November 9, 2011
Action Agenda for November 9th, 2011
I. Roll Call
· Erika Espinoza
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Guest Speaker
· Emily Virzi & Emily Lenny, And Brice Fisher-Sustainability Endorsement: Here to answer any questions about the endorsement.
o What purchasing plan are you talking about?
§ It’s a suggestion and guideline, not necessarily a policy. Provide groups with alternative options for purchasing. Instead of going to Wal-Mart try smaller local companies first.
o What’s the cost difference?
§ The plan hopes to offset costs. A bit more expensive. We hope to write grants to discuss the costs and alternatives. Not all of the sudden, it would be gradual and build momentum. We hope to just have a trail period to see if we have more support. We hope to see if it goes well to turn it into policy down the line.
o Everyone’s signature?
§ No Sarah’s on behalf of everyone will be fine.
o Reiterate that it is a plan, but not guidelines; it would just have alternative options to not increase workload.
o Last year ENVS 400 had about 20 students; this year there were only 8. So, we scaled down. We are the purchasing committee. Landscaping initiative, and renewable energy on campus. Also, Hope Bradford is making a sustainability video for what’s attainable and viable.
· Gary Pierson-WRAP funding: I’m here for a couple of reasons. One, talk about how successful WRAP has been on our campus. That is congruent with data; WRAP educates people about alcohol awareness. This grant is on a two year cycle, kicking in January 2010. With this grant we got support for two full time faculty, and 10 works study positions for students. We hope to create a space for WRAP in the LEED office. Their mission is helping provide alternative activities for Western State College of Colorado that do not include alcohol or drugs. It also helps educate people on how to drink responsibly. Also WRAP has showed a lot of collaboration in the resources they have been able to connect. PC has been helping, local police department, department of human services, etc. The initial grant is over 500K dollars of funding, which shows the confidence that people have in WRAP. It reflects that we have a culture here that has been hard t challenge, resort community, isolated; it can create a lot of drinking problems. WRAP has made a difference in culture at Western. The idea behind to WRAP was to reduce binge drinking. The statistics show that binge drinking is not as common. They are looking at the awareness that it is creating. 100% of students in this room are aware of WRAP. First time student getting into an alcohol related situation is down from 36% to 8%. Once students are educated they will make the right decision the second time around. We want to create education, and discuss funding. The grant is running out December 2011. We have a whole semester left. We will fund 25K for the salaries for WRAP, where we get the 25K is unknown. We can help contribute to the 25K. Regardless of what happens it will be here on our campus. Is there any opportunity for SGA to put money for offsetting the cost of these salaries? The school would appreciate SGA’s support of this program. Although, we are 100% committed to funding WRAP next semester.
o Just so everyone’s clear. The funding for next semesters event will come from a grant itself, Wellness programs. More students interested in these programs, to carry into adult lives, support healthy adult lives. Breakfast for a buck, and other things. Loose salaries, but funding for events has come from other grants. WRAP is still establishing them.
o We will know in February if we can reapply for this grant. Janice Wellborn is making a call into the senator’s office for looking at other grants and funding. Evidence suggests that this is a good program. Higher than average drinking, but not the worse, reduce high risk drinking. WRAP is all right with drinking if it is legal and responsible. Help recognize when to get friends help.
§ Rodney: You guys have done a great job, the numbers alone are great. We have an issue with help funding PC and we hurt as well. We find it hard to fund a program similar to another program that does similar things.
· We try to complement these programs and not compete with them. We now try to be a presence for other people. We want students to model a responsible drinker. No one will pay for these events; we would just pay for a salary.
o Supporting events isn’t hard; it’s more about student fee’s going to salaries. We don’t let money go to coaches.
§ We do have opportunities to fund student work-study or internships. They work out of a grant funded position instead of working for Western State College of Colorado, specifically.
o Community has a lot of support; city council was excited about this, as far as DUI’s has been a great thing for entire community. Are there any ideas for programs 21 and above?
§ 48% of current students are over 21, especially for an undergraduate institution. This is a focus, and we are trying to have more events for these ages. 21st birthday is high risk drinking, and they want cars to pick people up and take them restaurants. Targeting to high-risk drinking.
o City manager said there might be some more opportunity from the city to help fund WRAP. Safe Ride could possibly benefit WRAP, complement one-another benefit from each other.
o Sarah: SGA is in economic pain, what if we cannot even fund $500, could we help write grants or letters of support.
