Each year the SGA President has the honor of awarding the Member of the Year Award to someone who has made significant contributions to the organization and the Belmont community. The person that I have chosen for this award continuously amazes me, other SGA members, faculty, staff, and administrators with her dedication to Student Government and Belmont University.
At the onset of this year she began as the committee chair for the Campus Outreach and Events committee. This person helped in the successful execution of #BruinVote16 events, our Operation Christmas Child packing party, and Blizzard on the Boulevard. When there was a change in leadership at the end of the semester and a position within my Cabinet became available, this person stepped up to the challenge and accepted the greater responsibility. She continues to oversee our largest outreach initiative, Coffee and Conversation, and does everything in her power to make sure that student voices are heard. This person is also responsible for a plethora of behind the scenes tasks that I don't want to do and literally can't do, such as updating our website, creating posters and other graphics, and taking pictures of all of our events. A perfect example of this will be at our inauguration next week (Monday, April 24th at 10am in the Beaman Lobby). While I'm on the stage giving one final speech in my capacity as SGA President, this person will be the one making sure that we get the perfect picture for our social media.
On a personal note, I know that I ask a great deal of everyone in SGA and I'm not easy to work for/with at all times. However, this person is willing to go toe to toe with me; I think this iron sharpening iron effect makes our organization that much more successful.
SGA members nominated her and included that she "goes above and beyond" what is asked of her, she's "worked tirelessly this past year on multiple events and projects to benefit the student body", and she strives to make everyone "feel welcome and comfortable." I feel privileged to have worked with this person over the past year and I'm honored to announce that the 2016-2017 SGA Member of the Year is Ali Humbrecht.