Sophomore Chyenne Michael to serve as 2019-20 Blinn-Bryan Student Government Association president

Glitter, enthusiasm, and dedication define Chyenne Michael’s service to the Blinn community

August 22, 2019

Chyenne Michael"Oh that, that’s my campaigning tutu," remarked Chyenne Michael as she gestured toward a red, white, and blue taffeta skirt dripping with silver sparkles. "I added extra glitter to make it stand out even more."

Michael is the newly elected Blinn College-Bryan Campus Student Government Association (SGA) president and this garment personifies the enthusiasm the Bryan native has for leadership and supporting Blinn students. Michael adopted the tutu as her trademark as she campaigned to serve as Blinn-Bryan’s SGA president for the 2019-20 school year and as state parliamentarian for the Texas Junior College Student Government Association. She hopes to bring the passion she had for campaigning to the initiatives she has planned for Blinn students.

"Getting students involved and getting them to feel comfortable on campus is my biggest priority," she said.

Blinn-Bryan’s SGA serves as a liaison between students and administrators, represents the voice of the campus student body, and makes improvements in all areas of campus life. SGA fosters community by hosting educational and recreational student activities and collaborating with Blinn’s Office of Student Leadership and Activities to support and oversee all campus clubs and organizations.

As president, Michael hopes to focus on a wide range of initiatives including a textbook exchange between students, a weekly horror movie screening throughout October to correlate with Halloween, self-defense courses to promote student safety, and various other events. Slated for potential roll out in the fall and spring, include two "lock-ins" where students gather to play dodge ball, video games, and participate in other recreational activities.

"I want to get students together on campus to socialize," Michael said. "These events are a time to talk about what student government does and hear from other students."

Michael’s Buccaneer roots stem from a sister and stepfather who also attended Blinn. When deciding on her college education, she initially wanted to stay close to home but have access to a supportive academic environment. Blinn provided the perfect balance. A student in the Paralegal and Legal Studies Program and a member of Blinn’s Legal Assistant Student Organization, Michael plans to transfer to Texas State University’s pre-law program and eventually go to law school, a career she has planned to pursue since she was a child.

"My mom used to take us to the library when I was 9 or 10 and instead of going into the kids area, I’d go into the law section and read legal books," she said.

Michael believes the time management and interpersonal skills she has developed in SGA will help her not only during her time at Blinn, but as she prepares for her dream career as a lawyer.

"There are so many things getting thrown on our desks," she said of the responsibilities SGA members must address. "We have to figure out how to get things done while going to class and working."

Blinn-Bryan’s 2019-20 SGA officers include Vice President Paige Rollins, Historian Hannah Franke, and Treasurer Dillon Franke. There are still a few positions available, which they hope to fill when students are back on campus in the fall. SGA invites any motivated students interested in making an impact during their time at Blinn to get involved. The organization meets at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Student Center F-120 (map). Blinn clubs and organizations present new ideas to those in attendance, allowing SGA to develop projects or initiatives to better serve the student population.

Follow SGA on Facebook (@BlinnBryanSGA), Instagram (@blinnbryan_sga), and Twitter (@BlinnSGA_Bryan). For more information, email sga.bryan@blinn.edu

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