SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association (SA)
At SUNY Plattsburgh our students have a voice — a real voice — one that truly matters.
With an annual budget of over $1 million, the Student Association (SA) plans events, sponsors clubs and organizations, advocates for students and is a true partner with the college. As a student, you are automatically a member, but why not run for an office — it's one of the best campus leadership positions at the college. Talk about setting you up for success!
So Much More Than Just Clubs
As the SUNY Plattsburgh student government, the SA is part of the decision making process at the college. That's the Plattsburgh way, simply put.
All students pay a Student Association fee that funds all the clubs and organizations, supports tutoring services, a student shuttle bus, a small-loan service, student travel for conferences, vacation bus subsidies, student activities, concerts and more. In addition, the SA purchases artwork and sponsors the Student Association Memorial Scholarship. The SA advocates for students concerns and participates in the governance of the college — and the college listens. SUNY Plattsburgh is what is in large part to the SA.
As a student you can participate in any of the organizations and activities sponsored by the SA, but if you don't find something you're interested in, come into the SA office (on the first floor of the Angell College Center) and find out how to start your own new club or organization.
The SA leadership is comprised of an Executive Council, Student Senate, SA Court and committees.
President: Rudaba Ahmed
Rudaba is a junior majoring in economics and finance with a minor in accounting. Rudaba is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her major goal is to bridge the gap between students and the college through advocacy, collaboration, and inclusion.
As the President of the Student Association for the 58th legislation, Rudaba is the representative and the advocate of the student body. Her roles include serving as the designated voting delegate in SUNY Student Assembly, calling meetings and presiding over the Executive Council.
Executive Vice President: Jennifer Stanton
Jennifer is a junior majoring in environmental science with a minor in economic and environmental sustainability. She is from Schoharie, N.Y. Jennifer serves as the executive vice president (EVP) of the Student Association for the 58th legislation. Jennifer’s goals are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the student association (SA). Through collaboration and communication, she aims to find strategies that will best represent and advocate for the needs of the entire student body.
As the executive vice president of the Student Association for the 58th legislation, Jennifer performs the duties of the president in the absence or inability of the president. Her roles include to serve as the vice-chair of the Executive Council, the chair of the Legislative Review Board, office manager of the SA and the official envoy between the Executive Council and the Senate. She has the authority to draft rules, procedures and office policies. She is responsible for maintaining a calendar of all SA events, organizing the SA banquet and collaborating with SA advisers to plan training events.
Treasurer: Saugat Gautam
Saugat is a double major in political science and economics. Treasurer Saugat writes, “I want to give you a transparent and effective Student Association, designed to meet what you need and what you want. With things changing rapidly from COVID, we need the SA to be able to adapt to those changes and make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, whether college remains hybrid, in-person, or even virtual.SA to be able to adapt to those changes and make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, whether college remains hybrid, in-person, or even virtual. I cannot stress this enough – The money coming to the SA is YOUR MONEY, and I’ll make sure to do my part in making sure your money is going straight to you, to things where you want it to go.”
As the treasurer, Saugat serves as the financial officer of the SA and oversees all income and expenses. Roles include reviewing all budget requests of SA recognized organizations for the following fiscal year, creating and revise all SA transaction and notification forms, and drafting policies related to finance and for other necessary duties. He has the authority to execute all contracts of the SA, to approve budget line transfers, and to enact a freeze on any SA affiliated organization’s account when appropriate.
Coordinator of Public Relations: Naomi Tegybelu
Naomi is a sophomore majoring in marketing and international business and she is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She aims to increase the transparency of the Student Association and to establish and strengthen campus communication networks. She aspires to make sure that students are well informed of all campus events and activities and that students are part of the decision making process.
As the coordinator of public relations, Naomi is responsible for promoting all executive and legislative functions of the SA, overseeing the PR board, supporting the Board of Elections with promotion, submitting weekly updates to Cardinal Points and updating SA information for the college website.
Coordinator of Student Affairs & Diversity: Mariam (Rosee) Kebe
Rosee is a junior majoring in marketing and she is from Bronx, N.Y. She aims to host guest speakers who will empower and relate to students. She wants to ensure that students feel represented on campus and are satisfied with their college experience.
As the coordinator of student affairs and diversity, Mariam serves as the liaison between the student body and all relevant areas of student life. Her roles are to advocate between the student body, the college administration, SUNY central, the New York state government and with all SUNY schools. She also serves as the SUNY Plattsburgh representative to the SUNY Student Assembly. She is responsible for any outreach and advocacy of underrepresented groups and individuals on campus.
Coordinator of Clubs & Organizations: Ivanna Menezes
Ivanna is a senior majoring in psychology and she is from Dubai, U.A.E.
As the coordinator of clubs and organizations, Ivanna is responsible for handling the concerns and issues of all clubs and organizations on campus. She actively assists with the club and organizations involvement fair and club officer training. She has the authority to conduct reviews of all campus clubs and organizations every fall semester.
Coordinator of Activities: Lauren Safford
Lauren is a senior majoring in nursing with a minor in sociology. She is from Brooklyn, N.Y. Her goals for this year are to plan enjoyable events for students, to lower the price of existing events, and to enhance existing events. She aims to create different types of events and to receive input from students on what they would like to see on campus.
