New Student Community Government Officers Inducted
New Student Community Government officers pose with President Carriuolo. From left to right: Speaker Laura Howard, Treasurer Robert Smith, President Robert Santurri Jr., RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, Deputy Speaker Samantha Mandeville and Secretary Doris Bermudez.
In a ceremony and luncheon this week in the President’s Dining Room, the Rhode Island College administration welcomed a new slate of officers to Student Community Government (SCG).
The latest leaders to be inducted included SCG President Robert Santurri Jr., Secretary Doris Bermudez, Treasurer Robert Smith, Speaker Laura Howard and Deputy Speaker Samantha Mandeville. New SCG Vice President Freddy Monteiro was unable to attend the ceremony.
Dean of Students Scott Kane described the new officers this way: “They are a seasoned group of student leaders who have prior experience with SCG or other executive leadership positions on campus.” He added, “I am confident that under the guidance of President Robert Santurri Jr., they will have a positive impact on student life at Rhode Island College.”
At RIC, Student Community Government is a separately incorporated entity with its own by-laws and budget. Its officers oversee all student organizations on campus, including various class councils.
Kane explained, “Unlike class officers who represent students in a particular class year, the college recognizes SCG officers as the official representatives of the entire student body.”
Santurri took the opportunity to discuss his priorities for the coming year. At the top of his list is greater outreach to the larger student body. “I want to make student government and its activities more inclusive and more diverse,” he said.
One way he hopes to involve more students on campus is to launch an executive board networking night, where leadership from different campus groups can collaborate. He explained that because most meetings for all clubs occur during the same time – free period – students participating in these groups have not had the opportunity to connect with each other.
He also hopes that SCG can host an evening open house so that students interested in becoming more involved on campus can have a convenient forum to learn about the range of RIC clubs available.