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SGA Elects New President

By Mark JamisonThe Student Government Association met Oct. 27 under new President Zaria Rodriguez, approving a new executive cabinet and considering two presentations requesting volunteer assistance for community projects.

Rodriguez, who previously served as vice president, replaced Richard Delgado Jr. on Oct. 22 following his resignation to accept an employment opportunity.

Her first official act was to fill vacancies in the organization’s executive cabinet.

“Filling the vacancies in the cabinet will allow student government elections to be held in mid-November,” Rodriguez said. Currently there are several openings for student senators in the association.

Following the cabinet approval vote, Mark Wittig and Jim Cullum announced TAMU-SA President Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier would be the inaugural recipient of the “Watt Award” presented by St. Anthony’s Elementary School in Monte Vista neighborhood.

“Mr. Cullum and I have been long-time benefactors for the school,” Wittig said. “When we decided to present an award for achievements after obtaining a doctoral degree, Dr. Ferrier was the perfect candidate.”

Dr. Ferrier will be presented with the award during a St. Anthony’s Elementary School fund raising benefit concert on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium.

Beyond the award announcement, Wittig presented what he said would be an exciting fundraising opportunity for the association.

The student leaders were offered the opportunity to sell as many as 3,000 reduced-rate student and faculty tickets at $25 per ticket, with $5 returned to the association for each.

“If TAMU-SA can sell 3,000 tickets then a check for $20,000 will be presented,” Wittig said. “We hope to not only raise money for the schools, but also to provide TAMU-SA students an opportunity to come together and galvanize as one.”

The Texas A&M University College Station Orchestra and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band are scheduled to perform at the benefit.

“Because the Student Government Association has very few fundraising opportunities this is without a doubt something we will investigate,” Rodriguez said.

In addition to the St. Anthony’s benefit concert presentation, Monte Cristo Inc. President Marie Valentin asked for student volunteers for the Monte Cristo Super Food Pantry, “Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving” event.

“Turkeys with all the trimmings will be distributed to low income families in need,” Valentin said. “We hope to help approximately 300 families.”

The event will be held Nov. 18 at the Monte Cristo Center, 19931 S. US Hwy 281.

“Volunteers are needed to work two-hour shifts as set-up, sorters, box stuffers, baggers and clean-up, between noon and 9 p.m.,” Valentin said.

The Student Government Association conducts public meetings every other Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Gillette campus. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5.

For more information on meeting times and location, call the Office of Student Engagement and Success at (210) 932-6206.

Samantha Gonzales contributed to this report.

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