By: Parker Williamson
The Missouri Western Student Government Association will be holding elections this spring to fill 20 senate seats and the positions of president and vice president.
The applications for candidacy are open as of Feb. 25, and these are due March 8 in Blum 217 at 4:00 p.m. To run for a senate seat, you must have a cumulative 2.25 GPA and plan to be enrolled full-time next semester. To run for president and vice president, you must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Any student interested can find the application on the SGA website, missouriwestern.edu/sga.
Paul Granberry III is the current student governor and this year’s election commissioner. He has been involved in SGA and many other organizations on campus in his four years at MWSU. His job as election commissioner is to make sure all of the candidates are following rules and meeting requirements during the election process. Granberry says that SGA is a great resume builder and a great way to be involved on campus. He encourages everyone to run for senate seats in SGA.
“Even if you aren’t interested in running, get your friend to try,” Granberry said. “Every group deserves to have their voices heard.”
The vice president of SGA is Evan Banks, and he joined because he saw SGA as the best opportunity to help others with his remaining time at Missouri Western.
“Those that fill SGA positions make connections, learn job/life skills and are given the opportunity to change lives for the better through capital improvements, student advocacy and holding the university administration accountable to their most valuable assets—the students,” Banks said.
The SGA is the governing body for students on campus. They write up rules for the student body and allocate money to student organizations. Shana Meyer is the vice president for Student Affairs and the advisor for SGA.
“Most importantly they are the voice for students. They advocate for things the students want and need on campus,” Meyer said.
Meyer said the best way to get started with SGA is to attend meetings.
Banks encourages people who are interested to apply, but asks that they are ready to take on the new responsibility.
“You do not need to have prior experience, but you must be driven, competent and capable. Leadership positions come with the responsibility and duty to do right by those that you represent. It is an honor, and should not be taken lightly.”
SGA meetings are held every Monday at 5:00 p.m. in Blum 222/223. All students are welcome to attend these meetings to listen in on what SGA is working on or to voice their concerns to the governing body. Students who are not elected into SGA can still be involved by attending meetings and helping committees when needed.