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Meet Joe Gala: SGA’s Freshman of the Year

July 24, 2017

Each year, the Student Government Association honors a first-year student who has made an immediate impact on the Fisher campus. From walking for 12-hours straight during Relay for Life to playing Danny Zucco in the Fisher Players’ production of “Grease,” it’s easy to see why Joe Gala was named the 2017 Freshman of the Year.

Joe Gala '20 receives SGA's 2016-2017 Freshmen of the Year Award.

While Gala kept busy all year as a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and member of Cardinal TV, Fisher Swingbirds, and SGA Senate, he said one of his favorite events was participating in the Teddi Dance for Love.

“I loved this event because I was able to dance and celebrate with some of my closest friends for 24 hours non-stop, while also benefitting the amazing Camp Good Days and Special Times,” he said. “I truly felt like I was a part of something special. It was one of the defining moments when I felt like a member of the Fisher family.”

If every family has a home, then Gala said his Fisher home is Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall. As a member of Fisher Players, the College’s theater troupe, he performed in the group’s fall and spring productions, both of which were held in Cleary.

Joe Gala '20 (center) poses with cast members from the Fisher Players' production of Grease.

Joe Gala '20 (center) poses with cast members from the Fisher Players' production of Grease.

“I really believe that my performances with the Fisher Players gave me the confidence and motivation to put myself out there and get involved with more organizations on campus,” he explained.  “I've made a lot of wonderful memories in Cleary Auditorium, and I owe a lot to the events that have taken place there.”

And while it may seem as though Gala has amassed four years of memories in just one year, he’s only getting started.

“I'm really looking forward to establishing myself as a leader on campus,” he said. “I was blessed to have numerous involvement opportunities during my freshman year, and I now want to direct my involvement towards making Fisher a better place for everyone.”