As a new semester begins for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a new chapter is also beginning for the Student Government Association.
The SGA is getting ready to elect a new president and vice president, along with accepting applications for Senate. However, they are hoping not to do it on their own and want as much student participation as possible.
All students will be able to vote through their UWSP email account March 14 to 16.
Elizabeth Metzger, UWSP student, expressed what she would like to see the next president and vice president achieve, “additional access to staff when it comes to deciding on a major. Especially for incoming freshmen.”
Students looking for a way to get involved on campus and to have a voice in the student body are encouraged to apply for a seat in the senate. Senators provide their opinion at open forums and are able to join special committees.
Ronald Strege serves as director of Diversity and College Access as well as an adviser to the SGA.
“SGA is not just for political science majors. It’s a real opportunity to make a real difference on this campus,” Strege said. “The senate is in charge of roughly 14 million dollars that it distributes around campus.”
Senators have the opportunity to participate in a dialogue that promotes where they deem that money be best allocated.
SGA communications and public relations director Alexander Tews said, “We are always welcoming students to join senate. You have an active voice on campus. If you want to be involved you should join senate.”
Students considering applying to senate are welcome to attend their open meetings to have an understanding of what being a part of senate entails. Meetings are held Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. in the DUC Legacy Room.
Applications for executive and Senate positions are due Feb. 19.