January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012
I. Roll Call
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
a. Move to change tonight’s meeting to a discussion meeting
b. Move to add the national association
c. Chemistry Club Conference bill
IV. Guest Speaker
a. Gary Pierson-Second Year Live On: As an administration we have talked about the second year live on for a while. As an institution we need to look to do things differently. We have been around 59-60% for a few years. For the fall 2012 we have 4 initiatives we are unveiling, an extended orientation program (one orientation with all students engage students within the college community), first year experience class (90% of campuses do a first year experience, semester long class 1 cr.), exploratory major program (academic resource center, explore what they like to do, programs towards undeclared majors), living learning halls (group students by majors), second year live on (wont impact anyone currently on campus, restructuring pricing to make it competitive with off campus). Our true intent is to make sure students stay, have better personal relationship, and interacts with faculty more. Students love to come for the location, but some get culture shock and are more likely to leave. We will also have a sophomore year experience.
i. Students will be grouped into majors.
1. We will work with students to accommodate them.
ii. What are the first and second year experiences like?
1. We are still working out the details. Some community service hours, sixteen-week course, and 15 or 16 contacts hours, some through extended orientation. It will be around getting students oriented with the Gunnison areas as well as get acquainted with college.
iii. Athletics could be a part of orientation.
iv. It is a culture shift. There have been some game changers, such as WRAP.
v. Have there been any negative effects with freshman?
1. Not really, new students won’t know the difference. We know the cost of housing is the number one issue. No quantitative data to back it up, but I have seen a lot of students leave Western. Most students who leave haven’t got away from campus. Student engagement is part of our central plan.
vi. How will second year live on work for transfer students?
1. We have not decided, people will be able to petition to live off campus; there will be academic policy dependant on credits, home and other variables. We will have to create the policy.
vii. Service aspect is great component to the new plans.
V. Action Items
VI. Discussion Items
a. (NAfME): National Association for Musical Educators, there is a national conference occurring in March, we want to send some juniors and seniors. Requesting $789 for registration, lodging will be paid for, and the club is taking care of transportation and food.
i. Cannot fund the faculty member, how do you choose to fund that?
1. We will either meet the costs or we will speak with them. We will take a faculty member with us.
ii. Have you done any fundraising?
1. Sending letters to people we know, rock band tournament
iii. Why should the college fund this trip?
1. Music education majors, and no other Colorado colleges are going, a great opportunity to represent Colorado on a national level.
iv. You said juniors and seniors are going.
1. 4 juniors and 2 seniors
v. Will you be able to elaborate when you get back?
1. Of course, there will be handouts we can bring back
b. Chemistry Club Bill sponsored by Walker: Will you not rent a school vehicle?
i. It is cheaper to use a van from Hertz than to rent the school.
ii. You said waffles weekly?
1. Wednesday from 745-9am Hurst Hall, 2 waffles and a coffee are each a dollar
2. We will not be exhausting our budget
iii. When we come back we plan to put together a poster of the most enlightening things, at celebration of scholarship, we brought the schedule for undergraduate, mostly on how to improve the chemistry chapter. 4 students going to the conference will also be coming back.
VII. Advisor Report
a. Looking forward to the retreat!
VIII. Senator Reports
Adam Nickerson: Anyone who wrote a bill last semester, please follow up next week
Erika Espinoza: Thank you for approving the MLK bill, the few comments I heard it went very well, half of auditorium filled up for getting advertising a week before.
I was asked to be the student representative for the joint budget committee, it was less intimidating than I expected. It was a sales pitch for the school, what you like and didn’t like and the experience they had at Western State College of Colorado.
Rodney Moyer: Got a tour of the new students apartments, they are willing to take all of SGA on a tour. We will send an email out.
Walker Tatum: There is a feud between the name change between Jay Helman and another person. They were worried about the concrete work and the safety of the cement lying on the local Grand Junction newspaper.
IX. Committee Reports
a. Constitution committee meeting after SGA meeting
X. Advisory Reports
Sarah Newberry: There will be a climbing wall in the new indoor field house. Finalizing a name soon.
Haleigh Hanifen: The retreat is this weekend. Only school family and sports are legitimate excuses. Who needs a sleeping bag? (5) Sleeping pads? (5) Dinner will be ready at 6. Meeting at 5pm at the college center. What do we want for breakfast?
Nick Edwards -VP External Affairs: CBMR wants to build two new lifts as an institutional plans. 21+-committee presentation is doing well.
Grace Eggleston – $5,000 is in the bill budget.
Blake Krenke –Track is going to Wyoming
Elijah Redding – Club fair in college center
Meg Intense – CCE
Mark Schichtel - Interclub Council
Travis Elliott - Intramural Director
Hayden Kinnear – Women’s hockey plays at 430
Noah Metz : Intermediate ice climbing in Ouray
Maddie Rehn : I am stepping down as sustainability coordinator, and Karen Howe will be taking my place.
XI. Special Topics
XII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
XIII. Late Roll Call