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SGA Senators

Senate elections are held in November of every year. Anyone interested in serving on Senate must be in good academic standing with the University and fill out a petition for their particular constituency. An individual may fill out more than one petition for different constituencies. A petition must be signed by students in that particular constituency. For example, when running for the position in the School of Business, all the students who sign it must be from the School of Business. Once a petition is completed, it may be turned in to the SGA office in JFK Student Center. Senate positions that do not need to fill out a petition are the executive board. The Executive Board is nominated from current senators. However, the entire student body gets to vote for all senate positions.

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Class Officers

Class Officer elections are held at the end of the Spring semester. Class Officer positions include, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer for each undergraduate class. Anyone interested in serving as a Class officer must be in good academic standing with the University and fill out a class officer application as well as submit a completed Class Officer Petition. The petition would need to be signed by students in the particular class the individual is seeking to represent. For example if an individual is running for a position in the sophomore class, all students who sign the petition must also be from the sophomore class. Once a petition is completed, it may be turned in to the SGA office in the JFK Student Center. The incoming Class Officers for each new Freshman class will be elected in the beginning of the Fall semester.

All elected Class Officers and Class Senators (of the SGA) serve as members of SFU Class Council which meets monthly.

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SFU Emerging Leaders

The SFU Emerging Leaders leadership development program serves as an active committee within the Student Government Association here at Saint Francis University and are privileged to appoint one member as a vote-carrying member of the SGA's student-senate. The SFU Emerging Leaders strive to generate a spirit of unity and pride among the student body at SFU and take on initiatives assigned by the SGA student-senate.

Enrollment into the SFU Emerging Leaders program is open to new incoming first-year freshmen ONLY, but accepted members are invited to continue their involvement throughout their undergraduate careers.

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Student Leadership Fellowship

The Saint Francis University Student Government Association (SGA) will award three (3) $1,000 fellowships to incoming first year students who have demonstrated a commitment to developing their leadership potential through areas such as community service, involvement in clubs and organizations, athletics, and student government. The purpose of this fellowship is to develop leadership skills and competencies, foster unique opportunities and experiences, and create an environment where these talents can be utilized to promote the values of SGA—Leadership, Service, and Community.

The distinction between a scholarship and fellowship are in that with a scholarship, the recipient has already met the criteria and receives the award without any further obligation. With a fellowship, the recipient must perform and comply within a set of expectations in order to continue to receive the award. Because the SGA intends for its award recipients to continue to develop as leaders on campus, this program is structured as a fellowship. As a fellowship program, recipients must meet specific criteria in order to maintain the award for each consecutive year of their undergraduate studies.

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St. Clare's Scholarship

The Saint Francis University Student Government Association (SGA) will award three (3) $2,000 scholarships to upperclassmen students (1 sophomore, 1 junior, and 1 senior) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through areas such as community service and campus involvement. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward SFU students who work to promote the values of SGA—Leadership, Service, and Community.

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National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential.  Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.  With 645 chapters, the NSLS currently has 918,329 members nationwide. 

In addition to honorable distinction, the NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.  Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.  Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.  

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.

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You will accomplish so much in your few short years at SFU. We want to make sure that you can quantify AND qualify every aspect of the transformation that you have undergone since high school.  Your Leadership, Involvement, and Service Transcript (or L.I.S.T.) says so much about who you are as an individual and what matters to you. 

The LIST is an official University document which tracks your important accomplishments and contributions outside of the classroom in six areas of Transformational Experiences:  Campus Ministry, Community Service, Internships, Leadership, Student Research, and Study Abroad.

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Clubs and Organizations

Saint Francis University offers a variety of clubs and organizations to all of its undergraduate students. Feel free to join one or as many as you would like! The annual involvement fair is held at the beginning of the Fall semester for new members to learn what the clubs are all about! However most clubs accept new members all year round. If there is not a club here and you would like to start one, contact the Center for Student Engagement.