SGA at ASCC emphasizes healthy living

[photo: JKneubuhl]

Returning students to the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have noticed that the Student Government Association (SGA) calendar of activities has a different emphasis in spring 2014 than in previous semesters. Where in the past the SGA organized competitions between various student clubs, this semester the calendar places a greater emphasis on sports activities open to all students whether they belong to a club or not.
“When planning this semester’s activities, the SGA decided to focus on Healthy Living ,” said SGA Coordinator Maxine Tuiolemotu. “That’s why most of the activities this semester are the type that keeps the body moving. We’d like to motivate students to not only lose weight and feel stronger through physical activity, but also to stay sharp mentally.”
Tuiolemotu explained that the SGA based its decision to take a different approach this semester in the hopes of serving a greater percentage of the student population. “There have been no competitive clubs since last semester,” she said. “When the calendar was based on activities for competitive clubs, we only had about 20% of our student population participating. Since the goal of the SGA is to serve the whole student body, this semester, we’ve shifted our emphasis to activities open to any students, not just club members. “
During February, the most prominent health-related activity are the volleyball competitions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  A collaboration between SGA and the Physical Education Academic Department, the volleyball competitions take place between teams made up of students and staff in male and female divisions. The Physical Education personnel coordinate the games, supply referees, and sign up the different teams, while the SGA distributes the awards for each championship game.
Tuiolemotu noted that currently awards or prizes are distributed immediately after each competition, unlike during past semesters where prizes in the club competitions were not given out till the end of the semester.
In March, the highlighted sports activity will switch to basketball, and over the semester students can also take part in forthcoming SGA events such as a Talent Show; April Fools game competitions; an International Day to be organized in collaboration with the International Club (which will include food tasting, country costumes and cultural dance displays); an Easter Egg Hunt; and a Dance Competition.  The final SGA activity of spring 2014 will be Field Games which will include Samoan cultural competition in basket weaving, coconut husking and preparing coconut milk.
This semester’s SGA members include Executive Officers Mrs. Theresa Togia (President), Ms. Patricia Tofilau (Vice President), Ms. Anna Sewell (Secretary), Ms. Visa Vaiau (Treasurer), and Ms. Talimeli Taufete’e (Representative to the Board of Higher Education).
Sophomore Representatives are Ms. Rasela Ta'ala, Ms. Lana Toia, Ms. Jessebeth Ropeti, Ms. Grace A. Senetenari and Ms. Mereane Laumatia. Freshman Representatives are Ms. Anastacia Carruthers, Ms. Josephine Yandall, Ms. Athena Savali and Ms. Mereina Laumatia.
Honorary Members are Princess Auva’a (Peer Mentors/YANA), Mr. Tony Bishop (Diversity/Archivist), and Mr. Arona Toalepai (Parliamentarian).


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