Natchitoches, LA (KMSS) — Something as simple as funnel cake and a random act of kindness helped bring Kyla Winey to Northwestern State University. Winey, the Student Government Association president for 2013-14, is planning to repay that good deed by having a big impact on the university.
Winey is a junior communication major from Lafayette. A member of Phi Mu Fraternity, she has been a freshman orientation leader in the Freshman Connection program. She has been an announcer for the campus radio station KNWD-FM and received the Alpha Phi Alpha Rising Star Award. Winey was first runner up in the 2013 Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet Pageant.
“We will be looking to accomplish tangible goals,” said Winey. “I want to make the SGA stronger. We will be working to recruit new senators who are passionate. Right now, SGA is running effectively, but we want to be open to new ideas about how we can do things better.”
Winey plans to develop an app to allow students to vote on their cell phones. During the first week of class, the SGA will host of series of meetings to allow students to meet with SGA officers and leaders of registered student organizations. On Tuesday, Aug. 27, students can enjoy free banana splits from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby. Registered student organization presidents will be at the Meet Your Presidents event Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
“We want to find out what students are thinking and what they want to see done,” said Winey.
A trip to Northwestern State as a senior in high school changed Winey’s college plans.
“I came to a football game and everyone was so happy and smiling. It made me feel at home,” said Winey. “The thing that made a big impression on me was when I went to the concession stand to buy a funnel cake. The funnel cake cost $5 and I only had $3. A man wearing a Northwestern shirt overheard me and said I’ll give you the two dollars if you promise to come to Northwestern. I said sure and the next fall I was here.”
Winey had been very involved in student organizations at high school, but she didn’t continue that when she first got to Northwestern State.
“I didn’t do anything my first semester, but then I joined the staff of the Current Sauce,” said Winey. “That led to other organizations. I became a senator when I was a sophomore. I went to meetings, asked questions and found I was good at conveying ideas and helping get things done. I became Student Affairs chair then started looking at what else I could do. I decided to run for president and was unopposed.”
In addition to representing Northwestern State, Winey was chosen by SGA Presidents of the eight other University of Louisiana System institutions to chair the Council of Student Body Presidents.
For more information on Northwestern State’s Student Government Association, go to nsula.orgsync.com/org/nsusga.