SGA hears updates on recycling, commencement and OERs

BY CORIE LYNN

As the fall semester draws to a close, Fort Hays State University’s Student Government Association still has business to take care of.

This past week, the student senators discussed procedures for their weekly meetings and gave updates from the committees and executive staff.

President Mark Faber shared what he learned in the President’s Cabinet earlier in the week.

This included discussion on the rights of human research subjects, praise for FHSU’s transfer program from Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas Board of Regents changing general education requirements.

Legislative Affairs Director Kendra Clary updated the group on the status of the new campus recycling campaign. The next step for this program is a trial in the Heather and Agnew residential halls.

Other reports came from the Open Educational Resource committee and the commencement committee.

Clary reported on the formers, stating that the committee approved a University 101 course specifically for online students in China. This course will include a newly-written book by an FHSU graduate assistant.

“I noticed that they’re very passionate people about getting the resources to students,” Clary said.

The report from the commencement committee included information about the upcoming December graduation.

The ceremony will not be rescheduled on account of bad weather, visitors will sit at the top level of Gross Memorial Coliseum, and a Facebook Live will be available.

During the Open Forum, the topic of dead week came up, which is the week before finals during which instructors are not supposed to assign new material.

The FHSU Faculty Senate officially recognized dead week in the past, but discussion arose Thursday night after students senators acknowledged their instructors’ confusion about the policy.

In response, Faber stated that he would address the topic with Provost Jill Arensdorf.

Before concluding their meeting, the SGA inducted one new senator, read one new bill voted on two old bills.

The first bill they passed was to appoint student members to the Educational Opportunity Fund committee and the second was a line item change for the International Business Club.

The meeting was adjourned, but the Student Senate will reconvene one last time this semester at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 9.

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