Student groups to meet with district administration

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Student Government Association election application deadline extended to April 20.

By Aaron Martinez

A Student District Council meeting will be at 2 p.m. April 10 in Room 104 of Killen Center to discuss new ways to include student voices at the district level.

The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting is expected to bring together student government associations from the five district colleges and Palo Alto College students from the Student Leadership Coalition to meet with Chancellor Bruce Leslie; Jo-Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor for student success; and Adelina Silva, vice chancellor for student success.

The meeting is expected to address issues from protests and criticism from Palo Alto students at meetings of the Alamo Colleges’ board of trustees.

Students in the leadership coalition have brought issues forward such as eliminating majors on associate of arts and associate of science degrees and the lack of student voices being heard by district officials.

Since October 2014, students have protested at board meetings and asked the chancellor to resign.

“Our goal is to encourage both sides to come with concerns and solutions and see what common ground we can find and how we can address those,” SGA President Karen Elliot said. “We are going to hopefully align with the students and make sure they know where their platforms are so they can speak and feel like their voices are heard.”

In other news, the SGA officer application deadline has been extended to April 20, which moves the election to May 4-8 and the announcement of the winners May 11.

A candidate forum will be at noon April 23 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Information about campaigning and election process will be available during a SGA meeting April 20.

An email will be sent out to all students to vote on May 4.

The SGA encourages anyone who wants to represent the student body to apply.

Applications are in the SGA office in 260B or the office of student life in Room 260A of Loftin Student Center.

To apply, students must be enrolled in at least six hours of classes and maintain six hours of classes, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better, not be on administrative hold, scholastic probation or under suspension for disciplinary reasons.

Students can apply for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, commissioner, historian and parliamentarian.

Officers receive a voucher to buy textbooks from this college’s bookstore. Commissioners receive a $250 gift card; vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian and parliamentarian, $300; and president $400.

Vice President Harley Williams is the only applicant who sent in her application by the original deadline, April 6, and she will start campaigning for president Monday, she said.

Campaigning will begin April 20 for people who turn in their applications on the due date, adviser Tiffany Cox said.

In other news, the office of student life is hiring 15-20 students to work during the summer as student orientation leaders to guide new students around campus.

To apply, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, must have completed two semesters at this college by the end of spring 2015, be sociable and show school pride. They must commit to working Tuesdays and some Wednesdays and Fridays.

Students will be paid $50 for a six-hour shift and are advised to attend a new student orientation April 22, May 2 or May 5 to understand what the job requires.

For an application, visit

The next SGA meeting will be noon-1 p.m. April 13 in the craft room of Loftin.

For more information, call 210-486-0133.


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