Student Government Association Looks Ahead
BPC Student Body President Joshua McPhatter
Brewton-Parker College’s Student Government President Joshua McPhatter sits down with the SGA press representative for an interview about the Spring 2011 semester and SGA outlook.
How was your winter vacation?
I had a very blessed time celebrating Christmas and bringing in the New Year. I decided to take a low-key approach to vacationing which included a lot of sleep, spending time with family, and leisure reading.
Were you happy with the work the Student Government Association (SGA) accomplished Fall Semester?
Last semester was challenging, but I’m proud of the work produced by our organization. We sponsored seven programs, passed a recommendation to increase the RD/RA Scholarship, and allocated $350 for Student Organizations. In addition to these efforts, we revised the Student Code of Conduct (in the Student Handbook).
What are some of the ideas that SGA plans to work on this coming semester?
There are a series of ideas, in the works, within our organization. I’m confident that this will be the most productive semester in our Administration thus far. We are looking at sponsoring several events, increasing our visibility and influence on campus, and passing a few detailed recommendations to improve the quality of campus life. These ideas will be polled and introduced to the Student Body in short order.
What would you say to the students returning from the lengthy break?
Well, first I hope they had a wonderful and relaxing break. Our organization’s members are a part of the Student Body so we know that school can be very demanding at times. We believe breaks are a good time to relax and refocus. Secondly, I would renew our challenge for the Student Body to get involved on campus. Students are really the heart and soul of this place. They need to get out there and let their voices be heard more clearly.
At the end of this semester you will conclude your second term as Student Body President. What do you think the reputation of your Administration has been so far and the possibility of a third term?
I think the Student Body will be and should be the final judge on the reputation of our Administration. I’m proud of our record and hopeful that students see what we have done during our two terms. I think visibility and the workload we took on is the most evident pieces of our governing.
As to a third term, that is something I will decide when the time comes. Most Student Body Presidents have only served one term and a third term will be unprecedented. However, I enjoy my job and will do what I think is best for the Student Body/organization. Regardless of that decision, I’m confident that my service to students will not end when the election polls open.