Residence Hall Association
David Martin said RHA’s budget has increased by $2,000.
Tracy Morgan from Saturday Night Live is tentatively scheduled to perform at UAA April 30 at 10 p.m. Concert Board is looking for an opening comedian act to complement Morgan.
Persons to be heard not on the agenda
Natural sciences major Tyler Grosshuesch said the Alaska Legislature is currently working to change the faculty and staff retirement system at the University of Alaska. The retirement system is facing a deficit. To make up for the lack of money, the state may increase the amount employees pay into the system and decrease benefits for staff and faculty hired after July 1, Grosshuesch said. The state’s strategy for fixing the retirement system will present a challenge for the university in recruiting and retaining academically competitive faculty. Grosshuesch asked USUAA members to pass a resolution stating its concern, opposition or suggestions to the Legislature about its activity.
President Hall said the new television is waiting to be mounted. The television cost $1,899, much less than expected. Hall recommended organizations affiliated with USUAA be given at least one slide on the rotating slideshow displayed on the television. Hall also said he hopes more televisions can be mounted in other areas of the campus and networked to broadcast the same advertising program to students across campus. Hall recommended that televisions only be purchased with a surplus of unused funds.
Hall also said the provost will be presenting the current academic plan for UAA at the USUAA meeting April 8.
Government Relations Director
UAA’s next delegation to Juneau will take seven to eight USUAA members, Regan Mattingly said. UAA has appointments with all but two state senators.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded next fall to students who have contributed at least 20 hours to the UAA Recycling Program.
Behnaaz Irani was sworn in after she said one of the most important issues facing UAA is the recycling program. Irani said informing students is key to increasing the amount of recycling at UAA. Irani has worked with the Activities Committee since meeting USUAA members at the March Meet and Greet.
For the Good of the Order
A student forum April 22 from 2-4 p.m. will be held for students to inform faculty on better ways to teach and improve classes.
UAA Recycling Program assistant director Erich Reed welcomed volunteers on Fridays at 10 a.m. to help the program. New recycling bins have been set up across campus and Reed encouraged students to use them. Reed said UAA might enter a recycling contest to encourage student recycling on campus.
Students on the ballot for the spring 2005 USUAA elections can begin campaigning. Election Board will sponsor a presidential candidate debate and senator candidate speeches April 19 and 20.
Martin said the Residence Hall Association is sponsoring an upcoming Techno dance in the Commons. The dance will be funded through Concert Board’s special projects fund.