Montgomery, AL (8/27/18)– The inauguration of Jaylon P. Pickett, the 65th Student Body President of Alabama State University (ASU) was yesterday evening in the Dunn- Oliver Acadome. This event was one of many in celebration of ASU Labor Day Classic Week.
ASU President Dr. Quinton Ross Jr. extended greetings at the beginning of the program. He talked about his experience as a former Student Body President. “Student leadership is critical to the success of the university. It is important to understand the contributions that the Student Government Association make to better the lives for students and citizens.”
Student Body Presidents from Alabama A&M University, Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Miles, College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Troy University Montgomery, and Tuskegee University were in attendance. They each extended greetings and offered words of encouragement.
Pickett was sworn in by ASU Student Government Association Chief Justice Cameron Jenkins. In his inaugural address, Pickett shared some of his initiatives for the university. One in particular is to establish the Second Chance Foundation to help raise money for students that need financial assistance to stay in school. The goal is to have students contribute $5; staff $10; faculty $20; and administration $30. “We need to give students the opportunity to pursue their education” Pickett said. “Students want to be great. Let’s help them be great.”
Another initiative that Pickett plans to implement is having monthly market fairs to help student entrepreneurs get exposure to the community. He also plans to start an emerging leaders program so that freshmen can start learning about the Student Government Association (SGA). Pickett also looks forward to implementing educational training and workshops for different branches of the SGA.
As the 2018-2019 Student Body President, Pickett says that he will practice servant-leadership to achieve excellence without excuses. He believes that his duties are rooted in responsibilities and service. When it comes to the student body, Pickett feels that students should raise standards within themselves. “As students we must improve our standards. We have to improve our conduct and change our attitude about education.”
Student Body Executive Officers Devin R. Smith; Vice President, Donielle Dixon;Treasurer, and Essynce Henderson; Secretary were sworn is as well. An Inauguration Ball was held immediately after in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center.
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