November 7, 2012
New organization has already planted trees, raised scholarship money and donated items for troops
It hasn’t taken long for Blinn College’s Sealy campus to get the hang of student government.
In its first semester, Blinn-Sealy’s newly-minted Student Government Association (SGA) has already made an impact in the community, planting trees at Cryan Memorial Park, raising scholarship money for a Brookshire Royal High School student, helping Meals on Wheels with fundraising and donating items for U.S. troops overseas.
With 13 members on Blinn’s 181-student campus, the SGA is sponsored by Campus Director Jeri Dulaney, English Professor GayeLynn Thomas and Blinn-Brenham Student Leadership & Activities Director Mordecai Brownlee. It is an official member of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association alongside related organizations at Blinn’s Bryan and Brenham campuses.
“I wanted to have some kind of student organization, and I knew that the more general it was, the more participation we would have,” said Campus Director Jeri Dulaney. “I started talking to some of the students, and they were excited about doing it.”
The first task was to hold elections for officers to lead the SGA. Connie Bautista was elected president, Ashley Zegarrundo was named vice president and Fatima Robles was elected secretary.
“I was determined to be president. I guess I’m bossy,” said Bautista, a sophomore. “I’m very active in school, and I enjoy helping people so I thought this was a good opportunity.”
Once elected, the three executive officers named Carlos Hernandez parliamentarian and Samantha Hill historian. From there, they created their own constitution based upon that used by Blinn’s Brenham campus SGA, then set the schedule for the year.
On Oct. 20, SGA members helped the Sealy Rotary Club plant 100 trees in Cryan Memorial Park.
The following weekend, Blinn students sold baked goods and soda to raise money for a Brookshire Royal student scholarship and helped Meals on Wheels with its local fundraiser.
On Oct. 27, the SGA held a campus clean-up in preparation for Sealy’s annual Trunk or Treat celebration, which was hosted at the Sealy Outlet Center. Blinn, which annually participates in the event, hosted five entertainment booths for children at the festival.
The SGA has even more planned for the coming weeks.
The organization is sponsoring a course-inspired Christmas tree ornament contest for students in November with a $25 gift certificate for the winner. On Dec. 1, the SGA will enter its float, “Blinn’s Winter Wonderland,” in the Fantasy of Lights Parade in Sealy. The float will also appear in Parade of Lights in Eagle Lake on Dec. 8.
Blinn’s Sealy campus is located at 3701 Outlet Center Dr. and offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For more information, contact Dulaney at 979-627-7997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo - Blinn College’s new Student Government Association has tightened the campus’ bond with the Sealy community. From left: Freshman Zelmon Fairchild, sophomore Samantha Hill and sophomore Connie Bautista. Bautista was elected SGA president and Hill was elected historian.