Eight new officers were appointed to the Students’ Association for the spring semester after six of last year’s officers resigned.
Most of the resigned officers stepped down because of time commitments. Abbey Moses, junior political science major from McKinney and executive vice president of SA, said the SA constitution requires officers to regularly attend weekly meetings. If a member has more than six unexcused absences, they can be removed from office.
Adam Andrade, sophomore political science and business management major from Fort Worth, resigned from his position as representative of the College of Business Administration. Last semester he was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program. He is required to attend weekly meetings for McNair, which happened to conflict with SA meetings.
Barrett Lewis, a sophomore management and communication major from Abilene, will fill Andrade’s position. Lewis heard about the position from Moses. He and several other candidates met with her to submit a resume and learn about the requirements.
“I like to be involved and I think SA could do a lot of good on campus,” Lewis said.
Moses said the appointment process begins with an interview and resume submission. She said all the students who were interviewed were appointed and then elected at the SA meeting.
Sheila Haines, junior nursing major from Dallas, was representative of the School of Nursing last semester. She is also the vice president of the Black Students Association and resigned from SA because of the time commitment.
Taylor Crumpton, junior social work major from Sacramento, California, also resigned because of time commitments. Only last year’s Barret Hall representative, Anastasia Luck resigned because she is studying abroad.
“We never wanted to stifle people from being involved in other things on campus,” Moses said.
SA has 56 positions and only 46 were filled last semester. Now that eight new members were appointed, SA will have a total of 48 members. Moses said last semester meeting attendance varied from 30 members to all 46 members.
“It is up to the individual to determine how they want to be involved,” Moses said.
Representatives are required to put in two hours of work, called office hours, each month. Class officers are required to put in double that amount with four hours per month.
Moses said representatives are required by the SA constitution to be a part of the student group they represent. She said this requirement sometimes makes it hard to fill offices when no students from certain groups step up to the position.
The new SA officers and the groups they represent are listed below:
“¢ Kelsey Hatfield -Education & Human Services
“¢ Amanda Ford -Education & Human Services
“¢ Meredith Havard -Arts Student Groups
“¢ Jayce Walker -Arts Student Groups
“¢ Barrett Lewis -College of Business
“¢ Ryan Bischof -Edwards Hall
“¢ Adriana Tatmon -Barret Hall
“¢ Bryson Martinez -Varsity Athletics