Office of the President
Arthur Rushforth is currently a senior at The University at Albany, double majoring in both Political Science and History. For three years Arthur has prided himself in serving the students by being involved with the Student Association (SA). As a sophomore, he performed as a representative of Colonial Quad (2010-2011 Senator) and while serving on the Senate soon took on a leadership role as the Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee. Through his immense involvement and dedication he was later re-elected as a Senator at Large and was soon elected as the 2011-2012 Senate Chairman. In addition, he has been an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, a professional Pre-Law Fraternity on campus since joining as a freshman. He plans on attending Law School after graduation.
As Senate Chair Arthur learned firsthand the inside experience of what the Student Association can do for the University at Albany community. He served as a committed member to the "Student to Student Initiative" which, in conjunction with the Mayor of Albany, brought UAlbany SA funded organizations to local Albany high schools. These students then established after school programs in order to provide activities and advisement to future college students.
From there, he then guided what he deemed both a "successful and highly involved Legislative Branch." He stated, "SA Senates have done some good things in the past," but this past year he believes they really went above and beyond. With Arthur's help, the Student Association Senate held their first "Safe Space" training to all those wishing to participate to become aware of LGBTQ circumstances. Then, over 190 bills were reviewed, debated and voted on by the Senate. The Committee on Community Engagement and Outreach successfully sponsored and fundraised for adopted children and also partook in the planning of events such as downtown clean ups, the Binghampton cleanup, and the Autism Walk. Arthur takes special pride in his efforts towards the Autism Walk which helped to raise funds and awareness regarding the disorder. The walk had a great turnout, even attracting public officials like local Congressman Paul Tonko. Another success Arthur has seen in office has been through an organization that holds close ties with SA: Dippikill Inc. Dippikill is a fully student owned and operated campsite retreat located in Warrensburg NY, just one hour away from UAlbany. While Senate Chair, he served the Board of Dippikill as a voting member and from this position helped expand Dippikill Outreach.
He is determined to represent the students to the fullest extent and work tirelessly in order to see this year's expected successes come to fruition. Serving as your President, Arthur Rushforth is both determined and excited to make 2013 a year like no other! With the help of his experienced and confident E-board he feels this will be an exciting and rewarding year! As President he signed the first document allowing the ground breaking construction of the new Dippikill cabin, "Julie's Lodge," which is to be completed in the Summer of 2015. He has even created a new position called the Director of Dippikill Outreach to ensure that all students are aware of the campsite's accessibility all year long.
Arthur knows the importance of each and every student's opinion and would like to meet you. Please stop by his office any day of the week and meet with him. Have your voice heard and make your opinion known! He needs your suggestions and input to be able to address each student's needs and wants. As your President Arthur plans on making sure your Student Activity Fee is at work and being spent both responsibly and productively. Feel free to contact him at any time. CC116 is The Student Association Office and we're here to work for you!