Annually, after the Student Government members are in their roles, goals are determined. The group develops the goals as a group but then divides into smaller goal sub-committees to carry them out. The following goals are established for this year.
GOAL #1: Community Outreach
- Through the Welcome Week Dunk Tank, raise money and support Morningstar Mission. Outcome: $200 was raised and donated to Morningstar Mission in Joliet.
- Complete service projects in the community (Daybreak Shelter) Outcome: Lunch was served at Daybreak Shelter by SG members, and many members of Student Government participated in the MLK Day of Service on 1/20/14. Members also led a very successful organ donation drive with support from the Secretary of State's Office. Members gathered over 50 new donors in the day long drive. Members also sold footprints in the various colors associated with types of cancer and collected $500 for American Cancer Society. Many members also participated in the All College Relay for Life at Lewis University.
- Research and host an event with a senior citizen home (e.g. a Senior Prom or an ongoing program such as "adopt a grandparent" program). Outcome: SG members went to Symphony of Joliet to host an event for the residents. Members played Bingo, sang and danced and provided prizes to the residents who participated.
Goal #2: Sustainability
- Develop a series of posters to provide informatinon about sustainability and savings that would be realized by being more sustainable. Outcome: Posters were developed and displayed in the spring 2014 semester.
- Working with the Students for a Sustainable Future, host Earth Day events including a Recycled Art Show and a vendor fair with exhibits of earth friendly products and services as well as organizations who work to support the green efforts. Outcome: Recycled Art Show was a huge success with over 20 entries that were very creative. Prizes were awarded to: Pierre Palicios (first place), Steven Keeley and Karla Gossen (second place), and Kate Muller (third place).
- To host a large scale stress relief activity on or around finals week in the spring semester. Details to come! Outcome: It was decided to wait until the fall semester to host a stress relief week. With the end of the semester nearing and more planning time needed, this was the best idea.
Goal #3: Campus Climate
- Continue to have representation on 13 college committees and provide student input on topics relevant to the groups. Outcome: SG members continued to provide student input on the college committees requesting it. Some of the committes served on include: Enrollment Management, Academic Standards, Curriculum Committee, Environmental Health and Safety, Parking Appeals, Technology Advisory Committee, Cost and Energy Savings Committee etc.
- Create a holistic holiday environment with decorations and our wolf mascot distributing candy canes. Outcome: SG members participated in the Multicultural Holiday event sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and distributed candy canes and good cheer to students during that event. A tree has been donated by a member. That tree will be used in the coming years during the holiday season.
- Utilize the designated parking spaces near the entrances for a Parking Space raffle allowing students to park close for a designated amount of time. Otucome: Over 10 students won reserved parking for a two week period in the fall semester and $250 was given to one lucky student at the end of the semester, Starr Bourgeois. The spring semester Silent auction was also successful with money being won by Eric Wilhelmi.
- Collaborate with Phi Theta Kappa to coordinate a "Commit to Complete" Spirit Week to encourage students to achieve their goals at JJC. Outcome: Spirit Week was be held March 3rd-7th. Activities included Spirit Monday, Deaf Idol hosted by the Here's your Sign: ASL Club, Taco Tuesday, Commit to Complete Pledge Day (over 200 signatures were gathered), Throwback Thursday and a Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Honors Student Activities Council and a Secret Spy Day obstacle course.
- Student Government will attempt to build relationships with students at Romeoville Campus and host activities there. Outcome: A Halloween Extravaganza was hosted by Romeoville Campus staff but SG members were there to distribute goodies for the students.
Other events hosted by SG included:
- Constitution Day was held on September 17, 2013. Students completed a Constitution Day quiz and completed a flag banner with thoughts about the US Constitution.
- Several members attended the ICCSAA Fall Conference in Gurneeand received the Ed Snyder Merit Book Award for the 7th year.
- SG hosted a Student Government Exchange with other community colleges nearby to network and exchange ideas (February 15, 2014). Colleges who participated included: Moraine Valley, Harper, Kankakee and JJC.
- Members also participated in Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL where they got to meet with our districts legislators and discuss issues related to community colleges.
- Student Government hosts a Senior Leadership Panel each year to introduce members to the members of administration.
- SG members also had some fun events, including a bowling and laser tag night at Brunswick Zone.