History and Accomplishments
Building Toward Our Future
The Student Government Association of Webster University has a rich and varied history of accomplishments. Over the next year, we will be interviewing past members and advisers to record our significant accomplishments and events as far back as possible.
- Michael Grosch is reelected SGA President.
- Approval of a 3-year contract for the SGA Readership Program to distribute USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times at various locations on campus. At the recommendation of President Michael Grosch, SGA voted to extend the length of the contract from one year to three years, resulting in a savings of $400.
- SGA represented student body interests at Webster Groves City Council meetings on multiple issues, including the expansion of the parking garage, University usage of buildings on Eden Seminary property, the creation of an electrical substation on campus and the installation of a crosswalk between the parking garage and the East Academic Building. Key members of the Community Engagement Committee who spoke at City Council meetings include Vice President Katie Maxwell, President Michael Grosch, Jacob Walker - Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences and CEC Committee chair, Student Organization Liaison Alex Bonney, and Gaby Deimeke - Senator of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.
- Continued negotiations between SGA and the City of Webster Groves to install a crosswalk between the parking garage and the East Academic Building. Key members involved in discussions with Mayor Gerry Welch include President Michael Grosch, Vice President Katie Maxwell, and Jacob Walker - Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences and chair of the Community Engagement Committee.
- Passing of Resolution F1301 supporting student voter registration initiatives, sponsored by Gaby Deimeke - Senator of the Leigh Gerdine School of Fine Arts. It charged the Community Engagement Committee, which was involved throughout the summer in advocating for student safety and community involvement, with leading a voter registration campaign that will help to augment existing efforts already put forth by the university to register students to vote. Another provision of the resolution supported the implementation and use of TurboVote, a non-profit organization that institutionalizes voting in colleges and universities across the country. Senator Deimeke also presented the topic of student voter registration via TurboVote at the Fall 2013 Delegate's Agenda.
- SGA members presented at the Fall 2013 Delegate's Agenda, including Senator Gaby Deimeke on TurboVote, Senator Jon Strauser on dining issues, Senator Syreel Mishra on campus housing, and Senator Lukumanu Sodamade and Vice President Katie Maxwell on the recap. President Michael Grosch moderated.
- Creation of the SGA Voter Registration Campaign, led by Senator Gaby Deimeke as Field Director and Student Organization Liaison Alex Bonney as Media Director. The campaign held a launch party at the Alumni House where they registered students to vote.
- Revision of the Constitution at the request of President Michael Grosch, with assistance from Secretary Nikki Griffin. Constitutional revisions included grammatical changes and clarification of student organization charter processes.
- Revision of the Oath of Office at the request of President Michael Grosch, to clarify and improve ease of recitation.
- SGA held an Open Forum with Global Marketing and Communications to discuss controversial ad messaging and how to improve communication between GMC and students. Any student with a news story is encouraged to contact the department of Public Relations, preferably by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SGA held an Open Forum with Dean Benjamin Akande of the GHW School of Business & Technology, led by the representatives of that school
- Senator Jon Strauser, Senator Yoanna Todorova, and Graduate Senator Lukumanu Sodamade.
- Michael Grosch is elected the 15th SGA President, having previously served as Vice President and Senator At-Large.
- Creation of the Delegate's Agenda Committee at the request of Adviser John Ginsberg and President Michael Grosch. This committee is charged with reviewing and closing any unresolved issues from past Delegate's Agenda presentations.
- SGA members presented at the Fall 2012 Delegate's Agenda including Student Organization Liaison Katie Maxwell on class scheduling and cancellations, Senator Sujata Baniya on budget jobs, and Director of Communications Natalie Martinez and Senator Javier Cardenas for the recap.
- SGA held an Open Forum with the Office of Financial Aid during which new Director Jim Meyers and AVP of Admissions Anne Edmunds explained new initiatives in the department to resolve student issues. The forum came as a result of research by members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Aid and discussions with Director Meyers. Members of the committee included committee chair and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Hawk, Alex Bonney - Senator of the School of Communications, and Jacob Walker - Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Revision of the Student Grant Fund Bylaws at the request of Vice President Chris Whitmore to require students to sign statements of responsibility and financial acknowledgement, as well as provide a group photo of every person on the trip.
