By Nick Kusko
August 24, 2011
After high school, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) juniors Sammy Pisano and Brooke Britt both had the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics, Pisano as a cross-country runner and Britt in her dual sports of softball and volleyball. While they both love their sports, they chose a different path, shaping their college experiences around service to the community and to their fellow students.
This spring, they were elected president and vice president of UNCW’s Student Government Association (SGA).
The two became good friends as freshmen after attending the Convention of Student Government Associations at Texas A&M University, where they first joked about running for office together. But as they saw how well they worked together, the joke started to become serious.
Last year, Pisano served as SGA vice president and Britt as chair of student affairs. Pisano said the two make a great team, despite sometimes differing opinions.
“We can be on two polar ends of an issue, but through communication and patience, we always come up with a solution,” he said.
Pisano and Britt’s campaign platform included assisting with the transition to UNCW’s new chancellor, lowering textbook costs, making SGA more visible on campus, addressing parking and dining concerns and instituting a new bike rental program.
Britt said she also hopes to address issues related to tuition increases, the growing student population and improving school spirit, both around campus and in the surrounding community. She emphasized that large problems need to be turned into smaller, more manageable solutions, such as finding creative ways to help students save money on textbooks.
One of the major responsibilities of the SGA president and vice president is to work closely with the university’s chancellor, vice chancellors and the dean of students. The president also serves as a member of the board of trustees. Pisano said his experience as vice president gave him the opportunity to establish strong relationships with UNCW administrators, which will be an advantage as SGA president.
“By this point, the trust is there, and it is down to business,” he said.
Pisano and Britt are both busy Seahawks who are involved in numerous campus activities in addition to their SGA service.
Pisano is a member of the gospel choir and a resident assistant in Galloway Hall who aspires to be a music producer.
Britt was on the 2011 Homecoming Court, the president of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and served on the Academic Honor Board. She plans to become a lawyer and wants to help stop human trafficking.