SGA visits with Forsyth librarian, discusses Workday and hears weekly updates

BY CORIE LYNN

Thursday’s Student Government Association meeting was filled with information about campus resources and ways to report issues found on campus.

Claire Nickerson, the learning initiatives and open educational resources librarian at Forsyth Library, spoke to the student senators on what services their library had to offer.

According to Nickerson, students can access online tutorials, use a one-button media lab for recording video, host events, and even donate FHSU-related materials to the archives.

Chiefly, the library and its staff are there to assist students with their research. 

“We’d really like to help you early in the process,” Nickerson said.

Following Nickerson, the student senators heard short updates.

President Mark Faber, though, did remind the student senators that the street sign design contest would open the following week.

In addition, he informed the student senators that FHSU’s Staff Senate met and discussed the university’s transition to Workday.

According to Faber, the university is now completely in charge of the system, including working through the problems with the online system. Because of this, staff will rely on student feedback for addressing such problems.

“If you have an issue with Workday, it’s really important that you report that to your advisor,” Faber said.

He later gave committee reports for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund and the Student Advisory Committee.

For the former committee, Faber announced that $1100 was raised for the fund through the Oktoberfest booth during homecoming weekend.

For the latter, Faber said he would attend an emergency meeting the following day to discuss a formal letter supporting victims of sexual assault due to the issue’s relevance at Kansas universities.

The Student Relations and Involvement Committee also gave a report that outlined upcoming outreach, which includes a partnership with Student Health for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a trunk-or-treat.

During the open forum, the senators discussed the possibility of bringing back the campus busses and issues in the residence halls.

Student Senator Katelyn Modlin raised the topic of the busses, which had been discontinued the previous year. Her constituents, however, brought their desire for campus transportation to her attention.

According to the executive staff, the topic would have to be brought to administration.

The issues in the residence halls, including widespread air conditioning problems and concerns over fire safety, that Student Senator Mickey Mason raised could be brought to the hall directors.

Legislative Affairs Director Kendra Clary reminded the senators that they should encourage their constituents to report similar problems on their own.

“Always tell them to report it,” Clary said, “because if we all report it then we are a student voice.”

Before the meeting came to a close, the student senators heard the first reading of one bill and passed the line-item change outlined in another.

The Student Senate will reconvene at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

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