- Addition of Article X to the SGA Constitution to include a process for creating resolutions on behalf of SGA and the student body. The article was written and sponsored by Jacob Walker, Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Revision of the Budget Bylaws at the request of Comptroller Taylor Snead, to write some standard practices into the bylaws as requirements.
- Standard practice of issuing official SGA press releases added to the responsibilities of the Director of Communications by the current DoC Marybeth St. Peters.
- SGA members presented at the Spring 2013 Delegate's Agenda including Senator Carolina Dueñas on creating a WU mobile app, Senator Alex Bonney on December graduation, and Student Organization Liaison Katie Maxwell for the recap.
- Passing of Resolution S1301 calling upon the City of Webster Groves to install crosswalks between the parking garage and the East Academic Building, as well as across Lockwood Ave. to Eden Seminary. The resolution also created the Community Engagement Committee to advocate for student interests in Webster Groves. The resolution was sponsored by Jacob Walker, Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Comptroller Taylor Snead. for stepping up as Comptroller when the position was vacant, revolutionizing the budget processes, clearly and concisely communicating with student organizations, and exhibiting a degree of professionalism beyond her years.
- Justin Raymundo becomes the first three term President in SGA history when he wins reelection.
- SGA members presented at the Fall 2011 Delegate's Agenda including Comptroller Emily Bahr on creating a transportation task force, Senator Kris Parsons and Senator Erin Hindalong on creating a sustainability action plan, Director of Information Technology Sam Jones on dissemination of information, Senator Katie Maxwell on integration with the Conservatory, Senator Akshaya Sharma on campus dining.
- SGA voted to approve a proposal calling on President Obama to stop the Keystone XL
pipeline - the 1,700-mile underground pipeline would deliver oil from the tar sands of Alberta
to oil refineries in the Gulf and would release unacceptable amounts of carbon into
the atmosphere. The proposal was brought forward by Senator Kevin Chau and President Justin Raymundo. Senator Chau and Senator Kris Parsons later attended a rally in Washington, D.C. to protest the Keystone XL.
- Courtney Turner becomes the 14th SGA President in Spring 2012, succeeding Justin Raymundo when he resigned to take a full-time position at Monsanto. Courtney Turner is currently completing her senior year at Webster University and will graduate with a degree in advertising and marketing.
- SGA members presented at the Spring 2012 Delegate's Agenda including Senator Michael Grosch and Secretary Katie Maxwell on student organization storage, Senator Jorge El-Azar on wellness, Senator Britnee Bauman on upgrading academic facilities, and Director of Public Relations Abby Bandelow for the recap.
- Creation of the positions of Student Organization Liaison and Director of Communications, replacing the positions of Director of Public Relations and Director of Information Technology. This change came as a result of discussions at the Advanced Student Leader (ALR) retreat about how SGA could better support student organization leadership and was championed by Director of Public Relations Abby Bandelow.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Venable for taking the initiative to write bylaws for Programming Pool, as well as expert understanding and training on meeting decorum and processes.
- SGA members presented at the Fall 2010 Delegate's Agenda including Sergeant-at-Arms Dexter Earney and Senator Erin King for the recap, Senator Abby Bandelow and Senator James Egan on financial aid, Senator Loren Douglass and Secretary Nicole King on parking, Comptroller Sara Sabaa on direct deposit, and Senator Dana Gruber on gender issues.
- Vote in favor of including sexual identity and gender expression in the non-discrimination clause of the University, at the request of President Justin Raymundo. The additional protections were originally presented at the Fall 2010 Delegate's Agenda by former Sergeant-at-Arms Nick Dunne, Christopher Robinson and Senator Dana Gruber. The approvals by SGA, the Faculty Senate, the Webster Staff Alliance and the Administrative Council led to the adoption of this addition to the non-discrimination clause and the creation of a Gender Non-Discrimination Task Force led by Associate Provost Nancy Hellerud. Comptroller Kris Parsons served on the Task Force as a representative of the student body.
- SGA members presented at the Spring 2011 Delegate's Agenda including Senator Kris Parsons and Director of Public Relations Dana Gruber on hiring a sustainability coordinator, Senator Yvonne Osei on classroom renovations, and Senator Kevin Chau for the recap.
- SGA passed a resolution in favor of tray-less dining in Marletto's to improve sustainability by reducing water usage. The resolution was championed by Senator At-Large Lindsey Heffner. Unfortunately, the resolution did not pass the Faculty Senate and was not implemented.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Sergeant-at-Arms Dexter Earney.
