VALDOSTA -- More than 100 of the University System of Georgia's best student leaders will converge on the campus of Valdosta State University Friday for their annual spring Student Advisory Council conference.

Nicholas Overstreet, Student Government Association president at VSU, said those attending the conference are members of SGAs from Georgia's 34 public universities and colleges.

"I am really excited about this conference," Overstreet said. "It'll be a great time, and I am ready for it to get here."

Overstreet said he is very proud of the fact that several institutions which have never participated in a SAC conference are attending this one.

"Everyone coming will get to see what we are doing right here in Valdosta," he said.

This is only the second time the conference has been hosted by Valdosta State. The first was in 1996 when Gerald Williams was SGA president.

"Hosting this conference was one of my goals as SGA president," said Overstreet, whose term in office ends June 30. "This is a great way to promote our university and this community. We are doing lots of great things around here."

Overstreet said the three-day event has been a tremendous undertaking, and he appreciates what his fellow SGA members have done to help.

"Everyone is excited about coming here for the conference," Overstreet added. "When they leave, I want them to be asking, 'When are we going to have another conference at VSU?'"

During the event, participants will elect SAC executive officers for next year and make the technology committee, formerly an ad hoc committee, a permanent one.

Overstreet said they will also be working on resolutions that will affect every student throughout the entire system.

During their winter conference, members of SAC proposed three initiatives -- a student bill of rights, a student health care plan and a method for student input on contract administration decisions.

SAC is also working to promote House Bill 483, which seeks to end the sales tax on textbooks.

Overstreet could not comment on the issues being discussed during the upcoming conference.

The Student Advisory Council to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is the official representative body of the more than 220,000 students of the University System, consisting of the student body president or appointed delegate from each of Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities. SAC considers issues affecting students and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents, the Georgia Legislature, and the governor.

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