Monthly Archives: February 2012

SSA elects new officers for the term 2012/13

The University of Colombo Sociology Students’ Association (UCSSA) recently elected new office holders for the term 2012/13 at its annual general meeting, held on the 1st of February 2012.

Professor Premakumara de Silva, head of the department of Sociology, is the advisor and ultimate authority to all future endeavors of the association, while Dr. Chandrasiri Niriella was appointed as its Senior Treasurer.

Chamarie de Thabrew, who began her term on the 1st of February 2012, is the president of the SSA. A third year undergraduate majoring in sociology, she expressed her views pertaining to the future of the association, stressing the importance of introducing novel characteristics and enhancing collaboration with other universities. 

The new secretary is Aruni Pradeepika Karunarathne, also a third year undergraduate majoring in sociology.

“Both Chamarie and Aruni have long and deep ties to the SSA. We are delighted that the association will now enjoy the benefits of their respective abilities, vision and leadership in a new and more meaningful way,” said Lakruwan Kariyawasam, former president of the SSA.

Of the other third year undergraduates to be appointed to the board of officials; Beneeta Shivanthi will serve as the new junior treasurer of the SSA, with Sithum Gamage and Hansika Lakshi Jayawardhane as the vice president and secretary respectively. Mark Schubert shares the editorship for the association with Kavindra Ravipathi Paranage, a second year undergraduate and a new addition to the ranks of sociology special degree students.   

“This is an exciting time to be associated with the SSA” said Professor De Silva in his address to the assembly. “A strong management is vital to achieve long term success, and the department of sociology has invested itself in new ideas and programmes that will hopefully ensure its recognition.