Be a Voice at NMC
September 25, 2020
There is a group at Northwestern Michigan College that allows students to get involved and make a difference. The Student Government Association (SGA), run by faculty advisor Paul Kolak, gives students leadership training. It also provides opportunities to make decisions for the college, event planning, website design, and more.
“The Student Government Association acts as a bridge between students and administration,” returning SGA member and Engineering major Hannah Krohn says. “It’s a great way to be a voice.”
Every fall semester, SGA members go on a retreat (this year’s will be virtual) to connect as a team through various activities and collaborate on ideas to share with the administration on student body interests. On top of the retreat, SGA attends a conference each year. Each year the conference is something different, but it always focuses on leadership and an issue the college is facing at the time.
The SGA also helps fund NMC student groups. “Students can fill out a request form and request money for funding future events,” Krohn explains. SGA often hosts events with Student Life, like bowling and a trip to Jacob’s Corn Maze. Members of SGA have many opportunities to volunteer at events like these throughout the year.
“Our ears are always open for what issues are going on,” Krohn says. The group coordinated with BATA to provide students with bus stops that accommodate student needs. They also communicate with students and to get input and feedback on ideas such as events and policy changes. SGA strives to make the college the best learning environment it possibly can be.
The deadline to join the Student Government Association for the current academic year has already passed. Instructors nominated a student or the student was able to set up a meeting with either Kolak or NMC’s dean of students, Lisa Thomas. Members must be enrolled in at least one academic class and have a 2.0 GPA or higher (which is waived if it’s a student’s first semester at NMC).
SGA meets every Friday over Zoom from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Students interested in attending can email NMC’s Dean of Students, Lisa Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kolak (email@example.com) for the Zoom link.