Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SGA Vice President Hopes for More Student Involvement

It's important to get involved in college, and SGA vice president Adam Parks wants to make sure students at Vol State are getting the most out of their college experience.

"I went to a couple of events last year and saw that hardly any students showed up. It just seems like a lot of times students don't care about the campus here, so I wanted to join SGA to help get other students involved and make events better," he said.

Parks was elected last spring, and he said it's his goal to help other students see the benefits of doing more than just commuting to and from the campus. Together with the other members of the cabinet, Parks said they hope to provide more opportunities to tie the college and the greater community together, giving students a better way of connecting to local businesses and organizations.

Parks said he hopes a greater connection to the community will make Vol State more attractive to future students.

"I just think it works better for everyone if the campus is more appealing, because a lot of times people look down on community college students. I saw Vol State as a great place to come and get an education. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to get involved with SGA. I wanted to help make this campus more appealing to people coming in so they see it as a good college choice," he said.

While being a part of SGA might be hard work, Parks said he enjoys getting a chance to meet other students and help plan the types of events that will draw more students into the Vol State family.

"I definitely love getting to see all of the students we have here and seeing how diverse of a campus we have. This is a melting pot of a Tennessee college. We have people from everywhere, and I like seeing the smiling faces on faculty every day, showing that they're excited about their job," he said.

The SGA is hosting the fall festival today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free food, games, and prizes. A presidential forum with Dr. Jerry Faulkner also will be hosted on Monday, Oct. 27, in the cafeteria.

For more information on SGA and how to get involved with one of Vol State's clubs, email or visit their office in room 213A in the Wood Campus Center.

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