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I would like to express my gratitude for choosing me as your student body president for the 2010-2011 school year.I would also like to take this opportunity to invite all members of the student body to stop by the Student Government Association’s (SGA) office in the fall to get to know myself and the rest of my staff. In order to have a successful school year, we must all work together to achieve our goals.

I would also like to encourage any students who are interested in becoming active participants in SGA to stop by prior to the end of the semester and fill out an application.

The primary goals we should strive to achieve in the coming year include: working to bridge the gap between faculty and students, particularly during the freshman year; working with the together in an effort to achieve a higher graduation rate; working to improve involvement in Registered Student Organizations; and working with student lead green initiatives. I encourage any students with suggestions on how to improve and reach these goals to get involved.

As I was reading through some of the various Milestone yearbooks from past years, I found a passage about the student body that I feel is as true today as it was in 1968 when it was penned.

The passage reads:

“Collectively, we were the student body of Eastern Kentucky University-not a very rebelliousmass, but one engulfed in traditional rituals sadly tinged with apathy. We were a society of conformists and a few dissenters meshed together; we were like a giant patchwork quilt being pulled in one direction, then another, trying to discover a way. We were convincing ourselves,and others, that we were where we belonged and that we belonged where we were.”

In the coming year, I ask the student body to follow me in the pursuit of finding our way and achieving a higher education. I would like to challenge us all to attempt to overcome the apathy that has stained us for so many years and become involved.

I have spent the past three years of my life at Eastern, and I am convinced that this is where I belong; I would be honored to help convince you that you belong here too.

Caleb Armbrust
Student Government Assoc. President