The applications for Freshman Senate are now available. This is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and gives four freshman the chance to represent their class on the student body Senate with the rest of SGA. To apply for the position, you must get over 110 freshman signatures to endorse your campaign and fill out the appropriate application. This can be accessed at <http://uksga.org> under the "Applications & Resources" page or in room 120 of the Student Center. The applications are due by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 so be sure to get started now! Stop by the SGA office or comment to learn more.
LEXINGTON, Ky (Sept. 7, 2011) – We are a few weeks into the semester and the long-awaited weekend of UK’s first home football game has finally arrived. This weekend’s game against Central Michigan offers new and returning students the chance to see their Cats play in Commonwealth Stadium for the first time this semester. Did you know that during a UK home game, the stadium alone becomes the third largest city in the Commonwealth? It’s no secret that the city of Lexington loves football and all of the events surrounding the games, including tailgates and pep rallies. Please remember to use your best judgment this weekend and keep safety your first priority. We also ask that you do your best to come out in force, cheer on our football team, and help make Saturday a great victory. I hope you all are as excited as I am for what I’m sure will be an incredible game.
In other news, there are plenty of upcoming TallyCats events that give you even more chances to accumulate points and score swag! The next event is the Wildcat Rhythm Reggae Festival, held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Student Center Harris Grand Ballroom. Make sure to keep an eye out for the people in the bright neon shirts and swipe your Wildcard to win free prizes. The event shortly after that is the UK Women’s Soccer game against Louisville. This game is on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the UK Soccer Complex. Be sure to come out and support to help our women’s soccer team win us state bragging rights for the year. For more events, check out http://www.tallycats.com and be sure to remember your student ID card.
Another update from SGA is the work that the Wildcat Interest Group has been doing to make sure that students’ interests are represented at a state-wide level. Soon, the Board of Student Body Presidents (BSBP), consisting of all the Student Body Presidents from universities across the Commonwealth, will be meeting to discuss the installation of WIG across multiple universities. This will greatly increase WIG’s lobbying power and will create a group of unified students across the state who are interested in supporting many of the needs that we all have. If you are interested in working with WIG or if you just want to learn more, stop by the SGA office in room 120 of the Student Center and ask us about it.
Don’t forget to go to http://uksga.org and click on the tab “Applications & Resources” to check out the applications through SGA that are either due soon or will be released in the next week. For freshman looking for a great way to get involved on campus, the Freshman Leadership Development Program applications will be due on Friday, Sept. 9. Interviews for this prestigious program will be help on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the evening. Another application that becomes available on Friday, Sept. 9 is that for Student Childcare grants, created to provide financial assistance to students with children. These are due on Friday, Sept. 23 so don’t procrastinate! Finally, look out for Freshman Senate applications, which are set to become available in the next week.
Starting on Sunday, Sept. 11, the William T. Young Library will be opened for 24 hours during 5 days of the week. Make sure to use this resource to your advantage, as many classes will begin to have exams soon. When you do have a free moment from studying, come to some of the programs that SGA will be at and have a chat with us. Until then, be sure to support your Women’s Soccer team and the Men’s Football team in their games this weekend, and show why the University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Pride is so great. Go Cats!
Student Body President
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2011) - Welcome back students! With the first full week of class under way, I’m sure there are many new and familiar emotions starting to surface. As an upperclassman, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic at seeing the new students on campus rush from class to class wide-eyed, hoping to find their way to what seems to be the only building not on the campus directory. Both new and returning students may be feeling a mix of apprehension and excitement as their schedules rapidly fill up with homework and a multitude of various activities that the University offers. These first few weeks are a period of transition for all of us, whether it be from starting out as a freshman who finds him or herself the youngest in a school with 27,000+ students, a transfer student who wants to find a foothold in an unfamiliar place, or a new senior who felt as if the last few years went by in the blink of an eye. These transitions can be difficult ones, and your Student Government wants to let you know that we are here not only to help make these transitions as smooth as possible, but to experience them right along with you.
Those of you who were involved in K Week already learned a little bit about what makes the University of Kentucky such a special place to be, as you experienced everything from the great Wildcat Pride during Big Blue U to the many organizations on campus in the Student Involvement Fair. At many of these events, you may have seen members of SGA joining in the fun, as well as the TallyCats team swiping student IDs so that you can score swag. From K Week alone, twenty-five students won multiple prizes including an ipod and a free semester of books! In order to win in the future, make sure you come out to as many TallyCats events as possible and don’t forget to swipe. Our next event is the Hangover 2, put on by SAB’s Cheap Seats at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Worsham Theater in the Student Center. To find out about more events, check out http://uknow.uky.edu/calendar and select TallyCats to see our full calendar. Be sure to stop by! After an event, also make sure to head to http://www.tallycats.com and login with your LinkBlue ID to check your point totals and learn more about the program.
