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Kansas State University Student Governing Association Newsletter

October 11th, 2018

Executive Branch

Student Body President and Vice President:

Jordan Kiehl and Lacy Pitts, the Student Body President and Vice President, have been very busy since the beginning of the school year. In addition to overseeing the projects that their Cabinet has been working on, they have been representing our school continuously. A few weeks ago, K-State hosted the Big XII Student Governing Association Conference. During this, Jordan and Lacy hosted discussions, led tours, and learned a lot from our peers. The two of them are always looking for new ways to help students, so feel free to email them at jkiehl@ksu.edu and lacyp@ksu.edu.

Cabinet

International Affairs:

The International Affairs Directors, Meenu Mohankumar and Sidonia McKenzie, have organized two Intercultural Learning Workshops. These benefit international students, and are a collaboration with the Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs Office, the International Students and Scholar Services, and International Buddies. They are currently working with the Alumni Association to improve Alumni International Student Scholarships, and are also working with the International Student and Scholar Services and the Career Center to improve international students’ career development.

Local Relations:

The Local Relations Director, Corbin Sedlacek, has been working on updating SafeRide bus routes and marketing efforts to students. Additionally, he is working with the Governmental Relations Committee to engage students in getting out to vote. Lastly, he has been meeting with various groups to help students in the fight to live in safe and affordable housing in Manhattan. If a student has had a bad housing experience, and are willing to share their housing story, please email Corbin at corbin5@ksu.edu.

Multicultural Affairs:

The Multicultural Affairs Director, Makinsey McIntosh, has been working on the Multicultural Student Center plans, as well as sitting on the search committee to find two new directors within the Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs Office. She is also looking forward to beginning work on creating unified diversity summits within each college at the university.

Graduate Student Council Liaison:

The Graduate Student Council Liaison, Alisa Pajser, has been working on a survey to assess how familiar graduate students are with the resources that K-State has for them. The goal is to better publicize the existing resources, and developing new resources for needs that aren’t being met.

Campus Climate and Safety Director:

The Campus Climate and Safety Director, Mariana Cruz, established the Wildcats Task Force Against Sexual Violence. This task force is made up of 15 students who plan to evaluate how Kansas State handles sexual violence on campus, and will ensure student conduct codes and general procedures related to sexual harassment are followed.

Health and Wellness Director:

The Health and Wellness Director, Lane Lundeen, has been working alongside employees of Lafene and other K-State faculty members to improve the ASAP Program. He has also been working with Wendy Barnes and Megan Maransani to spread awareness about Counseling Services and The Wildcat Wellness Coalition. Finally, he has been working with other Cabinet members on K-State’s Health and Wellness Master Plan.

State Relations Director:

The State Relations Director, Faith Tuttle, is currently chairing Legislative Advocates, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for Kansas State’s student interests at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka. All K-State students are welcome to apply. If you are interested in being a part of this organization, please use this link: https://orgsync.com/83329/forms/336964.

 

Judicial Branch

The KSU SGA Judicial Branch has been active hearing student code of conduct cases all year. Also, the Student Review Board is working on modernizing the current hearing script. Finally, the Student Tribunal is working with the Elections Commissioner to prepare for the upcoming student elections. The Judicial Branch looks forward to updating the Student Body about our work as the school year goes on.

 

Legislative Branch

Speaker of the Student Senate:

Student Senate has been off to a good start this semester.  In addition to appointing an Elections Commissioner and approving our new student senators, we have had the opportunity to engage with influential campus leaders.  This past Thursday, October 4th, 2019, we hosted Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Bryan Samuel to, in part, speak to the importance of KSUnite.  Student senators then separated by academic college to coordinate  how best to make students in their college aware of the event.

Government Relations:

The biggest push the Governmental Relations Committee has focused on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), voter registration, and the upcoming election. Since NVRD has passed, the Committee has hosted one final voter registration drive on October 10th, and have begun working on Get Out the Vote initiatives! This last Wednesday, we begun planning a #VoteTogether party at the polls for Election Day on November 6th. Assuming we get the funding secured, we will have $1000 to plan this election night celebration, which will be put towards food, entertainment, and encouraging a higher voter turnout!

Intern Program:

The SGA Intern Program offers students the perfect way to get involved with SGA! In the program, students will meet with current SGA members and do activities to help them engage with many of the program’s topics. The first class of the SGA intern program ran from September 6th to October 4th. Fifty nine students attended the Intern Program meetings, and thirty nine attended a majority of meetings. Class 2 of the Intern Program starts on October 18th and all students are welcome to attend! Meetings take place at 5:45 pm in Wildcat Chamber. For any questions about the SGA Intern Program, please contact the Intern Coordinators, Nathan Bothwell and Sadie Polson. They can be reached via email at ndbothwell@ksu.edu and scpolson@ksu.edu.”

