New Student Government president is RIT bred

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Left photo by A. Sue Weisler, right photo provided by Barbara Giordano

Nick Giordano, the new RIT Student Government president, left, traces his roots to being a preschooler at Margaret’s House nearly 20 years ago, right.

Nick Giordano may be new to the role of Student Government president at RIT, but he’s a campus veteran. His roots go back nearly 20 years, to when he spent two years as a preschooler at Margaret’s House, RIT’s childcare center. His mom, Barbara Giordano, is operations manager for RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory.

“I remember playing in the sandbox and swinging on the swings,” said Giordano, a fifth-year political science and management information systems major from Greece, N.Y. These days, the outgoing Giordano has a much bigger sandbox to play in. As Student Government president, he represents more than 18,000 RIT students.

Voted in high school as most likely to become president, Giordano served last year in RIT’s Student Government as director of student relations. He’s active in the a cappella group Proof of Purchase, RIT Players, participated in the Saunders Summer Start-up Program and helped spearhead Goodbye, Goodbuy!, a recycling program that encouraged students moving out to donate, rather than throw out, items for incoming students to use.

And he has a lot more planned for the coming year, opting to take only evening classes to free up his time during the day. “We have a lot of things we’ll be continuing from this year, along with ideas we didn’t have time to get to this year,” Giordano said.

Items on his “to do” list include having a polling station on campus, improving Wi-Fi connections, reorganizing classifications to accommodate the growing number of student clubs, starting a student sustainability advisory board, advocating to remove restrictions on food trucks and car sharing services, and improving retention and graduation rates of African American, Latino American and Native American students.

He’d also like to see an increasing role of advocacy for Student Government and its major student organizations “in order to better communicate and cooperate with faculty, staff, administration and local government to advance students’ ideas and viewpoints.”

During his first weeks in office, he traveled to Albany to meet with state representatives about transportation options for students.

Giordano says he chose to get involved in Student Government “because it gives me an opportunity to use my leadership and other skills to help out the community that has given me so much here at RIT.”

His proud mother isn’t surprised about his success.

“We always knew Nick would be something big someday. He started reading before he was 4. When he got on the bus for kindergarten, he never looked back,” she said. “He’s really grounded here and has embraced RIT. For that, I am very grateful.