The University of West Florida Student Government Association’s recently elected president and vice president discussed their plans to bolster student involvement and recognition on campus in the coming academic year at the April 19 meeting.
“Our platform that we ran on was ‘Argos Moving Forward, Together,’” Sherrell Wood, SGA vice president, said. “We wanted to create some platform goals that would give us a vision to go forward.”
SGA president Christopher Hill said it is critical that students are aware of what changes are happening around campus by reaching out to students and collaborating with student organizations.
“The main concept of ‘Argos Moving Forward, Together’ is to make sure that the students are moving along with the administration and the strategic master plan,” Hill said. “In the development of the new buildings, the SGA wants to make sure students’ wants and opinions are being implemented into the new buildings. Part of the way I am doing this is by expressing the opinions from the students to the administration.”
Wood said SGA’s goals for next year also include enhancing school spirit and increasing recognition of student-athletes.
“The Argo athletic pride would be about making athletics more recognized here for those students who go over and beyond in their athletic sports,” she said.
“We just want to make sure that students get recognized more than what they do,” Hill said. “There are athletes that are phenomenal in the GSC conference, and I think they need to be recognized more than on the national level, but on the school level because a lot of our students don’t realize it, and I don’t even realize it myself sometimes.”
Wood said SGA will also communicate to students every other month about their concerns by placing a whiteboard in locations on campus such as the Commons so students can write down issues that they want SGA to solve.
Wood also said one of her and Hill’s goals will be to issue a discount card that will give UWF students discounts from businesses around the community.
“We want to continue the efforts of last year’s president and vice president with the Argo discount card,” she said.
SGA swore in new Senators Jessica Bryant and Devonte Wilson, who will represent the College of Professional Studies, and Ty Bennett and Stephen Taylor who will represent the College of Arts and Sciences.