Student Government Association President Laura Ann Prickett has exciting plans for Samford University in 2015-16.
“Most of everything I hope we accomplish this year will surround that,” Prickett said.
This idea, along with many others, took root long before Prickett began hanging campaign posters.
Prickett believes these relationships opened her eyes to what students want and how she can help turn these desires into realities.
Recently, a conversation with Philip Kimrey, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, ignited an idea in Prickett’s mind.
“He made the comment that SGA has done a really good job of being about events, but he wants our student leaders and our student body to engage more with issues and ideas,” Prickett said.
“Our country, our state, our region – we’re dealing with a lot of really big issues right now,” Prickett added. “SGA has the legitimacy to engage in those conversations with our student body.”
Prickett is only the ninth woman since 1980 to serve as SGA president, although female students hold multiple positions on the SGA Student Executive Board (SEB) every year.
When asked about the significance of this, Prickett stressed how important it is for women to be involved and seek out leadership roles, not only at Samford but also in society as a whole.
“It’s really exciting that Samford saw me as a valuable person for this position, especially since there haven’t been a lot of females who have been involved in this capacity,” Prickett said. “But I never want my identity as a woman to overshadow something that I think or something that I do.”
As the first day of classes draws near, perhaps the thing Prickett is most looking forward to is working with her fellow SEB members.
“Everyone really represents a unique niche of campus life and Samford culture,” Prickett said. “I’m excited to hear those different voices while we’re making decisions.”
Corry Mulligan is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.