The Student Government Association at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has a new slate of officers for the 2013-14 academic year who were elected along with a number of other student representatives during a weeklong online voting process.
Stephanie London of Fort Smith, SGA co-adviser and student activities event coordinator, said the students chosen will be serving the UAFS campus in a number of ways over the next year.
The SGA is comprised of five executive team positions, one representative from each class, two representatives from each of the seven colleges at UAFS and three members-at-large. Since those elected make up about half of the SGA total, an election will be held in the fall for unfilled vacancies.
"We had 549 students vote in this election," said London, "which is a good number. Part of the voting process was a short survey to see what issues other students want SGA to tackle next fall. SGA has been very active this past year, and we’re proud of what they have accomplished."
SGA resolutions this year have included creating a new faculty appreciation award in memory of the late Lori Norin, working with the University Police Department to add additional crosswalks on campus, creating an annual awareness day on the second Tuesday of April to "Shine the Light on Slavery Day," purchasing molecular sets to assist students in test study preparation in STEM (College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and working with the director of campus involvement to restructure the allocation process for registered student organizations.
Dave Stevens of Fort Smith, SGA co-adviser and director of campus involvement, said a strong student government is important to the function and growth of a university.
"Students want to know that they have a voice on issues that impact their daily experience here on campus," said Stevens. "A strong student government should be relevant in the lives of the students that the organization serves. SGA accomplishes this goal by listening to its constituents and providing services that improve the quality of the learning experience."
SGA officers and representatives include Annsley Garner from Greenwood as Secretary and Zachary Lawrence from Huntington.