A Message from the President

IMG_4294My Fellow Students,

I would like to welcome you to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and celebrate another year of success. Chancellor Cummings has said that one of our University’s ambitions is, “Changing lives through education.”  I write this address hoping to inspire each of you to respond to his call in your daily lives. Each school year we are given a significant opportunity to have a positive impact in the classroom and in the community, but true change begins with each of us. You cannot afford to wait for someone else to take the first step—you must take action! Fortunately, we are in an environment that fosters creativity, leadership, and integrity. On that note, welcome to our Brave Nation!

As a member of Brave Nation, you are part of a community that celebrates its history, cherishes its diversity, and strives for excellence. No matter you major, no matter your passion, Brave Nation is a home worth having. Our supportive university staff are willing to help you find your passion; our committed faculty have what it takes to help you succeed, and your Student Government Association (SGA) is sincere in their efforts to make sure student interests are heard.  This year, SGA is committed to (1) Creating a more socially and politically conscious Student Government, (2) Engaging in strategic advocacy goals that promote the wellbeing of the Student Body, and (3) Realizing our mission statement. I actively encourage each of you to stay informed as Student Government advocates on your behalf throughout the school year and to join Student Government if you have a passion for student advocacy.

The final piece of the puzzle is you! Go explore the University, find new interests, and get involved! Find who you are, and do everything you can to strive for excellence. If you fall, know that each of us will support you in any way we can. When you succeed, know that our University will cherish and promote your successes. We are a family, and together we can accomplish amazing things. Change starts with you, and ends with us. Together, let’s change lives through education.

Sincerely,

Logan John – Student Body President (2016-2017)

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

Voter Registration

BRAVES,

The Student Government Association (SGA) is glad to announce Turbo Vote is now available for UNCP students. This resource allows you to easily complete, verify or update your voter registration, request an absentee ballot form by mail, and sign up for text and/or email election reminders (all for free).It is a very easy process and will walk you through the process step by step.

Whether you vote in North Carolina or another state, we encourage you to take advantage of this resource. Spending a few minutes now will make the voting process easier in the future. Turbo Vote will also allow you to become a more informed voter by sending you information about what all will be included on the ballot before you get to you polling precinct.

Also, did you know students living on or off campus at UNCP can vote in Pembroke, instead of having to return to your hometown or request an absentee ballot?  Well, you can! If you live off campus, use the physical and mailing address (can be same as physical address or a PO Box) of your apartment complex or home. If you live on campus, use the addresses below:

  • Physical Address: One University Drive Pembroke NC 28372
  • Mailing address: On campus PO BOX or a Pembroke mailing address

To get started as a UNCP Student, use the following link: uncp.turbovote.org

For a list of FAQ, click here.

Faculty, Staff, and Community Resources:

Community/Regular Voter Registration

Voter Registration Form

Voter Guide

Additional Election Resources: 

 Robeson County Primary Election

2016 Candidates

Search for your polling place

One-Stop Early Voting: March 3, 2016 to March 12, 2016 at 1 pm

Last day to request Mail in absentee ballot: March 8, 2016

Election Day (Polls Open 6:30 am and close 7:30 pm): March 15, 2016.

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:

SGA General Elections - March 2016

Election Timeline

Seeking – Student Body President, Vice President, and Class Senators! SGA Candidacy Applications and Election Guidelines are available until Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:59 p.m. More details here.

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 (4 p.m.; UC Lounge) / 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.

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

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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