Student Leadership Coordinator
Diane Kozak said the Student Union will sponsor an “Up All Night” event Feb. 26 from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The first 8,200 students who attend the event will receive complimentary coffee thermoses. Kozak requested volunteers for two shifts during the event and hopes to get 40 volunteers from all the on-campus organizations.
Students can apply to graduate with student leadership honors or to appear at commencement as the student commencement speaker. Applications for both leadership honors and commencement speaker are available in the Student Union, Room 206 and are due March 4.
After speaking with Vice Chancellor Gebeyehu Ejigu, USUAA President Chris Hall said he expects positive steps to be made with the recycling program. A meeting is scheduled with several other members of the UAA community to discuss the program March 2.
Hall encouraged assembly members to nominate any staff or faculty they considered worthy of the “Make Students Count” award that is given to one University of Alaska faculty or staff member.
Academic affairs, finance, and rules committees did not meet quorum. Rules committee held an unofficial meeting in which they recognized one vacancy. Sen. Damjan Jutric strongly encouraged rules-committee senators to attend the next meeting because a review of senatorial absences was needed.
Government Relations Director Regan Mattingley reported members of the legislative affairs committee met with Director of Financial Aid Ted Malone to discuss need-based financial aid and the UA Scholars program.
A bill allocating $2,500 from contingency funds for additional expenses for the legislative conference in Juneau was approved.
A resolution concerning the absences incurred by senators in active military duty was tabled another week because it could not be passed through the rules committee prior to its presentation before the general assembly.
Swearing in of New Senators
Accounting major Michael Cook’s petition packet was approved and Cook was sworn in as a senator. Cook said he wants to see more student representation and participation. He said Greeks and older non-traditional students are under represented. Cook is affiliated with the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and said the major issues brought to him during his petitioning were food quality and availability of different programs. Cook said he decided to petition onto senate after hearing about USUAA at Greek Council meetings and through his friends that serve on the senate.
After a question-and-answer period, the assembly moved into executive discussion of Cook’s petition packet. During executive discussion, any persons in attendance that do not serve on the assembly or its staff are removed from the room until the assembly resumes its normal proceedings. The content of executive discussions is not to be discussed outside the assembly.
Speakers to be Heard Not on the Agenda
Model United Nations representative Jason Burton invited the Assembly to attend the opening and closing sessions of the 23rd annual Model United Nations event at UAA Feb.24-26. The opening session of Model U.N. is Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The closing session of Model U.N. is Saturday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The topic for this year’s Model U.N. is “Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival.” Burton said Model U.N. was one of few opportunities to have so many intelligent high school students see what UAA has to offer.
For the Good of the Order
Vice President Blanton reported the delayed Student Discount Cards were in the mail and were expected to be in student mailboxes by Saturday, Feb. 12.