This year’s Senate has gotten off to a great start, with a diverse group of senators from various departments and representing all places of residence, both on and off campus. As the semester progresses, the senators have been busy fulfilling their responsibilities, both as a group and through several committees that aim to focus on different aspects of running the senate. There are also plans underway for several projects and events that will be happening throughout the school year to benefit the student body. It is the goal of the Senate Public Relations Committee to keep students informed on these projects and upcoming events from month to month. Here are the updates for November:
All Spirit Grant submissions were presented to the senate for consideration last week and are now being sent to the Senate Financial Committee for review. Spirit Grants are funds given by the Senate every year to clubs and organizations on campus to help fund events, projects, and other initiatives that benefit the student body as a whole. This year there were 15 video submissions from 16 different organizations and clubs on campus, with many creative and interesting proposals for what they would use the funds for if awarded a grant. Thank you to all of the clubs and organizations who submitted their videos.
The Rules and Affairs Committee will be reviewing the current AUSA Constitution this semester, and will make relevant updates and changes that will be presented to the student body at the AUSA Assembly happening during the Spring Semester.
Also happening in the Spring Semester, the Senate Town Hall will be held in conjunction with the school Administration and will be open to the entire student body. Senate will be investigating key issues on campus that students would like to discuss. This way, the respective administration members most knowledgeable on those issues can be present to address student questions and concerns. There will also be an open question time in which students can submit questions directly to members of the administration.
This month, the Senate will be running a Get To Know a Senator booth in the Student Center for a few days during the week in the Student Center during lunchtime. During this time, there will be a senator available at the booth to answer questions and take suggestions regarding potential senator projects and topics that will be discussed with the administration members during the Town Hall Spring Semester. Stay tuned for more specific information by following the Senate Instagram page at @ausasenate.
Dorm Town Halls will be held in all residence halls sometime this school year. This will give students the opportunity to meet and get to know who their senator is, and allow for students to share thoughts and ideas concerning senator projects and the schoolwide Town Hall meeting. Follow the Senate Instagram page to stay informed about when this event will take place.
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