For all freshman who are looking to become more involved on campus, be sure to sign up for the Freshman Leadership Development Program, which was created by Student Government in order to create opportunities for freshman to work with members from various campus organizations and to hone their leadership skills in the process. Applications for the program are due by Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. so don’t procrastinate! Freshman can find more information or apply online under the “Applications & Resources” tab at http://uksga.org, SGA’s personal website. The website is getting a new look soon, so be sure to keep checking it out for more news and updates about our other programs created for students.
One of these programs that is in its second semester on campus is the UK Cats Cruiser, created by the Student Government to ensure student safety while traveling on and off campus during weekend nights. The Cats Cruiser service began on Aug. 25, 2011 this semester, with the same routes created last semester. A detailed description of these routes can be found online at http://uksga.org/programs-services/catscruiser, and hours of operation are from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Last semester, this service had well over 7,000 riders, and we are looking to surpass that number this semester. For the future of this program, GPS installation and the development of a Cats Cruiser mobile app is currently in the works. If you need a safe ride on weekends, make it Cats Cruiser!
Student Government also has programs to help any UK students who have children and are in need of financial assistance with daycare. Student Government Childcare Grant applications become available on Friday, Sept. 9 and are due on Friday, Sept. 23. We know being a student is not easy – being a parent and a student doubles that challenge. These grants, awarded each semester by SGA, demonstrate our commitment to providing additional funding and resources to students that need assistance caring for their children while they attend class. The grants are limited in number and are awarded according to a demonstrated need by the student. Apply by visiting www.uksga.org and clicking on the Applications & Resources tab. If there are any questions, please stop by our office or call (859) 257-3191.
Student Government’s newest service this year is the Wildcat Interest Group, a student lobbying program created to bring student interests to life in Frankfort and Washington D.C. WIG includes multiple student ambassadors who will speak directly to State Representatives on the students’ behalf. Part of this program is an initiative called “Wildcats in Washington,” which will help UK students find available internships and housing in D.C. for those who are interested in becoming future ambassadors for our University and the great State of Kentucky.
As you can see, we’re working hard to ensure the needs of students are met and we are always looking for students to help us out. If you have something you’re passionate about changing, stop by and let’s have a conversation about it. Our door is always open and we are here to advocate on your behalf. Let’s work together to ensure that our community of students has the best experience possible and that all of our interests are voiced. I look forward to seeing you in the near future at TallyCats events and all the other great programs our university organizations offer. Go Cats!
Student Body President
I can't believe the summer is over. My bags are packed, the car is loaded, and tomorrow I head back to campus to begin my final year on campus. Time goes by quickly and if you're a freshman coming to UK you won't believe how much faster College goes than anything before.
This summer has gone by faster than usual thanks to how busy it has been! Over the last few weeks Student Government has created a brand new program, the Wildcat Interest Group. The WIG is a non-partisan lobbying organization that will push for higher education support amongst our elected officials (if you're interested in reading more check out the KY Kernel's article http://kykernel.com/2011/07/27/student-leaders-push-for-lobbying-in-fran... ). With the WIG in mind a few of our executive members traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Kentucky Congressional Delegation and discuss the future and how important higher education is in preparing the next generation of leaders. In addition to the WIG we have been working to guarantee existing programs from our free legal services to the Cat's Cruiser a late night safe transportion system for students.
After the work and travel of the summer we are all excited as K Week is about to begin and our newest freshman class of over 4,500 students travels to Lexington, Kentucky to begin their college career. As someone who has participated in K Week events for three years I can tell you that the week of programming is great and you shouldn't miss a thing. From free shirts to food you'll always have something to take home and you will make countless friends. Be sure to go to some of the biggest events and bring your parents to the New Student Induction Ceremony for the official start of K Week (to see a full schedule of K Week events head to www.uky.edu/KWeek).
Student Government will be ready for K Week and we are all looking forward to serving our student body this coming year. Please feel free to come to us for help, advice, or to get involved. For freshman students in the fall we offer a great range of involvement from the Leadership Development Program run by Vice President Nikki Hurt to the election of our four Freshman Senators to the Student Government Senate. In addition after a few weeks we will be needing additional help in the office with a great range of positions available. Please check out website www.uksga.org for more information.
One last piece of advice - Look for our Tally Cats swipers in their bright yellow neon shirts. Tally Cats is a great program where by going to events you can swipe your Wildcard ID to get points. The more points you have the more likely you are to get free prizes from televisions to a free semester of books!
SGA is here to serve you. If you have any questions or concerns you may email me personally. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you on campus this Friday!
Student Body President