Student Government Association - UCA


Student Government Association History
(Once called Student Senate)

Dorothy Long served 16 years as Senate Advisor
Early 40′s
Most Memorable Events:

* SIC Student Interest Committee
* 5 members appointed by the President
* (sponsor receptions, dance, teas)
* There was an activity fee, same ratio as now

End of 40′s
Most Memorable Events:

* Students concerned, wanted to start a Senate
* Student Council organized
* Managed activities
* Worked with Royal Rooters closely
* * Issue Getting Student Center
* Always sponsored pageant, pep rallies, Homecoming, elections
* Retreat at Mt. View, Petit Jean

Mid 50′s
Most Memorable Events:

* Changed Student Council to Student Senate
* Good attendance weren’t allowed to miss
* Dealt with complaints of food, residence hall hours, and dance bands
* Met Monday nights
* Good leadership (mostly Greek in early days)
* Some of the leadership Art Dunaway, Phil Logan, Jerry Riddle, Sheffield
* Nelson (2 terms), Mark Thomas

1971 President: Jerry Riddle
Most Memorable Events:

* Senators met with Hendrix senators, merge programs
* Bike racks
* Gym hours
* “Chase” concert
* Dorm Awareness Week
* Marquee
* Homecoming Dance
* Senator absences a problem

1972 President: Townsley
Most Memorable Events:

* Served as guides for freshmen orientation
* Wrote resolution to city (Little Rock) barring rock concert
* Poll concerning women’s rights (regarding residence hail)
* Stay-On-Campus Weekend
* Motorcycles not allowed on campus
* Black faculty
* Sadie Hawkins Week
* ZZ Top Concert
* Arts Festival
* Cancel afternoon classes in November to vote
* Voted to allow non-senators right to speak

1974-1975 President: Mike Felts
Most Memorable Events:

* Week to achieve “University” status (State College of Arkansas)
* Work with Royal Rooters
* Living conditions of Wingo Hall (for married couples)
* Invited UALR president to speak on their Book Program
* Grading system
* Black faculty
* Tennis courts flooding
* Clocks on campus

1977-1978 President: Michael Jones
Most Memorable Events:

* Most Memorable Events:
* Dances after football games
* Parking meters, ice machines in residence halls
* Canoes
* Space for motorcycles
* Senate radio program each week (15 minutes)
* Requested drawings to update Student Center
* Open Student Center for Sunday
* Books
* Purchase curtains for center
* Speed breakers
* Lighting by Library
* Funding of religious organizations questionable
* Student Affairs gives Senate a Fish Fry
* “Fireball” Concert

1978-1979 President: Kelly Erstine
Most Memorable Events:

* Most Memorable Events:
* Executive meets with President 7:00 A.M. weekly
* Left turn signal at Donaghey and Bruce
* Hire additional workers in residence halls
* Proposal — not have nine weeks grades sent home
* Bear Football Appreciation Day
* Senate meet in lobby of State Hall
* Questionnaire on residence hall visitation

1979-1980 President: George Platt
Most Memorable Events:

* Proposal for separate entertainment board
* Assisted with SOS program (served as staff)
* Free donuts/coffee during registration
* Purchase a portable stage
* Want to delete organization funding
* Want to print a directory
* Student survey
* Book exchange
* Graduation policy (don’t have to attend)
* Human Rights Committee Resolution

1980-1981 President: David Moody
Most Memorable Events:

* Most Memorable Events:
* Basketball goals in parking lots
* Ohio Players Concert
* Dances
* Registration on campus for voters
* Clock for Student Center
* Purchase typewriters
* Button machine
* Daycare Center proposal for students
* Fund Pep Band
* Demerit System
* Organization funding

1981-1982 President: Mike Erwin
Most Memorable Events:

* Blood Drive
* Concert “Air Supply”
* Sponsor ROTC Race
* Miss UCA Pageant
* Hall & Oates
* $2000.00 construction Fitness Trail
* Senator-At-Large a big issue
* Voted one of three advisors-Finance Advisor
* Senate Lounge

1982-1983 President: Tab Townsell
Most Memorable Events:

* Resolution football team move to East side
* Ice machine survey
* Extend Student Center hours
* Allocated money for safe
* Miss UCA Pageant
* Organization funding
* Sponsored forum on tuition, room & board

1983-1984 President: Curtis Barnett
Most Memorable Events:

* $5000.00 to beautify Irby Lawn, passed
* UCA Birthday Party
* University Sing
* Parking Issue
* Commodores Concert
* Fund intramurals — $1.00 of activity fee (motion failed)
* Lower Summer Senate activity fee from $7.50 to $5.00
* Gerald Ford Speaker on campus
* Fee distribution an issue