Travel Allocations Committee:

This semester, the Travel Allocations Committee has had 20 different groups submit requests for travel funding. Thus far, we have passed legislation and funded 8 groups, and we will be adding to that number in the coming weeks.

On-Campus Allocations Committee:

The On-Campus Allocations Committee has been busy early this semester meeting with several groups that are going to have some great events later this semester on campus. These upcoming events cover a wide array of activities and will broaden K-State students’ knowledge on diversity, fine arts, music, and much more! We want to make sure available funding is provided so organizations can have great events here on campus. Please spread the word to classmates and friends! If you have any questions, send them to nilbergsten@ksu.edu.

Student Engagement Committee:

The Student Engagement Committee is currently working on an article to be published in the Collegian regarding the importance of SGA; we are also working on making certain interactive videos about SGA, and we have taken responsibility along with Speaker Pro Tempore Joshua Arnoldy for conducting SGA week next semester. We will also be holding a seminar for student leaders on campus about SGA and how they can participate in it later this semester or early next.

Senate Operations Committee:

The Senate Operations Committee is continuing to serve the Legislative Branch through our work with editing and revising legislation and filling senator vacancies. If anyone is interested in our work or learning more about these processes, we would like to invite you to our weekly meetings! Senate Operations Committee meets every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. in the CSI Conference Room.

Privilege Fee Committee:

Privilege Fee Committee manages the Privilege Fee, a mandatory campus-wide fee that is set by the Board of Regents and recommended by Student Governing Association and the K-State Administration. The Privilege Fee funds many important campus entities that add value to students’ experience such as the Rec Complex, Lafene Health Center, and the K-State Student Union.

Executive

– Transitions to the new Student Body President and Vice President will be happening on April 12th. Please reach out to President and Vice President Elect Jordan Kiehl and Lacy Pitts for any questions.

  • Jordan Kiehl: jkiehl@ksu.edu
  • Lacy Pitts: lacyp@ksu.edu

– Applications for positions in the SGA Chief of Staff, Cabinet and Committee Chairs opened for the 2018-2019 are open! Serving in these positions is a great opportunity to serve in a leadership position on campus, and work as a team to create student led change at K-State.  No previous experience is required to apply, and all are encouraged to look at the details of each position stated in the application.

There will be several information sessions to give an overview of SGA, the details of each position, and to answer any questions you may have. Those applying are encouraged to attend.

Chief of Staff Application: https://orgsync.com/83329/forms/315329

  • Informational Session: April 5th, 5 PM in the Center for Student Involvement, located on the East side of the Union main floor
  • Application Due: April 11th, 5:00 PM

Cabinet Application: https://orgsync.com/83329/forms/315338

  • Informational Sessions: April 17th and 18th, 5 PM in the Center for Student Involvement, located on the East side of the Union main floor
  • Application Due: April 20th at 5:00 PM

Committee Chair Application: https://orgsync.com/83329/forms/315417

  • No information session, for inquiries, contact jpeuchen@ksu.edu
  • Application Due: April 20th, at 5:00 PM
  • Interviews: Sunday, April 22nd, time TBD

– Wellness Week is April 2nd-7th and will include Move it Monday, Take Control Tuesday (financial well-being), Water Wednesday (events to promote hydration, as well as smart alcohol consumption education), Think it Through Thursday (mental wellness), and Footprint Friday (environmental health).

– Out of the Darkness Walk is on Saturday April 14th, and is to promote suicide prevention and awareness, and starts at 12:00. To register: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5163

The Smoke Free Policy goes into effect June 1st, President Myers’s announcement was emailed out in the K-State Today this morning and the promotional kick-off will start after spring break. There will be tabling in the Union, and at new student events. Head to k-state.edu/cleanair for more information!

The GSC Fundraising committee is hosting a fundraiser at Blue Moose on Wednesday, April 4. Eat at Blue Moose from 4-11:30 p.m., mention the GSC to your server and 25% of your bill will be donated back to the GSC.

– April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the CARE office is putting on a “What Were You Wearing” event in the Union art gallery. There will be tabling in the Union twice a week during the month of April.

Legislative

– The Student Engagement Committee is working on codifying a more intentional relationship with the Center for Student Involvement Office. Legislation will be going through senate before the end of the term.

– The City-University Fund request has officially been submitted to the CUF city committee! Thanks to student input the three projects that the university is requesting the funding go toward are:

  1. Campus perimeter crosswalk and traffic improvements… $570,000
  2. Campus Creek stormwater box safety improvements… $250,000
  3. Colbert Hills special assessment support… $30,000

The student voice in this process has been immense. The response to the initial Fall survey regarding campus needs highlighted N. Manhattan flooding and the danger ofthe current crosswalk system.

