SGA Executive Council includes new, old faces

Student Government Association President Jonathan Guajardo returns for his second year along with new as well as some familiar faces of the Executive Council and an intern.

Guajardo, a San Antonio native who originally was an intern himself with the SGA two years ago, later became parliamentarian, then president.

Besides Guajardo, the Executive Council includes Joel Peña, vice president; Ysenia Carrizales, secretary; Jared Lorenzana, treasurer; Christopher Sullaway, parliamentarian; Katie Benjegerdes, House Liaison; Demi Cruz, Senate Liaison; and Gloria Park, Student Concerns director. Djenaba Aswad will serve as an intern.

Guajardo, a senior communication arts major double concentrating in media production and convergent media, said his goals are “to continue to improve campus spirit and morale, to increase the visibility of UIW in the surrounding community and to continue to assist school-sponsored organizations and the students of UIW in any way possible.”

   Peña, a senior communication arts major from San Antonio concentrating in media production, said his main goals as vice president are “to address any student’s concerns regarding UIW, bring more community service to the San Antonio and Alamo Heights communities, make Incarnate Word more well-known throughout our city and to help our president boost school morale.”

Carrizales, a senior communication arts from San Antonio concentrating in convergent media through the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, said her goals as secretary are “to support her fellow SGA officers in helping to maintain the integrity and vibrancy of the association and most importantly take an avid account in the importance of the students’ voices.”

Lorenzana, a senior communication arts major originally from Vorhees, N.J., said returning as treasurer better-prepares him for this year’s challenges. His goal is “to ensure that UIW students, both old and new, get more involved in the university’s activities and events that will be put together from the SGA budget.”

Sullaway, a San Antonio senior majoring in communication arts with a concentration in convergent media, said as parliamentarian his goals include “promoting school spirit, increasing campus activities and generally assisting the UIW population in any way possible.”

Benjegerdes, a senior pre-medicine student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in special education and psychology from Gatesville, Texas, said as House leader she “plans to work closely with all organizations on campus in order to coordinate more campus-wide events as well as to develop a more cohesive atmosphere between each of the organizations and their involvement with the Student Government Association and the campus as a whole.”

Senate leader Demi Cruz, a junior psychology major from Asherton, Texas, said the SGA will be changing the structure of the Senate, a move she hopes “will help unify the senators, as well as make the Student Government structure more proactive.”

  Park, a Student Concerns veteran from San Antonio, is a senior majoring in economics and finance. She said her goal is “to foster and raise as many capable leaders as she can. The characteristic of leadership is a valuable asset that every youth should have and can use in any of life’s facets.”

Aswad, the intern, is a sophomore broadcast meteorology major from Houston, whose goals are “to build leadership and teamwork skills with fellow SGA officers and to provide opportunities for students to become involved and find their niche at UIW.”

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