Listening to student concerns: Student Government Association

With the first month of the 2018-19 school year complete, students at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have settled back in to their weekly routines. New students are adjusting to university life by actively getting involved in organizations and events around campus.
Student organizations are an important piece of the overall experience here at UMHB, and offer many different ways to get involved with the school whether it be through community service, leadership positions or spiritual life. One organization in particular, the Student Government Association (SGA), offers an opportunity for students to represent their class and ultimately, be a voice for the student body as a whole.
One member in particular, senior political science, pre-law and speech communication double major Tyler Baker, is very excited about his involvement this year as the Student Body President. In addition to his extensive set of majors, Baker knew since his freshman year at UMHB that he wanted to participate and eventually help lead this student organization.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to serve the students and be a part of an organization that has a true impact on campus,” Baker said.
This semester, SGA welcomes seven new students to the senate. Six freshmen and one sophomore will soon be a part of this unique leadership experience. On Tuesday evening, the first meeting of the academic year commenced. The Director of Spiritual Life and sophomore sociology major, McKenzie Decker, opened the meeting with a prayer and a short message about leadership. She encouraged the students with a reading of Philippians 2:3-8, a passage that teaches how to be a humble and selfless leader, just as Christ was during his time on earth.
Then Baker took the floor with an official swearing in of the seven new senators. He continued with a brief presentation of his vision for this year using three simple words; “up, in and out.” In greater detail, his goal for each member of the association is for them to grow upwards by strengthening their relationship with Christ, to grow inward by establishing unity within the SGA, and lastly, to grow outward by improving the student body.
With these words in mind, various members of the executive council continued to lead the meeting with policies, guidelines and procedures for the upcoming semester. The final item on the agenda was the first official open floor, where members of the senate can voice their proposals and concerns for potential reforms and policies. Topics up for discussion included comments on visitor parking as well as the current smoking policy on campus.
Senators are not the only people who can come up with ideas to be presented during a meeting. Any student is welcome to share their concerns or proposals with a member of the senate, which they then can relay to the SGA at a future meeting. Another way for any student to see what the SGA is about is to tune into the SGA Facebook (@UMHBsga) where the weekly meetings are broadcasted live.
With the first official meeting in the books, the Student Government Association is on track for a successful and productive school year.

Author: Amy Lucas

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