The 2018-19 Student Government Association officers at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) are increasing opportunities and events so all students can enjoy a full college experience while attending the community college.
The first event that took place this semester was School Colors Day on August 30. By wearing their favorite DACC or New Mexico State University shirts, hats or other gear, students enjoyed a free Chick Fil A sandwich at East Mesa and Espina campuses, Gadsden, Chaparral and Sunland Park centers. The event was so popular it will be a monthly occurrence. That event will be followed by a procession of activities’ so students from all majors, both campuses and all four learning centers have a chance to participate and give back to the community.
Other new events taking place this year include suicide prevention awareness, security officer appreciation day, distracted driving awareness, ninja day and peer assistance awareness. The SGA will bring back the popular sand volleyball tournament and the service related golf tournament.
In addition, DACC students can now attend ticketed athletic events at NMSU for free. Student fees help pay for this program. Efforts are underway to negotiate other main campus Aggie benefits to help students.
Also a priority for the officers is including faculty and staff in events to build a closer relationship with students and their mentors outside of the classroom. The SGA officers will also travel to Washington D.C. for the American Student Government Association meeting where they can network with other student leaders and see what activities are successful on other campuses.
The SGA Leadership
President Melissa Aragon, 29, is a Las Cruces native. She is a proud graduate of Mayfield High School and is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in Pre-Architecture. After graduation she plans to move to Colorado to pursue a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Architecture.
Aragon has earned associate degrees in Welding Technology and a certificate in Building Construction Technology. Outside of school, she is the proud mother of a 19 month-old baby boy.
She thinks it is vital for students to participate as much as possible during their time in college. “This year I will encourage more students to get involved with the activities the SGA provides,” Aragon said. “College is more than studying and learning. By having more activities it is a chance to have new experiences, make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.”
Roman Richardson serves as SGA vice president. Richardson is an Army veteran and served in Afghanistan for 14 months. Born in Alabama, the 29 year-old was a combat engineer stationed at White Sands Missile Range before his deployment. Now, a DACC culinary arts major, he plans to open a restaurant in Las Cruces after graduation.
Secretary Rebecca-Paige George is a 29 year-old single mother of three and a theatre major planning to graduate with an Associate of Arts this spring. She aspires to earn a Master degree in Theatre Arts and become an instructor in the discipline.
Paige George initially struggled academically at DACC until she found the major that inspired her to come back to academics with a new found determination. Through the SGA, the Theatre Arts Club she is a member of was able to travel to New York City and see the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots” and “Ham4Ham” which solidified her decision to follow her passion.
Nineteen year-old Maria Amezcua serves as the SGA treasurer this year and eventually wants to pursue a triple major at NMSU in Accounting, Business Management and Spanish and go on to become a successful businesswoman. Born in Mexico and raised in the United States, her life experiences will help her in efforts to excel as a Student Government Officer.
Amezcua’s upbringing will also help her relate to students and stay focused on her goals.
Learn more about the SGA at dacc.nmsu.edu/sga.
Picture: from left to right, seated Maria Amezcua, Melissa Aragon, standing Rebecca-Paige George and Roman Richardson photo by Gloria Nevarez-Leslie