This week marked the opening and first meeting of the 45th Student Senate. As we convened, I was excited to see a lot of new faces participating in our discussion. We have a fantastic group of leaders among the Senate this year, mixing veteran voices with passionate new perspectives. I’m looking forward to working with everyone this year, and can’t wait to see where the Senate heads. As such, I’d like to use tonight’s article to say a few words about how you can get involved.
As some of you might know, public invitations for leadership positions are still out, and will remain open until this Saturday, May 3, at noon. Interviews for leadership roles from students outside the Senate have skyrocketed this year—I’ve already spoken with over two dozen interested students, and am excited to have seen a number of new faces, all of whom have brought great ideas to the table. I’m thrilled by this level of excitement, and I want to do what I can to continue to grow this engagement throughout my term.
The hands-on brunt of the Senate’s project work takes place in the Senate’s committees; each of these committees heads a distinct focus area. To list a few possibilities for this year’s projects, the Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee, oriented around student academic issues, academic support, and the student-faculty relationship, may pursue projects such as a partnership with ALAC for expanded, more effective service, a mentorship pool to establish a running list of undergraduates qualified for TA positions, or connection with the Faculty Senate for a stronger student-faculty relationship in dealing with academic issues.
Our Student Life Committee will continue working with the Student Health Center on projects from prescription delivery to health related transportation. Student Life may also pursue cooperation with the office of Residence Life to work on improvements in our residence halls. The Facilities and Services Committee might work toward assessments of damaged classrooms, or expansion of on-demand transportation to operate at night during the year. This year’s Facilities and Services committee might also seek partnership with Sodexo to address student concerns regarding campus food.
And those ideas are not limiting; they’re merely a sample of the great ideas people have expressed throughout the past two weeks. The members of each of these committees will have the chance to work on their own ideas, to bring their own thoughts to the table and make something happen, so joining a committee is a fantastic way to get involved and work on the things you care about. If you’d like to apply for one of the committee leadership position’s, feel free to email me or stop by my office in the Rensselaer Union. My door will always be open.
Before I close out this article, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate: we are now one week before the end of classes. As your workloads intensify, balance well and don’t let the stress get to your head. Get the sleep you need, get your work in on time, and don’t forget give yourself the chance to get outside, relax, and enjoy the oncoming summer—it’ll be here soon enough!