SGA appoints treasurer
Student Government Association Treasurer Sean Espinosa resigned from his duties on May 14, 2012. Espinosa served as treasurer for the 2011-12 year and was elected to serve a second term.
“I realized that I need to reallocate more time and focus on my academics now more than ever,” Espinosa said. “I was involved in a handful of organizations, and … I knew that out of all the organizations I was involved in, SGA was the most time consuming.”
Taking over Espinosa’s duties is former SGA Senator Aubrey Ethridge. Ethridge was the runner-up in the race and was appointed to the position by order of former SGA Vice President Maxwell Pichan.
“As the runner up in the race, I stepped up and moved into the position,” Ethridge said.
This year will be Ethridge’s third year with SGA. He has served as a senator and as the chairman of two committees: the Student Services Committee and the Textbook Assessment Committee.
“Of course having Sean serving in a second term was an advantage going in to this year, but Aubrey is going to do a fantastic job,” SGA President Cody Allen said in a press release. “The executive board is working as hard as ever, and we are excited about the projects to come in the new school year.”
The treasurer sets the budget for SGA and serves as the chair of the Academic Travel Fund Committee, which provides students with funding who are traveling to present research or participate in academic conferences.
“The treasurer position is mostly about … working with the students that receive funding through SGA … and making sure we don’t spend way too much money,” Ethridge said.
The treasurer also provides weekly budget updates to the senate to monitor it throughout the year.
Although Espinosa will no longer be serving on executive staff with SGA, he will still be a part of the organization.
“I am serving a staff position, special projects coordinator,” Espinosa said. “That won’t be as time consuming. But I feel like I can still get some side projects I wasn’t able to get done last year get taken care of this year.”
Espinosa said he worked with Ethridge to ensure as seamless of a transition between this year and last year as possible.
“He has everything that he needs to know,” Espinosa said.
SGA’s executive staff will not be officially sworn in until Sept. 8, but the staff is still at work with the SGA senator campaign beginning this week.
New senators are elected each year for all four classes as well as senators at large for a total of 25 positions. Elections for senate run from Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, and election results will be announced on Sept. 7.
Espinosa said he would miss being able to serve on executive staff this semester, but he is certain he made the right choice.
“I’m definitely going to miss serving as treasurer this year,” he said, “but we’re all students first; that’s why it’s student government.”