– The SGA Intern Program is wrapping up an exciting year. The program consisted of 32 interns, representing all the various colleges and a broad range of majors at K-State. Throughout the year, the interns learned about various topics that impact student life, heard from campus administrators, and developing meaningful relationships with one another. Some of their sessions included a presentation from the Office of the Budget, a discussion with Dr. Pat Bosco and Dr. Sue Peterson, an update on the Cats’ Cupboard Erin Bishop, a mock judicial trial, and a chance to sit in on the executive branch cabinet meeting.

– On-Campus Allocations Committee is pleased to report that it has had an incredibly productive year allocating over $20,000 to 18 student groups for their events held On-Campus. Additionally, the committee allocated $9,962 for Open House funds to student groups representing 7 different colleges.

– The Travel Allocations Committee has had a busy semester!  In total, we’ve funded travel events for thirty-seven registered campus organizations stemming from all parts of campus life.  Our committee also utilized our Privilege Fee funding increase to review and reallocate funding to the men’s and women’s club sports teams.

Judicial

– Peter Moyer is the incoming Attorney General and will be sworn in at the last senate meeting of the year on Thursday, April 26th.

– The application for positions with the Judicial Branch opened at 8:00am on Monday, March 26th, and close at 5:00pm on Sunday, April 1st.  All updates about the application process and timeline can be found on our website at www.k-state.edu/sga/judicial

– The Judicial Branch has had an exciting year!  Between bringing in speakers from various campus resources and holding multiple hearings for conduct violations, the entire branch has been hard at work updating the Judicial Branch sections of the SGA Constitution and By-Laws.  Students can expect to see these updates come to senate in the form of legislation within the next few weeks.

 

Welcome

Dear Wildcats,

We hope your 2018 and semester is off to a great start! We wanted to give you an end of the year update for 2017 from the Student Governing Association and highlight some things to look forward to for the spring semester.

  • The selections for Associate Vice President of Student Life for Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, Director of Center for Student Involvement, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer were announced recently.
  • During the fall 2017 semester at Student Senate, SGA participated in and completed Bringing in the Bystander Training with facilitation by the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE). Click here for more information on this training.
  • Be prepared to come and engage with members of SGA during SGA week, February 4th-9th, to learn about everything from funding student organizations to the elections process.
  • Are you interested in getting involved in SGA and giving back to K-State? Check the website for rules & deadlines for elections: http://www.k-state.edu/elections/ 
  • Jack Ayres, Student Body President, sent out a letter in K-State Today reminding students to continue to reflect on the message of KSUnite as the semester came to a close.

Executive Branch Updates

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Committee met with the Associate Vice President of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs in their final meeting to discuss plans and goals for the spring. The committee is looking forward to hitting the ground running this semester.
  • Please fill out this survey regarding students opportunities and barriers to attending the annual All-University Career Fair.
  • The SGA Legislative Advocates Program strives to increase the volume and frequency of K-State student voices in the Kansas Legislature. The members of the program have undergone training in the advocacy process, increased their knowledge of the legislative process in Topeka, and fostered a culture of activism when it comes to advocating for higher education in Kansas. The program has three trips to Topeka planned in the spring to advocate for the restoration of the cuts to K-State’s funding for fiscal year 2017 and has planned voter registration drives for the spring.
  • Check out the Executive Branch here for more information: Facebook page, Twitter, Website.

Legislative Branch Updates

  • Last semester, 32 interns were selected to participate in a yearlong program designed to educate and prepare students to become future leaders across the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches of SGA. These students will participate in conversation with leaders across campus and the Manhattan community.
  • The Student Engagement Committee has continued to build connections between student groups and SGA as a whole. Furthermore, the committee has been working on planning a student organization workshop with the primary goal of connecting students to university resources.
  • GR Committee is proud to announce that joint leadership recommendations have been made to President Richard Myers for the City-University Fund. Two projects are being proposed:
    • Adjustments to crosswalks on N. Manhattan, Denison, and Sunset to improve pedestrian and driver safety.
    • The creation of a drainage pipe fitting that converts Campus Creek to a pipe that runs underneath N. Manhattan to insure the safety of anyone in the area in case of flooding.
  • The Privilege Fee Committee has heard three funding requests. Two have been approved by the student senate and one is currently being considered. The Fine Arts Fee was granted a small increase to cover increasing costs and the Collegian Media group has been granted a continuance for Fiscal Years 2019-2021. Student Senate is currently considering a continuance to KSDB-FM.
  • For news and upcoming events look at the K-State SGA Twitter or the Legislative Branch Website!

 

Judicial Branch Updates

  • The Judicial Branch implemented a training program last semester for the entire branch. Every two weeks departments from K-State come and present to the Judicial Branch informing members of how they can help students on campus.
  • The implementation of the Center for Student Involvement happened during the fall semester. The Student Tribunal can now hear a student organization’s appeal of a decision by the Center for Student Involvement regarding their compliance with the registration requirements.
  • Stay up to date with everything the Judicial Branch is doing throughout the semester: Facebook page, Instagram Page, Website.

 

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