Student Life and the Student Government Association (SGA) at Raritan Valley Community College hosted the Student Leadership Celebration May 13 in the Grand Conference Center.
The celebration awarded Gold Level recognition to student clubs/organizations for their accomplishments this year. This was based on event evaluations and officer peer performance evaluations.
The celebration also recognized 42 student clubs/organizations and their 168 officers, more than 700 active members and more than 150 campus events—which over 7,000 students attended.
Harmonally Balanced, RVCC’s student a capella group, sang during the National Anthem, intermission and the closing. A slideshow with photos of clubs/organizations throughout the year was shown halfway through the celebration.
The celebration ended with recognition of this year's SGA, the inauguration of next year's SGA and a dance performances by the Hip Hop Club and Filipino PEACE Club.
Gold Level Results:
Criteria: The project met a need at the college, the project was organized, the planning met Student Life timelines and deadlines and a majority of the members participated in the project.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), A Joyful Feast: Provided a Thanksgiving dinner for college students who may not have had a family to have dinner with and brought together those who think of RVCC as family.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), College Completion Campaign: Encouraged hundreds of students to sign a pledge that they would not just take classes but work towards completing their degree at RVCC.
Criteria: The project met a need in our community, the project was well organized, the planning met Student Life timelines and deadlines and a majority of the members participated in the project.
Bio/Chem Club, Little Scientists Family Fun Night: Brought over 125 young community children to campus to learn and get excited about science at an early age.
Enactus, Big Dan’s Bike Shop: Teaches at risk youth in Bound Brook basic leadership and financial planning skills. Enactus earned an $85,000 grant towards sustaining this project.
Astronomy Club, Out of This World Family Fun Night: Over 200 young children came to RVCC’s Planetarium to learn about Astronomy and the night skies over Raritan.
Orgullo Latino Club (OLC), Latin Love Night: A night of dance that raised over $300 for a children’s hospital.
Filipino PEACE Club (FPC), Score for Hope: A basketball tournament to rasie money for the American Cancer Society.
OLC, CRECER: Brought over 100 at risk high school students to RVCC to inspire them to attend college.
Criteria: The project met a need in the global community, the project was well organized, the planning met Student Life timelines and deadlines and a majority of the members participated in the project.
Rotaract, Feed the Need: Packed over 20,000 meals with over 75 volunteers.
CRU, FPC, International Students Club, Enactus, Astronomy Club, Bio/Chem Club, BACCHUS, Improv Club, Education Club and SGA, More Than Me.
Criteria: Majority of members attended at least one event from the Multicultural Programming Series and planed at least one multicultural event that raises cultural awareness or educates on a diverse culture or background.
International Students Club and Muslim Students Association (MSA), Culture Shock: Dance and fashion celebrating various cultures.
SLAP Board, Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: A multi-media and vocal performance educating students about the civil rights movement.
United Caribbean Students Club (UCSC), Taste of Caribbean Culture and Flavor: Talked about and served sample dishes of Caribbean food, handed out menus with descriptions of the food and presented a slideshow of Caribbean countries.
Rotaract, Grand Cultural Fest: Celebration and fundraiser for Operation Smile using food, dance and music.
Criteria: Majority of members were involved in planning, high attendance, contributed to campus community and reflected mission of organization and/or college.
Enactus. FLIP Series
SLAP Board and The Record. Speak Easy Open Mic Night
SLAP Board and OLC, “Vampires vs. Zombies” Halloween Bash & Benefit
OLC, RVCC’s Got Talent
PTK, TD Bank Leadership Series
Game Creation Club, Global Game Jam
Film Maker’s Club, Terminator: War of the Machines
Innovative and New Events
BACCHUS, Spring Break Blowout Mock Tail Party
Black Student Alliance (BSA), Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Social action collective with English faculty
FPC, Mr. RVCC
Film Maker’s Club, Terminator: War of the Machines
Improv Club, Improvaganza
MSA & International Students Association, Culture Shock Fashion Show
SLAP Board, Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
SLAP Board and The Record, Speak Easy Open Mic Night
TWLOHA, Poetry Slam & Master Class featuring celebrity poet Sierra De Mulder
High Attendance at Meeting
Criteria: Had over 25 people regularly attend their meetings.
Criminal Justice Club, CRU, Enactus, FPC, MSA, OLC, Paralegal Club, PTK, The Record, Student Nurses Association (SNA) and Ultimate Frisbee Club.
Debate Club, International Students Club, MSA, Reflection Room Planning Board, Students of the Women’s Center, Toastmaster’s, Ultimate Frisbee Club and UCSC.
Gold Level Clubs/Organizations
Criteria: Participate in Fall and Spring Recruitment Days, plan a campus event each semester related to the mission of the organization, plan events effectively and in a timely fashion, complete an Event Evaluation for all events, officers meet regularly and consult with advisor regularly and SGA Representatives give reports at monthly SGA General Assembly Meetings.
Astronomy Club, Bio/Chem Club, CRU, FPC, Film Maker’s Club, Harmonally Balanced, Improv Club, PTK, Radio Club, The Record, SLAP Board, TWLOHA and Ultimate Frisbee Club.
Vice President of Finance
Criteria: Accurately maintained all records, submitted all budget requests according to deadlines, communicated regularly with SGA VP of Finance, gave regular reports to members on budget status, coordinated effective fundraisers and attended all officer meetings.
Rachel McGahey, TWLOHA; Nicole Wydner, Ultimate Frisbee Club; and Katrina Acquino, FPC
Vice President of Info/Media
Critera: Maintain accurate records of member participation, attendance, business and information, share minutes/agendas from all meetings with membership, maintain active social media presence for organization, submit monthly reports to SGA, submit reports and event evaluations to Student Life in a timely fashion.
Lauren McArthur, TWLOHA; Justin Guerra, FPC; and Karey Hornbaker, SNA
Executive Vice President
Criteria: Assist the president in all endeavors, inspire and motivate members and fellow officers, keep meetings organized and purposeful and set goals and helped organization achieve those goals.
Ben Auletta, The Record; Fariaa Israr, The Record; Mark Negron, OLC; Daniel Mobo, FPC; Nina Di Marco, BACCHUS; and Ryan Villanueva, SLAP Board
Criteria: Provided direction and structure for all meetings, delegated responsibility and kept members involved, communicated regularly with SGA and Student Life, involved members in developing goals and a vision for the organization and helped organization accomplish goals that reflect its mission.
Sagar Solanki, Improv Club; Nathan Bott, Radio Club; Darek Wojtowicz, Rotaract; Christine Hatfield, TWLOHA; Christian Rosario, The Record; Hadir El Farra, MSA; Eddie Veltre, Film Maker’s Club; Giovanna Noe, Bio/Chem Club; Ryan Roberts, PTK; and Rachel Urban, SNA
Featured image caption:
(Left to right) Ronnie Weyl, Director of RVCC Foundation, Emily Torres, Christian Hatefield and DeAnna Nicholson.