Gowri S., III Year B. A. English.
Union Day, the last official event hosted by the Students Union 2016-17, was held on 15th March 2017 in the OAT and marked the culmination of this eventful academic year leaving the students in an emotional high. The event officially declared the end of the term of Union 2016-17 when the office bearers passed the baton to their successors, thereby announcing the beginning of a new term.
The program began with the General Secretary, Cultural Secretary and the Treasurer presenting their annual reports for the year. The meticulously prepared reports spoke of the various cultural events that were held in the college and the achievements of the college with regard to the cultural activities. This was followed by the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected representatives who would form the next Union. Sharline Richard took the oath as the President, Immaculate Trishia as the Vice President, Anitta Jason as the General Secretary, Atulya Jessy Mathew as the Treasurer, Swetha Thomas as the Cultural Secretary Shift I and Sangeetha Joseph as the Cultural Secretary Shift II.
Ms. Abarna M, Vice President of the Students Union 1998-99 and a Chartered Accountant by profession, was the Chief Guest of the event whose words left the crowd with a lot of valid thoughts to mull on. She also congratulated the incoming and the outgoing Students Unions on their respective ventures. This was followed by the Chief Guest felicitating the Changemakers for their laudable efforts and innovative ideas. The best Changemaker award was bagged by Priscilla (I year, B.Voc.), for her unique idea and brilliant contribution to the Changemaker Initiative in relation to food processing. Also, the much anticipated award for the Club of the Year was won by the Photography Club for their notable and passionate contributions in the field of photography.
The Students Union 2016-17 was recognised as the best Students Union of the year in the city by Didar Motors in the event of the 86th birthday celebration of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The event was concluded on a happy note with Students Deans presenting each of the Unions members through a guessing game which was followed by a fun dance performance by both the Unions.
The time of the year when the transition from one Union to the other happens, was thus very well celebrated leaving most of the outgoing students a tad emotional. As the newly elected Students Union geared up to serve the term, the Students Union 2016-17 bid adieu leaving an indelible mark on the minds of all Stella Marians.
[Photograph Source: Students Union 2016-17 Facebook Page]