Tag: Kasey Gamble

A Gamble pays off: Kasey Gamble elected SGA President

Breanna HillStaff Writer

JSU held its annual SGA elections on Tuesday, April 17. At 4 p.m. that afternoon, the new SGA positions were announced.

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Kasey Gamble was elected the 2018-2019 SGA President in Tuesday’s election (photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Sophomore Kasey Gamble was elected president, replacing current president Ranger Rumrill, a graduating senior. Gamble has spent the past school year as the Vice President of the Student Activities (VPSA) for the SGA, has won the election and is now sporting the title of SGA President.

“I am so extremely blessed to be your new SGA President! Thank you SO much to those of you who voted today. I can’t wait to start working for you!” Gamble wrote on Facebook following the announcement, along with her hashtag, “#youtookagamble.”

Kasey began her involvement in the SGA towards the end of her freshman year. Right off the bat she became the VPSA. She contributed even more by becoming a student senator. Kasey is extremely passionate about the entirety of SGA and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the Executive Team.

The SGA is known for being an active organization on campus that is all about interacting with the entire Gamecock nation. Gamble takes her responsibilities seriously, and has shared her immense pleasure in being one of only five students that are to represent the entire Gamecock family.

Kasey shares her many thoughts, ideas and plans for the SGA for the upcoming 2018-2019 school-year in a series of campaign videos released in the week leading up to the elections. She plans to efficiently link a clear line of communication between students, the SGA and the administration. Kasey also plans to provide students the opportunity to voice their opinions, and she promises to keep the students up-to-date with the decisions and changes going on around campus.

“I want you to know what’s happening with our SGA and our administration and how these decisions will directly affect you,” Gamble said in her 12 video. “I also want to plan opportunities for you to connect with our administration. This way, you can tell your story and become more than just an enrollment number.”

Gamble is determined to make JSU feel like home for each and every individual that attends the Friendliest Campus in the South, and she is urging students to get more involved around campus. Gamble is thrilled to be the new President of the SGA, and is excited for the upcoming year. The SGA hopes to continue to grow and prosper under the direction of Gamble and the rest of the determined officers that make up next year’s Executive Team.

In the SGA, there are four vice presidents that cover different aspects of the organization. For this upcoming school year, the Vice Presidents are as follows: Laci Gurganus is now the Vice President of the Student Senate; Desmond Thomas is the VPSA; Ulises Herrera is the Vice President of Public Relations, and William Milner is the Vice President of Organizational Affairs. The following people will serve as SGA Senators: Mariana Alvarez, Kevin Barajas, Corvin Dixon, Tyler Elsberry, Gregory Heathcock, Nashby Fils, Justin Jones, Zavius Kidd, Adam McNeal, Devin Ogle, Brenden Perry, Brittany Sanders, Kathleen Seibert, Jerod Sharp, Madison Shearer, Taylor Smith, Olivea Taylor, Abigaile Warren, Kyra Watral and Kemuel Williams.

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Newly elected VPSS Laci Gurganus and her friend Kaleigh Ferguson hand out donuts on Tuesday in front of the TMB. Gurganus’ slogan was “‘Donut’ forget to vote for Laci!” (photo via Laci Gurganus (@laci_paige)/Instagram)

Along with these esteemed leaders, other JSU students were elected by their peers to be known as Miss and Mr. Friendly and also Miss and Mr. Jax State. The 2017-2018 Miss and Mr. Friendly are Rilee Sitton and Gregory Heathcock, and the 2017-2018 Miss and Mr. Jax State are Rebekah Beasley and Ethan Jackson.

A sincere round of congratulations is in order for all who participated in the election. The upcoming academic year is bound to be a success with such an incredible, determined and intelligent group of young leaders.

 

Homecoming kicks off with Harvest Fest

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A boy gets his face painted at SGA’s 4th annual Harvest Fest on the Quad (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

Eric TauntonStaff Writer

The Student Government Association at Jacksonville State University hosted its 4th annual Harvest Festival on Tuesday, October 24 on the quad of JSU. Campus organizations set up tables and games while families and children trick-or-treated.

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Children play games for candy prizes at the Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

“The Harvest Festival is an annual event for the Jacksonville community to participate in our homecoming activities,” said Kasey Gamble, Vice President of SGA. “It’s also a great way for our organizations to get their names out there.”

Organizations such as the American Chemical Society, Delta Sigma Theta, Circle K, Alpha Omicron Pi and more could be seen giving children candy and playing games with them.

Each organization had a theme for its table, and the activity typically corresponded to the theme. Phi Mu, a sorority on campus, played a game called “Jailbreak,” where children hit human-shaped prisoners with pieces of candy attached to a lanyard.

 

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Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was one of the organizations that participated in this year’s Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

Tri Beta, the biology honor society, taught children about different types of fish by encouraging them to capture paper-shaped fish of different colors with fishing hooks out of a mini-pool. When the child reeled a fish in, members of Tri Beta would then tell them about it based on a color-coded system created by the organization.

Circle K, a national community service organization, taught children about water sanitation as well as the water-crisis in Africa.

Children from the local Crazy About Dance studio performed numerous routines during the Harvest Festival to the entertainment of the crowd.

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JSU’s Homecoming theme is “Caught Red-Handed,” and kids were able to take pictures with themed photo props at the Harvest Fest (Grace Cockrell/The Chanticleer)

 

Gamble encourages any student that is interested to become a part of SGA.

“If anyone would like to get involved, I would tell them that it is super easy to do so,” Gamble said. “Anyone can join the Student Activities Council, which is a volunteer board that helps me run the events that I plan.”

Students are also able to run for Student Senate, a position in which students edit bylaws of the campus Constitution to better circumstances for students on campus.

Gamble believes that SGA is an important organization to have on campus.

“The SGA’s first priority is to serve the students. We do this by advocating for them in faculty committees, discussing matters like tuition and fees, the new Student Fitness and Wellness Center, and the selection of new employees,” said Gamble. “We also plan activities for students, help other organizations publicize their events, grant allocations for organizations, and any other task that is asked of us.”

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JSU senior Casey Payne has fun at the 4th annual Harvest Fest with Marleigh Burley, daughter of JSU alumna Katy Burley (Casey Payne/Facebook)

Gamble is excited for other planned events hosted by the SGA.

“We have a ton of events coming up! Homecoming week alone, we have the Harvest Festival on Tuesday, a volleyball game spirit night on Wednesday, J-Day on Thursday, and Bongoball Mania on Friday,” said Gamble. “We have a Native American History Month Celebration at the beginning of November, and we are having a Hollywood Style Gameshow at the end of November.”

SGA will also be hosting Midnight Breakfast, an event that takes place during the week of final exams in which students are invited to eat a late-night breakfast in Hopper Dining Hall.

“I am currently finalizing all events for the spring, and we have a lot of exciting things coming up,” said Gamble.

A full list of Homecoming activities can be found on the JSU website or on the SGA’s Instagram account, @jsu_sga.

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