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Dan Potenzieri, Marine Corps Veteran, Elected President of SGA


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

LIU_Post_Dan_PotenzieriBrookville, N.Y. - Dan Potenzieri, a junior political science major who transferred to LIU Post this year, has been elected president in annual Student Government Association elections held on Wednesday, April 3.

Potenzieri, a 25-year old Marine Corps veteran who was parliamentarian with the 2012-13 SGA, is also vice president of the Veterans Students United Club on campus, and an RA at Riggs Hall.

"It was a close race between Dan and Malcolm McDaniel, and they are both very fine individuals," said Alerie Tirsch, director, Office of Student Life and Leadership Development. "Dan will be taking the gavel from Kristy Niemeyer, the current president, on the Monday after graduation and I am sure he will hit the ground running."

Originally from Portland, Ore., Potenzieri attributes his involvement in campus activities in part to the fact that he is so far from home. "I have no family close by, no network of associations here, so I wanted to connect with people," he said. "Fortunately I felt a connection with the LIU Post community right away -- professors, students, staff, everyone. As that progressed, I've become more involved in campus activities, and been able to make a difference."

Among his accomplishments during his first year on campus was the Medal of Honor Fitness Challenge on April 13. Consisting of fitness challenges, obstacle courses, student club tables, food and entertainment, the daylong program activities was organized by the campus’ Veteran Students United Club (VSU), and designed to educate LIU Post students on military history, tradition, and training in a fun, safe, and competitive environment.

Though he does not take office until after graduation, Potenzieri has already developed some goals and objectives as president of the SGA. That includes reinvigorating the relationship between the student population and alumni. "I'd like to see more internships with alumni for students, and have alumni more involved in activities on campus," he said this week. "I'm brainstorming some ideas on this with Jackie Russo, a graduate admissions counselor here on campus and a past president of the LIU Post SGA.”

He also envisions establishing a formal structure for the SGA to develop long-range goals. "Some projects take a long time to accomplish," he says. "SGA can help further the campus agenda by adopting more long range goals, while working on implementing long term goals that were established before them. The idea is for each year’s leaders to lay the foundation for the next group of campus leaders."

Potenzieri will put that idea into action himself, he says, setting into motion projects that were formulated in 2012-13. "Kristy Niemeyer has done a fantastic job this year, laying the foundations for a lot of good programs," he said. "One of the  things I will do is dedicate myself to the programs she and the SGA team have worked on this year."

Posted 04/17/2013

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