BU’s new CGA president ‘surprised’ by win

For immediate release: August 14, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Christopher Bevan, president of the Community Government Association at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, came to the university with a plan to be involved in student government.

“It turned out that my orientation workshop leader was the president of CGA so, when I asked him how to get involved, he showed me where to sign up,” said Bevan.

Bevan, a native of Nanticoke and a graduate of Greater Nanticoke High School, is a junior at BU majoring in history. He was active in student government throughout his high school years and knew that it was a passion he wanted to pursue at college.

Being president of CGA was something Bevan joked about, thinking it was out of his reach, but during the spring 2006 semester he ran and won, surprising himself.

“I was surprised, but I actually went out to students to get them to vote, letting them know I’d make a difference if I was president,” Bevan said.

Student involvement is Bevan’s main goal while serving as president of CGA. He plans to let students know that their voices matter and that they can make a difference. One of his goals is meeting with the presidents of student organizations to see what they’re looking for and how CGA can help them.
“A lot of students don’t realize the power CGA has and all the organization does,” said Bevan. “I think if they did they’d become more involved.”

CGA owns the Honeysuckle apartment complex adjacent to BU’s campus, oversees student groups and handles the budgets for intramural sports teams and student organizations.

During his term, Bevan wants to address campus safety. “I’ve talked to students and most think the campus is secure, but there is always room for improvement,” said Bevan.

Along with student involvement and security, Bevan admits he’ll address other issues as they arise throughout his term.

“I am working with a great group and we’re going to do as much as we can,” said Bevan.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.