New BU CGA president starts term in office

For immediate release: August 18, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Candidates usually hold rallies and hand out campaign signs and buttons, but Giovanna F. Adornetto used social networking to win the Community Government Association (CGA) presidency for the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 2008-09 academic year.

Gaining 60 percent of the CGA election votes, Adornetto won the presidency relying on new technology. “I didn’t make signs, I just created a Facebook group,” she said. “We also sent messages to the members on the election days with the direct link to the voting page on the BU Web site, which made it easy for people to vote.”

The social networking group contained brief information on Adornetto and the others with whom she was running. Before long, the group had more than 150 members and took off from there, she said.

A native of Philadelphia and 2006 graduate of Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School, where she was the senior student government president, Adornetto is a junior majoring in speech pathology/audiology. During her first year of CGA, she served as freshman class president and, last year, she was historian on the executive board. She also is a member of Chi Sigma Rho social sorority, the BU Volleyball Club and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is consistently on the dean’s list.

“I reach for the highest I can go, giving it 110 percent. I had the opportunity to make a difference so I had to take it,” said Adornetto. “I also felt like I had enough background and determination to take on the role (of president).”
Adornetto said her first priority for her term is to help students on campus understand what CGA is and what student government does. This way, “we can make sure to direct student concerns to the right place and help to enhance the student experience,” she said.

Adornetto also wants to continue building a good rapport with the Town of Bloomsburg by “keeping the lines of communication between the university and the town open so that we can work well together.”

The new president accepted the CGA internship earlier this summer to get better acquainted with the work performed by faculty, staff and administrators. After graduating from BU, she plans to earn a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and possibly continue on for a doctorate degree.

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.