1984-1985 President: Doug Stanley
Most Memorable Events:

* Cancer Society Project
* Review issues of MTV
* President Farris host dinner for senators
* Jeffrey Osborne Concert
* Vortex funding
* University Sing, Air Band
* Change machine
* Allocate $6200.00 intramurals
* Lee Greenwood Concert
* Runway lights purchased

1985-1986 President: Ginny Lyke
Most Memorable Events:

* Organization funding an issue
* Senators Day
* Hours extended in Farris Center
* Senate Column in ECHO weekly
* Extend Library hours
* Stamp machine in Student Center
* Day at the Races
* Printer for Library
* Proposed to redistribute activity fee

1986-1987 President: Carl Young
Most Memorable Events:

* Move Senate offices
* Senate brochure
* Senate questionnaire during registration
* Better lighting proposed
* Ice machines
* Food drive for needy
* Vice President for Administration (McCormack) guest speaker
* Access to Westgate
* Name the streets

1988-1995 History Missing

1996-1997 President: Matt Jordan
Vice President: Ben Claybaker
Treasurer: Erin Burns
Secretary: Carrie Johnson
Most Memorable Events:

* Reduced the number of visitor parking spaces
* Decreased number of parking meter spaces by Christian Cafeteria
* Student Activity Fee SGA General Funding changed from 85% to 75%
* SGA Operating Budget changed from 10% to 20%
* Purchased computers for Student Activity Center
* Constitution revised and amended by Student Government and the student body
* “State of the University Address” by President Thompson once a semester
* Bus to ASU (carried students to ASU vs UCA game in Jonesboro, AR)
* “Spirit Night”(gave $500 to the most spirited Greek/Non-Greek Group)
* Consideration of hiring 2 Media Relations people to work for SGA
* Letting them write articles for the ECHO, etc. Maybe paying them by giving them a book scholarship
* Vie Snyder Forum-discussion about Clinton’s financial aid advisor
* Senator of the Week (wrote an article in the ECHO about SGA)

1997-1998 President: Ben Claybaker
Vice President: Valerie Beavers
Treasurer: Jonathan Ross
Secretary: Sonya Bell
Most Memorable Events:

* Newsletter released 2 times per semester SGA Insider
* Publication Fee $5.00 per semester implemented
* Director. of University Promotions created
* “SGA TV Program” on Channel 6
* (First) “Students First Day”
* There was a cookout on Student Center Square hosted by the Christian Cafeteria
* (ARAMARK). Those students living on campus used their meal plans to eat, and
* SGA covered the costs for all other students, faculty, and staff to eat. Students
* running for a candidacy in the SGA elections had a forum/discussion that day.
* Ida Waldron Sound System
* SGA funded the sound system for Ida Waldron Auditorium in the amount of $10,974.57
* Cafeteria Hours extended Monday through Thursday until 9:00 P.M.
* Library Hours on Sunday opened earlier starting at 1:00 P.M. instead of 2:00 P.M.
* WF/WP Policy (wanted to discard WFIWP and have only W “withdrawn “)
* Installed crosswalk on Farris Street
* Two Buses (carried students to ASU vs. UCA game in Jonesboro, AR)
* Bought 94 tickets for the ASU game
* “Welcome Week”
* Brought in DJ $1500.00 and a “Fitness Fair” $2595.00

President: Doris Clark
Vice President: Jonathan Ross
Vice President of Finance: Ben Claybaker
Vice President of Operations: Desiree Mauppins
Most Memorable Events:

