By Jessica Simmons
Student engagement is valuable to both the student participants and to our campus community as a whole. This is especially true of the student government. Student governments have real interaction with our local and state governments, a unique opportunity for representation. In many cases, student governments are primarily made up of full-time, residential students (Miles, 2011). So I’d like to encourage more non-traditional students to get involved to ensure that the differing needs of that population are represented.
The FSW student government association will be holding their annual election for office positions in the upcoming spring semester. These positions are:
President- The President, is the primary spokesperson for public affairs and engagements. Their duties include meeting with the college administration, working with state and local officials, voting as a tiebreaker, holding veto power over bills and resolutions, attending seminars and conferences, and serving a minimum of seven office hours each week.
Vice President- The Vice President becomes responsible for the President’s duties if they cannot do so. They are responsible for maintaining communication between the FSW student government and the Florida College System Activities Association. (http://www.thefcsaa.com) Some other duties of the Vice President are researching legislative issues, attending seminars and conferences, and serving a minimum of seven office hours each week.
Secretary- The Secretary is responsible for record-keeping in the student government. This includes contact information directories, correspondence, and meeting minutes and agendas. They also maintain communication with Campus Clerks, attend seminars and conferences, assist the President, and serve a minimum of seven office hours each week.
Treasurer- The Treasurer is responsible for budget record keeping and reconciliation, communication between the Executive Board and the Executive Advisor, attending seminars and conferences, assisting the President, and serving a minimum of seven hours each week.
Historian- The Historian is responsible for a monthly newsletter for the FSW student government, promotional materials, social media, an annual scrapbook, assisting the President, attending seminars and conferences, chairing the Communications Committee, collecting photos from the Campus Clerks, and serving a minimum of seven office hours each week.
Senate Chair- The senate chair facilitates communication between the Executive Board and the Campus Congress, holds bi-weekly Campus Congress meetings, assists at events, manages the Senators, oversees Student Court sessions, has the power to veto, attends seminars and conferences, and serves a minimum of seven office hours each week.
Campus Clerk- The Campus Clerks record minutes and agendas for Campus Congress meetings, sits in Student Court sessions, acts as a photographer for the Historian at FSW events, assists the Senate Chair, and attends seminars and conferences.
In addition to these elected positions, the student government also includes Senators. The Senators are appointed. They are responsible for promoting student activities and engagement, facilitating communication for the student body, and advocating for the student body. Students who wish to apply for a Senate position can access an application form here: https://www.fsw.edu/assets/pdf/studentengagement/sga/SenatorApplication.pdf.
Students who wish to run for an elected office position can access the election packet here: https://www.fsw.edu/assets/pdf/studentengagement/sga/ElectionsPacket.pdf.
The election packet includes timelines and due dates for campaigning, details about requirements, and more detail about the student government positions.
To learn more about our student government, you can access the FSWSGA constitution here: https://www.fsw.edu/assets/pdf/studentengagement/sga/SGAConstitution.pdf
Staff Writer – Community