A Message from the President

Hello,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke also known as UNCP, the home of the brave. It brings joy to my heart that you have chosen our campus to not only further your education but also to grow as an individual, find yourself, and make memories that will last for a lifetime. As the 2015-2016 Student Body President of UNCP and as a peer student, I have key concepts that are vital to your journey as a Brave this year, and for the rest of your time here. UNCP crowns itself as the most diverse public four-year university in the UNC system and in the Southeastern region. I employ you to branch out and meet new individuals different from yourself that are from all walks of life. Branching out and meeting new individual’s means getting involved. No matter if you are a freshman, senior or anything in between the time is now and it is never too late to learn what drives you and learn what motivates you. SGA President Candace Locklear - imageSearch for opportunities and search for personal and professional relationships. You can find your drive and motivation by utilizing the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership to find your organizations that are perfect for you. The office has over 90 student organizations registered, so you are likely to find your organization, and if not, you can create your own. If you have a passion to serve others and help the community, we have the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. In these offices and organizations, you may create a structural foundation for a relationship that will last for a lifetime. Relationships are necessary during ones college career, as they create a support system. With a support system, you will rise above any problem that comes your way. I employ you to use the experiences you have been afforded to further yourself intellectually and become the BRAVEST BRAVE you can be. The Student Government Association, known as SGA, is an organization established to represent and safeguard the interests of students. We are here to assist the student body in ascertaining themselves and identifying their true potential as they start their journey of becoming a prominent leader in their community. We have multiple goals for the 2015-2016 year, but the biggest one is to create unity through our diversity and listen to the needs of the students, which is who we are meant to serve. Never hesitate to ask any question or to address any concern you may have with myself or other fellow student government senators. The Student Government Association has open meetings every Wednesday at 5:15pm during the academic year, in the University Center. We also have an office located on the second floor of the University Center Annex. We hope that you will visit us at your own leisure and that you find organizations that will add more of a driving force to your motivation, so you can have the true university experience you are meant to have. So once more, I would like to welcome you to the Brave family. Remember, your experience is only as great and diverse as you make it here at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. So make it unforgettable.

Best wishes,

Candace Locklear SGA President 2015-16

About

The purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent and safeguard the interests of students. It is a political organization providing students with an avenue for action on matters pertaining to student rights and welfare. Although discipline is the legal responsibility of the administration, the principle of student government is fully supported by the administration and faculty.

All students attending UNCP automatically become members of the Student Government Association. SGA functions through its elected representatives and is subject to the general administrative authority of its sponsor, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Every full-time student who has at least a 2.5 cumulative average (on a 4.0 system) has the privilege of seeking positions of leadership in the organization by either appointment or election.

The Student Government Association is elected by the student body each spring according to the Constitution and By Laws of the organization.

The SGA is composed of three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.  The Executive Branch is composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  There shall be a minimum of five senators per class or one representative on the Senate for every one hundred and fifty students.  The enrollment for credit for the previous September shall be the basis for determining the number of representatives.  There shall also be two positions for part-time students and one position for graduate students.  The Judicial Branch of the SGA provides a system of due process through which students accused of offenses committed on campus (not necessarily within the jurisdiction of the courts) may be referred by the appropriate accuser to the appropriate adjudicator board.  All adjudicator power is vested in a system of Hearing Boards with the By-Laws of the University as established by the Board of Trustees.  The different boards are: the Campus Appeals Board, the Campus Hearing Board, and the Traffic Hearing Board.

SGA meets every Wednesday at 5:15 P.M.  For meeting locations, please visit Brave Connect.

Related Links

The UNC Association of Student Governments

Student Affairs

The reason I am active in SGA is so I can use the many avenues I have on this campus to further the improvements and goals of the University. My vision for UNCP is that it will be a campus students, faculty, and community love, and that those who come, stay, and those that leave, return.

