Elections for student government had the highest voter turnout numbers in history this year .
Student Government Association (SGA) saw a 10 percent increase in voter turnout from the last year, meaning over 50 percent of the student body voted in the elections.
There are eight members total on SGA staff and over 50 members elected to senate. Lauren Wasson, president of SGA, said she is excited to work with the students elected to improve the campus for years to come.
“Our team is also especially excited about Wellness Week, improving campus through several technological advancements and continuing to make our campus community stronger,” Wasson said.
In addition to continuing several SGA traditions, such as Join Week and Litmas, SGA plans to initiate the first SGA Wellness Week. The week will help students to explore different fitness activities like yoga. They also plan to educate on mental health with presentations and incorporate fun with a puppy petting area.
Addressing student wellness is a priority for SGA this year. It plans to address this through Wellness Week, in collaboration with the MACC and administration, to increase efforts to improve the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical lives of students.
“Internally, our team is working to equip student organizations better than ever before,” Wasson said. “In addition to financial resources, we are also working to equip student leaders with marketing, professional development and more to increase their effectiveness and reach across campus.”
Karissa Nickish, SGA press secretary, said working as a member of SGA takes flexibility.
“It’s a lot of bouncing ideas off of each other, supporting, following through, building commitment and encouraging one another,” Nickish said.
SGA is making plans to target the issue of student parking difficulties across campus by working with an app developed by a company called FoPark. The app is in a pilot stage and will allow students to access a map of student parking lots at ACU and see open parking spaces still available. They plan to open the use of this app to students to decrease the stress of parking.
SGA had its 2019 SGA Retreat on Friday and Saturday, Sept 13 and 14.