In continued celebration of John Carroll University’s 125th birthday celebration, the Student Union will host the State of the Union Address on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Science Center. The evening will start at 7 p.m. with drinks and appetizers at a light reception, followed by the program starting around 7:30 p.m.
All John Carroll University faculty, staff and administrators have been sent personal invitations, and flyers have been posted in all the residence halls on campus encouraging students to attend. It is a mandatory event for all students who are a part of the Student Union including Student Organization Budget Board, Student Union Senators, members of the Hearing Board, Student Union Executive Board, Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee and the SUPB Executive Board.
Executive Vice President of the Student Union Greg Petsche has been instrumental in planning the event. “It is a great way for students to meet their representative and the people that are working for them on a day-to-day basis,” Petsche said.
The State of the Union address is intended to be an annual event but in the past years Student Union administrations have opted not to have it.
Current Student Union President Rita Rochford said, “Executive Vice President Petsche has done a remarkable job of bringing back certain traditions and ensuring we are doing all that we are required to do. This is an example of such work.”
After drinks and appetizers, the program will begin with a short welcome from John Carroll University President the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. followed by an invocation by the Rev. Bernie McAniff, S.J. Petsche will then present a retrospective look at JCU and the Student Union over the past 125 years.
Following Petsche’s presentation, University Heights mayor Susan Infeld will discuss the vital role students play in the relationship between JCU and University Heights.
The main event will be a speech from president Rochford outlining what her administration has done so far to help the John Carroll community, as well as what they still hope to complete.
“I will be addressing, first and foremost, the great need and responsibility we have to ensure we are living out the Jesuit principles,” said Rochford.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Cannone believes that all students should make the effort to attend.
“I think this event is important to students that aren’t involved in the Student Union, that way we know what our student government is doing to help us,” she said.
Both Petsche and Rochford agree and feel the State of the Union Address is an important event and the tradition should be kept every year. It gives the Student Union an opportunity to showcase their hard work, and students to hold them accountable.
“By attending and listening,” said Petsche, “students can better judge the success of an administration and where it may need improvement.”
The Student Union encourages all students, faculty, administrators and staff to attend in order to ensure that every voice is being heard loud and clear.