Karena Atkinson

Senior Senator

Active Members

The Student Government Association is composed of an Executive Branch and a Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, and the Cabinet – which includes the Chief of Staff, Treasurer, Secretary, all committee heads, and any other positions deemed necessary. The Legislative Branch consists of the Student Senate, a body of elected student senators. There shall be a maximum of seven (7) senators per class to represent the student population.

Every full-time student who has at least a 2.5 cumulative average (on the 4.0 system) has the privilege of seeking positions of leadership in the organization by either appointment or election. The Student Government Association is elected by the student body each spring according to the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization.

Executive Branch

The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, and the Cabinet – which includes the Chief of Staff, Treasurer, Secretary, all committee heads, and any other positions deemed necessary. The Student Government Executive Officers shall be elected for a one-year term by a majority of those voting in the Student Body Elections. The Executive Officers shall be chosen from the Student Body at large.

Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch consists of the Student Senate, a body of elected student senators. The Student Senate serves as the supreme legislative authority of the Student Government Association. The Student Senate will be composed of student senators elected in processes outlined in the Electoral Code.

A Senators Vision for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke -
A university that takes priority in listening to what the students want and that acts upon it. UNCP should be an ever improving university that keeps developing itself with a group of students that surpasses the previous class every year as we seek to be a small, yet quality driven university in the UNC system. With over 6,000 students UNCP's goal is to provide an environment where everyone can be heard, opportunities are vast, and students feel at home with a community that knows them at a personal level.

Dajer Fernandez

Sophomore Senator

I joined SGA because I felt I would be a great advocate for the Pembroke's freshman class . I am very social, and respective to what people have to say. With that I can suggest solution to problems that are comfortable for all parties. My vision for Pembroke is for everyone to be included in causes that not only make Pembroke a better and more productive place but for people to be conformable with who they are and everyone around them. Pembroke is a very diverse campus and with different viewpoints in life we can come together and make an huge impact.

Tralicia Turner

First Year Senator

Archives

The Student Government and all its constituents shall follow the Public Records Law of North Carolina, N.C. General Statutes Chapter 132.

Archives are important because they preserve the history of our organization and tell stories of where we have been and where we are going.

For easy access, please use the links below:

Get Involved

All students attending UNCP automatically become members of the Student Government Association. SGA functions through its elected representatives and is subject to the general administrative authority of its sponsor, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Apply

Members of the Student Body who wish to become an officer of the Student Government after the allotted elections period may apply for membership to the Student Senate as an At-Large Senator. At-Large Senator applications can be found on BraveConnect.

Jump In

Get involved with SGA by volunteering for events like Road Side Clean-Up or attending the weekly SGA Meeting on Wednesdays at 5:15 PM! Check out BraveConnect for up to date meeting locations and upcoming events.

Senators have the opportunity to serve on both Student Senate and Faculty Committees. These committees allow senator to have a direct impact on topics they are passionate about while serving as the voice of the student body. Student Senate Committees include:

Academic and Student Affairs: This committee from here on out shall be referred to as ASA. ASA is responsible for administrative contact and accountability to ensure student needs are being met in each, but not limited to, the following areas: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Police and Public Safety, University Dining, Division of Information Technology (DoIT), and Athletics. ASA should report on any issues concerning these or other areas dictated necessary by the Student Senate President each Senate meeting. ASA should also report on student issues presented and follow up on these issues with the appropriate department. In addition, ASA should inform the Senate on administration projects and advances being made within each department. ASA should also take any other duties deemed necessary by the Student Senate President.

Government Operations: This committee from here on out shall be referred to as Gov Ops. Gov Ops is responsible but not limited to, the internal operations of the student government. Gov Ops should audit and correct internal operations as it see necessary, or when an issue is brought up by a senator. In addition, Gov Ops is in charged with maintaining and reviewing internal documents when deemed necessary, reviewing funding packets, and acting as the Commission on Elections, unless deemed otherwise. Gov Ops should also take any other duties deemed necessary by the Student Senate President.

