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Oklahoma Student Government Associations Travels to RSU

By Brian Martinez, Panhandle State Collegian on 04/11/2017

Goodwell, Okla. — Trips that empower students through leadership to continue to promote positive change on their campuses are always a favorite. The OSGA (Oklahoma Student Government Associations) trip this past March 24-25 to Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. was no different. The purpose of the conference was to come together with like-minded people to foster the quality of progress at Panhandle State though knowledge and involvement.

The Congress meets two times annually, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The eight students advised by Mr. Guthrie and his wife were the following: Stetson Elam, David Peebles, Joseph Templeton, Elida Esquivel, Madison Linton, Sunaed Ramirez, Bailey Twilliger and Jasmine Brown-Jutras. According to Brown-Jutras “it is the most participants that have gone in the last four years that I have been here.”

Jasmine and Madison wrote legislation on mandatory blue light safety boxes on all campuses. Joseph wrote one with another student from a different school about a tuition price gap. David wrote a bill of health and physical education safety.

The mission of OSGA is for the students of Oklahoma to write legislation that they believe will better higher education. Jasmine served as the Vice-Chair of the Spring Congress where elections were held as well as serving as Vice-Chair of one of the committees. Sunaed also served as a Vice-Chair of one of the committees. During the elections, Jasmine was elected Vice President of the OSGA on the state level.

Bailey Twilliger had the following to say on Jasmine’s behalf about her Vice-President election: “There was a process where all of the candidates had three minutes to speak about why they’d be good leaders for the OSGA. There were three candidates who ran for VP and Jasmine was one of them. She spoke for three minutes and she did an amazing job. I firmly believe that it was her personable character and the fact that she remained fair when she was Chair of the Body. The President of OSGA for the 2016-2017 term said that this was the biggest Congress that OSGA has had in years and Jasmine won the majority vote while running against two other people. It’s an extremely impressive feat.”

Brown-Jutras mentions that she did not do any campaigning during the conference but was able to Chair over the Congress a few times and realized how much she loves Chair and how much confidence she has in doing it. When she wasn’t chairing, she really loved walking around and teaching people about the legislative process and helping them get involved. She realized that that she would be a good fit as the Vice President so she put in her candidacy the day of Congress.

In addition to being the Vice-Chair of a committee, Sunaed was also Assistant Floor Leader. She thinks it was a great event and she wishes more people could attend. It was a great way to start understanding parliamentary procedure. The event was very well planned, nice and welcoming. Most people that were there did not know parliamentary procedure, so no one felt left behind. Sunaed knew everyone on the trip but it was still nice to get to hang out with them in a different setting.

Bailey stated that “it was an extremely positive experience and I learned so much about the legislation process that I never knew prior to the trip.” Elida Esquivel also mentioned, “OSGA was a great experience. It was so neat watching different students from different universities come together and write legislation on issues that are important to them and their universities.” To learn more information about the organization, visit their website at osga.org. You can also contact Russell Guthrie or any of the students that were involved in the trip.