Introduction to the Student government association
Student Government Association is an organization that represents the student body as a whole. It is a governing body that is tasked with ensuring the student voice is heard. The platform I ran on, “David did it. So can we.” Depicts how a biblical story can empower students to stand even when all odds are against us. We have made changes thus far and because David did it. We can too. Thank you for visiting out page. I hope you get a chance to learn a little more about those that serve you.
Jessica Tolbert, SGA President
The mission of the Student Government Association is to provide Claflin University Students with representation, services and advocacy within the University structure.
The student government association provides quality leadership and accountability to its constituency by recognizing that strength arises from diversity, engagement, and dialogue.
All students of Claflin University are encouraged to be active members of the Student Government Association. The office of the Student Government Association is located in Room 112 Campus Center. The role of this organization is to represent the students in matters relating to the general welfare of the student body in accordance with the powers invested in it by The College Administration and/or Board of Trustees. The Student Government Association is the official representative of the students and offers opportunities to share concerns, express opinions, jointly participate in the resolution of problems and make recommendations to the proper officials of the College. The Association and its representatives on committees, provide students a role in institutional decision making.
Student Government Association Executive Board
Student Government Association President
Jessica Tolbert is from Chattanooga, TN. She is a junior biochemistry major with the aspirations of completing her PhD. She has written and illustrated a children’s book titled Mr. Peanut and the Antibody Officers. In addition to her love for the sciences, she loves to enjoy nature. Her favorite past time is finding new restaurants. Most importantly, her love for God is at the forefront of her life. Jessica is an avid learner and an eager servant leader. The world needs visionaries and she aims to continually promote that idea by promoting opportunities for students to actively participate.
Student Government Association Vice President
Chelsey Williams is a junior English Education major with a minor in political science. She is a native of East Dublin, Georgia. In addition to serving as the Vice President of the Student Government Association, she also serves as the President of the CU Senate, as well as the co-chair of the Food and Nutrition Board. She enjoys traveling the world, and her favorite animal is the koala bear. Her leadership goals for the 2017-2018 school year include strengthening the connection between students and administration through the use of Town Hall meetings, improving the food the cafe, and drafting proposals for the implementation of a royal court, a bicameral legislative branch, and a more student-friendly visitation policy. Her advice for developing leaders is: If you have the urge to inspire, go forth. Don’t waste time wondering if you are the person for the job and be the person for the job. The comfort zone is merely the settling grounds for mediocrity. Leadership can be a learned trait, so if you want to test your true potential, seek opportunities that completely frighten you but that you are willing to work hard for. If God put it on your heart, it may be meant for you. You never know. You might surprise yourself!
Student Activities Board President
Tamera Jones is a junior Biochemistry major from Columbia, South Carolina. Her leadership goal for the 2017-2018 school year as SAB President is to make more events that are inclusive to the student body as a whole. Tamera find the following quote by the late Nelson Mandela to be inspirational: “ A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
Student Government Association Business Manager
Tyrell is a senior Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. He is a native of North, South Carolina. His leadership goal for the 2017-2018 school year as the SGA business manager is to manage funds through SGA in hopes of coordinating with the entire Student Government Association administration and Student Activities Board to plan different events that appeal to the student body.
Student Government Association Recording Secretary
Olamide Adebowale is a senior Biochemistry major from Richmond, Virginia. However, she is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. She also serves as the co-chair of the Food and Nutrition Board. Her life motto is: “Give yourself room to grow, but stay rooted in your values, remain focused, and have fun.”
Student Government Association Corresponding Secretary
Timothy Lyons is a senior English major from Augusta, Georgia. His life motto is: “It’s a new day—a new way, so be the best leader you can be.”
Student Government Association Chaplain
Glotavia Morris is a senior double majoring in Middle Level Education and Philosophy and Religion. She is a native of Islandton, South Carolina. A fun fact about Glotavia is that she is a lover of peanut butter and green beans. She lives by the motto: Be mindful of who you follow and listen to while in leadership. While in leadership, you cannot always follow the crowd. Always remember just because it is popular does not make it right.-
Student Government Association Parliamentarian
Janeala Morsby is a senior Biochemistry major from Portland, Jamaica. She enjoys singing, and she lives by the motto: Believe in yourself despite what your current circumstances might look like. Be the leader you are, and keep moving forward until your breakthrough comes.
Student Government Association Chief of Staff
Ashleigh Farmer is a junior Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. She is a native of Decatur, Georgia. Her ultimate leadership goal is to be supportive for those who need her. Ashleigh once went to an internship, and came back with a dog. Her life motto is: “ The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.”
Executive Assistant to the President
Sebrena Brink is a sophomore Biology major with a minor in chemistry and psychology. She is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her leadership goal for the 2017-2018 school year is to ensure the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the Presidential Union as it relates to campus-wide events. Her life motto is: “A woman who walks in purpose doesn't have to chase people or opportunities. Her light causes people and opportunities to chase her.”
Claflin University Royalty
Miss Claflin University
Cecillia Hackett is a junior double majoring in Business Administration and Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Religion. She is a native of Greenwood, South Carolina. In addition to remaining confidently poised as Miss Claflin University, Cecillia dedicates her time to giving back to each of her communities. Cecillia has earned over 300 hours of community service since her matriculation at Claflin University. To foster her love for writing, she spends time writing articles, updating her blog, and she is currently working on two books that are scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2018. Cecillia’s goals after undergrad include taking a gap year to serve in a year-long mission trip across 11 countries dedicated to developing participants into being the hand and feet of Jesus. She then plans to continue her studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology to obtain a Master’s Degree in Divinity. Cecillia’s life motto is: “In order to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower.”
Mister Claflin University
Travis Barnes is a senior Mass Communications major with a minor in psychology. He is a native of Lancaster, South Carolina; however, he currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He serves as an Airman in the United States Air Force, and his life motto is: “If you want to lead, understand who you are leading—Never lead without understanding.”
QuiEra Evans is a junior Mass Communications major with a minor in marketing. She is a native of Washington, D.C. She prides herself in being Beyone’s number one fan, and she lives by the motto: Listen and observe. If you are determined to become a leader, you will have to be the best at listening and observing. People express themselves with their manners, words, and body language every day. You can tell a lot about a person if you observe them. See what they are passionate about, what makes them excited, which tasks make them gloomy, and which seem to make them happy.