As the coordinator of activities, Lauren oversees the Activities Coordination Board Committee and the operation of all social, cultural and recreational programs affiliated and sponsored by the SA. She is responsible for managing SA property being used for any activity including SA’s Burghy suit and the popcorn machine.
Coordinator of Academics: Ahmed Metwaly
Ahmed Metwaly is a sophomore majoring in MIS and Accounting with a minor in Political Science. He is from Alexandria, Egypt. His goal is to increase awareness of his office and the SA in general. Ahmed hopes to help students stay informed of changes to their academics and communicate student concerns to faculty.
As the coordinator of academics, Ahmed is responsible for coordinating all SA sponsored academic programs, aiding students to develop leadership skills, and working closely together with the student body, administration, and faculty academic policymakers. He also serves as an ex-officio to the faculty senate.
Coordinator for the Arts: Rickell Larose
Rickell is a junior majoring in studio art, BFA graphic design and sculpture. She is from Swanton, Vermont. Her goals are to engage the campus community with the art on campus and to create a conversation about artworks being showcased. Also, she aims to diversify the acquisition of art so that students become more engaged with campus art. Rickell aspires to create inclusive events for the appreciation of the arts.
As the coordinator of the arts , Rickell is responsible for the implementation and coordination of all campus art events sponsored by the SA. She also serves as the chair of the Art Acquisition Board and the Campus Arts Council and works closely with the art department and other campus or community art programs.
- Student Senate
The Judicial Branch of the Student Association (Often referred to as the SA Court), is responsible for hearing cases of challenges to acts of the Student Association and ruling on their constitutionality, cases of impeachment of elected SA officials, and is responsible for arbitrating disputes between the Executive and Legislative branches and cases concerning breaches of the respective branches' Bylaws. This branch is made up of the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and a Court Clerk.
Academic Affairs Board
The Academic Affairs Board (AAB) is dedicated in representing the student body in academic matters. We work to bridge the gap between students and students, as well as between students and faculty. We work with faculty and deans of different departments to work out solutions for current problems on campus regarding academics. With their help we write up policies and come up with innovative plans. We set goals every semester and work as a team to makes it happen. To join the board please contact the Coordinator of Academics, Sarar Zaman.
Activities Coordination Board
The Activities Coordination Board (ACB) is involved in creating and planning events around campus for students to enjoy. These events include movies at Cumberland 12, trips to places like Six Flags, Spring Carnival and weekly coffee house. The ACB consists of six different committees: Athletics, Special Events, Coffee House, Promotions and the Concert Committee and F.E.N.T., (films, entertainment, novelties, and trips). To join any of the Committees under the ACB, please contact the Coordinator of Activities Lauren Safford.
Art Acquisition Board
Art Acquisition Board is responsible for the discussion, voting and purchase of artwork to be owned by the Student Association which is also curated and maintained by the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum. Each semester the board must purchase artwork to add to the SA’s collection that is within the budget that will be an asset to the collection as well as increase the value of the collection. Any student is eligible to become a voting member of Art Acquisition Board. After attending three meetings the student will be considered a voting member. The board strives to purchase strong artworks that will be displayed on campus to benefit the students and further show the schools support and dedication to the arts. To join the board please contact the Coordinator of The Arts Rickell Larose.
Finance board is responsible for allocating SA fee to student organizations in an efficient and timely manner, and to ensure transparency of processes, deadlines, policies, and decisions. The finance board must strive to find a balance between funding what are accepted to be the most popular and deserving events while simultaneously ensuring that small niche groups have a chance at funding as well. To join the Finance Board, please contact the Treasurer Ha Nguyen.
Legislative Review Board
Legislation Review Board, is responsible for aiding the legislative process by reviewing proposed legislation and providing recommendations based on clarity, constitutionality, and potential impact. The Legislation Review Board shall assist any Student Association member who requests assistance with drafting written legislation or Student Association programs. The Legislation Review Board may vote to recommend a document or piece of legislation to the Executive or Legislative Branch. To join the board, please contact the Executive Vice President Jennifer Stanton.
Public Relations Board
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for planning and organize all student association outreach and marketing for several events on campus and to raise awareness of the student association and the services it provides. To join the Public Relations Board, please contact the Coordinator of Public Relations Naomi Tegybelu.
Student Affairs Board
The Student Affairs Board is responsible for providing services to the student body such as the daily shuttle bus, the 5-hour pre-licensing course, the voter registration campaign and much more. Members of the board are able to propose programs and services, vote on them and offer them to the campus body. To join the board please contact the Coordinator of Student Affairs and Diversity Rosee Kebe.
Student Diversity Board
The student diversity board is responsible for addressing the concerns of groups including but not limited to: students of color, women, religious minorities, LGBTQ students and more. The members of the board can do so through different means such as hosting speakers, organizing workshops, establishing discussion groups (student or faculty led) or any other way which seems fit. To join the board please contact the Coordinator of Student Affairs and Diversity Rosee Kebe.