Big plans in store for UAH's new SGA representatives

Forty-six students were sworn in this past spring to serve as UAH's SGA representatives for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This past spring, 46 students were sworn in to serve as the 2015-2016 representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Twelve will serve on the SGA's executive branch, with the remainder representing the university's six academic colleges and the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior student bodies, respectively.

At the organization's helm is senior aerospace engineering major Austin Finley, who recently returned from a three-day leadership summit in preparation for his tenure as SGA president. Finley previously served as a senator for the sophomore class and as the SGA's public relations coordinator; he is also a UAH Lancer.

"We have a phenomenal group of student leaders coming into the SGA who are motivated and passionate about elevating this university," he says. "We are excited about the upcoming year, and as a team, we are hoping to enact positive change, to redefine UAH student life, and to really leave UAH better than we found it."

In addition to being an advocate for student interests and a liaison between the student body and the administration, the SGA hosts a number of popular programs and events. These include Trunk-or-Treat, the Reach for the Sky Balloon Launch (held during Convocation), Dine with the Deans, Higher Education Day, Charger Cycles, and the Big Event, an annual student-led community service outreach day.

Last year, the SGA also joined with the White House to launch "It's On Us," a nationwide public-awareness campaign to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. This year, they hope to expand their participation and introduce several related initiatives focusing on mental and physical health, campus traditions and game-day experiences, and college-to-career transitions.

"We also want to create an 'Experience Huntsville' program and host our first high school leadership conference," says Finley. "And that's just a brief glimpse – there's still much more being planned!"

2015 – 2016 SGA Representatives

(Name, SGA position, major, hometown)

Executive Branch

  • Austin Finley

    President Aerospace Engineering
    Gurley, AL
  • Kareem Omar

    Vice President Aerospace Eng. and Physics
    Nicholasville, KY
  • Haley Shattuck

    Chief of Staff Nursing
    Huntsville, AL
  • LaRaine Gatrey

    Vice President of Finance Accounting
    Birmingham, AL
  • Logan Johnson

    Director of Organization Funding Business Management
    Trinity, AL
  • Rachel Weidley

    Director of Civic Engagement Communication Arts
    Madison, AL
  • Madeline King

    Director of Political Affairs Political Science
    Huntsville, AL
  • Elliott Hinton

    Director of Multicultural Affairs Finance
    Harvest, AL
  • Marissa Davis

    Director of the Big Event Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Huntsville, AL
  • Lauren Eason

    Director of First Council Pre-Law
    Huntsville, AL
  • Hillary Sharpe

    Parliamentarian Biological Sciences
    Huntsville, AL
  • Dallas Behrens

    Scribe Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Junction City, KS


  • Alexander Mintari

    College of Business Business Management
    Huntsville, AL
  • Liqian Zhang

    College of Business Finance and Mathematics
    Shanghai, China
  • Xin Huang

    College of Business Business Management
    Huntsville, AL
  • Reid Wilson

    College of Business Business Management
    Huntsville, AL
  • Zach Craver

    College of Education Education
    Athens, AL
  • Michael Williams

    College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering
    Hamilton, AL
  • Summer Roden

    College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering
    Killen, AL
  • Scott Trafton

    College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering
    Owens Cross Roads, AL
  • Spencer Elmlinger

    College of Engineering Aerospace Engineering
    Florence, KY
  • Jacob Smith

    College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering
    Vinemont, AL
  • Derek Mitchell

    College of Engineering Chemical Engineering
    Henagar, AL
  • Clint Oestreich

    College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering
    Ritzville, WA
  • Josh Lane

    College of Engineering Aerospace Engineering
    Nashville, TN
  • Shantella Wright

    College of Liberal Arts Public Relations and Marketing
    Courtland, AL
  • Rachel Byrd

    College of Liberal Arts Biological Sciences
    Madison, AL
  • Jared Godwin

    College of Nursing Nursing
    Hazel Green, AL
  • Chase Putman

    College of Nursing Nursing
    Scottsboro, AL
  • Nathaniel Cline

    College of Nursing Nursing
    Cullman, AL
  • Garrett Wilson

    College of Science Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Huntsville, AL
  • Jared Grogan

    College of Science Mathematics
    Huntsville, AL
  • Garrett Ake

    College of Science Biological Sciences
    Athens, AL
  • Jonathan Shields

    College of Science Computer Science
    Huntsville, AL
  • Quenton Kirby

    College of Science Mathematics
    Tullahoma, TN
  • Jeremy Asimba

    Freshman Class Aerospace Engineering
    Harvest, AL
  • Brian Chubb

    Freshman Class Aerospace Engineering
    Overland, KS
  • Hannah Hallmark

    Freshman Class Business Marketing and Communications
    Gurley, AL
  • Mike Gvodas

    Junior Class Aerospace Engineering
    Douglassville, PA
  • Leo Rodriguez

    Junior Class Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Huntsville, AL
  • Victoria Eccles

    Junior Class Electrical Engineering
    San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Nicholas Peterson

    Sophomore Class Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Huntsville, AL
  • Elliot Wheaton

    Sophomore Class Chemical Engineering
    Prattville, AL
  • Nathan Gilbert

    Sophomore Class Aerospace Engineering
    Rainsville, AL
  • Dalton Hicks

    Senior Class Aerospace Engineering
    Bradenton, FL
  • Shawn Harris

    Senior Class Mechanical Engineering
    Huntsville, AL


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