November 16, 2011
Discussion Minutes for November 16th, 2011
I. Roll Call
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
Motion to add BSA bill under discussion
IV. Guest Speaker
a. Professor Vandenbusche-Enrollment: Thanks for having me. I will give you some background, in May of 2011 in a letter to the editor I commented on the recruitment and enrollment at WSC. Enrollment was a bit peeved by this. And recently two letters were written about Westerns recruitment, talking about the wrath of the administrators. I have done a ton to progress this school, and recruit for this school. When I talk about enrollment, it is something that I do fairly successfully. In my opinion, this is a critical time is WSC’s history. Some facts: a great outdoor area, great national caliber programs, only search a rescue team. Vans from all over the nation studying biology, the rocky mountain gothic biological lab is world renown, small classed. Conservatively 1.5 million people visit the Gunnison valley. 342,000 skier days at CB. 174K skiers at monarch. We can’t get an additional 500 students out of million visitors. We have a very minor relationship with CBMR & Monarch, or with the national parks service. Administration can argue but they can argue that enrollment has been going down for the last 7-8 years. I have gone through all weekly papers, an in 1969 2,970 students, 1,000 more than today. There are more colleges, but the population is also larger. Every college and university is up, and is considerably up. Best outdoor location and better academic programs than other Colorado schools. Enrollment and recruitment in the last 7-8 years has not worked. WSC needs a minimum of an additional 500 students. With all these new buildings, fees have gone up, and they will go up more. More students=fewer fees, and will help in recruiting. I’ve heard what we can’t do. I’m interested in what we can do. There are a lot of excuses. Some things I think we need to do better relationship with tourists, a much closer relationship with the north end of the valley, high power people vacation in this area, doctors, lawyers etc. talented people. Get a group of people to help sponsor and place interns, donate money to college, give talks, and scholarships. There are multitalented people that want to help WSC, where the money and talent is. Consider adding more sports. Adams added 5 sports, and there was a spike in enrollment. All programs are picking more sports. We should be involved with skiing. Maybe adopting Men and Women’s soccer team, which would lead to an immediate spike in enrollment. Administrators can recruit two students each year. WSC is much better known in New Zealand than some US states. Faculty likes to bitch, and the worst party to be at is at a faculty party. Involve the alumni office we have thousands of alum around the nation. We need to approach them and tell them we have a problem with enrollment at WSC. We need to get involved recruiting more international students, more want to come. More international students would add a cosmopolitan feel to WSC. We can learn from each other! When students come in at orientation is a slide show on WSC history to know traditions. Ask students for suggestions. If every one of us got one student to WSC, we would have a lot more students. Practical things: one-year student teachers for education program, we turn out better students. ½ a year might be enough. More hard copies wouldn’t cost more money. Mountain DEWINS, acts for clubs. I would like to see a plan from the administration, a master plan of recruiting.
V. Action Items
VI. Discussion Items
a. BSA Bill
i. Questions concerning bill: What will your event be?
1. It’s like a two-part event, a community art show, and a speaker. So a guest speaker and a community event.
ii. Will there be any interacting with class among the guest speaker?
1. He requested an hour, and is coming the day before, we and can probably get him into classes, perhaps politics and business given his background.
iii. Is this all you budget?
1. The remaining of it. We did a bake sale, and helped freshman move in.
2. Keep in mind this is a prestigious event that goes on at campus every year
iv. What will you do if not granted all 800?
1. Fundraising with Dan Cress
v. What is the topic he will speak on?
1. He is our age, and he is supposed to be a motivational speaker, saying controversial things in a positive way. He talks about his experience as an African American going up in the city. He wants it to be a surprise.
2. We are going to different departments to ask them about potential funding.
3. We wrote a letter requesting funding from different departments.
vi. How much of a priority is this?
1. We have to pay the speaker fee and get contracts signed, so it needs to happen sooner than later.
a. Have a great safe thanksgiving holiday!
VIII. Senator Reports
a. Erika: for the math bill, we got an additional $200/person, and saved some money, that might be coming back to SGA funds.
b. Sarah: NASC is having their final speaker this Friday in Quigley auditorium, talking about Ute culture and a chili dinner after
c. Nicole: sign up for ultimate Frisbee, prizes!
d. Adam: don’t for get your posters from your box!!!
e. Rodney: Lots of feedback from students on how great the adventure film fest is.
f. Katie: Eric Kater from the honors program just said thank you for bringing the speaker of the book.
g. Walker: To get our image out we were thinking coffee with senators or with president, sit around Mad Jacks and drink coffee. A way to market.
IX. Committee Reports
a. Haleigh: Constitution committee was supposed to meet…but now it is canceled. So a quick meeting after this meeting to find a better time.
b. D’Andre: Food committee meeting today, and we will start our sales November 30th
c. Brad: Marketing committee meet after this meeting downstairs
d. Nick: Tree committee & Internship: meet after class.
i. We have been talking about WRAP’s role for 21+ students, and we were thinking that this was an opportunity for Western to sponsor something for 21 year old and up on campus. Any ideas? PC at springfest, or a beer garden. SGA could support and back this, and could be a positive thing to sponsor.
X. Advisory Reports
a. Sarah: Occupy Wall Street here at WSC, there’s an occupy forum, Monday November 21st at 6pm. Boar of trustees dec. 9th. We will send flowers to Alan and make him a card and pass around the following week.
b. Nick: They are unveiling a new statue Saturday 10-5 in December, the mountaineer at Taylor. City council discussed Cramer Hill, in years past; we have had more involvement with it. Talk more on our end, and history of Cranor Hill. Internship program are talking about finding the need within the city, and the skills of students. City wants their own process for finding and picking students.
c. Meg: Shipwrecked the play Thur Fri Sat. 5$, this is one of the best WSC performances you will see. Highly recommend 7:30, in Studio Theatre. WRAP has tickets for $1 if you buy them tomorrow.
d. Blake: Men’s at Air force, XC running at nationals, wresting and basketball away. Monday men’s basketball team at home. Talk about sports being added, but unsure, women’s swimming and soccer team.
e. Travis: there’s 376 total, 279 males and 97 females.
f. Hayden: Men’s hockey home on Friday, probably at 5pm, but times are a changing’.
g. Elijah: communion after thanksgiving. Don’t forget about the pool tournament, sign up tomorrow, and win a nice pool cue! And other fun giveaways
h. Aurora: 11-1 flu shots for $10.
i. Noah: Great turn out, ¼ of the student population, 700 students. Planning on doing it next year. WP doesn’t have any events or trips going on, except avalanche certification.
XI. Special Topics
a. Elijah: We need to look into why students are not coming, and we need to start some committees and get some ideas rolling, to get enrollment up.
b. Sarah: cleaning list in the office for little things, vacuuming and stuff.
XII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
XIII. Late Roll Call