Column by Bradley Stramel, SGA President
First and foremost, Student Government Association passed Resolution 09F102, which is the Tiger Wellness Center fee. With the approval of the senate, I have signed the legislation into law to place on our tuition and fee proposal for FY11. The Kansas Board of Regents will review the proposals in the spring semester upon approving FY11 tuition and fees. What is now into law is to have an 85-cent fee to fund the Wellness Center’s maintenance, employment and equipment costs. Once the Board of Regents votes on our tuition and fee proposal, it will go into effect.
The FHSU community and the city of Hays are pleased to recognize this week as International Education Week. President Hammond and the Hays mayor Ron Mellick have both signed proclamations to support and dedicate this week to learn, grow and become diverse in an international culture. SGA continues to support the on-campus international community, and we look forward to taking part in this week’s scheduled events. Please check the schedule of events through your emails and other forms of communication around campus.
With impending budget cuts on the rise from the Governor’s office, it is vital for all of us students living, learning and working hard for our future careers that we must have our voices heard to those who assist us with state funds. Please email and call your elected state legislators to tell them about what could happen if we don’t get sufficient state funds.
In the SGA office, we have a state legislator writing campaign to encourage you as students to write to your representatives. In these tough and trying economic times, we need to make everyone accountable for their actions and what they are doing to our future in order to succeed. It is pretty simple and painless to come on down to our office in the lower level of Memorial Union, and we will take care of the addresses and postage.
A reminder to student organizations — the preliminary allocation request deadline is December 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the SGA office. The 2010-2011 Allocation Request Form is online and in the SGA office for pick up. Also sample four- and six-digit budgets are available online under as well as in the office.
With Fall Break coming next week, I would like to take the time to personally thank each and every person on campus. Everyone deserves recognition for his or her individual accomplishments and hard work for the university and higher education as a whole. Furthermore, my fellow students, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and protect your interests by being your head representative. I extend my gratitude to my executive staff — Haley Wilkison, Amanda Basye, Cody Kiser and my right-hand man Vice President Tyler Thompson. Also, I want to thank the student senators for their work and dedication to SGA and their respected constituents.
On behalf of the student body, we want to thank the faculty and staff for their efforts and continual support for our future aspirations. A big thank you goes out to President Hammond for seeing us through these tough economic times and enabling us to have the education we need to succeed and prosper. From the SGA Senate and executive staff, we wish all of you a relaxing Fall Break and have a Happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely!!!