This meeting of the Student Government Association was called to order on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union on the campus of Fort Hays State University.
Old Business: There was no old business at Thursday’s meeting.
New Business: Thursday’s meeting was the first reading of Bill No. 15/F/104 presented by the Appropriations Committee regarding funds requested by the Christian Students on Campus FHSU for $698.04.
President Ulises Gonzalez thanked senators for their participation in the “Pie the Executive Staff” event, which raised $64. Gonzalez had the opportunity to discuss the issues of recycling, that were brought up in last week’s open forum, with Becky Peterson. She shared with Gonzalez that there are currently two recycling bins in McMindes Hall and one in Custer Hall. These bins are being used as a trial run to see if students are appropriately utilizing the recycling services, before determining whether or not to add more bins around campus. Gonzalez spent Tuesday and Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Met with the Gun Survey Committee to ensure that the questions used in the survey were non-biased and correct. He had the chance to talk about the Lifeline 911 Bill as well.
Vice President Molly Morgan shared that committee reports will be posted on the SGA website every Friday at noon. She discussed how Diversity Coordinator Amber White has been working on the Cultural Consistency Task Force to highlight Fort Hays State campus and its culture, as well as to embrace its diversity. Morgan had the opportunity to attend the Liberal Education Town Hall meeting. She said the meeting gave a clear view of where the program is headed in the next couple of years. Working with President Gonzalez, Morgan plans on getting Dr. Chapman Rackaway to come and speak further on the subject of the Liberal Education Program at a future SGA meeting.
Treasurer Jacob Taylor updated senators on the progress of the Awareness Fund.
Campus Relations Director Rebecca Vincent gave out a senator spotlight to Sen. Ashley Templeton for this week. Vincent was interviewed for “Meet Your SGA” on the Tiger Media Network radio recommends her fellow senators do the same if they have the chance. She will also be keeping the senators up to date on what is happening in regards to recycling around campus.
Legislative Affairs Director Kade Megaffin has been working on revising the gun survey, as well as creating the application for Higher Education Day. He should have those done within the next couple of weeks.
Community Relations Director Lizette Avalos came out with a campus release for the Campus Safety Walk.
Appropriations Committee had the reading of their bill 15/F/104, and they have opened up the application for organizations to request funding.
The Senate Affairs Committee is working on revising the SGA bylaws and plans on setting up an interview for the open senate seat for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Student Relations and Involvement Committee is working on plans for The Big Event.
The Legislative and Political Action Committee is meeting with Matt Means to discuss a proposal given to them.
Installation of New Members
Sen. Sam Devore installed the freshman and KAMS representatives into SGA.
During the open forum, Sen. Tory Arnberger asked President Gonzalez to explain the current processing of the Lifeline 911 bill. Gonzalez said they are in the process of trying to pass it. He hopes to be able to provide support for the bill, and knows Kansas State has some programs in place working with legislators. There is still a lot of attention geared towards the gun survey for the current time being because it is a very important issue as well. As new information arises, the senate will be kept up to date.
The following announcements were shared at last night’s meeting:
This Tuesday, October 20th, the American Democracy Project is going to be hosting a film 7:00 p.m. in Stouffer Lounge called, “Inequality for All”.
AKPSi is hosting a Blood Drive October 20th and 21st.
The Department of Political Science is sending a group of students to the Washburn Law open house on November 6th.
Higher Education Day at the Capital will have open applications available soon.
AKPSi is doing a cheesecake fundraiser. Each cheesecake costs $5, contact any member for more information.
Stripes for Hope is hosting a “Cancer Sucks” t-shirt tie-dying event November 5th.