Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
The Student Government Association met on November 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the SGA Chambers for the second to last meeting of the semester.
The Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 001)-Resolution on Shared Governance was brought before the General Assembly for a vote this meeting after being introduced the previous month. The resolution states that shared governance is a problem at the University Assembly level with representation for faculty being 38, students 13, and staff 3. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Daniel Pogue, junior, mechanical engineering and co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Archer, graduate, mathematics, and Senator Daniel Ryerson, senior, pre-engineering. The resolution was passed by the General Assembly. The full resolution can be found on the SGA portal on TritonSync.
Parliamentarian Ryerson began the SGA meeting giving some tips to parliamentary procedure. He explained that resolutions can be made by anyone in the senate or general assembly. He noted that there are some motions that need prior notice like resending/amending something, changing bylaws, or changing the nature of a member’s rights. In a debate setting, members were asked to speak to the Speaker of the House instead of individuals. There were some non-voting members present, so Ryerson noted that they could not vote and they could seek to have the floor, but they were not automatically given the right to have the floor. Ryerson requested any parliamentary procedure questions be directed to him to answer.
There were several guest speakers. The first was Alan Heisel, Special Assistant to the Provost for Accreditation, who spoke about the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. The commission has 1300 public and private universities in 19 states that are accredited through them. UMSL must submit a long, in-depth report to submit to them before they come to set up interviews on the campus. The accreditation process certifies a quality of learning and ensures best practices are followed. They are looking for five criteria that can be found on the SGA portal on Triton Sync. They will start advertising the process in the spring and host open forums. In the fall, HLC will conduct interviews for the student opinion section.
Patricia Zahn, director of community outreach & engagement, shared with the students awards UMSL was given because of high student voter turnout in elections. UMSL was number one of 300 universities nationwide for student civic engagement.
Xavier Blackwell, coordinator of leadership education, spoke about several opportunities that students have to be more involved in the spring semester. The Spring Expo is in January and registration on Triton Sync opened November 1. The last day to register for the event is January 1 at 5 p.m. The Last Lecture series will be April 24, but they are looking for students to nominate teachers on Triton Sync now. A professional development program will take place on November 16 at 11 a.m. on south campus with Angela Duckworth. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending. MLK Day of Service is looking for students interested in short term leadership opportunity. If interested, please fill out the form on Triton Sync for MLK Day 2018.
In the President’s Report, Sean Burkett, senior, criminology and criminal justice, asked students to check their email for forums asking for student feedback on the Strategic Plan. SGA had a restructure meeting after the meeting to discuss the internal committee’s next step in restructuring the organization. More forums are to take place before next meeting. Fees and tuition increase meeting will be next Friday at 1 p.m. in the SGA Chamber. Check out TritonSync for the proposed numbers based on CPI. There is also a link to provide feedback and suggestions if students could not attend: http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/sga/suggestions.html Road renovations will be happening in phases, please check your email this semester and next semester for road closings.
Vice President Sammi Risius, junior, media studies, discussed that the Sodexo co-sponsorship money balance is $344. The remaining Coca-Cola donation request fund is $2,918.81. She assured the assembly that the Coca-Cola donation fund will carry over to next semester if all is not used this semester. Risius pointed out the Triton Snack Pack initiative. Students may ask for snack packs at several locations on campus: Student Social Services, 144 Millennium Student Center; Veterans’ Center, 211 Clark Hall; MSC Operations, 218 MSC; Nursing Admin Building front desk; School of Social Work, 120 Bellerive; College of Business Administration Undergraduate Advising, Anheuser-Busch Hall 107.
Comptroller Ben Branco, junior, business administration, spoke about the Student Activities Budget Committee (SABC) budget process. Their last day of the appeal process was Friday and all student budget allocations will be released November 18. The remaining SGA budget is $833.04 so there will be no more co-sponsorships given out this semester. If students know information about events they want co-sponsored for next semester, they should email Aleathea Williams, junior, political science. All of the travel funding requests were given out for this semester and next semester.
Senator reports can be found in the SGA meeting minutes. The next and final SGA meeting for this semester is December 1 at 12:30 in the SGA Chamber.
The Joint Resolution on Shared Governance, in full, is below.