§ Letters matter. Motivation and being vocal and encouraging peers will be impactful.
o Elijah: We could allocate money (PC) and that will free up other money to free up funds for salaries. We can allocate.
o Grace: I’m sure there are stipulations, but what about alcohol companies funding these programs?
§ We discussed this. Paul said that Coors does not support these programs, one company will do it. Deadline has passed for the spring, so it wouldn’t start until next fall.
o Rodney: I love the idea of Elijah helping the funding.
§ The remaining funds will go to student staffs. The truth fairy is paying all programming. They all get 8.50/hr.
o When we clarify student funding, we didn’t do flu shots.
§ WRAP is not student affairs.
o Grace: I was going to suggest if we have internal money that rolls over, we could allocate the remaining to WRAP.
§ How much did we take from the reserve?
o We will be in contact, hopefully next week we can reconvene.
§ Don’t feel obligated, and don’t feel like it will be a lack of support for the program. We are committed to making this happen and reach out to see if there is any opportunity for allocates funding. Email email@example.com.
V. Action Items
· Running Club:
o Alan: I motion $260 to the running club bill
o A lot of vary opinion for constituents. Some people say fund it all, some say don’t fund them because we have an NCAA Cross Country team. We have a phenomenal XC team, why don’t they just run with them. Not pay for plane tickets but will pay for gas and rental car.
o We have many students taking long-distance trips but without fundraising than it are not fair.
§ Coaches are volunteering their time
o Vandenbushe: We are just getting this thing started. We have a tremendous XC team but it is for those who are not that good. Enrollment is a real problem, and running club will help with enrollment. My big hope is that we get one or two kids that really develop to send over to NCAA.
o How in the future do you see this as a successful club?
§ Next year we will be a lot more organized, with my schedule I couldn’t much time. We would like to recruit next year from High Schools.
o Voting on allocating $260 to running club (12/13 for yes, passes)
o I have a letter that will be in Top O the World tomorrow. I am a critic of the enrollment process. Ten minutes at next meeting?
· Avalanche Awareness: Motion for $180. How much is advertising?
o Yes, the pricing system was a little higher than we were expecting.
o Adam: In the senate meeting there was a lot of varied opinion. Many constituents thought that it was very important for empowering people of the resources for avalanche awareness. Some students said fund it all, and others said WP has this equipment so don’t fund it. The food was an issue.
o To reimburse advertising we need a reimbursement. Towards newspaper advertising and anything else needed.
o Motion on table for $180 (yes—8/13) does not pass.
o Motion to open bill to discussion.
o What types of medias are you using for advertising?
§ Newspaper, online, radio
o Money used for pizza was used for advertising.
o In the budget meeting she said she paid advertising out of pocket.
o Brad, I think this is a worthy event because it protects students. This isn’t promotion to go out into the backcountry, but it educates them.
o Would this coincide with WP?
§ No, it just supplements the event. This event will be a jumping off point. This is the awareness aspect, not the full educational piece. We will a lot Janna a few minutes about WP.
o Can we have a clarification of the budget breakdown?
§ It has changed a bit.
o Mountain Rescue is needs this money, and they fundraise and they are a valuable club on campus.
o Why vote no?
§ Use program council funds for food that was used for advertising.
§ That was a mistake on our part. We did not check to see if the money was specified for use one way or another.
o Other no reasons?
§ Constituents wanted to give them less money, too high.
§ Motion to allocate $150
§ Vote yes (11/13) Passes
VI. Discussion Items
VII. Advisor Report
· Register for spring courses. Come talk to Shelley if you’re confused
VIII. Senator Reports
· D’Andre: Amigos 80’s dance tonight after meeting.
