This item originally appeared in the October 7, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By BRIAN TYNES
Results of a state-wide satisfaction survey were revealed at a convention of the Louisiana Association of Colleges and Universities Student Personnel Administrators in New Orleans.
Lindsey Mencacci, SGA vice president and a junior biology major, said the interaction with other schools helps keep everyone abreast to ongoing concerns.
“Most universities deal with the same problems,” Mencacci said.
“It gives us a good opportunity to exchange ideas and brainstorm together and share what has worked in the past.”
Kimberly Ludwig, Student Government Association president and a senior business management and entrepreneurship major, said the survey showed students are most satisfied with library facilities, recreation and intramural activities and computer services. The three main areas of concern for students statewide are parking, residence hall conditions and mass transit on campuses.
Six members of Tech's SGA attended the convention to exchange ideas with other student government leaders.
In the past, only the president had attended, but this year Ludwig was joined by Mencacci; Lindsey Bergeron, SGA secretary and a senior speech major; Klark Kent, sophomore class president and a sophomore professional aviation major; Travis Napper, Interfraternity Council senator and a junior marketing major and Kitty Jameson, SGA executive assistant and a senior psychology major.
Ludwig said it is important for other members to understand the intricacies of university operations.
“I wanted more of the SGA members to see what happens on a state level,” Ludwig said. “You get to see the bigger picture and how things happen on our campus. It’s always better to have first-hand experience.”
Ludwig said the convention was a learning experience for everyone involved.
“We got to interact with students and administrators around the state,” Ludwig said. “We found out what is going on around the state and found out about new programs.”
Ludwig said the meeting was important because it allowed for articulation of ideas among schools that do not interact on a regular basis.
“We got input from other universities and got ideas from them,” Ludwig said.
“The biggest part is communication and comparison to see where we can improve.”
The convention was attended by student government representatives from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Tech and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, among others.
Ludwig said the advising process is an area of concern for her.
“We’re looking at ways to improve our advising structure and keep students happy with their class schedules,” Ludwig said.
Preston Hayden, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said he wants more interaction with his adviser than a once-a-quarter meeting.
“Advisers should meet with students to discuss their schedule and prepare them for the upcoming quarter,” Hayden said.