SGA Holds Town Hall Meeting to Address Student Concerns

Nov. 30, 4 p.m. at Slemp Center Rhododendron Room

The Student Government Association, along with the Student Member of the Board Josi Stidham, announced in an email that they will be hosting a town hall style meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.

In the email, SGA President Cassidy Strange stated they are, “continually seeking to improve your time here at UVa-Wise” and encouraged students to come out to the event and share their opinions and let the SGA know how they can work to improve the student experience.

This is a continuation in a series of moves by SGA President Strange, and the SGA as a whole, towards listening to students’ needs and wants and then working to respond and meet those needs, something that hasn’t worked out for some of the previous SGA leadership.

In a statement given to the Highland Cavalier shortly after his election as president earlier this year, Strange stated that he wanted to make the college a welcoming and open environment for everyone, just as it had been for him.

One of the ways Strange stated he wanted to address that is by listening to all of the students and seeing what really needs to be changed. An example can be found in the once infamous and now welcomed Highland Happenings.

The Highland Happenings in the past had been a daily email alert students received containing all of the information for the day’s events on campus. Students, however, complained of receiving too many emails and so the service was taken away for the 2015-16 school year and the weekly “Wise Weekly” was created as a semi-alternative.

This change though left students often confused on what events were happening on campus and lead to a constant disorder of information across campus throughout last year.

Strange and his leadership team at the SGA addressed this by bringing the Highland Happenings back in a new format.

At the beginning of the year, Strange and the SGA brought back the Highland Happenings as a new weekly event listing and name SGA Secretary Natalie Chapman as the Editor-In-Chief of that email publication.

The Highland Happenings, combined with the Wise Weekly, have helped alleviate many of the issues concerning event advertisements last year.

Strange has also shown dedication to the student body by offering long office hours, responding quickly to concerns, increasing the number of opportunities and ways to contact SGA and overall making himself very accessible on campus. While not every solution offered is perfect or works as intended, the SGA has shown much more willingness to listen and adjust accordingly.

SGA President Cassidy Strange can be contacted at or by stopping by his office, located in the leadership wing on the third floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.

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