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SAAS gives students an incentive to speak up

October 29, 2009

On Nov. 10, the Student Affairs and Academic Services (SAAS) committee of the Student Senate will be hosting an event for all UW-River Falls students to attend.

The event will be held in the Falcons Nest of the University Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will provide free entertainment, food and drinks, and raffle prizes to be won. The Student Senate is also using this event as a way to provide the students of UWRF with a chance to fill out a student survey.

The student survey focuses on everyday college life. Questions include: how successful is the campus media in keeping students updated? Is there good circulation? Do students well utilize campus programs, offers and discounts?

The survey will also provide students with a chance to tell the Student Senate if they feel they are doing a good job of representing the UWRF population.
Kayla Godes, director of Student Affairs and Academic Services, has been organizing the event for weeks and said she finally feels like it will be a success.

“I just don’t want students to feel like it’s an event just so we can get feedback from them,” Godes said. “I want the event to be entertaining and comfortable. The survey is just another thing amongst all the events that will take place.”

The survey will also be responsible for picking the raffle winners. Students who fill out the survey will get their name put in to win multiple prizes. Most of the prizes will consist of gift cards to various businesses around River Falls and Hudson, but there will also be two special prizes: free pizza for a year from Dominos and a one-night Jacuzzi suite at the Countryside Inn.

Godes, along with SAAS and Ethics Chair and Parliamentarian Katy Van Putten, has planned plenty of entertainment for students attending the event. There will be performances by Mike Casey and the band Sepia Tone.

During the event the Student Senate will also give out the new Student Savings cards for the first time.

“[Van Putten] and I went to many businesses to ask if they would like to take part in the Student Savings cards,” said Godes. “Most were generous and happy to help.”

The savings cards will work a lot like booster cards where students who present them will get certain discounts on certain items at businesses in River Falls and Hudson.

“Overall I think the event will be a success, I just hope students will think so also,” Godes said. “A lot of work was put into this event and I hope it shows.”