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At Seattle's Pike Place Market are Barry McKinney (third from left),
UTSA director of student activities, with (from left) SGA leaders
Brent Ward, Matt DeLeon, Josh Bart, Derek Trimm and Chris Kuta.

UTSA student government leaders attend national institute in Seattle

(July 28, 2009)--Five UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) leaders this month attended the National Association for Campus Activities Student Government Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle, along with students from 20 campuses across the nation. The institute is one of two national institutes conducted each summer for university student government leaders. Is is the fifth year UTSA participated in the event.

Institute attendees from UTSA included Matt DeLeon, SGA president and senior political science major from Houston; Derek Trimm, SGA vice president and junior business major from Houston; Chris Kuta, SGA treasurer and history major from Austin; Josh Bart, SGA secretary and junior political science major from Dallas; Brent Ward, SGA College of Liberal and Fine Arts senator and junior political science major from Los Angeles, Calif.; and Barry McKinney, SGA co-adviser and UTSA director of student activities. McKinney served on the institute staff and facilitated several sessions.

Conference sessions were presented on town-gown relations, public relations, sustainability, ethics, parliamentary procedure and the FISH! Philosophy, a set of practical tools to help create a successful work culture. Later, participants saw concepts of the FISH! Philosophy in action at the famous Pike’s Place Fish Market.

The students networked with student government leaders from institutions including Arizona State University, George Mason University and the University of Colorado, Denver. Additionally, the student leaders visited the Space Needle, the public market, the first Starbucks store, a Bastille Day celebration, and enjoyed a tour of the harbor, which included information about Seattle's history.

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