Second meeting will be at noon Sept. 12
By Brianna Rodrigue
The Student Government Association’s first meeting Monday allowed the SGA leadership team to meet students interested in joining.
Officers and guests ate sandwiches and chicken tenders in the meeting that was more social than substantive.
Pre-pharmacy sophomore Quintin Longoria, vice president of SGA, began the meeting by introducing himself, announced the next meeting Sept. 12 and discussed volunteer opportunities.
Psychology sophomore Harley Williams, president of SGA, asked everyone to introduce themselves and name their favorite food as a way to getting to know each other.
Mark Bigelow, interim director of student life; Melissa Sutherland, counselor; and Chaye Pena, director for outreach and recruitment, are the advisers for the organization.
The advisers attend meetings to make sure SGA is going by district policy.
“We are here to guide and support them,” Bigelow said. “We try not to have a say in what they do as long as they are not doing anything illegal.”
SGA helps students on campus by promoting other clubs and acting as “the voice of the students,” Williams said.
Other officers are financial services sophomore Christopher Scoggins, treasurer; art sophomore Federico Gonzalez-Vidal, secretary; psychology sophomore Brett Douglas, historian; and accounting sophomore Jenna Keeton, commissioner of public relations.
Any students can become a member to SGA by joining on Orgsync.com. Orgsync is a website that student life uses to communicate with student organizations. It is accessible on the student home page of ACES.
When a member wants to become a member-at-large, an officer must sign a form verifying that the member has attended four general meetings and is active with the organization, Williams said.
Computer science sophomore Sergio Calderon has been a member-at-large of SGA since the spring semester.
“We try to reach out to the students to see if they have any concerns or problems on campus,” Calderon said. “We also help out a lot of other clubs, so it’s cool to attend all the meetings to hear what is going on campus and see how it will affect other clubs.”
Calderon believes if students want to be dedicated to this college and to their classes, it’s important to be involved with at least one club and the community.
“It will give us more reasons to come to school,” Calderon said. “There are so many clubs to choose from, and SGA tries to inform all the students about other clubs they can join.”
The next SGA meeting will be noon-1 p.m. Sept. 12 in the craft room in Loftin Student Center. Meetings are open to anyone.
For more information, students can stop by the SGA office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Room 260B in Loftin or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SACSGA1/.
Students can contact SGA at 210-486-0133.