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Winter quarter signals season of preparation for SGA

December 15, 2016

 

SGA president Mackenzie Potts addresses fellow SGA members at the first meeting of winter quarter.

SGA president Mackenzie Potts addresses fellow SGA members at the first meeting of winter quarter. – Photo by Jonathan Shaul

 

 

KACIE KAUFMAN
Staff Reporter | kjk019@latech.edu

 

 

The return to school for Winter Quarter signaled the beginning of another season of Student Government Association activities and preparations on Louisiana Tech’s campus.

 

 

The members of the SGA of Tech came together Dec. 5 to meet and discuss a variety of matters, from the organization’s budget, its agenda for the quarter and its efforts to incorporate new members.

 

 

Brett Hooks, a senior sustainable supply chain management major, said the organization had not run a deficit for the first time in several years during Fall Quarter 2016. He said this had enabled the group to increase its impact.

 

 

“I believe we have accomplished more this year than we have in years past,” said Hooks, the organization’s treasurer.

 

 

Hooks said the executives and members were active and creative in the organization, and were breathing new life into its outreach. He said the organization had the opportunity to send members to Baton Rouge to view state government in action, and even as far as New Hampshire last year to view the primaries.

 

 

“SGA has a hand not only here in just the university but we also have a hand in higher education policy across the state and across the nation,” he said.

 

 

Thomas Breaux, a senior sustainable supply chain management major, said the organization was making a difference through a number of ways, with programs such as matching funds. At the meeting, the organization voted to match funds for the National Society of Black Engineers, which raised money through a recent fundraiser at Raising Cane’s. The money will help to contribute to helping the group attend an upcoming convention.

 

 

“We really do have the student body in mind when it comes to everything,” said Breaux, a senator for the organization.  “Whether it’s for helping with matching funds so that people can go to different projects, or just making our campus better through safety week.”

 

 

Brittany Kastner, a senior secondary education chemistry major, said one of the main focuses of Winter Quarter, aside from preparing for upcoming events in the spring, was putting the Who’s Who competition together. The program will accept senior applicants, who must then undergo a selection process that considers GPA, campus involvement and interview performance at a later stage.

 

 

“It’s a really high honor because normally you have to be very involved on campus and have a very high GPA to be able to be chosen for Who’s Who court,” Kastner, director of internal affairs for SGA, said.

 

 

Kastner said another important aim of SGA for the quarter would be strengthening the group through organizational activities and bringing in the new members who were selected last quarter.

 

 

“I’m in charge of all group bonding events, so I’m looking forward to SGA getting closer as whole,” she said.

 

 

Kastner said being a member of SGA had been an excellent opportunity for her.

 

 

“You get to represent this school that gives so much back to you,” Kastner said. “I just love getting to meet administrators and figure out what they see for the future of Tech as well as students. And SGA is the kind of organization where you get to make those ideas possible.”

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