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Senate welcomes students back to campus

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September 19, 2013

I want to welcome you back to campus, and hope your first two weeks of the academic year have treated you well.

The Student Senate has been hard at work this past summer collaborating with the University Center (UC) staff to implement the Involvement Center (IC) Remodel. As you can now see, we added four collaborative stations to the space. In a couple of months, the new furniture will arrive for the fire place area of the IC.

All elements of the remodel were selected to promote cooperation and working together. The funding for the remodel Senate reserve account and a motion to approve the spending was passed before the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year.

Every year, the money that goes unused by the student organizations is placed in the Reserve Account. This money was originally allocated by the Allocable Fee Appropriation Board (AFAB) through the student organization budget process. As the reserve balance continued to increase, we needed to invest some of the money in a quality project that would affect all students.

At the beginning of the year, Senate participated in the Student Organization Training. During the training, members of Senate checked in the organization leaders and attended the sessions.

In addition, I presented a break-out session on recruitment and retention. I asked many questions, and Senate encourages students to seek out answers.  We are strongly promoting student involvement in Senate committees, and we want your voice to be heard. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out the form on OrgSync or contact Dominic Riel via email dominic.riel@my.uwrf.edu for more information.

Our next meeting is at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Willow River Room of the UC. We welcome all students to come and see what we are all about. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I wish you the best this year, and good luck with your classes.

Remember to vote in the upcoming Senate election starting at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at and ending at 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Sam Tauchen is the 2013-2014 president of Student Senate.