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ODU SGA Update: Feb. 16

ODU SGA Update: Feb. 16

The Student Government Association recognized several new campus organizations on Tuesday at their weekly senate meetings. Among those recognized were the European Students Organization, ODU’s chapter of, Masters of Public Administration Organization, American String Teachers Organization and Cancers Future Adversaries.

The purpose of the European Students Organization is to build an European student community on ODU’s campus that supports inclusivity and collaboration among all ODU students and organizations. The group was born as an affinity group of the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) during Fall 2015 with the potential to become an official students organization in Spring 2016. The group is open to recruit new students, not exclusively from Europe, in order to better promote European culture, identity and values through the ODU community. The organization meets every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Office of Intercultural Relations on the second floor of the Webb Center. is dedicated to recognizing student success and empowering students to achieve. The community emphasizes leadership and provides a platform to showcase talent. The society’s goal is to help students succeed by connecting them with the people and opportunities to help them achieve their goals. The org meets every Friday at 3:00 p.m., although the location has not yet been determined.

The Master’s of Public Administration Association is open to all current and former students of the master’s program for public administration. We aim to build a community of students interested in public service, professional networking and development and service learning opportunities. The organization meets every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at 2084 Constant Hall.

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA’s members range from budding student-teachers to artist-status performers.

The organization provides an array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities and access to collegial network of colleagues in the string profession. Their collegiate chapter will provide hands-on workshops throughout the year for students, future and current, as well as social events. The organization meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m at the Diehn Performing Arts Center.

Cancer’s Future Adversaries is a group of future professionals in healthcare who focus their support in research and advocation of cancer awareness. They help ensure young professionals stay involved in their area of interest and provide financial assistance to conventions and research campaigns to improve their knowledge for their future employment. The organization meets on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. The location is not yet determined.

Dillard George, director of facilities management was a special guest at the SGA senate meeting. He mentioned RecycleMania is just around the corner. RecycleMania will include three main events: Cardboard Chaos, America Recycles Day and Don’t Dump It! Donate It! Last year, ODU finished in 6th place in Virginia and 89th nationally in the RecycleMania initiative.

SGA is working with the facilities management department for a number of initiatives including dying the Lion fountain on Kaufman Mall pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, working to install two composters on campus and supporting senior design projects done by engineering students.

SGA passed two contingencies, one for Cancer’s Future Adversaries for attending a conference and one for having a reserved seat in the senate for the newly-formed multi-cultural Greek council

Officer Durall of the ODU police department was present at the meeting to provide a report. On-campus crimes continue to be lower than other area campuses.

Other updates at the meeting included:

  • SGA, to date, has funded almost $10,000 for organization programs.
  • Applications to be a student representative for the board of visitors are open.
  • ODU day will be held on March 1st during activity hour, which is 12:30-1:30 p.m.