Letter to the editor: SGA president Calvin Stafford says farewell

ULM Hawkeye

Greetings Warhawks!

As president of the ULM Student Government Association, I wanted to take the opportunity to address each of you one final time. However, unlike in past times, this time I am able to address you in a more pleasing fashion.

Over this last year, I have been honored and extremely humbled to serve as president of the ULM student body. Although the road has not been easy, I am pleased to announce that through it all, we are ending one of the best years in the history of the SGA.

We, the 2012-2013 SGA, have been very productive this year. We achieved many things throughout the year, and for that I would like to thank all of the dedicated students who worked so hard to make this year great.

However, although the year was indeed filled with a ton of fun and social activities, in my opinion, the three most notable things we accomplished this semester, were updating the SGA constitution and By-laws, which gave freshmen the right to vote, rolling over a significant amount of funds for the next year and passing a referendum that will sustain student life at our great university for years to come.  For that, I tip my hat to you.

Our university administration, faculty and staff all recognize and agree that the students are the people who make this university the great institution that it is. It would have been so easy to save a few dollars and vote against the Student Activity Enhancement Fee, which I remind you will help every student organization on this campus. But our students did not do that, and for that reason, you are each monument builders.

The sacrifices that the ULM student body has made this year will ensure that our campus life remains vibrant for the next generation of our ULM family. I encourage you to take advantage of what this referendum will bring to this university.

Get involved. Being involved on campus has made all the difference in my experience as an undergraduate student, and I am so thankful for what I have learned.

Lastly, I would like to say thank you to every student that supported the referendum, every student that made an informed decision and voted “no,” the 2012-2013 SGA, Laura Knotts and the ULM administration.

Without the work of each of these people, it would have been impossible to achieve what we’ve achieved.

In closing, I would like to share with you that there are many things in my life that I am proud of, and I can confidently say that serving as a representative for the ULM students is at the top of that list.

I would also like to add a special thank you to the ULM student body for the opportunity to serve, supporting me as SGA president and making a sacrifice to support your University.



Calvin Stafford

SGA President