the SA Government! On August 25th,
come hang out with some current members of the SA Government to see how you can get
involved. And if you cannot make that, certainly visit our table at the Activities Fair. We have an
impact on everything from the food you eat to the peer advising program. Whether you get
involved or simply voice your concerns to the SA Government, either way you are helping to
make the changes you want become a reality. To learn more about what the SA Government
can do, look us up on The Hive at http://sa.rochester.edu.
If being a part of student government isn’t for you, there are about 250 other student
organizations that you can join! There is everything from dance groups to community service
organizations–check them all out at http://sa.rochester.edu/ccc. There is certainly something for
As you get busy with the start of classes, activities, and of course, catching up with your friends,
don’t forget about all the exciting events on Yellowjacket Weekend as we celebrate the start of
the academic year. Also, don’t miss out on tickets to see ABC correspondent, Barbara Walters,
give the keynote speech and The Late Late Show host, Craig Ferguson, present hilarious
comedy, on Meliora Weekend.
We are especially excited to meet and work with many of you in this upcoming year. Together
we can work toward making our campus exactly what we wish it to be–ever better. Meliora!
Roshal Patel ’13 and Alina Czekai ‘13
Students’ Association President and Vice-President
Originally printed in the 2011 Fall Buzz.