Matt Voiles loves the new, recently renovated Student Government Association (SGA) office. He loves the atmosphere, and he loves the view.
“We have a huge window, so we get to watch campus interact and people live,” Voiles said, “it’s inspiring and reminds us why we’re here.”
Community was a cornerstone of SGA president Voiles and vice president Lydia Wyse’s campaign last year, and they still preach its importance.
“Our ministry is to build community and to love people as Christ loves us,” said Voiles.
Plans in place
The plans that SGA drafted last year are beginning to appear:
- SGA members spoke with the athletic department to discuss how to involve more students in athletics and intramurals
- A new bike registration program ensures greater safety on campus
- SGA has surprises planned for Midnight Madness (Oct. 3) and Homecoming (Oct. 5-6)
- A new online calendar and document system is in place for SGA members
- A newsletter is handed out to on-campus students every two weeks, including information from SGA directors and a schedule of events
Though many plans are unfolding, Voiles said not every plan fell into place as smoothly as hoped. “We had a lot of great ideas and we’re still in the process of preparing them,” he said. “We think of it like a pilot program.”
Voiles wants his legacy as president to include a smooth, communal SGA.
Voiles urges all students, especially transfer students and freshmen, to get involved with SGA, adding, “It’s SGA; it’s like a family.”
Ways to get involved:
- Volunteers for set up and clean up of events or concert security are always accepted
- Job descriptions are available in the SGA office (located in the lower level of the Student Life Center across from the game area)
- Ideas about events can be emailed to email@example.com
- Catalyst (events)
- Intramural sports
- Music promotion
- The Office of Intercultural Relations
- Sports marketing
- Spiritual life
- Vitality (wellness events)