By Heather Hinkle
Amarillo College is home to two chapters of the Student Government Association. Washington
Campus’ SGA meets every Wednesday at noon in the College Union Building, room 208, while
members of the Moore County Campus SGA meet every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Appel
Lecture Hall. Each officer and committee chair gives a weekly report to the General Assembly.
The meetings are open to any student who would like to attend.
“I have been the SGA sponsor since 2007,” said Heather Atchley, director of Student Life at AC.
Atchley also added “We have approximately 40 members that are currently working with
Intramurals to hold the Zombie Challenge on October 18.”
The purpose of the club is to provide student development and student activity programming,
to act on behalf of the AC student body, to represent the AC student body to the college
administration, and to engage in service to the community.
The club was the first to be established for students on the Moore County Campus in 2007 and
currently has 15 members. Like it’s Amarillo counterpart, it was created to develop leadership
skills and provide campus–wide activities for students.
When asked why he is in SGA, Washington Street Campus member Mario Villarreal said “I
would like to see students to be more involved with not just Student Government but in all
aspects with student life at Amarillo College.”
“I want to build a more cohesive relationship with other clubs around campus and to have
more of a partnership between all of the clubs to build a better experience for my fellow
students,” explained Trey Jimenez, SGA vice president at the Washington Street Campus, of
what he would like to do while he is in SGA.
The Amarillo branch is co-sponsoring the Pumpkin Decorating contest on October 28 with
the SECC (State Employee Charitable Campaign) committee to raise money for charity, and
attending a programming conference in Houston October 24-27. They are also hosting the
annual TJCSGA (Texas Junior College Student Government Association) Region 1 Fall Conference
in Amarillo on Nov. 8 and 9.
The Moore County Campus branch also hosts a number of on campus activities, from a bake
sale supporting Pink and Purple Day for Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Awareness month
to providing brain food for the Finals study camp called Nerd Camp.
Officers that were recently sworn in at Moore County Campus:
Adam Aguayo – President
Ramiro Aceves – Vice President
Abby Gonzalez – Secretary
Gerardo Urquidiz – Treasurer
Mo Mendoza – Parliamentarian
Mariela Trejo – Historian