By Xander Swain, Copy editor
SGA used its first two meetings to plan, focusing on recruitment and business for the semester ahead. The first meeting on Jan. 18 started at 4:30 p.m. and was brief, ending at 4:39 p.m. with no old business being discussed.
New business involved discussions of SGA recruitment, Higher Education Day and student feedback surveys.
As of Jan. 18, SGA is focusing their recruitment efforts on social media posts, word of mouth recruitment and tabling.
Higher Education Day is currently still being planned, but will happen on April 13 in Montgomery.
Student feedback surveys were brought up in regards to how they can help create legislation. Senators were encouraged to look at surveys and continue collecting them to find areas on campus that may need addressing.
The Jan. 18 meeting ended with announcements of upcoming events, including the Mr. and Ms. Montevallo election from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.
The second meeting of the semester on Jan. 25 saw the appointment of a new executive member and two new senators. The appointments come after a series of SGA members from the previous semester resigned from their positions or graduated.
The first appointment was junior Lauren Tidwell to Administrative Vice President. The next two appointments were freshmen Kendall Murray and Karina Rogers to Fine Arts Senator and Arts and Sciences Senator, respectively.
In total there are currently nine vacant senate positions and one vacant executive position. The empty senate positions are: two Senior Senators, a Junior Senator, a Sophomore Senator, an Education and Human Development Senator, an International Student Senator, an Athletic Senator, an Adult Returning Senator and a Graduate Senator. The vacant executive position is Director of Sports Promotion.
During executive officer reports, Joshua Brown, SGA Treasurer, announced that there will be a vote on multiple applications to the Leadership Development Fund next senate meeting if there is quorum.
Cody Hodge, SGA President also announced that he will be presenting results of a survey on student interest in a fall break at the next Board of Trustees meeting.
At the end of executive officer reports, Desirae Billingsley, Senior Class President, announced that there will be a new Canvas module for graduating seniors. The module will have information on career guidance but will also have surveys about future career plans.
There will be two surveys available to take and, as an incentive for seniors, if both surveys are completed, they will receive 10 Flex Points to their student accounts.
Xander Swain is the copy editor for The Alabamian. He is majoring in political science, environmental studies, and sociology and wants to eventually obtain a Ph.D. in sociology. He enjoys cooking for his friends, listening to music and taking long walks on the beach.