Student gets second chance at SGA presidency

A graduate assistant who was first elected to serve as Student Government Association president in 2010 has gotten a second chance to lead it again at the University of the Incarnate Word.

   Steven LuckeStephen Lucke, 24, who served as vice president to the graduating president, Jonathan Guajardo during the 2013-14 academic year, will lead the SGA the 2014-15 year.

   Ironically, Lucke picked Guajardo, a communication arts major, to serve as an SGA intern during the 2010-11 academic year but Guajardo, then a freshman, ran against the incumbent Lucke, beat him and was re-elected twice. In the spring 2013 race, Lucke ran against Guajardo.

   But Lucke joined the Guajardo administration and the two men were instrumental in getting students to establish a Legacy Fund which will bring much more money to the SGA’s coffers for redistribution to student organizations. Guajardo, a graduate communication arts student concentrating in convergent media, is graduating May 11.

   Lucke, who is majoring in multidisciplinary studies, is now the second graduate student to lead the SGA. A native of San Antonio, the former track-and-field athlete serves as a graduate assistant in the athletics department, a fitness instructor, and is involving in nutrition, recycling and sustainability, most notably the student-led Community Garden near the Gorman Building.

   In a statement to the Logos, Lucke said, “I would like to thank God, the Incarnate Word, and the UIW student body for taking part in the political process and electing me president for the 2014-2015 academic year.

   “For my upcoming term as president the main goals of my agenda lies within the Student Legacy Fund (Wellness, Education, Environment, Student Organizations, and Endowment). Along with following through on the Student Legacy Fund, I also want to continue to address and help reform the safety of students on and off campus. Lastly, I want to encourage the UIW students to take our university to the next level. In the words of the great JFK, ‘Ask not what [UIW] can do for you, but what you can do for [UIW]!’ ”

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