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A Guide to the Student Government Association Records, 1978-2005
The UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) is an official sponsored student organization. The SGA’s mission is to represent the voice of the students to university administration as well as external organizations.
In October 1976, the UTSA student body voted to accept a constitution establishing the Student Representative Assembly. The constitution was drafted by a student committee and approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. The first group of executive officers included Mike Tidwell, president; Gloria Castillo, vice president; Craig Youngblood, parliamentarian; Sylvia Foster, recording secretary; James Warren, corresponding secretary; and Jon La Freniere, treasurer. The remainder of the SRA was composed of three elected student representatives for each undergraduate level and three graduate student delegates.
In 1993 the Student Representative Assembly changed their name to the Student Government Association. The organization’s activities have included hosting back-to-school parties, sponsoring film screenings on campus, and allocating money to other student groups to support activities and events. Significant accomplishments in their history include facilitating voting for a university mascot in 1977; advocating for building a university center in 1979; sponsoring the first Fiesta UTSA in 1980; participating in the “10th Birthday of UTSA” celebration and time capsule burial in 1983; and distributing the University Life Awards to recognize outstanding efforts of students, faculty and staff. In the 2010s, the Student Government Association advocated for installing the Roadrunner statue, expanding dining hours, and renovating the Sombrilla fountain.
The collection consists of nine scrapbooks created by UTSA Student Government Association members. The scrapbooks date from 1978 to 2005 and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, and other documents related to SGA activities.
Scrapbooks are in fragile condition and patrons may require assistance from Special Collections staff for viewing.
This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please Schedule a Visit.
[Identification of item], University of Texas at San Antonio. Student Government Association Records, UA 02.04, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Transferred to the University Archives in 2015 from staff in the UTSA Student Activities Office (Acc. 2015-038).
Processed by Kristin Law, University Archivist, 2019.