The Student Government Association (SGA) is the advocacy group representing all Shenandoah students. SGA members are the students who lead the way toward making your campus experience memorable. The SGA is comprised of three branches. The first branch is the Executive Branch which is composed of elected officials and appointed cabinet members. The second branch is the House of Delegates (legislative branch) one representative from over 50-plus student organizations. The third branch is the Student Judicial Council which is a three-person panel comprised of a Chief Justice, an undergraduate Associate Justice, and a graduate Associate Justice responsible for interpreting the constitution and bylaws of SGA, hear cases brought before its panel for resolution, and to provide accountability to the SGA and its recognized student organizations. SGA meetings are held bi-weekly in the Brandt Student Center.
The Shenandoah University Student Government Association (SGA) serves to unite the voices of the entire student body by fostering a shared responsibility toward effective problem solving in order to help all students achieve their goals. The SGA creates leaders inside and outside the meeting room — leaders who can translate their skills to effectively improve campus clubs and organizations.
SGA seeks feedback from the campus community in order to advance programming, policy making and the overall student experience at Shenandoah University.
SGA is an organization led by undergraduate and graduate students who are elected by fellow Shenandoah students to represent the entire student body. The SGA influences the university’s decision-making process by serving as a liaison between the student body and administrative branches of the university.
SGA is committed to understanding the needs of all students and ensuring their Shenandoah experiences are meaningful and successful.
Our Executive Team
- Student Body President: Daniel Hillgren
- Vice President of Undergraduate Affairs: Arun “AT” Thottakara
- Vice President of Graduate Affairs: Heather Pollak
- Chief of Staff: Maria Maldonado
- Director of Professional Development: Andrew Burrill
- Director of Communications: Devin Watkins
- Director of Finance: Anna Ruth Lopynski
- Chief Justice: Joseph Speranzo
- Graduate Associate Justice: Zadok Miller
The SGA Judicial Council
In 2013-14 Student Body President Joshua McCauley appointed three members to the SGA Student Judicial Council during the first term of the Fall semester. Each Justice will serve their term until graduation, resignation, or impeachment. The SGA Student Judicial Council serves to interpret the laws of the SGA constitution and bylaws, hear cases brought before its panel for resolution, and to provide accountability to the SGA and its recognized student organizations.
Chief Justice: Joseph Speranzo
The SGA House of Delegates / Legislative Council
Presiding Officers: Arun “AT” Thottakara and Heather Pollak
The Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs in partnership with the Vice President for Graduate Affairs serve as the presiding officers and co-presidents of the House of Delegates. The co-presidents appoint delegates to serve as commission chairs, lead the HOD meetings, and are responsible for the day-to-day operations.
Speaker: Joey Lisko
The Speaker of the House serves as parliamentarian during SGA house of delegates meetings and clerk of records for all official SGA legislative documents. The Speaker assists the c0-presidents of the house of delegates in the day-to-day operations. In the absence of either of the Vice Presidents, the Speaker of the House shall assume the Vice Presidency until a special election is held.
Chair: Anna Ruth Lopynski
The Finance Commission is responsible for managing and approving all expenditures of the Student Government Association. The Finance Commission oversees the student organizations operating budget which serves as a financial resource for student organizations seeking to advance their mission.
Chair: Joseph Speranzo
The Rules Commission is responsible for reviewing proposed legislation and constitutional amendments to check that they do not conflict with the SGA Constitution, any recognized student organization’s constitution, or university policies. The Commission is also responsible for investigating any misconduct by SGA members and leaders. All cases are adjudicated before the SGA Judicial Court.
Chair: Maria Maldonado
The Student Organizations Commission is responsible for overseeing the approval process of student organizations seeking SGA recognition and their leadership development, and it advocates for resources and services on campus for SGA approved groups. The commissions organizes the annual student organizations labor day fair and awards/recognition reception each spring.
The SGA Commission for Student Organizations annually assesses SGA approved organizations to determine if they continue to meet their constitutional and organizational goals and objectives. The assessment may focus on but is not limited to fiscal operations, leadership development and membership retention and recruitment, programming and general well-being.
Chair: Doug Stump
The Elections Commission is responsible for oversight and administration of the SGA elections for the executive council and for fulfilling the placement of vacancies within the House of Delegates. The commission organizes the recruitment of candidates, the SGA presidential and vice presidential debate, and the inauguration of the executive council.
The Graduate Student Assembly is responsible for organizing and leading graduate student activities, facilitate inter-graduate student relations, organize the Grad Bash event hosted annually, and serve as an advocate and bridge of communication for all graduate-level students.
The SGA Executive Officers hold weekly office hours at various locations. While the main office is located in Winchester at the Brandt Student Center, please feel free to email or Facebook us with questions, comments, or ideas on how to improve your Shenandoah experience.
Director of Student Engagement & SGA Advisor: Doug Stump
Office: Brandt Student Center