Student Government Association amends constitution

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Jacob Wong, Student Government Association president and psychology sophomore, discusses rules for April elections during Monday’s SGA meeting in the craft room of Loftin.  Monica Correa

Jacob Wong, Student Government Association president and psychology sophomore, discusses rules for April elections during Monday’s SGA meeting in the craft room of Loftin. Monica Correa

Two new officer positions added to SGA.

By Michael Meinen

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Student Government Association voted to amend its Constitution Feb. 11, after the vote was delayed the previous week.

The vote was delayed because of printer issues.

The new amendment calls for the addition of two officers.

A historian and parliamentarian will give SGA a total of 10 officers.

For a new constitution to be completely ratified, it needs to be signed by President Robert Zeigler; Dr. Robert Vela, vice president of academics and student engagement; Emma Mendiola, dean of student affairs; and Emily Kahanek, interim director of student life.

There is no timetable for the completion of ratification, Justin Wideman, SGA secretary and political science sophomore, said.

According to the new constitution, the historian will be responsible for recording the history of SGA along with upcoming events, and maintaining that record.

The parliamentarian will ensure that parliamentary procedures are being followed during meetings.

The new positions will be appointed from the existing SGA commissioners this year.

Elections for next semester will take place in April.

SGA will post biographies and photos of the candidates on the its Facebook page.

Election results will be released in May.

Current SGA officers will mentor the newly-elected on their duties and responsibilities until August, when new officers officially take over.

The reason for the increase of officer positions is that a historian and parliamentarian are “good to have,” Wideman said. He said other student governments statewide have those positions.

SGA was hoping to present an amended constitution during the monthly Pepsi with the President Thursday.

“I have a few things to polish before we present,” Vice President Mike Martinez said.

In a phone interview Thursday, Wideman confirmed the constitution was not ready to be presented.

To apply for the new position, call Mark Bigelow, assistant coordinator of leadership and activities, at 210-486-0125 or email at mbigelow2@alamo.edu.

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