Student Government Association is the largest it has been in years with over 70 members and only two unfilled positions.
SGA Executive President Ty Kelley, senior information technology major from San Antonio, said the increase in involvement is due to the group’s outreach during Wildcat Week events such as ACU Fest, Abilene City Limits as well as SGA Week.
The group had tables set up during Abilene City Limits, where SGA branding was found on free cups with light-up cubes and complimentary drinks. Kelley said the branding on fliers, posters and keychains increased awareness of the available positions and how to get involved.
In addition, the recent split from the single position of chief communications officer to the two positions of marketing director, held by Marco Martinez, senior graphic design major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and press secretary, held by Mikaela Clinton, junior advertising and public relations major from San Antonio, was cited by both Kelley and Clinton as a major reason for the success of SGA’s recruitment.
Kelley said the position split gives each person more time to focus on outreach and communication and prevents one person from getting overwhelmed with the different roles within the position.
“From banners to sponsored advertisements, we used the platform of ‘SGA Week’ to create an exciting environment on campus so that candidates could feel confident campaigning to their fellow students,” Kelley said.
SGA has already completed projects. In addition to SGA Week, the group brought Bird scooters to campus. Kelley said SGA is also anticipating a success at the upcoming Join Week, a week devoted to assist students in joining student organizations they are interested in. Join Week will take place from Sept. 24-28.
The two positions left unfilled are Morris Hall representative and School of Nursing representative. Anyone interested in either position can contact Rachel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SGA office located downstairs in the Campus Center.