Student Senate Notes

May 22, 2017
The Associated Students of Whatcom Community College meets on Mondays during winter quarter. All students and faculty are welcome to attend the senate meetings which are held from 4-5 p.m. in the Syre Student Center Room 108.
ASWCC Mission: To serve students by providing diverse opportunities for involvement to build campus community and represent student concerns in college decision-making.
President- Jarrett Martin: S&A budget meetings, figuring out funding for Learning Commons
Vice President- Yohaly Camacho: participated in S&A budget committee meetings
Director of Legislative Affairs- Edgar Neri: Preparing Syre 108 to be game room on Tues. May 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Director of Administrative Affairs- Faith Franke: Attended Students Leading Change Conference and Student Success Committee meeting
Director of Operations- Anisa Alvin: Presented a workshop
Director of Campus Advisory- Reminded student leaders to RSVP for June 6 and 9 dinner events and attended committee meetings.
Committee Reports:
Senate Constituent Committee: tabled concerns regarding smoking areas on campus, and getting people more involved in Student Life
Student Tenure Search Committee: planned and scheduled meetings for next week
Reports from Service and Activities Fee allocation recipients:
Intercultural Center: scheduled structured study time, held a staff meeting, and planned for end of year party
Programming and Diversity Board: attended SLCC and planned for Orca Day, meeting Thurs. June 3
Student Ambassadors: Had open house, giving tours to interested students
Veterans Center- Explained what S&A budget allocation was toward
S&A Budget Allocation Discussion:
Executive Board Orca Day Fund and Whatcom Leads defunded
Horizon Newspaper defunded by $10,000
Student Life and Developing Supplies defunded by $2,000
Athletics defunded by $6,000
Intercultural Center funding improves $13,372

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Oct. 21 & Nov. 4 Senate Notes

ASWCC Notes:
October 21 & November 4, 2016
The Associated Students of Whatcom Community College meets on Fridays during fall quarter. All students and faculty are welcome to attend the senate meetings which are held from 4-5 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.

New Business:
Director of Clubs- Evelyne Mugabe: Finished club training, attended student connections meeting, finalized goals sheet.
Director of operation- Anisa Alvin: Assembled S&A fee committee. Helped at men’s soccer game.
Director of Legislative Affairs- Edgar Neri: Finished voter registration, received the WACTCSA Legislative Agenda and made a work plan for a reflection room, met college council, helped at men’s soccer game.
Vice President- Yohaly Camacho: Worked on creating Student Leading Change Committee agenda which meets on October 28.
Director of Campus Advocacy- Jackie Rumble: Worked with BFET and OPP Grant Personnel on food pantry needs. Began organizing Students Leading Change Conference.
President- Jarrett Martin: Met with State Representative Luanne Van Werven to finalize negotiations with WTA about the bus pass integration, worked on food pantry expansion.
Director of Administrative Affairs- Faith Franke: worked on meeting minutes layout, and worked with volunteer programs, helped at soccer game and attended leadership conference.

WTA Bus Pass Information
Change will begin Winter Quarter and will add $20 on to tuition
The change will add a second 232 bus and give an estimated net gain of 28 thousand dollars a year.
The change will also reduce cost for students by half and lessen parking congestion on campus.

Funding Requests
Late Nights at the Library: Library requested $750 to replace broken water heater and for snack expenses for finals week.

Motion: Passed (Senate: 7-0-3, Board 6-0-0)

Contingency Fund Request: Aspiring club looking to open $100 account to advertise new clubs forming around campus.

Motion: Denied (Senate: 0-6-3, Board: 1-1-4)

Second Contingency Request: Aspiring club looking to open $15 account to advertise new clubs forming around campus

Motion: Tabled until next meeting (Senate: 8-0-2, Board: 0-1-5)
The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 18.

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Council Notes

Student Government fulfilling leadership goals:

President, Brad Widman, spoke to the student board regarding “rethinking our way of leadership.”  In order to be a successful leader one needs to want to better their leadership skills.  Each chair has set goals – are they reaching them?  There may be leadership workshops in the future to better our school government.


Whatcom Clubs being voiced within the Student Government:

There was lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of individuals who are involved in student government and a specific club representing their club.  It could be a conflict of interest in some cases but it is difficult to separate a student leader and a student club leader.  A policy may be presented in following weeks regarding what to do.


Granting Funds to Whatcom Clubs:

Some of Whatcom’s Clubs may have misused funds granted to them by student government.  There is potential in the future for a cap to be set on the amount of money given to clubs depending on the purpose of the funding request.  Detailed communication in what the clubs need the money for and pristine record keeping of the budget when money is granted is mandatory.  A presentation after clubs attend conferences, take trips, etc. may also become a necessary means of separating clubs who are granted the privilege of financial help with those who are not.  This item of interest will be followed up in later meetings.   


Pavilion Expansion Committee:

The next meeting regarding the Pavilion Expansion plan is on April 25, 2011 from 10am-2pm located in LDC boardroom.  The more students present at meetings, the more likely this plan will come to life.  If students have a class time barrier within this time, the Pavillion Expansion committee understands if they need to slip out.  The goal is to have as much student participation as possible. 

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