* Stipend of $100.00 given to each senator from SGA General Operating Budget
* “Welcome Week”
* Afrodesia (band) $1800.00
* “SGA Fun Fest” $2600.00
* Put a ban on all Credit Card Distributions from the Student Center
* Goo-Goo Doll Concert (your student activity fee paid for this concert. SGA allocates almost half of its Student Activity Fee Funds to Student Activities Board, which was once the Vice President of Entertainment on SGA. SGA decided to branch off the Vice President of Entertainment to form another group to focus on entertainment.(Students help to choose what concert to bring to UCA each year.)
* Martin Luther King/Labor Day Observance Days
* SGA wrote a letter to administration and all RSOs requesting their support for these days off from school. No decision was made over this school term.
* Created (Temporary) Transit System at UCA (two drop off points at Main and Mashburn running from 7:50 A.M. to 1:50 P.M.)
* Renovation of the flower beds by Ferguson Chapel by SGA
* Sponsored Blood Drive
* Bear Statue $3000.00
* SGA sponsored Tailgate Party for last home football game
* Withdrawal Policy work continues–See 1997-1998
* Sympathy Letter to be written by the Vice President of SGA to the family of any deceased student, staff, or faculty member of the UCA community
* (Second) “Students First Day”
* There was a cookout on Student Center Square hosted by the Christian Cafeteria (ARAMARK). Those students living on campus used their meal plans to eat, and SGA covered the costs for all other students, faculty, and staff to eat. Students running for a candidacy in the SGA Elections had a forum/discussion that day. Local band provided entertainment.
* SGA was granted licensure for KCON 1230
* SGA purchased buttons for KCON 1230 AM to be distributed to UCA Community
* Discussion of a $4.00 radio fee in addition to SAFA funding to help support KCON 1230 A.M. Survey sent out to students about a $3, $4, or $5 fee for the radio.

President: Heather Harmon
Vice President: Desiree Mauppins
Vice President of Finance: Courtney Sarratt
Vice President of Operations: Taryn Chambers
Most Memorable Events:

* (Temporary) Transit System stopped at UCA. City of Conway doing research on City Transit
* Constitution revised and amended by Student Government and the student body
* Committees were outlined, described, and provided with essential information pertaining to their function
* Set aside $10,000.00 to put a television monitor in 5 buildings (Macastlain, Lewis
* Science Center, Business Burdick Administration, Cafeteria, and Herrin Hall). This money included one monitor, the stand, and wiring to the entire building.
* “End of the Year Report” established and implemented for all classes, committees, and Executive board
* SGA composite picture taken and framed
* Guidelines for Emergency Funding and SAFA were established and implemented.
* Discussion ofmoving the SGA desk area
* Gave away $50.00 gift certificate to an individual who attended 5 soccer and volleyball games
* Discussion of purchasing and hanging banners for the organizations in the Student Center
* Discussion of distribution list to all students from SGA
* Martin Luther King and Labor Day holidays were granted to students with the obligation of making up these two days sometime within the year
* SGA sponsored free pizza for the winner of the downtown pep rally during homecoming week. Purchased tumblers and key chains for homecoming
* SGA won 1999 Homecoming Banner Competition
* Computers were purchased for the SGA offices
* SGA gave 4 computers (after having them repaired) to the Learning Resource Center.
* Painted Election boxes
* Discussion about putting maps around campus
* Discussion about putting phones around campus to call on campus and into residence halls
* Health Service Fee $5.00 per semester passed
* KCON Fee $4.00 per semester passed
* SGA co-sponsored “Super Bowl” party with ARAMARK.
* “Welcome Week” – allocated $3250.00 to fund a presentation by David Coleman
* “Bear Backer Discount Book” began, but not completed
* Destiny’s Child (your student activity fee paid for this concert. SGA allocates almost half of its Student Activity Fee Funds to Student Activities Board, which was once the Vice President of Entertainment on SGA ~ SGA decided to branch off the Vice President of Entertainment to form another group to focus on entertainment. Students help to choose what concert to bring to UCA each year.)
* “SGA Fun Day” in conjunction with (Third) “Students First Day”
* 4 inflatable, snow cone booth, and DJ were present for entertainment
* Creation of Victor E. Bear in conjunction with Beth Branscum and her committee

President: Desiree Mauppins
Vice President: Anthony Turner
Vice President of Finance: Eric Thompson
Vice President of Operations: Brandon Hill
Most Memorable Events:

* “Faculty Appreciation Day”: $5.00 voucher to eat in Student Center Food Court
* Letters were written and distributed to Administration, Faculty, and Staff welcoming them back to UCA and informing them of the 2000-2001 SGA
* First day back to school in the fall, SGA sponsored a snow cone/karaoke day on Student Center Square.
* Helped with “Purple Power Week” September 4-9, 2000. SGA gave away shirts, cups, etc.
* Purchased purple and white shirts to distribute to freshman during “Welcome Week” and to the UCA Community throughout the school year. It also served as a visibility tool for SGA.
* Name badges purchased for all senators to help the student body identify their class representatives
* Promoted SGA and Elections: stuffed on campus mail boxes, hung fliers in all buildings and residence halls, used table tents in Cafeteria and Student Center Food Court, publicized on KCON 1230 AM, advertised in ECHO, Channel 6, SCTV, promoted it during Welcome Week to all freshman, stuffed all handbooks, had signs visible during fee payment week, and had Victor E. Bear driving around campus on his purple putter holding signs about the elections.
* Advertised BearMail
* SGA encouraged all professors, departments, organizations, and residence halls to use BearMail as a communication tool
* SGA has a BearMail account set up for the purpose of communicating with organizations, administrators, faculty, staff, and students who care to know what is being discussed
* Removed Purple Bear and its white block from Estes Stadium
* Rearranged SGA desk area
* Offices were repainted
* Discussion on changing Registration process
* Discussion on implementing an academic dead day or days
* Discussion on changing the current email with our social security numbers to a friendly name based system
* Discussion on improving recycling program here on UCA campus
* Discussion on restarting a SGA publication to help inform students about what is going on administratively that effects them and knowing that SGA represents their voice and opinions
* Discussion on starting a TV/KCON program by SGA to help inform students

