By Erin Dickinson ’24, Staff Writer
With a new academic year comes new opportunities for St. John Fisher College students to take on leadership roles within the campus community.
Student Government Association is seeking students to fill positions within the Senate for the 2021-22 school year, with elections taking place later in the month.
The Senate currently consists of 21 senators representing many different groups on campus. In this round of elections, there are 11 seats up for grabs. Of these seats, seven are reserved for first-year student representation, giving the Class of 2025 plenty of opportunity to get involved. Additional positions up for election include senators for the School of Business, the Higher Education Opportunity Program, the Honors Program, and club sports.
According to Elections Committee Chair MacGregor Winegard, being a member of Senate is a worthwhile experience.
“Getting involved in Senate is a ton of fun,” said Winegard, a senior at Fisher who also represents Campus Ministry in Senate. “You are always meeting new people and forging great connections. You get to have a lot more opportunity to shape your college experience.”
Matthew Cieplicki, a sophomore entering his second year as a senator, agrees with Winegard on the benefits of holding a Senate position.
“I like being one of the first people to see the changes and know what’s up and coming for Fisher”, said Cieplicki, who represents the Wegmans School of Nursing in the senate body. “I also like working with other people who have an interest in wanting to create a vision for the future of the school.”
When asked if Senate would be a valuable experience for a first year student, Cieplicki responded, “Absolutely! It’s a great way to meet new people and establish better connections with faculty and staff.”
For students hoping to throw their hat in the ring and run for a Senate position, the deadline to be put on the ballot is Wednesday, September 15. Elections will be held the following week, on September 23 and 24. Questions on the election process can be directed toward Winegard.