Erin Ahern '21
The duties of the President of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The President serves as the official representative of the student body of John Carroll University and is the chief executive officer of the Student Union. In the capacity of the Student Government chief executive, the President presides over the Student Government Senate and chairs the Executive Board. The President is the sole representative of the Student Government in all matters. The President has the authority to appoint students to serve on various University-wide committees to act as his or her representative. The President signs all legislation after Senate passage and has the authority to enforce the legislation as defined in the Constitution. He/She also serves on various University committees and sub-committees as well as holding a non-voting seat with the Board of Trustees.
Esther Ngemba '22
The duties of the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The duties of the Executive Vice President include assisting the President in any and all tasks presented to the individual. In the absence of the President the EVP is responsible for conducting the business the President would otherwise conduct. The EVP oversees the execution of the West Loop Shuttle and development of the Student Savings Club Program. It is the responsibility of the EVP to supervise the updates of all governing documents.
Maya Khawam '21
The duties of the Vice President for Business Affairs (VPBA) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 4 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The VPBA is required to make budgets for the Student Government, Student Union Programming Board (SUPB), and Legion of Student Organizations (LSO) each spring. This individual is also co-chair the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC). As a member of the Student Organization Review Board (SORB), this individual attends all Student Organization Budget Board (SOBB) meetings, and handles all check requests and journal entries for organizations. The VPBA is also responsible for keeping student organization officers up-to-date on their financial standing.
Information regarding organization numbers, account codes, and check requests can be found on the Student Organizations website.
Gabriella Morton '21
The duties of the Vice President for Judicial Affairs (VPJA) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 5 of the Constitution of the Student Government. This individual serves as the Chief Justice on the Student Government Hearing Board. His or her main responsibility on the board is to run and oversee the hearings and to ensure that the board members are impartial in their decisions. The VPJA ensures that students who come before the Hearing Board have the opportunity to fully tell their side of the story and to explain themselves. An open discussion is promoted, where students will feel comfortable enough to both talk to the board and ask any questions they may have. Above all, the Hearing Board emphasizes education and awareness, and the sanctions the board provides will help the students learn from the experience.
Information regarding violations to the Student Code of Conduct as well as the minimum disciplinary actions for such offenses can be found on the Student Conduct website.
Jason Gialamas '21
The duties of the Vice President for Student Organizations (VPSO) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 6 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The Vice President for Student Organizations is responsible for the Legion of Student Organizations (LSO) which is comprised of all the registered and recognized student organizations on campus (everything from American Chemical Society to Dance Ensemble). The VPSO provides programming, collaboration, communication, and financial support to student organizations, which is mainly done through the two branches of LSO–the Student Organization Budget Board (SOBB) and the Student Organization Review Board (SORB).
SOBB, as the financial branch, is responsible for the allocation of funds to the organizations which request money for events, trips, and/or supplies. SORB, as the administrative branch, enforces LSO policies as well as helps new groups become recognized student organizations. The VPSO chairs all committees and oversees their work. Additionally, the VPSO handles the “Of the Year” Leadership Awards given out every year at Inauguration to winning organizations, an advisor, and student leaders.
Forms and resources for student organizations can be found on the student org pages of the OSA website.
Information regarding starting a new student organization can be found on the starting a new organization site.
Jamie Durishin '21
The duties of the Vice President for Programming (VPP) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 7 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The VPP oversees and leads the Student Union Programming Board (SUPB), Homecoming Committee, Spring Concert Committee, and the Winter Formal Committee. This individual provides leadership for the long-term goals and strategy for SUPB and represents the organization in any official capacity. He or she is also in charge of developing a calendar of SUPB events, including dates, times, facilities, and cost.
SUPB Events include:
- Homecoming Week
- Welcome Back Concert
- Graffiti Party
- Streak Week Hypnotist
- Frozen Frenzy
- Casino Nights
- Wing/ Spa Night
- Craft Nights
- Bingo Nights
- Movie Nights
We also make trips to Cosmic Bowling, Laser Tag, Halloweekends at Cedar Point, Indians Games, Cavs Games, and MANY MORE!
Find out more about all the latest SUPB events on the SUPB website.
Philip Scherbakov '22
The duties of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VPDEI) are outlined in Article III, Section 7 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible to serve as an advocate for students whose identities have been historically minoritized, serve a representative at the Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, work with and engage John Carroll University on institutional-level issues as they relate to the realms of diversity, equity, and inclusion and remain in contact and have regular meetings with the following persons and departments: Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion; the Director of the Office of Student Engagement to ensure engagement of commuter students; the Office of Student Accessibility Services; the university’s Title IX Coordinator; and any other persons and departments necessary to fulfill the tasks of this position. They shall maintain regular contact with leaders within cultural organizations as recognized by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and organize diversity, equity, and inclusion training for Student Government Executive Board Officers and Senators to occur at the orientation for new and returning members at the beginning of the spring semester. In addition they shall work in conjunction with the Student Union Diversity and Inclusion Committee on the following: (1) the organizing of the annual Diversity Week, (2) the creation of workshops on minorities in leadership, and (3) any other activities or initiatives that necessary to fulfill both the tasks of the committee and this position and (4) to work with other members of the Student Union to undertake any new initiatives that may arise during his or her term.
Veronica Morgan '22
The duties of the Vice President for Communication (VPC) of the Student Government are outlined in Article III, Section 8 of the Constitution of the Student Government. The VPC is responsible for ensuring the John Carroll University community is well informed on Student Government events, meetings, and topics of discussion. The Student Union Newsletter is compiled under the direction of this individual. The VPC also prepares the minutes from each Senate meeting, publicizes these meetings, and maintains a blog as part of the Student Government website to provide insight for the general population as to the operation and activities of the Student Government. This individual is also responsible for ensuring the Student Government website is maintained and is the point person for all correspondence with the Carroll News and University Heights. The Communication Committee is formed and chaired by this individual.
The Communications Board: The Vice President for Communications will post information about forming a board to assist with publicity and communication tasks including social media, the Student Government newsletter, and event planning. Contact the VPC anytime if you are interested in helping out!
The Student Government Senate consists of six senators from each undergraduate class at John Carroll University, with one elected as the Class President. Senators convene on a weekly basis Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Murphy room to discuss the happenings of the prior week, from student advocacy committee work to the latest issues and concerns of the campus community. All legislation must be approved by the Senate, and any issues or concerns can be brought to these students. These meetings are open and all JCU students are welcome to attend!
All Senators are required to be an active member of at least one student advocacy committee. All of these committees work with university administration, faculty, and/or staff on problems or issues that arise.