The incoming president of Upstate Student Government said she wants to get the most out of her experience as a student, and serving as USG president will help her accomplish that.
“This is my last shot at embracing life as a student,” said Anne Reilley, a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. “It’s exciting, especially since I’m going into my last year.”
Anne, who has a master’s degree in exercise science from SUNY Cortland, is the first student from outside of the College of Medicine to be elected to the one-year post.
She is in the second year of the three-year DPT program in the College of Health Professions. (She also is one of 10 students chosen to present at Student Research Day Wednesday).
“Anne is an amazing leader,” said Sue Miller, DPT, director of Upstate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. “She seems to have boundless energy and is involved in so many things! We are proud to have her as a student in our program and look forward to seeing what her future holds.”
The two things Anne will focus on most as USG president are communication and interprofessional education.
USG is key to fostering communication – among students, faculty and administration, and throughout Upstate’s four colleges, Anne said. She wants to continue the positive momentum established by outgoing USG president Sam Schueler, who will graduate from the College of Medicine in May.
“Sam did a great job getting students to know their voice is important here,” Anne said. “The administration and faculty want to hear positive and negative feedback.”
The heart of interprofessional education is connecting different disciplines so that there are more opportunities for students to learn from, and get to know, other students – beyond their own class, program or college.
Anne cited a recent seminar held by students in Cardiovascular Perfusion, a program in the College of Health Professions. The session was attended by students from various CHP programs and from the College of Medicine, who — especially if they go into cardiology — will have a greater appreciation for what perfusionists do, Anne said.
The perfusion presentation was conducted through a recognized student organization. Upstate has more than 50 recognized student-led clubs and organizations that provide interprofessional education opportunities to students.
One of USG’s functions is to collect and distribute student fees to classes and these organizations.
As president, Anne’s duties include serving as the student representative on the University Council and as a voting delegate for the SUNY Student Assembly. She served USG this year as vice president for the College of Health Professions, and has has been elected to a seat on the CHP Alumni Board, representing all students in the college.
“USG is a go-to forum for student voices,” Anne said. “Students can address issues, anonymously if they prefer, and their concerns will be brought to the administration.”
Upstate Student Government 2013/2014 Executive Board and Representatives
President: Anne Reilley, CHP, DPT 2014
VP, CHP: Robin LeClerc, Med Tech 2014
VP, CGS: Patrick Sweeney, CGS 2017
VP, COM: Nicole Cifra, MD/MPH 2015
VP, CON: Brianne Gravell, NURS BS 2014
VP, Clubs/Orgs: Matt Cortese, COM 2015
Secretary: Sarah Lander, COM 2015