Spring student government projects in progress

by SGA President Nick Lang

This has been an eventful month so far. The Student Government Association has been working hard on many events, fundraisers and forums to give the students inspiration.

Since the beginning of the semester, the 2016-17 SGA elections have been at full speed. The candidates are working hard to campaign and spread the word about the elections, which are Feb. 22-24. To vote, you can go on to una.edu/sga. There will also be polling stations in the Commons and Towers Cafeteria for your convenience.

Election time is an exciting time for UNA because it is the start of a new year with new leadership on campus. I hope that everyone will vote and exceed last year’s voting record of 933 votes.

Another project SGA has been working on is the University Student Presidents’ Council Book Drive. SGA will have a table set up in the Guillot University Center Atrium ending Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to collect books for children in need. The book drive’s purpose is to promote literacy in the state of Alabama where reading comprehension statistics have been historically low. We appreciate any and all books for donation. We will collect books until we travel to Montgomery for Higher Education Day Feb. 25.

Higher Education Day is an annual gathering where each university in Alabama rallies at the Alabama State Capitol for higher education funding for our universities. We will provide free Chick-fil-A biscuits, lunch and a T-shirt to every student in attendance. The bus will leave Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 a.m. in the GUC parking lot and will return by 5 p.m. SGA is excited for the spring semester and has many events planned to encourage the students throughout this year.