Welcome back to another Summer SOTM post! Today we would like to congratulate Michele Vergho,
IRSC - Indian River State College, for being awarded as the FCSSGA Division Summer Student of the Month! Michele was nominated by her advisor, Rochelle Popp-Finch.
Here is what Rochelle shared with us about Michele: "It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I nominate Michele Vergho as the FCSAA Student of the Month. Over the past two years, Michele has been a student leader at IRSC, she has continuously lead by example--her actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more! She is not only a student leader on campus but in our community. Michele is the Vice President of Campus Coalition Government, she has served in various roles in the Human Services Club, a College Ambassador, and a member of the 2019 All-FL Academic Team. She is a member of the following committees: Marketing & PR, Student Life, Helping Hands, Student Affairs Advisory, and Student Activities Budget. She is an advocate for sexual violence survivors through her activism and volunteerism with the Inner Truth Project. She is a graduate of our Emerging Leaders, Legacy Leaders, and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Programs. After Michele completed NSLS, she went onto complete the Executive Level Leadership Certificate. Through this Program, Michele and fellow student leader Michael Ansley created a Better World Project--Helping Hands Community of the Treasure Coast. Now they are in the final stages of establishing it as a registered non-profit organization, focusing on teaching servant leadership to our youth. They plan to work with local high schools and IRSC students through mentorship, community service, civic engagement, and educational projects. Michele’s long term career goal is to become a clinical psychologist and open a community center to provide counseling to adolescents who have been abused or are recovering from substance abuse find ways to cope and live successful productive lives despite their trauma. Therefore, establishing the non-profit organization based on her leadership journey at IRSC is bringing her closer to achieving her career goals.
Michele has served as the Helping Hands Committee Chair for the past two years. This is a student-led committee responsible for organizing various community service projects at least once a month to encourage education through art, service, learning, and civic engagement. Through Michele’s leadership, she recruited 28 students--the largest and most successful student-led committee I have seen in my 20 years in higher education. These students have a passion and commitment to making a difference in our community, but it is Michele's leadership that has modeled the way and led to the success of the committee. Under her leadership, the group organized 12 different service projects this academic year earning over 550 hours of community service. In addition, during the pandemic, she assisted the IRSC AFC Chapter in the Cards for Seniors project making over 1,500 homemade cards for seniors on the Treasure Coast."
What an honor to have this individual in our SGA program! Congratulations to Michele Vergho,
IRSC - Indian River State College.