University and Community Relations: This committee from here on out shall be referred to as UCR. UCR is responsible for outreach and communication of SGA with its constituent members, and the surrounding community. UCR responsibilities include but are not limited to, hosting all SGA Ceremonies, including SGA events, both internal and external. In addition, UCR is responsible for outreach programs on and off campus. UCR should also take any other duties deemed necessary by the Student Senate president.

For information on Faculty Committees please the Faculty Senate Webpage.

Run for Office

The Student Government Association is composed of an Executive Branch and a Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, and the Cabinet – which includes the Chief of Staff, Treasurer, Secretary, all committee heads, and any other positions deemed necessary. The Legislative Branch consists of the Student Senate, a body of elected student senators.

VOTE

SGA ELECTION TIMELINE:  MARCH 2016

SGA Spring Elections will take place during the Month of March. See the outline of events below:

Wednesday, March 2:    Candidacy Applications Available

Thursday, March 3:        Interest Session #1 (4 pm; Annex 203)

Monday, March 14:         Interest Session #2 (4 pm; Annex 203)

Wednesday, March 23: Candidacy Applications Due

Wednesday, March 23: Campaign Week Begins

Tuesday, March 29:        Presidential Debate/ Campaign Week Ends

Wednesday, March 30: Election Day One

Thursday, March 31:      Election Day Two

Friday, April 29:               Presidential Inauguration

For specific event information, please visit Brave Connect: 

uncp.collegiatelink.net/organization/sga/events

You, the student, choose SGA’s leadership. During elections, check out each candidate’s platform on important student body issues and cast your vote on Election Day. Attend the debate and decide for yourself who should lead the student body. Check this website during elections for the major candidate’s platforms and important dates.

Leadership Development

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is dedicated to providing leadership training, education, and development to our student leaders across campus. We strive to build student leadership capacity by framing and teaching leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based, and relational process of people in a supportive community creating positive change. The Student Government Association is supported through a series of on campus senator training as well as opportunities to travel and connect with other student organizations throughout the southeast region.

UNC Association of Student Governments (ASG)

The UNC Association of Student Governments is a student-led organization committed to furthering educational opportunities and advocating for all 220,000 students within the University of North Carolina system. The UNC system is comprised of 17 campuses that extend from the state’s mountains to the coast.

The Association’s business meetings are held on system campuses, rotating each month. This allows the state’s best student leaders to gain an understanding of each institution’s unique atmosphere, thereby strengthening the connections within the Association.

Composed of student leaders within arguably the nation’s best public university system, ASG advocates to ensure that higher education in North Carolina remains accessible to today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Each month UNCP sends multiple delegates to serve as the voice of UNCP during the business meeting. Delegates are expected to actively participate and bring relative information and initiates back to campus for discussion.  For more information on ASG and current initiatives in the UNC system, please visit the ASG Website.

For the most up to date information on upcoming business meeting dates and locations please visit BraveConnect.

NACA Student Government East

The NACA® Student Government East Institute assists student governments in the development of strong, effective, student-driven leadership on campus. The Institute is designed to help define the role of the student governments as liaisons for students and organizations.

 Delegates will:

  • Learn how to improve relationships with university officials and campus staff;
  • Discuss ways to create a desired impression of the student government;
  • Establish a plan for working with campus and local media;
  • Learn to create school spirit and loyalty through collaboration with other campus groups;
  • Develop a role for the SGA in fostering a strong town-gown relationship;
  • Learn to create programs to ensure leadership transition from one year to the next;
  • Gain ideas on how to use technology to maximize student government presence, programs and services;
  • Exchange resource materials with other school delegates through networking opportunities;
  • Learn ways to recognize the diversity on campus and support the development of programs to achieve this goal;
  • Learn to create unity in a student government where many opinions differ;
  • Develop strategies for campus outreach to provide the student government with the knowledge it needs to make tough decisions and recommendations.

This professional development opportunity will be made available for SGA members during the summer semester. Students must be planning to participate as an active SGA member during the upcoming academic year to be considered for this opportunity.

NACA Events. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from www.naca.org/SGE/pages/default.aspx

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