- Justin Raymundo is elected the 13th SGA President, having previously served as the Director of Public Relations and Senator At-Large. Justin Raymundo is currently a Specialist in International Development Partnerships at Monsanto in Creve Coeur, MO.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Bethany MacNeill.
- Heather Sweeney is elected the 12th SGA President. Heather Sweeney is currently a higher education professional and has worked at the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Duke University.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Sara Gunn.
- Elizabeth Eisele is elected the 11th SGA President. Elizabeth Eisele is currently a Broadcast Assistant at KMOV in St. Louis, MO.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Comptroller Patrick Vacek.
- Dee Goines becomes the 9th SGA President. Dee Goines is currently the Resident Director/Student Life Coordinator at Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA.
- Gabe Bullard becomes the 10th SGA President in Spring 2007. Gabe Bullard is currently Director of News & Editorial Strategy at Louisville Public Media in Louisville, KY.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Vice President Dee Goines.
- Trevor Zickgraf is elected the 8th SGA President. Trevor Zickgraf is currently a writer at SB Nation in Sacramento, CA.
- SGA voted to create the Student Activity Fee which helped bring rapper Lupe Fiasco to campus the following year and a number of other acts in the years that followed that had previously been too costly for Campus Activities and other student groups to bring to campus. The fee continues to fund large events put on by Campus Activities, including SpringFest.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to President Trevor Zickgraf.
- Phil Eckelkamp is elected the 7th SGA President. Phil Eckelkamp is currently an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration in St. Louis, MO.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Nick McGeehon.
- Mathias Jackson is elected the 6th SGA President. Mathias Jackson is currently a Business Development Associate at Chemonics International in Washington, D.C.
- Corbett Shannon is elected the 5th SGA President.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Daniel Lisella.
- II Luscri is reelected.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to President II Luscri. He becomes the first and only person to receive the award twice.
- II Luscri is elected the 4th SGA President. II Luscri is currently the Director of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University in Villanova, PA.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Greg Becker.
- Serena Jones is reelected.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to II Luscri.
- Serena Jones is elected the 3rd SGA President. Serena Jones-White currently works as an Academic Advisor at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Katie Williams.
- Justin Blandford is elected the 2nd SGA President. Justin Blandford is currently the site manager for three state-owned historic sites in Springfield, IL with historical connections to Abraham Lincoln: The Vachel Lindsay Home, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, and the Old State Capitol. He also serves on the advisory board of the College of Arts & Sciences.
- SGA successfully advocated for changes in the financial package for the WVA. The Webster Village Apartments were completed in 1998 and many students were dissatisfied with the financial package being offered to students to live there, including meal plan requirements and other fees. SGA worked with Residential Assistants (R.A.’s) to run a letter writing campaign asking the administration to both lower the cost of the package and change some of the requirements. During this campaign, they utilized a computer lab as an advocacy training center for student leaders. They delivered 10-12 boxes of copies of the letters to various administrators and met with then Vice President for Enrollment Management Deborah Day and eventually won the concessions on the financial package for the apartments.
- SGA advocated for a new food service provider after hearing complaints about variety, lack of healthy options, cleanliness and other issues. SGA actively participated in the Request For Proposals (RFP) and appointed representatives to the selection process. Dean of Students Ted Hoef and President Justin Blandford were flown to a college served by Sodexo to evaluate their service. Sodexo eventually won the contract and continues to serve Webster University to this day.
- SGA approved an organization motto and obtained funds to engrave the motto on the wall in the University Center. SGA wanted to create a vision to articulate the advocacy process they had created and develop an organization identity around that vision. They approved the SGA vision as “preserving a meeting ground of peace and education in which all may prosper,” which they felt reflected the lessons they had learned on diplomacy in advocacy. Vice President of Communications Peggy Brockmann helped SGA raise funds to install the motto in the UC.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Jamie Wakefield.
- Jenny Meyer is reelected.
- SGA successfully advocated to place blue light call boxes on campus so students could directly call public safety officers to the location.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Russ Cottle.
- Jenny Meyer is elected the 1st President of the Student Government Association of Webster University in its current form. Jennifer Starkey currently works as a Media Relations Officer within Global Marketing and Communications at Webster University.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA goes to Jenny Meyer.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA 1994-95 goes to Rio Hall.
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to SGA 1993-94 goes to Luigi Marchese.