SGA meeting highlights: January 28, 2016

SGA meeting highlights: January 28, 2016

The Student Government Association held its first Senate meeting of the semester on Thursday, January 28.

Dr. Margaret Toston, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, gave advisor reports at the meeting on behalf of herself and John Abel, who was unable to attend the meeting. Toston also addressed the accreditation situation of the university.

“Don’t be alarmed,” said Dr. Toston. “We are working toward shoring up all of our assessment issues.”

Dr. Toston explained that the re-accreditation board would be on campus towards the start of the fall 2016 semester, and that no student’s degree or financial aid is in jeopardy. She also gave reports on renovations happening across campus both in the University Center and within housing.

Other highlights from the meeting:

  • SGA Vice President Josh Diltz announced an amendment to the constitution of the freshman council regarding its bylaws. In addition, two members have been added to the council.
  • The Communication Committee announced the launch of a new Twitter account on Thursday night. A previously passed act regarding the ability of the Chief of Staff in conjunction with the Communication Committee’s Chairperson to update the social media belonging to SGA was revisited as old business.
  • Spencer Atkins was appointed Elections Commissioner, and Shelly Pate was made Associate Justice. (see photo)
  • Open forums for each college within the university were announced for February 16-18. These forums will be dedicated to discussion of the chancellor’s new “15 and 4” tuition model.

SGA Senate meetings are held every other Thursday in the University Center’s Legislative Chamber, Room 111.

Feature photo: Shelly Pate (above, standing left) and Spencer Atkins were sworn into office during the SGA’s Senate meeting on Thursday night. Pate was appointed Associate Justice, and Atkins was appointed Elections Commissioner. | Pacer Photo/Rachel Moore

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