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Interim president fosters open dialogue with students

Updated 1:45 p.m. on 1/26/15: The time for the meet and greet scheduled for Jan. 28 has been moved to 4:30-5:30 p.m. The update has been made in the story. 

By Jacob Beltran/@JBfromSA

When Cynthia Teniente-Matson, interim president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, first met with the Student Government Association in December 2014, she said she wants to create an open dialogue with students.

As a result, Matson will hold her first meet and greet hosted by the association for students at both Main and Brooks City-Base campuses.

Matson will meet with students in the cafeteria from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Central Academic Building and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the small auditorium of Brooks Campus.

“I want to hear what’s working (for students), and what we need to improve on,” Matson said, adding that she looks forward to the informal face-to-face meeting.

SGA president Andres Holliday said Matson approached the association with her goal of introducing herself to the student body.

“We’re really excited to get the word out,” Holliday said. “It’s important that we as a student body are receptive to her as much as she is receptive to us.”

She said she plans to continue the meetings, as often as they work.

One of her goals since she took office Jan. 12 is to meet one student each day.

“I was eating some fruit and I thought to myself, I should go to the cafeteria and say ‘hi’ to one of the students,” she said.

In addition to face-to-face meeting, Matson also wants to find a digital strategy to keep the conversation going between her and the student body via social media, including through her Twitter profile.

Referring to students at Brooks Campus, she said digital forms of communication are important because not all of them can meet her face-to-face at Main Campus, located just more than 10 miles from campus.

About the Author

Jacob Beltran
Jacob Beltran
Jacob Beltran is the Public Editor of The Mesquite, appointed by Texas A&M-San Antonio’s Student Media Board. Jacob is a communication-journalism major and attended San Antonio College where he served as Web Editor on The Ranger, San Antonio College’s award-winning newspaper. He is a 2008 St. Anthony’s Catholic High School graduate and is pursuing a career as a photographer and investigative journalist/magazine writer. Jacob is a part-time editorial assistant at the San Antonio Express-News.

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