This is Sure Aygun, your new Student Government Association (SGA) President. On August 17th, the SGA held an oath ceremony where incoming members, including myself, took our oath to serve you, the PCCC student body, for the entire school year. We are so thankful to everyone that took the time to attend the oath ceremony, including Dr. Leah Johnson, PCCC’s new Associate Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs, as well as Professor/Director of Adult Education Winster D. Ceballos, who gave the SGA a workshop on Parliamentary Procedures during our Leadership Academy in July.
Some of you may already know me from last year’s SGA when I served as the Treasurer. I am so excited to be back as the President. I am thankful to have had a great mentor, former SGA President Melanie Mejia, who was a great leader and taught me so much about student engagement and advocacy. I look forward to putting everything I learned to good use.
A little bit about me: I have my Bachelor of Arts in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University with minors in literature and science studies. I am a student at PCCC taking extra prerequisite courses I need to apply to graduate school. Through my experience serving as the SGA Treasurer last year, I learned that being a student leader is a challenging yet rewarding responsibility. I am excited to see the ways in which we can improve PCCC to keep our Panthers learning, growing, and graduating.
Without further ado, I want to introduce you all to the rest of the incoming SGA student leaders before the school year officially begins.
Meet your SGA Vice President: Tiffany Guerrero
“I was in Dual Enrollment while in high school, but this is my first official year at PCCC. I am a business major. I will be transferring to a four-year university in the future, and I hope to obtain a master’s degree. I’m excited to connect with new clubs and am hopeful that I can establish my goals as well as the SGA’s goals for this year.”
Meet your SGA Secretary: Aley Omale
“I am a culinary major. At the moment, I am trying to finish all my Paterson campus courses so that I can switch to the Wanaque campus. I hope to transfer to Fordham University for a degree in modern languages and work part-time in a French bakery in the city to apply the skills I’ve learned here at PCCC. I hope that I can be of service to every student here.”
Meet your SGA Treasurer: Alex Panassah
“I am an engineering science major. I started at PCCC in the fall of 2020 as a part time student. I am planning to graduate this academic year and transfer to University of Illinois to get my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in neuro-engineering.”
Meet your SGA Speaker: Stephlyn Buchanan
“I have been a PCCC student since 2019 and plan to graduate in May 2024. After PCCC, I plan on continuing my education at Montclair State University where I will major in public health and minor in environmental science. As Speaker of the SGA, my goal is to reach as many students as possible and to establish leadership skills that I will utilize in my future endeavors.”
Meet your SGA Senators:
“I’ve proudly been a part of PCCC since 2019, majoring in business. After graduating here, my next adventure will be continuing my education at Rutgers in Newark. I’m also glad to step into this new role as an SGA Senator. This opportunity will allow me to actively engage with my fellow students and contribute to our campus community.”
“I’m a passionate graphic design student. As graduation approaches, I’m thrilled and eager to embrace the next chapter of my academic journey.”
“This is my first year at PCCC. My goal is to join the Radiography Program here. In the future, I plan to work as a Forensic Radiographer.”
“I’m a nursing student. As I approach obtaining my associate degree, I am looking forward to moving up to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually attending medical school. I believe that through hard work, initiative, and perseverance, we can contribute toward making PCCC a better place for all students and our community.”
We are excited to meet you all as well and wish you a great start to the fall semester. If you see any of us in the halls or in your classrooms, come say hi! We are here for you.
Students can connect with the SGA with questions or concerns about their student experience or to become involved on an SGA committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also visit us in the Center for Student Engagement on the Paterson campus in Founders Hall, Room E102 (right next to Public Safety.)