Student Senators hear from VP for Student Affairs and hear SafeRide update


Thursday, the Student Government Association’s attention was on its guest speakers.

Sally Dinkel, a graduate assistant from FHSU’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center, and Dr. Joey Linn, the vice president for student affairs, both presented.

Dinkel used her time to promote the Major and Graduate Programs Fair, which will take place on Wednesday. This fair provides students at every level to learn about the programs Fort Hays State offers.

“It’s open to anyone,” Dinkel said.

Linn spoke to the student senators about the organization and divisions of student affairs.

He is one of three vice presidents at FHSU, working alongside the Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, otherwise known as the Provost.

According to Linn, student affairs is separated into the divisions of enrollment management, student life and student engagement. These divisions oversee a multitude of campus affairs, including health and wellness services recruitment, and living-learning communities.

“We have probably one of the largest student affairs divisions for a school like Fort Hays,” Linn said.

Before concluding his time, Linn also spoke about his own love for the university and its students. In the face of lower enrollment numbers, he also called on the student senators for recruitment help, asking them to promote the university and its campus to potential students.

The business for the rest of the meeting was short with only a few members of the SGA giving reports.

Community Relations Director Chloe Stanely announced several events scheduled for the remainder of October.

These events include condoms and candy, Shine a Light on Domestic Violence, which will bring greater awareness to the issue of domestic violence, and a student organization trunk-or-treat.

According to Stanely, this final event will take place during half-time during FHSU’s football game on Oct. 30. Student organizations will decorate their car trunks and line the track as children walk by to get candy.

President Mark Faber also gave a major report.

“They decided to completely disband SafeRide because of social distancing,” he said.

According to Faber, there were other factors that went into this decision, but the social distancing issue had the greatest influence. Going forward, the committee in charge of SafeRide is hoping to educate students on the importance of having a designated driver and taking a walking buddy when going out.

Before concluding the evening’s meeting, the SGA passed a bill proposing a line item change for the Disc Golf Club budget and heard weekly announcements.

These announcements included a voter registration event through the American Democracy Project on Wednesday. 

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The SGA will reconvene at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Eagle Hall of the Robbins Center.

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