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In an effort to connect newly-elected Student Government Association (SGA) representatives with SUNY Cortland faculty and staff members, the College will hold an inaugural “Building a Better Future” SGA President’s Luncheon on Sunday, April 22.

The invitation-only event begins at 11 a.m. in the Corey Union Function Room. Newly-elected student representatives include: LeighMarie Weber, a sophomore speech and hearing science major from Williston Park, N.Y., who was elected president; Erin Durgin, a sophomore sociology major from Binghamton, N.Y., who was elected vice president; and Brendan Lowe, a junior exercise science major from Merrick, N.Y., who was elected treasurer.

“It’s going to be a swearing-in ceremony, where the recently elected students can be introduced to the people they’ll often be working with,” said Jamie Piperato, a senior kinesiology major from Thiells, N.Y., and the current SGA president.

A planning team of Leann Farah, a senior sociology major from Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Jonah Reardon, a senior biology major from Fulton, N.Y., put together the event.

“Student government can be a huge time commitment,” Piperato said. “In some cases, we can end up spending 20 to 30 hours per week on student affairs work.

“It’s important that these new faces get the recognition they deserve, especially early on.”