University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

April 7, 2008
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Elects 2008 Student Government Association Officers

SGA President Caitlin Collins
SGA President Caitlin Collins

Mobile, Ala.-The University of South Alabama has announced the results of the new Student Government Association officer elections for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Caitlin Collins, 20, of Dothan, Ala., will serve as president of the SGA. She is a junior marketing major in the Mitchell College of Business. Collins also served as SGA associate justice, chief justice, and senate clerk. She is treasurer of the USA Honors Program and is a member of the Mortar Board and Freshman Advisory Board. She is the daughter of Bruce and Lucy Collins.

Michael Smith, 21, of Mobile will serve as vice president. He is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a former SGA senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and senate pro tempore. Smith is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Model United Nations Club, International Studies Club and Freshman Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, and Order of Omega honor societies. He is the son of Sherrel Smith.

Jason Shepard, 26, of Mobile will serve as treasurer. He is a senior majoring in philosophy and psychology. He is  editor-in-chief of The Vanguard; a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Chi, and Mortar Board; vice president of the USA Philosophy Club; and president of The Society for Philosophy and the Sciences. He also served as chair of the SGA Non-Traditional Student Committee. Shepard and his wife, LaShaye, have a six-year-old son, Jalen. His parents are Karen Harold and David Shepard.

Ashley McGee, 21, of Mobile will serve as attorney general. She is a junior majoring in communication. She served as SGA senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. McGee is also Southbound Orientation Leader and Lifestyles editor for The Vanguard. She is the daughter of Felicia Spencer.

Hannah Skewes, 20, of Biloxi, Miss., will serve as chief justice. She is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as SGA senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Skewes is also a reporter for The Vanguard, a member of the USA Creative Writing Club, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the Model United Nations Club. She is the daughter of Alan and Emily Skewes.

The purpose of the SGA is to protect and advance student interests as well as to promote the welfare of the student body. The organization operates as a constitutional democracy and is comprised of executive, judicial, and legislative branches.

Since its founding in 1963,USA has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 14,000 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University has awarded 60,000 degrees.

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