New 2011-2012 NCC Student Government President

Immediate: May 25, 2010 Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 E-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu

NEW NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT KAREN CHICAS

Garden City, NY – Karen Chicas’ road to the presidency of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Nassau Community College (NCC) has been one that would be familiar to many of NCC’s past SGA presidents. “I was in the political science club with Lorenzo (Simpson, 2010-2011 SGA president) and he told me there was a position open as Freshman Senator. I ran and was elected,” she remembers. Chicas, a resident of Levittown, became interested in having a voice in College issues, so she decided to run for student government president as well.

During her term as president, Chicas hopes to instill a sense of school spirit in her fellow students by better communicating to them what the College has to offer. “I think that maybe some students and clubs might not know about all the things Nassau Community College can provide to them,” she remarked. Chicas believes that students’ experience at NCC is what they make of it, and the best way to make the most out of it is to is to work hard in your classes, find out about student life and then get involved in the things that are of interest.After she graduated from MacArthur high school, Chicas wasn’t sure what sure what she wanted to pursue. She realizes that a lot of people her age feel the same way she did—and she knows the value of attending NCC in that situation. “I knew that Nassau is a place where you can discover new things about yourself and figure out what you want to do with your life,” she said. “I feel like I made the right choice.” Chicas is now thinking of pursuing a career in law.

Chicas is a liberal arts major at Nassau with a GPA of 3.5. She is in the honors program and is vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. In her free time Chicas enjoys such outdoor activities as hiking and camping. She is a member of the College’s Outing Club.

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