SA amends budget
Resolution gives $1,000 to representatives to use for individual program initiatives
January 31, 2005 —
The Saginaw Valley State University Student Association had its first official meeting of the winter semester Monday, Jan. 24, passing two legislative budget resolutions by wide margins.
The first piece of legislation, HR019-05, was sponsored by SA President Armen Hratchian.
Hratchian suggested it is critical that representatives have an opportunity to grow as leaders through seeing an idea develop from start to finish. He proposed to amend SA's 2004-05 budget in order to move $10,000 from the Organizational Allocation to the General Assembly. With this money, representatives will have access to a maximum of $1,000 to initiate a special project if they choose.
"This is basically like receiving a grant," he said. "The money is there, but you don't have to use it. What we are trying to do is encourage representatives that have good ideas for projects."
The organizational structure of SA will continue to be committee focused, but this will give representatives the opportunity to receive special project allocations.
Representative Sean Locey sponsored HR 020-05, related directly to HR 019-05.
Locey asked for funding of up to $1,000 to initiate a program to unite and help those sharing a loss or grief due to the death of a loved one or friend by participating in activities together.
He said the major goal of the program is to have students who have dealt with death in the past to mentor or guide those who are currently going through the process, accomplished by going to activities together. Locey said he hoped this would help them to take their minds off of the death.
"I encourage people to join this program," he said emphatically. "I want people to know that they do not have to be alone in their time of extreme grief."
A special guest at the meeting was Tammi Waugh of the Student Technology Center, who was present at the meeting to ask assistance in how to raise student awareness of the Student Technology Center. She suggested the possibility of either an SA representative or another student to act as a liaison to the student body as a whole.
Waugh also proposed the possibility of going to various dorm meetings to spread the word more forcefully about the Center.
"Students have problems with all sorts of computer issues," she said. "It may be as simple as learning how to 'double space' with Microsoft Word, and we can help them to learn that."
The Student Technology Center is governed by the Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable, which meets at 10 am once a month. SA Representative Zachary Beach volunteered to be the aforementioned student liaison to the board.
The SVSU Student Association meets every other week during the active semester, with their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 7 at 10 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center.
The meeting will be at 10 pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.
A representative from SA can be reached at 989-964-4232.