Posts Tagged ‘SGA’

Student Government encourages campus involvement

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

Seth Yenni and Cade Lohrding are Hutchinson Community College students who are trying to get students involved with Student Government Association.
Lohrding is next year’s SGA president. A Lindsborg native, his major is computer science, while Yenni – next year’s vice president – is from Coldwater, and his major is political science. Both students are freshmen.
Here are Yenni’s and Lohrding’s thoughts on SGA and what they hope to accomplish during their tenure.
What made you guys want to run for SGA?
Lohrding – I would say part of it was being a part of it this year, and watching our president this year, Lane Wiens, he did great a job during SGA this year, and he’s done a lot of good for the group, for the college, and I just wanted to be a part of it and keep the good going.
Yenni – The new stuff with RASK, if you’ve heard about that, bringing positive and good stuff around campus, and those things we started and just keeping it going.
Lohrding – To try and keep what Lane is doing, he’s doing a really good job. Everyone is going to make changes, and I feel like we are going to bring positive changes, but for the most part it’s going to be a  good year, next year.
What do you plan on accomplishing in the next year?
Yenni – We actually had talked about this in our last meeting, and I was reading out of The Collegian, and how it’s talking about the Blue Dragons sporting events, and people basically don’t know about them, or the Spring Fling last week. One thing that we’ve wanted to accomplish is, next year, communication between the college and the students. We talk to a lot of students, and things like that and they don’t know what things are going on. What’s the best way social media? You know, do students even check their email? That’s one issue we want to tackle, to see how can we get better communication between a faculty and students for events, especially things that students are interested in.
Cade – After reading through the constitution a couple times, I defiantly want to make some changes in that, like Seth said, try to communicate with students better, so we can have more students participate.
What have you guys been involved in with SGA?
Cade – We help the honors kids, we help clean up around campus, this week we’re helping the Red Flag Campaign, and just yesterday we went and did arts and crafts with the kids at the daycare.
Seth – Working with other groups, governing groups, and sanctioned two new groups, Self-Sufficient and Cosmetology Club, and working with funding for those groups and other groups that need funding, especially a group who has a great community service project. SGA, we would want to help them. And if we can be a part of it too, then it’s all the better. That’s what SGA is here for, to help out with anything on campus.
Do you guys want a bigger presence here on campus?
Cade – More people involved in SGA. As soon as we had elections, there was only like six people on there, and we can have up to 22, but we only have like 10 or 12 people on SGA.
Seth – We would want more to participate. It’s not a huge time commitment.
Cade – It’s about an hour a week.
Seth – We have our meetings 4:30 (p.m.) on Tuesday, which is open to all students. You don’t have to be a part of SGA to come. If anyone is interested in running for a certain position, talk to anyone in SGA, either Kade or I. We can definitely answer any questions that you might have.
Cade – You also get a book scholarship too. It gives back if you give back.

Seth – It’s not a very difficult election process, especially in the fall, and you write a paragraph that goes on Dragon Zone.
Cade – As long as there is one person.
Seth – As long as you vote for yourself, you’ll make it.
What made you guys run for SGA?
Kade – To make a difference.
Seth – Last year, when Wiens … I’ve know him previous years before HutchCC and he had talked to me and told me about it, and I was interested in it, and I enjoyed it a lot. Lane did a lot of recruiting, and I hope next year I can do the same.

SGA travels to Capitol

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By: Pablo Sanchez
Staff Writer

On Feb. 13, the Hutchinson Community College Student Government Association took a trip to Topeka to visit the State Capitol and to watch the process behind how the House of Representative passes bills.

Lane Wiens, sophomore at Hutchinson Community College and President of the Student Government Association, is involved in many clubs in addition to SGA, such as chess and Collegiate 4-H.

“SGA is kind of the go-between between faculty and staff and students,” Wiens said.

SGA members act as the mouthpiece to the student population for many of the college administrators and leaders Wiens said.

“We also work with different organizations on campus each campus has come to us some point in their time has an organization and had been sanctioned and charted by the college and it’s a big thing we do and we process budget and funding request for the organization for the events”

has come to HutchCC waiting to be sanctioned and charted,” Wiens said.

“There’s an organization for everybody here on campus.”

The SGA has a big list of organizations on Dragon Zone to help students out, and draw them toward it and have it matched, with their major of what they are interested in.

“Every year, two sports sponsorships – one in the spring and one in the fall – they hand out Blue Dragon apparel to students who come out and support the sports team,” Wiens said. “Last semester, they sponsored a volleyball game and gave out flip-flops, and this spring they plan on sponsoring a baseball game and plan on giving out hats.”

SGA has an annual blood drive, and it was right at the end of January,­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­and two other organizations which are on campus that had their other blood drives as well.

It was Wiens’ second time going to Topeka, and he said it was really eye opening, even though SGA went last year.

“It’s crazy to think that … each county and district in Kansas elected those people and they have the job of representing their constituents’ county and district,” Wiens said.

It’s more of an idea on how they can be better voices for SGA, and how they represent at HutchCC for the faculty and staff.

“When we got there, it was about 10 o’clock, I believe that was the House of Representatives just getting started, stayed in there, watched a little bit of their business processing bills, things like that,” Wiens said “And we met with State Senator Ed Berger who is the senator from the Reno County district, Kingman County I believe, and asked him questions on what his job is and how he got from being the president of (HutchCC) to being a senator.”

Wiens got in on some action on a bill that was being processed. They had private sessions as well as Caucasus of what bill they were processing.

Wiens is a biology major, and once he graduates this spring, he plans on going up to Kansas State and majoring in Horticulture Science.

“Hutch is great place to start your education, great place to meet friends, get involved on campus, there are organizations for everybody, it’s just taking the time and finding it and work forth it,” Wiens said.

SGA event to help smokers kick habit

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Zeke Wilcox

Hutchinson Community College student government association is to host its second annual “Kick Butts Day,” an anti-tobacco campaign on campus Wednesday, March 18.

Kick Butts Day is a national organization, based in Washington, D.C., that promotes a stand of eliminating or controlling tobacco use. It’s website is kickbuttsday.org.

This is HCC’s second annual Kick Butts Day.
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SGA hosts Blood drive

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

By DaKota Hilburn

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Students gathered in the basement of the Student Union to help save lives by donating blood on Feb. 2.

The American Red Cross and the Student Government Association hosted this blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Caleb Dietz, Hutchinson, was one of many students who donated.

“I donate whenever I can,” Dietz said. The Red Cross gave Dietz lifeguard training, so he donates blood to pay it forward.

After people go through the screening process and have their blood tested for iron content, it takes about 15 minutes for the process to be over.
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SGA and Red Cross to bring blood drive to student union

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

By DaKota Hilburn

The American Red Cross is coming to Hutchinson Community College to host a blood drive sponsored by the Student Government Association, on Monday, Feb. 2, in the basement of Parker Student Union.

“You can make an appointment through the donor app or the website at www.redcrossblood.org,” said Megan Bartly, an SGA member.

The Red Cross Blood Donor app provides information to encourage potential blood donors.
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