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The “Fostering an Alliance between SGC and New Student & Transition Programs (NSTP) to Assist First-Year and Transfer Students bill outlines the importance of the council being directly involved with orientation planning, including understanding how orientation impacts first-year and transfer students who identify as first-gen or BIPOC, students who have a disability or are a part of a social group that is underrepresented at the college.

SGC discusses orientation programming bill and hears about new health insurance navigator role

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor April 24, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met April 22 to hear from first-generation senator LaRon Pigford about a bill he introduced regarding how SGC can assist first-year and transfer students during orientation. The council also met with Jennifer Metzgar, director of Student Health Services, to discuss introducing the new role of health insurance navigator at the Hammond Health Center.
Crissi Dalfonzo, director of LGBTQ Education, Outreach, and Services, spoke with the Student Governance Council about LGBTQ+ resources on campus and how to promote more gender-inclusive language. 

SGC discusses course feedback statements and LGBTQ+ resources with campus leaders

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor April 16, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met April 15 to hear from David Gondek, associate professor in the Department of Biology and chair of Faculty Council, to give their feedback on end-of-semester student statements. The council also heard from Crissi Dalfonzo, director of LGBTQ Education, Outreach, and Services, to hear more about LGBTQ+ resources on campus and how to promote more gender-inclusive language. 
Shana Gore, associate vice president of enrollment operations, management and student success said the college has implemented a system that would prohibit registration for students if they have an outstanding balance of $7,000 to $10,000, to avoid any incurring costs that may occur if a student registers for classes while not having paid off their current tuition.

College informs SGC of new billing system that unregisters students with debts from classes

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor March 27, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met March 25 to hear from Shana Gore, associate vice president of enrollment operations, management and student success, about upcoming changes to the billing and payment system used for financial aid services, including a new system that will unregister students for their classes if their bill is not paid.
Cornish said she is looking forward to the open house the college is hosting on March 20, and admitted students day on March 23 and April 13. 

SGC asks President Cornish questions about student enrollment, TCAT and director searches

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor March 20, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met March 18 to ask President La Jerne Cornish questions about updates on the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) system, facilities around campus and the ongoing searches for new directors of the BIPOC Unity Center and The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The meeting was open to everyone in the college community but no community members were in attendance.
Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for Student Success and Retention, highlighted strategies the Center for Student Success uses to help retain student attention and increase engagement.

SGC discusses academic culture and campus resources to boost student engagement

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor February 27, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met Feb. 26 to hear from Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for Student Success and Retention, and Allison Davis, associate director of the Center for Student Success, about how to change the culture around academics at the college and provide feedback on how to increase student engagement.
Caryanne Keenan, director of New Student and Transition Programs, spoke with SGC about what activities the NSTP cover and shared future events for Spring 2024.

SGC gives orientation programming feedback and learns about available mental health services

By Jacquelyn Reaves, Newsletter Editor February 7, 2024
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met Feb. 5 to hear from Brian Peterson, director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Caryanne Keenan, director of New Student and Transition Programs (NSTP). The council also held confirmation for the committee that oversees student elections, the Class of 2026 Senator and the First-Generation Senator. 
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council also met with the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement Nov. 27 to learn more about the office and confirm a new member to the Appropriations Committee.

SGC revises constitution language and confirms new member

By Makai Yllanes, Staff Writer November 29, 2023
The Ithaca College Student Governance Council met Nov. 27 to learn about the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement (OAOA), confirm a new member to the Appropriations Committee and pass a new amendment to the SGC constitution. 
Senior Shevori Gene, former chief of staff for the Student Governance Council, went to the SGC’s meeting May 1 with 11 other guests to demand election votes.

SGC shares election votes after controversial decision to withhold counts

By Dominick Petrucci and Lorien Tyne May 3, 2023
Vote counts from the Spring 2023 Ithaca College Student Governance Council elections revealed that first-year student Matthew Williams — who was disqualified — beat the elected president by 83 votes.
Senior Senate chair Austin Ruffino (center) presented a bill April 24 that focused on the merger of the SGC and the Residence Hall Association. Ruffino also presented an amendment to the SGC Constitution about re-writing sections for clarity.

SGC passes amendment and bill in last semester meeting

By Dominick Petrucci, Staff Writer April 26, 2023
The 2022–23 executive board for SGC met for the last time April 24 and passed an amendment and a bill.
Scott Doyle, director of the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability, acknowledged the start of Sustainability Week, which ends April 22 and aims to educate students about the college’s efforts to be more environmentally conscious

SGC discusses climate-sensible goals and platforms

By Dominick Petrucci, Staff Writer April 19, 2023
Scott Doyle, director of the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability, met with the SGC to discuss long and short-term climate-sensible goals.
The Office of Facilities is working to install two all-gender restrooms in the Terrace Dining Hall during summer 2023.

College works to improve access to all-gender bathrooms on campus

By Lorien Tyne, News Editor April 12, 2023
While SGC has passed bills advocating for all-gender bathrooms, the Office of Facilities has implemented many changes regarding restrooms unprompted.
Katie Newcomb, assistant director in the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, presented about changes possibly coming to the academic misconduct process.

SGC discusses academic misconduct and Terrace restrooms

By Dominick Petrucci, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
The SGC discussed refreshing Terrace Residence Halls’ restrooms, changes to the academic misconduct policy and issues students are facing with campus living. 
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