SGA meeting proposes overnight freshman orientation camp
The Student Government Association Senate meeting Wednesday night saw the introduction of a new bill and new senate members.
Attorney General Shane Smith and Senators James Lee, Charles Haston and Tanzeem Chowdhury authored and introduced a bill to support a new freshman orientation program, the Cougar Cub Summer Camp. If the bill passes, the camp, set to kick off in Fall 2014, would be an off-campus initiative to get incoming freshmen engaged in the UH community with student and faculty volunteers, all in hopes to raise the graduation rate.
Smith said when students feel more involved as freshmen, they are more likely to continue their education and graduate.
“We are lacking in school pride,” Chowdhury said. “(We are) trying to improve the culture that we have.”
Several new students were appointed to senate offices, including public relations junior Nancy Gutierrez, who was appointed as director of public relations. Gutierrez hopes to be more social with students.
“Social media has definitely been our biggest outlet when it comes to spreading news concerning SGA,” Gutierrez said.
“One of the biggest ways that we can communicate more effectively with the student body is in person — that is, by having students come to our senate meetings … At the end of the senate meetings, we also hold an open forum which allows students to speak their concerns.”
Other students appointed to SGA offices are Senator of the UH Law Center Nathan Alsbrook and Sergeant at Arms Nestor Garcia.
Students can keep up to date with SGA activity through Facebook.com/Uhoustonsga, and Twitter and Instagram @UHSGA.