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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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