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sga executive officer election


The Student Government Association holds annual elections for it's executive board of officers.  Elections will be held March 30th - April 2nd.

EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICER POSITIONS ARE PAID SCHOLARSHIP AND INCLUDE OTHER BENEFITS SUCH AS:

EXECUTIVE MEMBER STATUS, DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM SKILLS, IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR RESUME

Executive Board Responsibilities Include:

  • Representing the Student Government Association at official college functions.
  • Acting as a liaison between the students and the administration, faculty, and staff of Gulf Coast State College.
  • Eboard members may not serve as officers simultaneously on any student club or organization, with the exclusion on SABA.
  • The Eboard shall serve as a liaison between the student body and FCSSGA.
  • Qualifications for Election
    1. All Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.5 or the H.S. equivalent.
    2. All Candidates must be in good academic standing at Gulf Coast State College.
    3. All Candidates must be enrolled at Gulf Coast State College when they apply. (Excluding summer term)
    4. SGA officers are required to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during their time in office. (Excluding summer term)
    5. All Candidates are required to attend "Candidate Orientation." The 2020-2021 Candidate Orientation will be held on March 24th, 2020 at 2:00pm in the SGA Room located in Student Union East on the Panama City Main Campus.
    6. All Candidates will be required to sign the SGA Code of Ethics at the beginning of each semester to be eligible to serve as an officer.
  • How to Run for Office
    1. All Candidates must complete an SGA Officer Application.
    2. All Candidates must include a petition of thirty (30) student signatures (non-duplicated) to run for an officer position. (download)
    3. No candidate shall be allowed to campaign, or have campaign materials, within thirty (30) feet of the SGA office during or before actual voting times.  All printed materials should be posted according to GCSC guidelines.  It is the candidate's responsibility to remove all campaign materials after the election.
    4. All Candidates are required to campaign for student body support.  This is required even if the candidate is running unopposed to demonstrate a simple majority of the student body vote.
    5. Candidates seeking an office are not allowed to engage in the planning or execution of voting procedures.
  • Positions Available
    • SGA President
      • Represent the interests of the student body of Gulf Coast State College.
      • Act as a liaison between the student body and the college administration.
      • Preside over all SGA and Eboard meetings.
      • Create ad hoc committees as necessary, with the vice president of SGA’s consultation. Such committees shall terminate at Honors Convocation, unless properly incorporated into the Bylaws.
      • Create standing committees as necessary with the approval of the SGA Advisor.
      • Attend District Board of Trustees meetings as a non-voting representative, and present a report detailing SGA activities.
      • Preside over the Leadership Committee; a chair may be appointed at the discretion of the President.
      • Host no less than one (1) leadership conference per academic year.
      • Create an agenda for each SGA meeting.
      • Shall meet regularly with the SGA Advisor.
      • Maintain five (5) office hours per week, during the operational hours of the SGA office. (This does not include time given at mandatory meetings)
      • Uphold the Constitution and the Bylaws of the SGA.
    • SGA Vice-President
      • Temporarily assume the duties of the SGA president at their request or absence.
      • Be responsible for communications with all student organizations and clubs on campus.
      • Plan and host the annual SGA Fall retreat.
      • Preside over a committee of their choosing; a chair may be appointed at the discretion of the Vice President.
      • Act as liaison between FCSSGA, GCSC SGA, and SABA.
      • Select delegates for all SGA related conferences with the approval of the SGA advisor.
      • Conduct interviews for potential Senators.
      • Maintain three (3) office hours per week, during the operational hours of the SGA office. (This does not include time given at mandatory meetings)
      • Uphold the Constitution and the Bylaws of the SGA.
    • SGA Secretary
      • Record and maintain a record of the minutes for all SGA functions.
      • Distribute typed copies of the minutes of the previous SGA meeting.
      • Keep prompt and up-to-date records of the SGA attendance and keep on file all submitted Event Absence Forms.
      • Use up-to-date records of the SGA attendance to establish quorum at each meeting.
      • Be responsible for processing all member applications.
      • Preside over a committee of their choosing; a chair may be appointed at the discretion of the Secretary of SGA.
      • Make a good faith effort to reach out to SGA members who have missed regularly scheduled meetings.
      • To make the minutes and records available to members upon request.
      • Ensure that the minutes are completed no later than two (2) days after an SGA meeting.
      • Maintain three (3) office hours per week, during the operational hours of the SGA office. (This does not include time given at mandatory meetings)
      • Uphold the Constitution and the Bylaws of the SGA.
    • SGA Events Coordinator
       
    • Internal Affairs Liaison
       
  • Voting
    •  Voting will be electronic and available March 30 - April 2, 2020!
    • The candidate receiving the most votes for a particular office shall be declared the winner.
    • Results of the balloting shall be posted by the Monday following the end of voting.
      • For the 2019-2020 Academic Year: Results will be posted April 3, 2020.
    • In case of a tie, a runoff vote shall take place within two (2) weeks following the first election.
  • Candidates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
    • President

      Samantha Lipsey

      Samantha Lipsey

      My academic goals include: graduating from GCSC with my A.S. in Radiography, getting my Bachelors from MWU in Radiologic Sciences, and then becoming an x-ray/MRI technologist. Personally I wish to always carry the abilities I have learned these past two years as Vice President of SGA into my everyday life. If elected as President, I wish to continue to learn and grow in every aspect I can. It is my goal to make the Student Government Association a more inviting and transparent organization which is representative of all students, campus wide. I want more students to be involved and have a say in SGA matters, as well as knowing how significant their voice is. This past year, I have noticed a lack of student enthusiasm and involvement. Such a lack of enthusiasm is a vital part of campus. SGA is the direct link between students and the administration. I want to hear what the students want, and make sure their opinions and needs are advocated to administration. With that being said, I think strong student representation is imperative at Gulf Coast State College and I, as a candidate, have the strength and experience to make it happen.

    • Vice-President

      Beckett Hamilton

      Beckett Hamilton

      I wish to make sure anyone belonging to the GCSC family has the ability to implement change. I wish for all voices and concerns to be heard. For myself, I wish to complete my AA here and then transfer and complete a degree and attend law school.

    • Secretary

      Bilal Mohamad

      Bilal Mohamad

      I am looking toward studying in the medical and healthcare field, unsure of what exactly as of now. My goal is to help people in need, especially in underserved communities. I hope to improve campus life, environment, and help the community during my time here at Gulf Coast.

    • Internal Affairs Liaison

      Sophie Theiss

      Sophie Theiss

      For me, communication is key! After being in SGA for 2 years, I have realized how important it is to get information from SGA to the student body. As Internal Affairs Liaison, I will actively engage with students on campus – including our satellite campuses. My top goals in this position will be to make connections with Universities around the country for more transfer opportunities and creating more student discounts in the local areas.

    • Events Coordinator

      Zenovia Goss

      Zenovia Goss

      Hello, my name is Zenovia Goss, also known as the Events Coordinator Queen. I have done events with Student Government Association as a Senator, Black Student Union, and Student Veterans Association as Secretary. As SGA Event Coordinator, my goal is to make sure every event that I plan runs smoothly and has a positive impact on the Gulf Coast State College students. I have a great personality, I am very organized, I always have a positive attitude, works well with others, and I have a lot of style. All of these traits are what I use to put an awesome event together. I look forward to working with the students at Gulf Coast State College. Go Commodores!!

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