fences, reaching out
strives to gain students interest
Student Government Association officers hope to regain the trust of
the student body by increasing communication with students, officers
SGA will debut a professionally designed Web site, distribute a bi-monthly
newsletter and send campus-wide e-mails to students this semester,
One goal of SGA is to make the House more accessible to students by
being proactive leaders, an effort Secretary Corrie Lockhart said
she believes will help regain the students trust after election
difficulties last semester. The election code is currently being revised
to avoid future problems and student assistance with the revision
is welcome, officers said.
President Jay Zeidman said the best way to reconcile with students
is to pass visible legislation and to increase communication with
House Vice President Megan Brown said she believes the election did
have much effect on the relationship between SGA and students because
there was not a strong relationship to begin with.
To build communication, officers hope to have a template for the new
Web site in a month. Students will be able to view information ranging
from advising schedules to dining menus, Zeidman said.
A newsletter will be distributed in mailboxes and bins around campus
every two months and house calls to organizations will show what SGA
can offer them, Lockhart said.
Zeidman said he plans to send campus-wide e-mails to students and
meet personally with the heads of organizations to let them know SGA
is there for them.
We have the staff, we have the resources, we have the facilities,
we have the funds. Lets use them. he said.
Treasurer David Watson said the House has a fund for special projects
and a fund for conferences and conventions that student organizations
are eligible for, and if organizations get the support of a representative,
it can be voted on.
The new officers discussed goals and talked to student organizations
on the Campus Life retreat last weekend at the Wyndham Hotel in Arlington.
The new officers have shown a great deal of cohesiveness and are excited
about what they can accomplish, Lockhart said.
The officers said they will focus on academic advising, the off-campus
use of meal cards and a new student center.
Zeidman said he wants to utilize Intercom, a group of 15 presidents
from different campus organizations, to take the three major proposals
directly to the Board of Trustees this semester.
Soon, students can expect to receive personal invitations to House
meetings, which are always open forums, Lockhart said. Meetings will
be 5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 27, in Student Center Room 222.
Zeidman said he believes it is important for SGA to be visible and
establish their identity as an organization that represents everyone.