Freshman Forum

                                Freshman Forum applications close on September 1st.                                          
                             
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The purpose of the Freshman Forum is to provide education and leadership opportunities for freshmen at the University of North Alabama. Freshman Forum is the voice of the Freshman class on campus. As Forum members, you will be in charge of planning initiatives for the freshman class and service projects on campus and in the Shoals community. 
The Freshman Forum Executive Council includes: the Vice President, the Clerk, and five committee chairs. They are responsible for setting the agenda of meeting and communicating committee matters to the branch as a whole. The Freshman Forum elects the Vice President and Clerk during the first meeting of each fall semester. The committee chairs are chosen by the Freshman Forum Advisors after interviews following the first meeting of the fall semester.

Every year, students from across the state travel to Montgomery to meet with legislative officials and celebrate the importance of higher education in Alabama. UNA students specifically spread the word about Project 208 and its nitiative to bring equitable funding to the University and bring North Alabama to the front of legislature's minds. 

Members of the Freshman Forum hold up signs for Project 208.

Freshman Forum members pose in Montgomery, Alabama.

More commonly referred to as CLEG, "[the] Alabama YMCA Legislature gives delegates the opportunity to draft, present and debate pressing, relevant bills on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives. This hands-on learning experience provides college students with a better understanding of the legislative process in Alabama, and the elements necessary for effecting positive change through legislative procedure." (cleg.org)

Cenetered around volunteerism, the Service committee plans, coordinates, and executes service projects on campus and in the community. Dedicated to helping others, members of this committee should have a passion for dedicating their time to improving the lives of others. Freshman Forum members hold pumpkins they painted for an event hosted by the Service committee.

Not only does the Outreach and Philanthropy committee raise money for the SGA Endowed Scholarship, they also work closely with the UNA food pantry to combat food insecurity on campus. Events they plan exist to better connect students to on campus resources. 

Students play a game of giant Jenga.

Event planner extraordinaires are vital for the Social committee. Responsible for engaging first-year students with one another, this committee creates fun, welcoming events to increase student involvement. Members of this committee work with university staff to secure spaces and supplies for their events. 

Students dance at an event hosted by the Social committee.Freshman Forum members serve food and swag items to guests at a Social event.

Perfect for anyone with a passion for marketing or mass communications, the Public Relations committee publicizes Freshman Forum events through social media. Members of this committee gain first-hand experience in designing flyers, social media posts, t-shirts and more. 
Freshman Forum members pose for photo at their Christmas party.

Interested in making campus better? The Student Welfare committee seeks student feedback to improve the quality of life at UNA. After picking out the most important, relevant concerns, this committee creates a course of action to implement those changes firsthand. 

Students play a game of corn hole.

Applications are open now and will close on Tuesday, September 1st at 11:59pm. An Information Night will be held in Olive Hall on Monday, August 31st from 7 to 9pm. 
Group interviews will be conducted in 15 minute periods from
1:30 - 3:30pm
and from
5:00 - 6:00pm on
September 2nd, 3rd and 4th. 
An interview sign-up sheet will be sent to the emails of all applicants in early August. If you wish to change your interview date or time, you must do so by 11:59pm on Wednesday, August 26th. In order to do so, you must send the changes you wish to have made to emcdonald@una.edu
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Freshman Forum meets every Wednesday at 4:30pm, in the SGA Chambers on the bottom floor on the GUC in the Student Engagement Center.
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Instagram: @freshmanforum_una
Facebook:
@UNA Freshman Forum
Senate Advisor for Freshman Forum:
Ellen McDonald / emcdonald@una.edu
UPC Advisor for Freshman Forum: Keelyn Sealy / lsealy@una.edu