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Kimberly Garrison Elected New Student Association President

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Kimberly Garrison, who ran unopposed for president of the Student Association (SA) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, will take over that position Jan. 1, 2007.

Garrison, a junior anthropology major from Canajoharie, N.Y., served as the SA executive vice president this past year. She is an active member of the campus community and serves as a resident assistant, an orientation leader, student ambassador, Project HELP coordinator and admissions intern. She also serves on numerous committees and councils such as the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the College Auxiliary Board of Directors.

Garrison replaces Michael Cashman, who was the first president of the SA to be elected and serve two consecutive terms. Cashman, who received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2003, will graduate with a master's in student affairs during Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16.

"The position of SA president means a lot to me because it has been held by some great campus leaders," said Garrison. "It gives me an opportunity to develop myself and others around me as we mature into a group of adults that will be successful in the future. My biggest reason for taking on the position is to work more with the student body to achieve greater student involvement and engagement.  People knowing how the SA can assist them through their journey as students here at Plattsburgh can make their experience that much greater."

Garrison said that she is very excited about getting started and plans to hit the ground running.

"Some of my goals for next year are to bring in a consultant to examine the SA's structure and the way that we do things in the SA," she said. "We are also going to be focusing on student involvement and engagement to increase it and make it that much better.  I am also looking to work more closely with our campus media to increase awareness of programs that exist both within the SA and amongst their entities as well."

Other SA executive positions went to the following students:
Executive Vice President: Jacob Avery , an adolescence education major from Vernon, N.Y.
Vice President of Academics: John Christman , a history major from Johnstown, N.Y.
Vice President of Activities: Elizabeth Thompson , a communications disorders and science major from Black River, N.Y.
Vice President of Arts: Rachel Bark , a special/childhood music education major from Perry, N.Y.
Vice President of Organizations: Tammy Rock , a history major from Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Vice President of Central Affairs: Angel Acosta , an anthropology major from New York, N.Y.
Vice President of Finances: Ernest Obubah , a finance major from Rockaway Park, N.Y.
Vice President of Student Services: Amanda Belden , a communications disorders and science major from Ticonderoga, N.Y.
Chief Justice of Student Court of Appeals: Leanna Robertson , a biology major from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Associate Justices: Joseph Murphy , a student affairs graduate student from Cambridge, N.Y., and Nicola Tesheira , a biology major from Trinidad and Tobago


Students also had the opportunity to vote on a referendum in support of a green energy initiative, which, if adopted by the Student Association, would create an optional $3 student fee per semester. The referendum passed by a wide margin with more than 700 "yes" votes of the nearly 1,100 students who voted during the election on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The referendum was sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee, a student organization on campus. The optional $3 fee would go towards purchasing increased renewable energy resources and carbon dioxide emissions credits. EAC said the fee is expected to raise $20,000 per year and would eventually have a significant impact on our energy consumption footprint. SUNY Plattsburgh would be the second college in New York to initiate such a program.

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