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SGA president welcomes students to MUSC

by Sheldon Bates
President, MUSC Student Government Association
On behalf of the MUSC Student Government Association (SGA), it is my honor to welcome you all to MUSC. Congratulations on all of your hard work that has brought you to this point in your education. Your impression of a medical university may include the expectation of a perpetually rigorous academic environment and studying to all hours of the night. While our programs do have demanding curricula, we, the SGA, have been working hard to ensure that each of you has a balanced experience during your time here. 
While at MUSC, your faculty and administration will spend limitless hours enhancing your educational experience. Just as they are devoted to providing superior academic opportunities, SGA is dedicated to enhancing your life outside the classroom. Throughout the year you may take advantage of opportunities to interact with students from other disciplines, to broaden your cultural background, and to enjoy a little rest and relaxation in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Whether it is an MUSC happy hour, Spoleto event, or a canoe trip in a marsh, you will find something to suit your interests and maybe even discover new ones. In addition to these, SGA will continue to bring you our annual Back-to-School party, Oyster Roast, Oktoberfest, Fall Brawl, Winetasting, and Alhambra. These events will be a welcomed respite from the rigors of studying.  However you choose to be involved, I want to encourage you all to pursue excellence and balance throughout your time here at MUSC.
During your MUSC experience, you will witness many exciting changes. It is truly a unique and thrilling time at MUSC with the opening of the Ashley River Tower, the completion of a simulation lab in the College of Nursing, the near completion of the new dental school, and the upcoming construction of a new drug discovery building, bioengineering facility, and a new home for the College of Pharmacy. These new facilities will provide an environment suitable for our pursuit of academic excellence.
As our infrastructure continues to change and improve, our student body and government do the same.  During the last few years, the SGA has established a strong relationship with our administrators and continues to strengthen those interactions as we represent the voice of the students to the administration.  As your SGA president, I will be working hard to ensure that your voices are heard at the university level.  However, I can only do this with your help.  Become involved with  SGA either by serving as a representative for your class or by providing suggestions about how we can better serve the students. 
For quesion or additional information, e-mail or visit We look forward to hearing your suggestions and working with you all this year as we seek to be excellent in our service to you and continue to strengthen and improve our SGA here at MUSC. 

MUSC’s Free Art Walk
5 - 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25
Downtown Charleston
There will be available limited appetizers, desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.  Bring your driver’s license if you plan to drink wine. To download a map of participating galleries, visit the gallery Web site at and click on “Gallery Map.”  Start at any of the 13 galleries, but do plan to visit all 13 as they are open just for MUSC students, employees and their guests.
 Co-sponsored by the MUSC SGA, Student Programs Office and MUSC Cultural Projects Council.


Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

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