SGA Corner: Commuter Student Association

 

Inside Commuter
Image of Inside of Commuter Student Center located on the corner of Vernon Street and college drive. Taken by Alyssa Mendoza 2019.

O’Shea Nowlin ~ Guest Writer

     Hello, Commuter Students! We are the Commuter Student Association (a.k.a. CSA) here at University of Lynchburg! One of our main goals here on campus is to serve all of you by listening to any concerns you guys may have as commuters, and there are a few ways you can get in contact with us to voice your concerns. 

     We have an office in Pete’s Place on the bottom floor of Drysdale and it is the first office you will see — we have painted CSA on our office window and the names of our executive board members are on our door. Secondly, you can email any of our executive board members with comments. Thirdly, we try to host frequent student meetings during the semester, so that you guys can meet with us in person and discuss any issues or concerns. Our last student meeting of this semester is Nov. 21 at 5 :00 p.m. in the Commuter Lounge on the corner of Vernon St., and it is also our Friendsgiving Potluck!

     Another one of our goals is to provide fun events for every student, even if you are not a commuter! In the past, we have done at least one event a month. Last month we had our Make S’more Friends event where we had FREE s’mores and talked with students, and in September we hosted Queso and Questions in the Commuter Lounge where we introduced commuters to our brand new Commuter Lounge! 

     This month, we are hosting three events, two of which will be in the Commuter Lounge. On Nov. 13, CSA will be doing a fundraiser at the Chipotle on Lakeside Dr. from 5:00- 9:00 p.m., so come support CSA and have that delicious burrito or bowl you have been craving! On Nov. 21, we will host the Friendsgiving Potluck in the lounge, which is our last student meeting, so come on out with your friends and eat good food! Lastly, on Nov. 22, we will host Pajama Partea from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. in the lounge where we will have a variety of hot tea to warm you up during the cold weather and some fun crafts! Next month, we will have our very last event of the semester which is Coloring and Cocoa in the lounge, also from 7:00- 9:00 p.m., where you can destress with some delicious hot chocolate and art right before exams start! Don’t forget to mark these events down in your calendar! 

     Next semester we are planning some more exciting events, so if you have any suggestions please let us know! As of right now, we have BYOB (Be Your Own Bae) on Valentine’s Day to promote self-love and happiness. In March, we plan to have a game night where we will have our own card and board games, so be sure to bring your friends to this event. Lastly, we plan to have CSA’s very first cook out in April!

     Here are some helpful tips for you guys being commuter students:

  • Leave at least 5 to 10 minutes earlier than you think you may need to to account for traffic.
  • If you do not pack your own lunch, the University offers the Hornet Plan for commuters. More information can be found by searching on the University’s website.
  • Get a Sheetz card! Signing up is free and it always saves you 3 cents per gallon.
  • Use the new Commuter Lounge! It is quiet and a great place to study or get work done. It’s open from 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. every day.
  • Students can park anywhere designated with WHITE lines. YELLOW lines are reserved for faculty and staff.

SGA Corner: Community Within Peaksview

Peaksview
Photo retrieved from Blair Construction website.

Rachel Parent ~ Student Government Association Senator for Peaksview Hall

     For some of the on-campus University of Lynchburg’s students, living on Southside is a rite of passage. From living inside either Tate or Montgomery Hall, to moving up towards the residence halls located across from Shellenberger Field, or even the Jack and Jill style Hundley Hall, they are all stepping stones to the lovely Southside locations. As the representative for Peaksview, I would like to speak on behalf of its residents that this is a wonderful place to call home. With the private kitchen and bathrooms, to the open common room, it has so much to offer. 

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SGA Corner: Transfer Students

 Taylor Deskins ~  SGA Senator

Transfer Students make up a small portion of the total student population, but they have a big impact on the university’s academics. Transfers tend to have a higher GPA than traditional undergraduate students nationwide. Even though transfer students are a minority here at the University of Lynchburg, they are an important population and should not be as underrepresented and forgotten as they are. There are many problems that transfers face at universities across the nation as well as problems specific to this university. While there are some fantastic initiatives and groups of faculty and staff that are working hard to make this a transfer-friendly campus, we have a few systematic issues that should be addressed. 

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SGA Corner: How to Connect with the Student Government Association

Matthew Gillett ~ Director of Public Relations.

 Here at the University of Lynchburg, we are granted with many excellent opportunities. We are lucky to have some of the finest faculty and staff in the country. We are also lucky to have some of the greatest students in the country. It is you as hornets who make our school what it is! The University of Lynchburg Student Government Association is proud to represent your voices as hornets and we look forward to continuing to serve you! 

     However, the Student Government Association is not looking for the University of Lynchburg to remain stagnant. Our institution can only remain excellent if everyone works together to make it the best it can be. Currently the Student Government Association is looking for ways to help you be informed, but more importantly, to get feedback from you. We have many new and exciting initiatives taking place this year. 

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SGA Corner: Parking Issues

Sam Sacavage~  SGA Senator

 Greetings fellow Hornets! My name is Sam Sacavage, and I am a representative of Hundley Hall on the Student Government Association Student Senate. I also serve as the Programming Coordinator for the Second Year Success Committee. 

     On Wednesday, September 11th, Darian Geddis, the Vice President of External Affairs for SGA, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bob Driskill, the Head of Security, to discuss the issue regarding the parking allocation for the students that are just now moving from the Annex into the new residence hall. In the wake of students moving into the new residence hall, SGA was made aware of possible parking issues that will result from those students moving back on campus, as there are currently not enough spaces behind the new residence hall to facilitate all the students moving back. 

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