Officers of The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government
Association came away with new ideas and goals for the 2003-2004
school year after attending a recent national student government
workshop in Asheville, N.C.
the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and held in
various regions of the country, the student government workshops
are designed to assist student government leaders in developing
stronger and more effective leadership on their campuses.
Among the topics
addressed included how to improve relationships with university
officials and campus staff, how to use technology to maximize student
government presence, programs and services, and how to create strong
student government programs to ensure smooth leadership transition
from one year to the next.
this particular workshop provided a good opportunity for our students
to meet with students from other universities who are in a similar
type of setting and work with similar students," said Mike
Mitchell, assistant dean of students at Southern Miss, who attended
the workshop along with Southern Miss Dean of Students Dr. Eddie
Holloway. "It also gave them an opportunity to see what other
student government associations are doing for their student bodies,
and what they are doing to increase and improve services for their
attended the workshop from Southern Miss included SGA President
Jared Loftus; Vice President Sarah Spigener; Attorney General Chad
Cornett; Election Commissioner Alex Thames and Treasurer Alicia
some team building concepts for our student government, how to stay
on one page and keep communication going well with the student body,
and ways we can get more involvement from students and how to make
them more aware of issues facing them and the university,"
said Thames, a senior computer science major from Richland.
also a great way for us to bond with each other, to get better acquainted
as well as to gain new ideas."
one proposal that the SGA is considering implementing this fall
is an online voting option for homecoming elections. "I came
back with some new ideas on how to implement that," he said.
"We've got the ball rolling on that and hopefully we can have
it (in place) this fall."
one of the goals she came back from the conference with was to work
to further educate and communicate with the Southern Miss student
body about the SGA and what it can do for them.
things that we talked about was public relations (regarding what
student government services are available), and that was something
I want us to work on," said Spigener, a junior Spanish major
from Gulfport. "We had better public relations last year than
in the past, but a lot of people still don't know who we are, especially
one way to reach out to the university's large number of off-campus
students would be to increase the number of the SGA's off-campus
senators by three, a proposal that the SGA is considering for the
upcoming school year. "I think that would be a good way to
get a chance to see what their (off-campus students) needs are and
for them to know that there are students working for them, and that
their voices will be heard," she said.