Oles,

I am William Seabrook, the Vice President of the Student Government Association for the 2015-2016 school year. I am a rising senior political science and economics major, and can’t wait to see everyone once we return to the hill.

This summer, my story is set in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.  I am interning with the Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resource Department where my role includes assisting with legal research, creating spreadsheets, and experiencing life as a trial attorney.  The most memorable time in D.C. so far has been seeing the then newly appointed Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, in the Main Justice Building.

My main role as Vice President is to chair our Student Senate, which meets every Tuesday at 6:30PM. Senate looks at a myriad of issues pertaining to the student body.  In the past years we tackled issues involving a smoking ban on campus, environmental issues, and the It’s On Us initiative, which aims to end sexual assault.  In the upcoming year, we want to address issues pertaining to mental health on campus, including but not limited to dealing with stress, fighting mental illnesses, and maintain a community where students feel excited to live. We are planning on having a Town Hall on mental health to discuss student questions and concerns with other students, staff, and members of the President’s Leadership Team. We have heard specific concern about hiring more counselors to the Boe House to reduce the wait time for those requesting an appointment and are discussing how SGA can aid in this process.

During the summer, different facets of the SGA story will be expounded to you by members of the executive team of SGA to explain their role in the upcoming year.  Email JohnandWilliam@stolaf.edu with any questions about St. Olaf, Student Government, or with Netflix suggestions.

We can’t wait for you to start the next chapter of St. Olaf history with us.

See you in the fall,
William Seabrook
SGA Vice President