Student Government incorporates new technology

Snapchat used to tell news, events

By Eirin Albritton
On September 23, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
SGA’s new tech included this supplies vending machine.

The Student Government Association has been working on finding new ways to keep students involved on campus with upcoming events and incorporating social media to make it easier to access.

SGA created a Snapchat, back in June, which has accumulated over 1,200 followers. The Snapchat username is angelostateu. The account is used to keep students informed about what events are being put on by different organizations on campus. 

“I manage it personally and one of the Communications and Marketing interns uses it,” Peyton LaBauve, Student Government President, said.

The account has posted Snapchat stories about free t-shirts, events hosted by the Multicultural Center and convenient reminders about certain building hours, such as the Center of Human Performance.

“We are trying to get students on there so that if Greek Life or the Multicultural Center is having an event, instead of having to check your email, which is something a lot of students don’t do already, you can just find it on our Snapchat,” LaBauve said. 

SGA has installed a new vending machine in the basement of the library filled with convenient school supplies, such as writing utensils, headphones, phone chargers, calculators and first aid kit necessities. 

“It’s so useful, because instead of having to drive to HEB, you can just walk downstairs and use your OneCard,” LaBauve said.

Another project the organization is working on installing is filtered water fountains in all of the residence halls. The water fountains will be able to fill up water bottles, which is another convenient idea SGA has come up with for the students’ interest. 

Student discount cards are also available to students to use at multiple local businesses throughout San Angelo. It is a convenient card to keep handy to remind students of discounts available to them.

“It is one of the ways that we are advertising our core programs, one side advertises the Ram Tram and the other side advertises the student discount program,” LaBauve said. 

One of SGA’s goals for this semester is to hold an event for the Angelo State Police Department to show their gratitude for everything ASU PD has done for the community. 

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