May 7, 2013
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its 19th Annual SGA Awards Dinner in Raiders Cove, the College’s new student social venue. With over 30 clubs on FM’s campus, the event recognizes Club Senators, Club Advisors, Distinguished Senators, Dedicated Clubs, Sic Itur Ad Astra Clubs of the Year, SGA Advisors, and had new awards to present.
For the first time, SGA Scholarships of $100 each were awarded. Awards were given to John Conley, Angie Dutcher, Courtney Lee, Heather Kowalczyk, and Jay Chapman. To be considered for a scholarship, a member of the professional staff must make a nomination to the SGA Executive Board and the Executive Board makes final selections. One of the main criteria is that the student must be an active club member on-campus.
The Tim Law Memorial Recognition Award was presented to Leishla Bouchard. This award was named in memory of Tim Law, a student who passed away in 2002, and recognizes an active and involved international student.
The Sic Itur Ad Astra (Such is the way to the stars!) Awards were presented to the Business Club, Communications Club, Elec Tech Club, Hands for Animals, G.L.O.W. (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever), M.I.S.A. (Medical Imaging Student Association), Musicians Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Student Activities Board (S.A.B.), Student Art Guild, and the Student Nurses’ Association. Sic Itur Ad Astra Awards recognize outstanding contributions to campus and community service as well as the commitment to student leadership.
The Dedicated Club Awards were presented to A.W.A.R.E. (Awareness. Wellness. Advocacy. Respect. Education) and the Gardens and Trails Clubs. Both clubs had a representative at every Senate meeting.
The Distinguished Senator Awards were presented to M.I.S.A.’s Alexander Aguero and S.A.B.’s Denzel Gordon. A distinguished senator is the same person who represents his or her club at Senate meetings (rather than have substitutes attend).
The Bill Pierce Award was presented to SGA Advisor and Associate Professor of Biology Mike McDarby. This award is given annually to an SGA Club Advisor who goes beyond the call; an advisor who leads by example, and carries on the tradition of excellence established at FM by Bill Pierce.
The SGA President’s Award was presented to David Strausser. Strausser was selected by SGA President Aaron White to receive this award as he has been helpful, active, and involved with clubs and the SGA. This was the first time such an award was presented.