March 14, 2012
March 14, 2012
I. Roll Call
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Guest Speaker
a. Sandy Marks: Board of Trustees- I know you all are working on your budget tonight, I want you all to see what Brad Bacca puts together for us each month. Western State College of Colorado has been struggling a little bit with money, and it is not the best governing system, and it is political. One of the problems that we have is that two of us on the board from Gunnison, and only one of us have a political background. Those on a state board cannot gather in more than groups of two unless it is social, to keep political tactics going on. It prevents us from getting to know eachother, and some board members to get to know Western State College of Colorado. We meet seven times a year, and we are not paid. Ever since the ski team was cut, it has been very difficult, and there have been quite a few criticisms. The ski team was about $230,000, and it wasn’t making enough money. We want more marketing. There is a lot to think about when making these decisions.
I believe there is a disconnect between the board and the students. We believe your perspective is very valuable, and seven of them don’t even live in the Valley.
You’re right, there is a disconnect, and the community has been struggling, and the Gunnison Valley has a say in some decision-making. I believe that the second year live on requirement will be great for retention, and I don’t believe it will help real-estate. I don’t specifically want a name change, but I believe it will happen and will carry through late legislation. I understand the reasoning, but I am not ashamed of the name we have here. I want to see Western State College of Colorado get a good marketing campaign going. I appreciate coming here tonight, and wish we could have a joint meeting sometime in the year and the other board member would love to speak with you all and get to know you.
b. Kyle Brookens: Climate Committee Goal: I am here to talk about a new optional fee for students, call it the renewable energy fund. It will be about $15/semester and to buy from the City of Gunnison from Nebraska municipal. The $15 fee is a higher estimate. The City of Gunnison already offsets about 8%. It could potentially be a 28% decrease in carbon emmissions, and help us meet the climate committee goal. We don’t just want this to be student fees sending money to Nebraska from Gunnison. In three years we will reevaluate and see if we can buy wind energy for campus or solar. It could potentially help with marketing to bring students in. When having people sign this petition many underclassmen were excited about it, and there were a lot of good responses and only a few people on the fence.
-When are you trying to get this in effect?
-As soon as possible
-Energy credits are cheaper so we are thinking that it’s a better option
V. Action Items
VI. Discussion Items
a. The Club of Submission: My name is Nick Horton, and I am trying to start a new athletic club on campus, and it is a grappling club, it is martial arts, and there is not hitting involved. The local gym is allowing us to rent the mat and a lot of people that would like to do it, but we need funding. The ICC has 40 clubs, and very little money, we could do membership dues. How many members do you perceive you’d have?
-About 20 people.
-You just want to be recognized a club?
-Yes, but funding would be great.
b. PC Budget Presentation: The amount we get from SGA $86,479, which is almost double of what we had last year. We asked for an increase in student fees and it passed. Professional contracts are the most to get performers to come to campus, a show of this size.
VII. Advisor Report
a. Have a safe and restful spring break!
VIII. Senator Reports
Kayla: Deadlines to order cap and gown is tomorrow for $36
21+ event is tonight, we decided that we are leaving it at $3 to get students in.
X. Advisory Reports
a. If you want to speak at commencement, Board of Trustees in Aspinal Wilson Center, Colorado Western State University or Western State University of Colorado, Applications due by april 6th
b. Cattleman’s day is the number one day of fundraiser for breast cancer in the country.
c. Blake Track and Field at Tucson Arizona.
d. Hypnotist on the 27th of March
XI. Special Topics
XII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
Have a great Spring break
Today I spent a while cleaning the office. Please clean after yourself.
XIII. Late Roll Call