The Executive Branch exists to facilitate the day-to-day functions of Student Government and ensure adherence to the Student Body Constitution. This consists of the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Student Body Treasurer, Chief of Staff and the Executive Cabinet who operate to complete the initiatives of the Executive Branch.
Jalisa White currently serves as the 2017-2018 Student Body President. As President, Jalisa acts as the head of the Executive Branch within Student Government. She also serves as a member on the University Board of Trustees and is the official voice for all 14,000 students. In her role, Jalisa is the main representative for Student Government at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania but moved to Westchase, Florida when she was five years old. She is a Marketing major in the Lutgert College of Business and hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration upon graduation. She one day aspires to earn her Doctorate degree and become a Vice President of University Advancement or a University President of a prestigious institution.
Jalisa began her involvement at Florida Gulf Coast University her freshman year in the Leadership Through Service Living Learning Community. This program sparked her love for service learning and built the foundation for her leadership journey to come. Her sophomore year she became a Leadership Through Service Mentor, Staffer of Housing and Residence Life, completed Emerging Eagles, RSO Executive Leadership Institute, attended Leadership Academy and traveled on Alternative Spring Break 2015 to Chicago, Illinois. Her junior year she became a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, holding numerous leadership positions inside her sorority, an Emerging Eagles Mentor, an Eagle View Orientation staffer, President of Greek Programming Council as well as attended the Beyond the Lines Diversity Retreat. At the end of her junior year, she was elected as the 2016-2017 Secretary of the Senate, which created a passion for serving in Student Government.
As Student Body President, Jalisa wants to increase transparency between the students, Student Government and administration. She also wants to build tradition, enhance campus community and improve university life. Jalisa is excited to transition and work with the new University President, Dr. Martin to make sure he is successful in his role as Florida Gulf Coast University’s fourth President. She is excited to work with the 2017-2018 Executive Cabinet on projects, programs and initiatives to advance student life. Jalisa wants to implement innovative initiatives that make student life at FGCU the best it has ever been. Within the 20th year anniversary, she is excited to celebrate the University’s accomplishments while making eagle traditions for the years to come.
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Antonia Jacobse currently serves as the 2017-2018 Student Body Vice President. As Vice President, Antonia is primarily responsible for overseeing the collective functioning and productivity initiatives of the 2017-2018 Student Government Executive Cabinet. Additionally, she serves as the primary coordinator for University Committees, as well as the student liaison for Faculty Senate and an assistive resource for the Student Body President. Antonia is originally from Duluth, Minnesota but has lived in Estero, Florida since she was four years old, making her a local. She is double-majoring in both Political Science and Communication with a Public Relations concentration, as well as minoring in Philosophy. She hopes to attend law school one day, with aspirations to receive a J.D. in Intellectual Property Law and an L.L.M. in Fashion Law.
Antonia’s FGCU Effect began to form during the start of her freshman year, where she went through the Panhellenic Association’s primary recruitment process and became an initiated member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Using her sorority as her crutch of support and growth, Antonia became very heavily involved within FGCU’s Panhellenic Association, sparking a love for servant leadership and furthering the betterment of a values-based community. She also completed the RSO Executive Leadership Institute, alongside Jalisa White, where she began to gage a deeper understanding on her leadership traits, personality style, and strengths. She served as a Recruitment Counselor during the summer entering sophomore year, progressing her passion for guidance and resourcefulness. During sophomore year, she became the Panhellenic Vice President of Operations, as well as being elected as a Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences, serving as the University Relations Committee Vice-Chair and sparking an interest in furthering her involvement with Student Government, and receiving a Student Assistant position within the Office of Student Involvement. Her junior year, she was able to fulfill her goal of guiding FGCU’s 1200+ sorority community with the intent of growing a values-based awareness by receiving the position of Panhellenic President.
As Student Body Vice President, Antonia wants to bridge the institutional gap between the students and administration so that every individual attending FGCU feels empowered and cared for. Additionally, she wants to develop an accountability system within Student Government so that students are aware and engaged, as well as create new initiatives for campus safety and progress the inclusivity of our campus culture. Antonia is excited to further her relationship with key administrative resources, as well assist Jalisa in working with the new University President, Dr. Martin, to help ensure his success as Florida Gulf Coast University’s fourth President. She is also excited to help oversee the proactive efforts of the 2017-2018 Executive Cabinet so that Student Government can offer the most effective and engaging initiatives in an effort to further the betterment of the student body. With the fast approach of FGCU’s 20th year anniversary, Antonia is extremely excited to celebrate the advancement of our University’s growth and successes, creating more opportunity and sustaining pre-existing traditions that have truly attributed to the enhancement of student life. Antonia greatly looks forward to serving the entire student body and remaining an open, transparent resource so that every Eagle can soar from the FGCU Nest feeling empowered.
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Jason Finan currently serves as the 2017-2018 Student Body Treasurer. As Treasurer, Jason is responsible for overseeing the allocation of the Activity and Service Fee Budget, which $11.50 out of every student credit hour goes to and is approximately $4.2 million, and to keep accurate accounts for all of these funds on deposit with the University. Jason works closely with both the Senate as well as the University Departments and Registered Student Organizations to ensure that all funds allocated to them are being utilized with the upmost fiscal responsibility. Treasurer Finan was born and raised in Naples, Florida and is a proud local here in Southwest Florida. He is majoring in Health Administration with a Minor in Global Studies, but is unsure of his immediate path post-graduation. Treasurer Finan wants to pursue a Graduate degree program and put himself into a position where he can make an impact on others and make a difference in this world.
As a Freshmen, Jason was involved with the Sports Medicine Club as well as being an assistant with the St. John Neumann Catholic High School Athletic Department where he would continue to volunteer throughout his Junior year with the football, basketball, and baseball programs. Jason went through the Fraternity recruitment process as a Sophomore when he was initiated into Sigma Phi Epsilon. Jason was able to flourish in this organization due to his leadership style and constant drive to better those around him. This led him to pursue opportunities within his own organization, the Interfraternity Council, and Student Government. He has served as the Vice President of Public Relations and Philanthropy as well as the Vice President of Operations on IFC, Vice President of Programming within Sigma Phi Epsilon, and has served as a two-term Senator for the College of Health and Human Services, Senate President, and current Student Body Treasurer within Student Government. Aside from this involvement, Jason has also been involved with Dance Marathon, Programming Board, Order of Omega, Boys and Girls Club, and is a University Ambassador. Jason has also been able to pursue his two passions here at FGCU, helping others and baseball. He has done so by amassing over 700 service learning hours throughout his time here at FGCU and by being a member of the highly touted Club Baseball team where he served an integral role in taking the team to the Final Four in the Club Baseball World Series.
As Student Body Treasurer, Jason wants to educate students on the opportunities they have here and how by getting involved students can maximize their college experience and live the FGCU Effect as he has. Jason would also like to utilize his platform and relationships that he has made with students, administration, and alumni to improve upon the student experience here at FGCU. Treasurer Finan is excited about the present and future here at FGCU and wants to help the students here in any way that he can.
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