SGA Projects & Services
Bellhops- Each August, SGA arranges for over 100 returning students to help new freshman and transfer students move their belongings into their dorm rooms. These "Bellhops" get to move in a few days before the official opening date for the dormitories and receive a special, annually designed t-shirt. For more information, or to sign up to help, contact the SGA Vice-President for Student Services.
Birthday Cakes and Baked Goods- The Student Government Association (SGA) invites you to order freshly and professionally made goodies to make your student feel closer to home. Sending your student a cake on their birthday, some brownies before an important exam or even some cookies just to let them know you are thinking about them is a great way to show your student how special they are. We also offer a “Sweet-A-Month” service allowing you to send your Berry student a treat with a special message at the beginning of each month! Our treats are made by Honeymoon Bakery, a local bakery in historic downtown Rome. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we will pick up the freshly made goods from the bakery and deliver them to your student’s door! For a $5 convenience charge, we can deliver the goods on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Bookswap- SGA runs a consignment book service where students may sell their used textbooks and buy others' books, usually at a significantly lower price than the Follett Company on-campus bookstore charges.
Final Exam Kits- A few days before Spring finals begin, SGA puts together bags or boxes containing lots of candy, snacks, fruit, and other items to pass out to students. Order forms for these 'kits' are mailed to parents in the middle of the Spring semester; to see more information about these kits and a printable order form, click here. The Baptist Student Union sells similar kits during the Fall semester; for this information, call the Student Activities office at 706-236-2293.
Funds - Student Activity Funds - SGA Budget & Finance Committee allocates the Student Activity Fund to recognized student organizations. For more information, see the SGA Treasurer.
Food for Finals- The night before Fall finals begin, SGA and Food Service host a free breakfast (In exchange for a canned food) cooked and served by members of the administration, faculty, and staff. These canned goods are donated to a local shelter. Pictures of Food For Finals
Blood Drives - SGA normally organizes two campus-wide blood drives during the fall and spring semesters and one drive during the summer. Incentives, such as free food, are provided for every donor. Representatives assist with blood drive by signing-up donors and working at the registration table or canteen during the blood drive. SGA, at the request of the local hospitals, will begin to coordinate blood drives with Blood Assurance.
Campus Christmas Tree Lighting and Reception- SGA lights the College Christmas Tree and serves refreshments after the annual Lessons & Carols service, which is sponsored by the Chaplain's Office in College Chapel. Special music is provided during the serve by the various campus music ensembles and choirs. The Concert Choir leads the singing of traditional carols before the lighting of the tree.
Campus Improvements- SGA sets aside limited funds in its budget each semester to provide the resources needed to help bring to fruition worthy student ideas to improve the campus in some way. For guidelines on how to make a project suggestion, click here.
Community Activities- SGA actively sponsors special events, and, in coordination with the Volunteer Services Office, helps organize volunteer groups and donates funds to support such causes as Make-A-Difference Day and Homelessness and Hunger Awareness.
Outdoor Classroom- the concept to build an amphitheater-type learning environment was pursued between 1997-1999. In 1999, it was dedicated to the memory of Berry President Emerita Dr. Gloria Shatto. Several times a year, SGA spends a morning landscaping the area for the coming season. To reserve this facility, call the Media Center at 706-236-2249.
SGA Representative Reunion - This reunion is held every five years, with the next to be in 2015, and is open to all former SGA representatives of Berry College. It is held during Mountain Day Festivities and usually follows the Grand March. More information will be available closer to the next reunion.