New academic year brings new SGA goals

(This story was revised by the author on 9/5/12)

WCU SGA wants to see bigger student involvement in 2012-13. Photo: Ben Haines.

Western Carolina University’s Student Government Association is continuing to be an advocate for student needs and an outlet for their concerns, but SGA members would also like to see a bigger involvement from students in the new academic year.

Expansion is a major focus of the SGA staff. “This is primarily because it’s hard to represent the student body when we spread ourselves so thin,” said SGA President Alecia Page. “We also want to expand funding policies.”

Clubs and organizations can rejoice because expanding funding policies means increasing supplemental funding. This year, supplemental funding was increased from $15,000 to $30,000 in order to help strengthen WCU clubs and organizations. Page strongly feels that increasing funding will help keep students in Cullowhee on the weekends because more money means that these clubs and organizations can host more events.

Page would also like to continue advocating for WCU on the state level. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Page encourages people to check out the newly approved strategic plan, which lays out the vision for the university and where leaders would like it to be by 2020.

Other SGA focuses include the UP Resolution, which would allow the UP students to walk during commencement ceremonies; more facility and staff appreciation events; and stronger SGA staff and student relationships so that students can better trust their student leaders.

2012 SGA Executive Staff:
President, Alecia Page –
Vice President, Ryan Hermance –
Executive Assistant, Anja Nothdurff –
Director of PR and Marketing, Alisha Lambert –
Director of Inter-Club Council, Mike Fitzwater –
Director of Finance, Ozzie Gonzalez –
Chief Justice, Kyle Thompson –
Graduate Assistant for Clubs and Organizations, Winston Bland –
Advisor, Karen Farmer –

*The author of this story is a member of the SGA Executive Staff*