BLOOMSBURG - Justine Albright, a senior at Bloomsburg University, majoring in public relations and digital forensics, will serve as president of the Community Government Association (CGA) during the 2014-15 academic year. As president, she hopes to further improve communication between students and administrators.
In pursuit of that goal, Albright planned BU's first "Meet the President," an event that offered students the opportunity to speak with BU President David Soltz in an informal setting. According to Albright, the Sept. 4, 2013, event was a success, with a continuous stream of students eager to talk to the president for two hours. Questions focused on a variety of topics, including campus life, BU courses and Soltz's responsibilities as university president.
Albright, who is from Allentown, made her CGA debut as an on-campus senate representative during her freshman year. She served as executive assistant and CGA secretary and in summer 2013 completed an internship in BU's Office of Student Affairs. There, she learned the internal structure of the university and worked with administrators. It was through her internship that the idea for "Meet the President" was born.
"CGA allows you to excel on campus," Albright said. "Even if you don't have time to be an executive member, be a senator or just attend a CGA meeting. There's a lot of important information we talk about."
Another role Albright and other CGA members fulfill is gathering student concerns to forward to the appropriate office or administrator. Albright said her role as a Community Assistant (CA) in Columbia Residence Hall gives her an advantage, because she lives in close proximity to students. Albright was previously a CA in Elwell Hall, following in the footsteps of her mother, Diane (Fabiani) Albright, who held a similar assistant position when she was a BU student and lived next door to the room her daughter occupied in Elwell two decades later.
Albright also will play a major part in planning CGA's sixth annual "Big Event," a one-day community service project in which students complete outdoor cleaning tasks as a way of saying "thank you" to the residents of the Town of Bloomsburg. It will mark Albright's fourth year of planning the event.
Looking forward, Albright is most excited about furthering her involvement in CGA and continuing to make an impact on her school. Her advice to incoming students: Get involved now.
CGA's primary function is to serve BU students and act as a bridge between the students and administration. CGA supports more than 300 clubs and organizations and operates the University Store and Honeysuckle Student Apartments. To learn more about Albright and CGA, visit bloomu.edu/cga.