I am Breanna Thompson and this year I am representing you as Senator at Large and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee. I am proud to say that so far this year Student Affairs has made a substantial impact on campus and hopes to continue doing so with your input and assistance throughout second semester. As you may or may not know, Student Affairs works largely with student organizations, and more particularly with the establishment of new organizations on campus. We also choose new organizations to become annually funded and help run the Diversity Interest elections. Although these are our primary functions as a committee, Student Affairs is not limited in that capacity and would love to hear any ideas, feedback, etc. from students about how to improve these processes (or really anything on campus).
Fall 2012 was a busy and productive semester for SAC. We approved 12 new organizations and 1 ad hoc organization that were then recognized by the Student Senate and University (listed below). These new organizations provide great new opportunities for involvement across campus and I look forward to seeing them grow.
Student Affairs ended first semester with the annual funding approval process. After receiving applications and hearing from leadership of 7 (already established) organizations, the committee approved both DRxUGS and UNICEF at Drake. They were recommended to the Senate to become annually funded organizations and were approved. Congratulations to both organizations!
Other slightly more minor projects that Student Affairs will be working on in the spring include adding an appeals process to the SAC bylaws and working to bridge the gap between organizations not completely covered under Diversity Interest and the Organizational Committee. Committee members are reaching out to these organizations and gathering feedback to be used to help better serve the needs of these organizations.
Additionally, we look forward to working with the Diversity Interest Senators to conduct and revamp the Diversity Interest elections. If you or anyone you know is at all interested in becoming a Diversity Interest Senator, don’t hesitate to run! It is a unique position that is truly important to what goes down around the table.
So that is a little bit about Student Affairs and what we do for the student body and Student Senate. Guests are always welcome to come to out committee meetings (Tuesdays at 9:00pm in the Pomerantz Conference Room in Olmsted) or contact me with questions, concerns, feedback, etc. I (and my committee) am here to serve you!
Lastly, if you are interested in any organizations on campus or starting your own, be sure to check out the Community Website for information (https://drake-community.symplicity.com).
New Organizations – Fall 2012:
Chabad at Drake
Drake University Chapter of the International Trombone Association Chapter (DUCITA)
Gamma Iota Sigma
Bulldog Swing Society
Bulldogs for Barack (Ad Hoc)
Drake Baseball Club
Dogtown After Hours
Drake Honors Magazine (DUH)