· Walker: Our school is trying to shy away from our identity. ESPN voted us #2 for ski schools in the nation. How could we incorporate these things? Our thought was cranor hill, maybe lease cranor hill and run it as part of the college for $100 passes. This way you can connect school with skiing.
o Board wanted to not be addressed as a ski school
§ Taking snow that is plowed from the street and plow it onto Cranor hill.
o Nick: We talked about this in city council-of our retention 61% where national average is 73%. Once they get here, let’s keep them here.
o City Council looking at different ways to support campus.
o Elijah: One of the biggest mistakes the college made was getting rid of the ski team that was a legacy here on campus. Cranor hill will be a great was to create a specific community.
o Alan: CBMR is considering introducing a Western State College of Colorado day to get more involvement of students at the mountain.
IX. Committee Reports
· Executive Committee: Gary gave us the run-down. We want to mature the college, and watch it grow. Office hours are important, but when you are in there it might not seem there is value in it. We were thinking about increasing the value. We want to see you all be more productive. Open up for suggestions.
o Or email us or come up to us after
o PC instead of restricting it to sitting in office it can be PC work like hanging poster or talking to kids about events. Take some time to be in the office, but perhaps not all time needs to be there.
o We want to be approachable and have a face.
o Katie: Senators talked about having a table in the college center to talk about bills. People don’t know enough about what’s going on?
· Nicole: CIS wants to have a class for more mobile devices, so we wanted to figure out how many people have smart phones.
· Kayla: curriculum committee asked questions about wording in the catalog. If you were a transfer student with 60 credits, you can finish in about 2 year. Should there be a maximum credits for transfer student? There are suggested classes, but they are not required. Academic policies are trying to put together a packet about the First-year experience to hopefully implement into the fall of next year. They will meet with faculty about what they do to keep students, and coaches, and hausdorfer. One problem is that it is a one-credit course. They don’t want to pay for a credit that they wont’ get anything out of. Maybe first-year experience for each major, or standard for all students.
o Sarah: First year experience increases retention.
o Shelley: It would be very hard for a student to fail this course.
o Grace: What about students that change their major?
§ Wouldn’t make sense
o Shayna: What if you do a standard discussion, and then specific standard core for the program. You discuss all topics that relate to all majors across campus.
o Cohn: liked the idea of a seminar, if they were interested in something specific, they would go to a specific professor they like.
X. Advisory Reports
· Nick: High school is doing a drug free and alcohol pledge to random testing, and if you stay completely drug free, you will get a free season pass. 25% of all freshmen signed up, try to administer to all classes. Internship program is not very well known. Talk about internships of campus. Connect needs in the city with student skills and interests. 10K is there to be used!
o 10K for WRAP Students and free some funding for faculty.
o City is willing to go in any direction. Credit and paid. It will be a job.
· Grace: Sex positive is hosting speed dating, it costs 1$ and free spaghetti and meatballs. Find friends and lovers. 6,531$ remaining in our bill budget, we are looking good.
· Meg: Shipwrecked opening night, first big play in Taylor for over two years, it is short and funny. Thur fri sat this week and next week 7pm, $5. Good characters, funny material.
· Blake: fall sports are wrapping up volleyball done football last game. Winter sports opening with basketball. Wrestling is in Wyoming; Men’s basketball here Wednesday nigh SAC is selling hot chocolate before the game.
· Travis: floor hockey just started. Thinking about bringing back 3-on-3. Went over 360 player profiles on the web this week, students playing intramural.
· Hayden: Men and Women’s hockey out of town.
· Elijah: Springfest voting is over. 400 votes, 20% of student population. April 14th Saturday. Indian guest speaker coming three weeks from tomorrow. Mass texting software for advertising.
o Alan: mass texts were awesome.
o Meg: I’m actually a sales representative for a company that does exactly just that.
o Shayna: I think that’s a great idea
o Grace: How much would it cost, and would PC have the money to buy it. Security system on campus that does the same thing.
o Shelley: do people have plans for texting? Mostly unlimited.
o Not very expensive. Most people in favor. An RA from crystal is having an IT service forum about what to do to keep you laptop working longer. This could be a bigger event for more students if we got the support.
o Noah: Film Fest is going on right now, and 9:30 after the meeting. Tomorrow grand bazaar and real rock, Friday art of flight student will need an ID. Bring cash for ticketed giveaway.
XI. Special Topics
XII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
· Sarah: Exec committee meet after.
· Grace: please sign time card if you’re in advisory.
XIII. Late Roll Call
· Erika E.