Deadlines vary at colleges, but board receives five nominees by Feb. 29 and then interviews each.
By Kyle R. Cotton
Since May, criminal justice sophomore Sami Adames has represented students on the board of trustees as student trustee; however, her term will come to a close at the end of this semester.
To find the next student trustee, student government associations from all five colleges are now taking applications.
Each Alamo College’s SGA this month will interview each of their applicants and choose one candidate to submit to the board of trustees by Feb. 29.
This college’s deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Feb. 19.
Harley Williams, psychology sophomore and SGA president, said the date allows plenty of time to review each candidate.
Palo Alto College’s applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 15 in student center 10.
The Ranger was unable to reach Saint Philip’s College’s SGA because its president, LaTonya Jones, is out of town, according to the office of student life.
Northwest Vista College will be accepting applications until 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in Room 110 of Huisache Hall with interviews to follow.
Northeast Lakeview College’s SGA currently has not set a deadline, said Marlon Anderson, director of student development, activities and leadership and SGA adviser.
Williams said this college’s SGA is looking for someone who is passionate and committed to the job but also balanced in their approach.
Applicants must go above and beyond to make themselves available to students.
Williams and Jami Keeton, liberal arts sophomore and SGA vice president, said former student trustee Jacob Wong and Adames are examples of going above and beyond.
Wong, who was the first student trustee appointed by the Alamo Colleges, would try to attend every student government meeting at each of the respective colleges to hear student concerns.
Williams and Keeton said Wong’s approach isn’t for everybody and said Adames’ approach was acceptable as well.
Adames, who has work commitments, has made herself available via phone and email for any concerns students have, said Williams, who noted Adames’ quick response time.
Adames can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling board liaison Sandra Mora at 210-485-0030.
“The key is flexibility, as long as they stay in contact when they are needed,” Williams said.
Williams also suggested applicants update their résumés, make sure they have proof of community service and be open to when student government can interview them.
“We can only be here a certain amount of time,” Williams said.
Keeton, a former student trustee candidate, said potential candidates should have patience.
“The one thing I’ve learned from higher education is that things take time,” Keeton said, noting time isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “It weeds out those who don’t have the time to commit to the position.”
The student trustee receives a $600 scholarship distributed across the two semesters they serve.
Applicants for student trustee must maintain six credit hours and a 2.5 grade point average.
Applications for student trustee can be obtained from each of the respective student government offices.
The district board of trustees will select in April from the candidates forwarded from each of the colleges. An alternate will also be selected.
For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/district/policies/#Section_B and view board of governance B.11.1 and B.11.1.1.