What is Student Association?

As outlined in the Preamble of the Student Association Charter:


“We, the students of Saginaw Valley State University, do establish the Student Association of Saginaw Valley State University to represent student concern and advance student priorities, to serve as a catalyst for positive University change, to provide information and leadership to the student body, to increase campus involvement, to faithfully administer the expenditures of Student Association funds, and to contribute to the improvement of the educational experience of the students.”


 

At the end of each school year the students at Saginaw Valley State University vote to elect a Student Association President and twenty Representatives to serve the following year. Through these individuals, a Speaker of the House and a group of committee chairs are chosen. Currently, the organization is made up of four main committees: Student Concerns, Allocations Committee, Campus Events, Public Information and Legislation & External Affairs.

Student Association serves as the voice of the student body, and it is their duty to serve the students at Saginaw Valley State University as outlined in the charter.

Through the General Service Fee (GSF), Student Association receives $.60 per credit hour from every student enrolled at SVSU. This results in a budget of about $130,000. A significant portion of this budget is set aside to be allocated to registered student organizations (RSOs) and individual students. Through an allocation process, RSOs are able to receive SA funds to support a program, banquet, or organizational cost. Individuals also have the opportunity to receive SA funds to attend conferences, study abroad, and participate in other leadership developing activities. SA funds are also used within the organization itself. Each year they offer a wide variety of programs and services to the campus community.

Student Association also works in getting the campus engaged within the community. Two events that stem from the organization: Battle of the Valleys and Relay for Life, allow students the opportunity to become more involved on campus while helping out a great cause. Battle of the Valleys is an annual fundraising competition between SVSU and GVSU's student body that occurs the week before the rivals' football game. Organized by the student governments at each university, the goal of the competition is to raise as much money as possible for a local charity. This past year SVSU won the competition when we raised over $37,000 for The Boys and Girls Club of Saginaw.

Student Association also funds Relay for Life, an event on campus that raises funds for cancer research. Relay for Life occurs on campus and individuals spend many months getting sponsors and raising money. The night of Relay for Life is spent celebrating those who have defeated cancer, resemble those who have lost their lives, and fight back for those who have cancer. This past year SVSU students helped raise just under $50,000.

Serving the students of Saginaw Valley State University is a big responsibility, but over the years Student Association has continued to grow and develop.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 989.964.4232 or stop by our office at Doan 103.