New Year for Student Government Association

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
SGA Officer Installation Image

Newly elected officers and senators are sworn in on May 15 by 2016-2017 SGA President David Turner II.

Truckee Meadows Community College Student Government Association (SGA) is celebrating both the announcement of the Club Advisor of the Year award for 2016-2017, and its new officers and senators taking the helm for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Outstanding Advisor, Club Leader

Kellie Carter, Veterinary Technology Instructor has been awarded the SGA Club Advisor of the Year. She is the leader of the student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SC-NAVTA).

She was nominated for the honor by Michele Noreen, DVM, Veterinary Technology Professor and Program Coordinator.

“Since Kellie helped start the club and has been the advisor, the club has been quite active in promoting animal causes and veterinary technology,” Noreen said. “She took the initiative to start the club and finally got the chapter going. And it has been a great success for a new club.”

Carter’s leadership has supported students, the College and the community.

“First- and second-year students have been working together, more students at TMCC have learned about our program, and animals in the community have benefited from their fundraising efforts,” Noreen added. “The club has held collection drives to get donations of food, clothing, blankets, and other items for the animals that are in rescue in our community.”

The club has even sponsored a pizza lunch at the William N. Pennington Health Science Center to bring awareness about SC-NAVTA to the students in the other programs headquartered at the Center.

New SGA Officers for 2017-2018

Ten new representatives of the TMCC student body took office on Monday, May 15. Positions include officers and senators.

Kimberly Tran was SGA Senator-At-Large for the past school year and has now been elected SGA President for the upcoming term. She is an electrical engineering major.

“As SGA President, I’d like to positively impact as many students as we can and engage students to make their time studying here memorable,” she said.

Azara Rosenow was sworn in as Vice President on May 15. She is taking courses in mathematics and statistics, and would like to become an actuary, calculating risk in the insurance field.

“In student government, there is an opportunity to learn about my fellow students here and get involved in the governing aspects of what is done at this school—the policies and activities,” she said. “To be a voice for students, and see that what they want to get done is accomplished.”

Gloria Chavez is the newly-elected SGA Secretary, and pursuing a transfer degree, an Associate of Arts. She hopes to one day work in international relations or as a translator, even possibly for the United Nations (UN).

“The biggest thing for me is to be able to do my job well, and as time passes, to see what other ways I can contribute,” she said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know all my fellow SGA members.”

Yuri Aoki, new SGA Treasurer, is also interested in becoming more involved. She is a General Studies major and an international student from Japan.

“SGA is interesting, and a way to get involved in the campus community,” she said. “I couldn’t get involved in student government before because I was involved in basketball. I like to talk with other students and I want to improve my English. I’d like to also represent the international students on campus.”

Fellow international student from Japan, Yuki Ohmura is a business and marketing major.

“I want to help people to be successful—I will be successful if I help people at this school,” Ohmura said. “If other students have a problem, I’d like to help, and I’d like to help other international students get to know the school.”

He enjoys soccer, and also the marketing and promoting of soccer clubs in which he has participated.

“I worked on flyers for my past soccer club, to make its social networking media look better,” he added.

Academic Division Senators

Aoki and Ohmura’s friend, Hirokazu Kishinami, also studying here from Japan, has taken the office of Senator, At Large. He is a business major who would like to study international law and become an attorney.

“Last year, I attended some SGA activities and I met some great people,” he said. “As an international student, it’s a great start to be involved in student government and participate in the activities.”

Daniel Lamson is the new SGA Senator, Sciences, and is pursuing an associate degree in Computer Science before transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno. He became interested in joining SGA as he noticed them working in meetings or on projects.

“I walked by the SGA office and it always sounded like they were having a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to break out of my shell and also have a good job on campus.”

Brooke Micone, the new Business Division Senator would also like to become more involved, to meet and help out fellow students.

“When SGA came around with information, I decided I’d like to get involved at the school and get to know the people of the campus community,” she said.

Alexandria Whitaker has been elected SGA Senator, Liberal Arts, and is interested in computer science, but also psychology and political science. This ambitious Senator would like to go all the way to graduate school to major in psychology or sociology.

“I recognize that being in student government gives me the opportunity to create change for the better for my constituents, who are the students,” Whitaker said.

Armaan Aguilar is the new SGA Senator, Technical Sciences. He is double-majoring in biomedical engineering and robotics. He aspires to become a physician.

“I love the school so much, and I feel like being in this position I can give voice to the feedback from people I know or fellow students at all campus sites,” Aguilar said. “I’ve taken a class at almost every campus site and am seeing the other perspectives at the other campuses. There are issues or concerns that we may be able to fix in the future.”

One Vacant Seat

One position remains open on student government, and that is the Clubs and Organizations Chair. Interested students may apply for this job representing the official SGA-recognized clubs by filling out an online Candidacy Petition. It is a paid position, as well.

For more information about SGA, please contact their office at 775-673-7203.