ABAC is gearing up for Student Government Elections this spring. The Student Government Association otherwise known as the SGA is the voice of the ABAC students. The SGA allows students to have representation and recommend policy change or address other issues and concerns through a hierarchical process.
Dr. Alison Mann, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science here at ABAC, says “they are excited to get SGA back on campus” since there hasn’t been one this past year. Dr. Mann is helping coordinate the candidates and events for the elections and also helped with the re-writing of the constitution. The SGA was officially sanctioned at the signing a month ago and facilitators put the word out on facebook, twitter, and sent out emails to the student body notifying them of the opportunities to run for office.
The offices held by the Student Government Association are President, Vice President, and Senator. The submissions for offices have been made and the candidates announced. SGA will hold a meet and greet and presidential debate in Bowen Hall on Thursday April 2. The meet and greet will be from 6:00-6:30 and the presidential debate will be from 6:30-8:00pm. The voting will begin on April 2 and end on April 8. The winners should be announced by April 9. Students can place their vote for elections on the same ballad as Homecoming.
Here’s a look at some of the candidates running for office. Demariquez Springs, is a Music education major here at ABAC and is running for Liberal Arts Senator. Mr. Springs is running for office because he has always had a passion for people and enjoys being a service in
any way he can. He plans to promote extension and increase life on campus with both student enrollment and campus facilities.
Mr. Springs has had much experience in leadership being a part of Associate Justice on the Student Judiciary Board and Traffic Court, Student Assistant for the Department of Music, and Event Planner for the Music Program, along with leadership in instrumentation. If elected, Demariquez Springs believes that he would make a great contribution and provide a very high asset to ABAC and the School of Liberal Arts.
Taylor Martin is a Diversified Ag major and is running for Agriculture and Natural Resource President. Ms. Martin is running for office because she is passionate about making a difference and ready and willing to make changes and improvements that will make ABAC a more enjoyable college experience as well as develop better relationships between faculty and students. Ms. Martin plans to promote improvements for a stronger core education so that students will be well-rounded in all areas not just their major courses.
Ms. Martin has gained much knowledge of leadership skills during her time at ABAC being a member of the Forestry Club, ABAC Young Farmers, ABAC Cattleman’s Association, Agri-Life Council, and Agricultural Engineering Technologies Club. Ms. Martin also wants to expand clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities to a more collegiate level now that ABAC is a four year college.
Andrew Belk, is a Music major running for Vice President. Mr. Belk wants ABAC to become known for more than just an agricultural college. Mr. Belk plans to create more of an involvement with ABAC and the community to show how great ABAC can be.
The Student Government Association is a great system to have in place for students and college administration. The elected officials depend on the votes of the student body, so don’t forget to go see the presidential debate and place your vote on April 2.