The Student Government Association (SGA) has proudly implemented a new initiative to appreciate students of the BSU community. From now on, every month a nominated individual will be awarded the Student Leader of the Month title for their efforts on campus. Who is considered a student leader? Athletes, student-employees, resident assistants, and e-board members of organizations are just a few examples. Know someone who is doing amazing in the classroom? You can nominate them too! The winner will have a framed picture of them on display in the Rondileau Student Union (RSU) in addition to a dinner with SGA’s President, Aidan Mordas, BSU’s Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Joe Oravecz, and two friends of their choosing.
It was important for President Mordas to have the Student Leaders displayed in RSU because “RSU is the home of the students, I want people to walk in the building , see these faces on the wall, and be like ‘Wow, maybe one day I can be that Student Leader of the Month. If I keep working really hard at what I’m doing in the classroom, residence halls, or my organization, etc. maybe I can be that student on the wall'”.
The Student Government Association hopes that the initiative will give recognition to those on campus that are continuously working hard and that those people feel acknowledged. With student engagement on campus potentially being much lower than usual due to the aftermath of the pandemic, this gives another chance for students to be involved and stay connected as well.
As of now, there is no plan to start a Faculty Leader of the Month initiative due to SGA wanting to first focus on the students because they are a representation of the student body. However, President Mordas is interested in looking into it in the future if enough interest is garnered.
To nominate a student for Student Leader of the Month, one must fill out an application on EngageBSU. The executive board of SGA then reviews all nominations and ultimately decides who will receive the award based on a majority vote. The chosen Student Leader is first announced during SGA’s senate meetings which occur every Tuesday at 7:30pm. The campus community can also find out the winner by staying up to date with SGA’s social media platforms, @bridgewsga.