School Of Pharmacy Student Elected President Of Student Government Association
PGY2 student pharmacist Olivia Erickson has been elected president of the Duquesne University Student Government Association (SGA). More than 1,000 students participated in the election, which was held online on February 21.
Erickson said that prior to being placed on the ballot, she had to go through a GPA verification process and gather signatures from 576 students. She and her running mate, sophomore education major Maria Miller, campaigned for votes by meeting with various student organizations. Miller was elected Vice President of Communications. The newly elected SGA executive board members were sworn in during 11:00 Mass on March 26.
Votes were placed from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight on election day. "When the election was over, e-mails were sent to all of the candidates with the results. I was with my running mate when we got the e-mail, and we were pretty overwhelmed and ecstatic when we learned that we had won," Erickson said. She had previously served as a member of the SGA Senate, as well as in the student government at Mars High School.
The SGA meets regularly with University administration to act as a liaison between students and the University. The organization is also responsible for multiple services and activities, including hosting Night of Lights, funding the Loop Bus, and maintaining a membership with the Pittsburgh Student Government Council (PSGC), which is a collection of Pittsburgh universities that united to help further the voice of students in Pittsburgh.
"Congratulations to Olivia on her SGA presidency. She represents the University and the School of Pharmacy well, said Dean J. Douglas Bricker.
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