By Anthony Maltos
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The Student Legacy Fund took center stage at the first Student Government Association General Assembly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Room 129 of Henry Bonilla Science Hall.
The fund, which is accrued from a $45 fee assessed to University of the Incarnate Word students, brings in more than $400,000 a year.
Chief of Staff Olympia Cuellar pointed out the fund is appropriated into five different areas: student organizations, environmental sustainability, student wellness, education enhancement, and SGA endowment.
The Legacy Fund gives students the chance to submit their own proposals to better impact the university for current and future students alike.
The fund is being tapped to provide extended hours at J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium, for instance. The new Elkay water bottle refilling stations around campus also were made possible through the fund.
However, the SGA Executive Council emphasized that managing the Legacy Fund is secondary to its main role of affecting the way students live on campus.
“First and foremost, our job is to express the opinions, ideas, and concerns of the student body to the [Incarnate Word] administration,” SGA President Kimberly Ibarra said. “SGA has worked all summer to create the right process, creating the right forms, and making sure students have access to these forms and these processes. We are hoping by giving people this organized way of Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, we can alleviate a lot of issues that we had last year.”
SGA Adviser Paul Ayala, director of University Events and Student Programs, said,
“Organization and process are definite major themes of SGA this year.”
SGA Attorney General Justin Ramirez emphasized the council has taken care to spread the workload among its member.
“No single member has the majority of the workload due to the great leadership and the likemindedness of our team,” he said
Other Student Government Association General Assembly meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 in Henry Bonilla Science Hall.