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AQ Student Senate

Student Senate
 

Our mission as the Aquinas College Student Senate is to fairly represent the diverse views, needs, and expectations of our student body in a Catholic Christian environment.

 

The Student Senate is the third branch of the college governance structure. Senate is the avenue for student voice in college policy and activities. Senate represents the needs of the general undergraduate student. The Chair of the Senate meets regularly with administration and has a voice at Board of Trustees meetings.

 

The Senate restructured in 2012 creating the Senate and RSO Assembly. Senate is comprised of the Executive Committee (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary) that are elected in late February/early March, appointed Budget Director and Academic Affairs Director, and 5 senators per class held in a separate election. First year students are elected during a special election in September of each year. The Senate meets twice a month in an open session where Dr. Olivarez and Dean Matzke present updates to the student representatives. Senators hold office hours in the interim and work in committee on special projects. The Commuter Committee and Traffic Board are regular committees as well as Budget and the Grievance Committee. A focus on sustainability efforts continues for this governance group. While the Senate is a registered student organization, it is a governance group with different oversight.

 

RSO Assembly is chaired by the Vice-Chair of Senate and meets on the off-week from a Senate meeting. Representatives from RSO’s receiving Senate funding are required to attend. The meetings are comprised of various leadership development activities and collaborative event planning. The RSO Assembly hears budget concerns over $1,000 from the budget committee in order to offer a larger student voice to funding decisions.

 

Students are encouraged to reach out to the Senate regarding any concerns or overall campus needs.

 

Please review the bylaws below on how to become active in the Student Senate. We have committee and cabinet opportunities as well as Executive Board positions that provide leadership for campus. Whether you were involved in a previous governing council or would like to explore your leadership options at Aquinas, we are eager for your voice and your ideas. Please e-mail us at senate@aquinas.edu for more information and to introduce yourself.

 
 
2014-2015 Executive Committee

Madeleine Burns

Hannah Acosta

Zoe Collenburg

Chairperson

Madeleine Burns
mcb007@aquinas.edu

Vice-Chairperson

Hannah Acosta

hea001@aquinas.edu

Secretary

Zoe Collenburg

szc001@aquinas.edu

 
2014-2015 Executive Board
Ian Scheidel   Darcee Veldhouse

Charles Hyde

Budget Directors

Ian Scheidel
Darcee Veldhouse

senatebudget@aquinas.edu

Academic Affairs Director

Charles Hyde
cah002@aquinas.edu

senateresearch@aquinas.edu

 
>Meet Your Class Representatives
 

Student Senate Advisor:

Heather Hall, Director of Campus Life, hbh001@aquinas.edu
 
 
Fall 2013 General Assembly Meeting Dates

Meeting Date

Location

Time

Meeting Minutes (pdf)
Wednesday, August 28 Loutit Room 3 p.m. >Download

Wednesday, September 11

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

>Download

Wednesday, September 25

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

>Download

Wednesday, October 9

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

>Download
Wednesday, October 30 Loutit Room 3 p.m. >Download

Wednesday, November 13

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

>Download
Wednesday, December 11 Loutit Room 3 p.m.  
 
Spring 2014 General Assembly Meeting Dates

Meeting Date

Location

Time

Meeting Minutes (pdf)
Wednesday, January 15 Loutit Room 3 p.m. >Download

Wednesday, January 29

Donnelly Center

3 p.m.

>Download

Wednesday, February 12

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

>Download

Wednesday, February 26

Donnelly Center

3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, March 19

Loutit Room

3 p.m.

 
Wednesday, April 2 Donnelly Center 3 p.m.  
Wednesday, April 16 Donnelly Center 3 p.m.  
Wednesday, April 30 Loutit Room 3 p.m.  
 
Resources For Students
>Permission to Raise Funds Application Form (pdf) >Spirit Rock Request Form*
>Executive Committee Petition 2014-2015 >Student Senate Research Fund
 
Bylaws
>Student Senate Bylaws >RSO Bylaws
 

Budget Forms

Check Request Form 2013 (pdf) Event Evaluations for Budget Requests* Additional Allocation Request Form*
Check Request Example (pdf)_ Gift Card Form (pdf) Travel Tracking Evaluation Form 2013-2014
Budget Proposal Form 2014   Travel Expense Form 2013
*Please note that you must be logged into ELM to view the form.