October 12th, 2011
Discussion Minutes for October 12th, 2011
I. Roll Call
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Guest Speaker
· Celebration of Scholarship-Robin Bingham & Christina Buchanan: Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to talk here tonight about celebration of scholarship. I met with Sarah several times this semester, and there were a few people that were not aware of this event, so we can get feedback from constituents to spread it more widely. Give more background to the value of the event and its philosophy, to get feedback of what students think of the event or how to make it better. One thing that I think is a little confusing is the name, what does the name mean? ‘Celebration of scholarship’ it is not about people getting scholarships, but it means that you are learning in particular disciplines. What this event is about is undergraduate scholarship here at Western, original research and inquiry, including creative activity. They want to promote this for all of campus to be a part of. We want it to be inclusive, so maybe the name should be changed. Faculty mentor that makes an original contribution to a body of work. We want to enhance academic opportunities for WSC students, to make them more authentic and meaningful, outside the classroom. The faculty has the ability to develop professionally. Foster interdisciplinary and the goals of liberal arts, where this event really offers that. Philosophically undergraduate students have many benefits, by growing intellectually, gain knowledge and skills, and achievement, and promoting personal growth. Provides and opportunity to stretch yourself beyond the classroom. You can gain specific skills and knowledge for the field your diving into. It can lead to personal advancement, and professional growth. Now a day, doing undergraduate level is critical to make the next step to graduate school, they expect you are doing or have done some type of research. There are a lot of advantages and benefits to student. Benefits to faculty: enhance mentor and teach, increases job satisfaction. Benefits to college: Builds community, deepen relationships with alumni, fosters cross talk between disciplines. What it is, it happens twice a year at the end of every semester, all students are accepted to present. They include a poster session and oral presentations. We have students at all levels. Freshman-seniors presenting their own scholarship, so you can see students grow throughout their years. This semester is Tuesday November 29th 12:30-2:00, and then in the spring. Get feedback; talk with constituents, on the event and what we can get out of it, to serve the students the best they can. What about devoting an entire day to the event and cancel class, performances, art displays, it could be fabulous. And any suggestions for a more inclusive name.
· How do you get involved?
o Some people have been involved through specific classes, other students may be doing independent work, independent study, and so it is open to anybody presenting their work.
o Abstracts are due by November and they make space and time
o Webpage: Academics->Interest to students->Celebration of scholarship, at bottom you will see “submit abstracts now”.
o If it is required for a class, do you still have to submit an abstract
V. Action Items
· Wildlife Society Bill
o Motion to give $1,000 (Adam)
§ 11/12, passes
· Adventure Film Festival Bill
o (Alan) Motion to allocate $800
o The budget committee recommended 800 for advertising and film rights, and taking out of venue. We talked it over as a group, and we think it will be going out to more students than previously thought. If people can’t get into the first movie, then they will get a ticket for the second showing, to allow them to see the second movie if first one is filled. So the potential number could reach 1,000 students. Also questions about the venue, Ben mentioned some of the movies are in hi-def, which is high resolution, premiers at Taylor are free, but how much will it improve? Is there new equipment-perhaps the one thing not touched, Redbull and Frontier want a more hi-def venue, because it matters how it is perceived. As a student body if they are reaching out to this many people, it is like a Spirngfest in the fall semester, and we hope this is an annual sustainable event. If we reach out to roughly ½ the student body, then it will be about $1.50/student. Movie starts at seven.
o Three or four clubs are associated with the film festival. Students are not able to see both films?
§ It is up to luck and timing, first come first serve. You cannot get 2 tickests if you go
§ Alan: I motion to allocate $800
· Motion second
· 12/12 Passes, Action Adventure Film Fest
· Honors Bill
o (Alan) Motion to allocate $500
§ (D’Andre) Second
§ 12/12 passes! Honors bill passed!
VI. Discussion Items
VII. Advisor Report
VIII. Senator Reports
· Erika: Tuesday 6pm Oct 18th in ballroom sushi night, preorders Monday at lunch time
· Alan: October 14th Colorado Freeskier is presenting ‘after dark’ 5 movies for $25, at mountaineer square at 6:30 or 7 and late show at 11p
· Nicole: October 24th & 26th getting students to help with library interviews 12-1p
· Katie: They said you can only take art classes unless it is your major. Why don’t you have your grades posted online.
o Can we address this and talk with registration
o Grade checks online?
IX. Committee Reports
· Kayla: Academic policies met last Tuesday, they discuss things and take it to faculty meetings, discussing a week long Thanksgiving. This summer we are having the first ever May-mester, must have an official semester, with full hours by accreditation laws. Last year they passed a new think that went into the catalog that says you can walk in graduation if you still have 9 pending credits, for the graduate program, they want to change the wording.
X. Advisory Reports
· Sarah: LEED certification, we have to be gold, extending Denver Avenue, to protect the children of tenderfoot. Get students to the forum at 7pm Next board meeting will be October 28th in the ballroom
· Nick: City council was great meeting. Chovolos liquor license is on the line. Pro cycling may be back, what it meant to our campus community, to get some quotes from students to get a good plea for the pro challenge through gunny year 2. Some viewers say we have the best breakfast burrito in Colorado. A shuttle to Alamosa for games, but buses are not insured to go more than 50 miles, maybe $10-15/students.
o Road closure during Halloween-kids go downtown on Halloween, and mothers came together to shut down the street for several hours, Boomer-Rangs was upset, maybe not close street but look at other options, to protect kids.
o When we have our meetings we want to talk about, we discussed to meet with each individual person for an informal talk, about any concerns or issues. Expect emails in the next couple of days.
o Haleigh: second to last forum we are holding next week in the ballroom, get people to come!
· Grace: for the fall we have a little under $3,000 for the rest of the semester. Friday Fright Night-get back to grace if you are interested in volunteer
· Blake: VB away, Saturday XC & Track 10am run the W, anyone can participate, oldest race in CO. VB will be playing CS.
· Hayden: Every club team is out of town
· Elijah: October 29th part comedian, part magician is coming. Taylor auditorium 7pm. Printing question and SGA using printer, email poster to Elijah and they will print out some posters, lump sum from SGA charge if overuse.
· Noah: Backbacking, next weekend multi-picth rockclimbing course
XI. Special Topics
XII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
· SGA Photograph
· Respectful not to talk when other people are talking.
· Sign thank you cards
XIII. Late Roll Call