On Tuesday, March 21, the Student Government Association (SGA) met to discuss business and upcoming events for the semester.
On March 22, 2017, an election debate for the presidential and vice presidential positions in the SGA to replace the current graduating class members was held at 7 p.m. in EUC Maple. Current President Joseph B. Graham and current Vice President Sajin Chhabra will both be a part of the 2017 graduating class of Seniors in May.
As for the 95th session of the SGA, polls officially began March 23 at 8 a.m. and officially closes March 30 at 5 p.m. Polls will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the cut-off date, and ballots can be cast at the Elliot University Center (EUC) and at Fountain View dining hall. Ballots can also be cast online.
In his report, President Graham expressed his lament on not having taken part in many events on campus during his years at UNCG and during his time with the SGA, as he revealed a new event called “SGA: Recoded.”
“I have not been able to take part in many events this year, or other years other than my freshman year here [at UNCG],” Graham said. “I’m happy to announce that I have an event planned with SGA staff members called SGA: Recoded. This event will be an open panel opportunity for residential students to talk about what SGA has done for UNCG.”
SGA: Recoded will happen on April 3, 5, and 12 at 7 p.m. On April 3, the event will be held in Jefferson Hall, on April 5 in Haywood Hall, and on April 12 in Reynolds Residential College.
The event will have an open panel of SGA representatives for the general student body to talk to. Snacks will be provided.
Secretary of Student Affairs Colby Kirkman announced his plan of a community cook-out to help better connect student groups to the SGA. Connor Sullivan, the Secretary of Community Affairs, announced a Spartan Food Drive from March 27-31. Flyers will be posted around campus for this event. Food, money, and donations in general will be sent to the Food Recovery Network. Canned goods are preferred but non-perishables are welcome.
SGA Secretary of Academic Affairs Anna Poteat announced an update on the candidate search for the new Dean of Libraries at UNCG.
Former Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas (UNT), Dr. Martin Halbert, has accepted the offer to become the Dean of Libraries at UNCG. Interim Dean Kathy Crowe has been in her current position since the former dean, Rosann Bazirjian, retired after eleven years on the job. Bazirjian announced her retirement from her position in 2015, coming into effect April 1, 2016. Her career as dean began in August 2004 when she moved to UNCG from Penn State.
Dr. Halbert has been the Dean of Libraries at UNT since 2009 and currently is president of the Educopia Institute, an international alliance of cultural memory organizations that served as a founding partner of the US National Digital Preservation Program.
Halbert also serves as a prime investigator for grants and contracts, having funded more than a dozen large scale projects for many educational institutions, and has previously worked for Rice University and Emory University in library administration and systems positions. His research and projects focus on exploring the future of research library services.
Halbert will assume the position of dean of University Libraries on July 17, 2017.
The SGA meets every Tuesday in EUC Maple or EUC Cine at 7 p.m., and is open to the public.