By: Madison Brand
The Associated Students of Skagit Valley College (ASSVC) is a group of elected students that meet to represent the student body. They work with faculty to serve the changes students want to see in the administration. The student body is in charge of electing their representatives in the spring and fall months. Students are encouraged to get involved as much as possible to help make the changes they would like to see on campus.
The Student Government is made up of executive officers and a legislature. Among the executive officers include The President, Flor Zamorano-Beltran, The Treasurer, YiLin (Lorraine) Zhou, and The Secretary, Cynthia Ocampo. There are multiple student representatives among the Student Government. Junghoun Ko is Club Relations and Communications Representative and Tatum Kenn is the Community Service Representative. The students in charge of student and instructional issues are Kohei Mori, the Instructional Issues Representative, and Khade Muangkroot as the Student Services Issues Representative. In charge of Technology and Distance Education Outreach is Bella Rose. Rivandha Priyono, international student from Indonesia is the Transportation, Saftey, and Parking Representative, and Allison Nichols is the Sustainability Representative.
Khade Muangkroot, the Student Services Issues Representative and international student from Thailand had some good information about what is coming up for student government. Khade said the most exciting thing about being in Student Government is, “that we have an opportunity to manage part of the budget.” When asked what upcoming events Student Government is working with, he described that everyone in Student Government is part of different committees and are all working on a variety of things. He said one thing he would like to see blossom is lowering the high price of textbooks. The idea would be to “collect textbooks from students that are willing to donate them after the quarter is over, that way students in the future can borrow or rent from professors.”. One thing Student Government is working on along with the community is a food pantry project. Muangkroot says “the idea is to support students that are struggling financially and can’t afford groceries… our vision is to further serve up to the community scale…”
Rivandha Priyono, Transportation, Saftey, and Parking Representative and international student from Indonesia briefly spoke about student government. When asked what the most exciting about being a student government officer is, he replied, “communicating between the students and faculty.” He said that one of the biggest things not only ASSVC Student Government is addressing, but Student Government bodies across the state of Washington is lowering the cost
of textbooks for all college students. When asked what kind of change he would like to see for the students, he said he would like to see more student involvement in clubs, events, and other activities on campus.
All students and staff can attend meetings at any time. The date, time, and location of meetings are posted in the Student Government office on campus. Weekly meetings occur each Monday from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Meetings are typically held in the Multipurpose Room (C-172) in the Cardinal Center. For more information on how to become involved, you can reach a Student Government Advisor at (360)-416-7611.