SGA discusses enrolllment strategies, passes two bills at weekly meeting

BY RAEGAN NEUFELD

The Student Government Association met for a short meeting on Thursday morning where they conducted routine business, including executive reports and the passing of two bills.

President Ryan Stanley reported on his cabinet meeting with President Tisa Mason, Faculty Senate President Rob Byer, and Staff Senate President Bob Duffy. According to Stanley, the group discussed several statistics regarding the university’s enrollment.

“Enrollment is down, but university marketing is working very hard to increase enrollment in areas of international partnerships,” he said. “We just established an international partnership committee, so they’ll be working on forming those connections and increasing enrollment for online students.”

In her report, Director of Communications Jayden Siebert discussed the upcoming SGA safety walk with campus police chief Terry Pierce. Senators and Pierce will walk around campus on October 13 to make a note of anything that needs fixing.

Other upcoming events:

  • Open Forum – 7:00 p.m. on October 18, Black and Gold Room
  • Trunk or Treat – Halftime of the football game on October 22
  • Free Legal Counseling – October 25

The first bill passed was originated by the Appropriations Committee, recommending $1,000 be funded to the Fort Hays chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. The money will be used for an international conference, which five FHSU students will be attending in November.

According to Senator Hannah Dechant, who spoke on behalf of the organization, the conference will include “learning from speakers and workshops, meeting with other public relations majors and people in the field, and will benefit [the students] as individuals.”

SGA also passed a bill, presented by the Senate Affairs Committee, to ratify Kati Rivera as a new senator. 

“I try really hard to be involved in a lot of different student organizations, so I feel like I can speak on behalf of a lot of my peers in those areas,” Rivera said when asked why she is a good candidate for the position.

The Senate Affairs Committee presented two other bills for new senators. No immediate action was taken on their first readings.

The next SGA meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 13 in the Black and Gold Room.

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