Student Governance

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Commission on Student Affairs

The charge of the Commission on Student Affairs is to study, formulate, and recommend to University Council policies and procedures which affect graduate and undergraduate student life and morale. Areas which are considered by CSA include: student relations with peers, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and the community; student organizations, social life, and recreation; employment, placement, and counseling; residential life, health, safety, and quality of student related services; and other matters affecting student life.

The membership of CSA consists of representatives from the Student Affairs, Council of Academic Deans, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, general administration, academic support, Extension/public service, and student organizations, both graduate and undergraduate.

Current members of CSA and minutes of past CSA meetings will be posted on the administrative governance webpage.

Order of the Gavel

Purpose

  • To promote student leadership development during and after the university life of its members;
  • To promote the intellectual and personal growth of its members and general student body;
  • To work with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop internal and external relationships that promote positive leadership development;
  • To assist in the development of student leadership programs and opportunities through the Leadership Education Collaborative and the Division of Student Affairs; and
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the vice president for student affairs.

History

The Order of the Gavel was founded in 1984 by Sandra Sullivan, Ph.D., former vice president for student affairs. Sullivan believed that the division and university should recognize the important contribution of the leaders of major student organizations by creating a special honor society. There were originally thirteen student organizations installed as charter members. The order was founded as an undergraduate honor society, but as time passed and the influence of graduate student organizations grew, there was a groundswell of support to include graduate organizations. These were added in mid-1990. In the fall of 2013, under the leadership of the vice president for student affairs, Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D., the Order of the Gavel once again revisited the constitution and bylaws regarding organizational membership. Today, there are 28 undergraduate and graduate student members representing major student organizations at Virginia Tech.

  • President, Asian American Student Union, Anuyjin Anna Enkhtur
  • President, Black Organizations Council, Yeabsera Bogale
  • Graduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Zo Amani
  • Undergraduate Representative, Board of Visitors, Rachel Iwicki
  • President, Class of 2019, Billy Lin
  • President, Class of 2020, Greg Klatt
  • Chair, Commission on Student Affairs, Louisse Bye
  • Regimental Commander, Corps of Cadets, Jack Holland
  • President, Council of International Student Organizations, Archanaa S. Krishnan
  • President, Graduate Student Assembly, Samantha Fried
  • Vice President, Graduate Student Assembly, Veronica Scott
  • Master's Representative, Graduate Student Assembly, Colie Touzel
  • President, HokiePRIDE, Rowan Wooldridge
  • President, Interfraternity Council, Jake Gaddis
  • President, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Jenny Vargas
  • President, Muslim Student Union, Danial Mateen
  • President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Arianna Pereras
  • President, Panhellenic Council, Marisol Heisley
  • President, Residence Hall Federation, Warren Braxton
  • President, Student Government Association, Sam Felber
  • President, United Council of Fraternities and Sororities, Grey Fritz