President: Courtney Shearer
Vice President: Ortavius Wright
VP of Operations: Mandy Maples
VP of Finance: Lindsey Wygal

President: Ortavius Wright
Vice President: Justin Partee
VP of Operations: Lindsey Eaves
VP of Finance: Chris Walter

President: Chris Walter
Vice President: Michelle Bridges
VP of Operations: Rudy Ledbetter
VP of Finance: Adam Rose

President: Maximiliano Carranza
Vice President: Phillip Worley
VP of Operations: Elizabeth Kimble
VP of Finance: Jarred Lee
Most Memorable Events:

* 24 hour study room: SGA worked on establishing a 24 hour study room on campus. After much discussion a place was selected in the Library and both SGA and the President’s Office contributed funds to the project. The Lab was schedule to open on Fall 2006.
* Advised the administration to move the track from next to the HPER to the soccer complex to create more parking on campus.
* Expanded the hours of the Food Court and the meal equivalencies that could be used.
* Greek Row
* MPC and SC Expansion
* Financial System Moved all emergency fund allocations out of full senate and into the finance committee. This freed up much needed space in Senate meeting to talk about student issues.
* Implemented an open forum in each full senate meeting that allows students to come to SGA meeting and voice their concerns.
* Passed a resolution to hire student workers to work in the SGA office and the RSO center.
* Crosswalks
* Worked with the Physical plant to have more Handicap Signs to be placed all over campus.
* Reflective Parking Lines
* Purchased a bulletin board to be placed in front of the cafeteria.
* Umbrella Bags We bought umbrella bags and stands to be placed in high traffic areas to keep the campus clean.
* Clock
* Student Savings Club.
* Survey students on food services on campus.
* Bussed people from Conway to LR for the War Memorial Game.
* HYPE Night
* Bowling Night
* Homecoming Cookout
* Gave out 3,800 shirts
* Lighting Tours
* Bought 1000 tickets for students for D-II playoffs.
* Students First Day.

President: Maximiliano Carranza
Vice President: Haley Heath
VP of Operations: Lisa Porterfield
VP of Finance: Matt Henry

President: Haley Heath
Vice President: Drew Aylesworth
VP of Operations: Lisa Porterfield
VP of Finance: Rob Butler 

President: Drew Aylesworth
Vice President: Cody Wilson
VP of Operations: Lisa Porterfield
VP of Finance: Caitlin Porter

President: Cody Wilson
Vice President: Meghan Thompson
VP of Operations: Caitlin Porter
VP of Finance: Chad Dickinson

President: Meghan Thompson
Vice President: Austin Hall
VP of Operations: Kyle Moix
VP of Finance: Kyle Boyd

*Big Project

President: Austin Hall
Vice President: Spencer Sims
VP of Operations: Rebecca Moye
VP of Finance: Jack Phillips

*Goal Committees Introduced

President: Spencer Sims
Vice President: Jovana Ilic
VP of Operations: Michael Murphy
VP of Finance: Adam Price

*Student Amphitheater Completed

President: Adam Price
Vice President: Ashley Ross
VP of Operations: Steven Shook
VP of Finance: Dylan Doughty

President: Ashley Ross
Vice President: Zach Carter
VP of Operations: Bryce Crabb
VP of Finance: Corey Parks

President: Zach Carter
Vice President: Corey Parks
VP of Operations: Kelsey Broaddrick
VP of Finance: Emma Baird

President: Kelsey Broaddrick
Vice President: Bryce Woods
VP of Operations: Ryan Joyner
VP of Finance: Ryan Pfaff

President: Hershila Lallu
Vice President: Carly Jo Riggins
VP of Operations: Megan McAfee
VP of Finance: Ryan Pfaff


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