Student Senate discusses H1N1 Vaccinations

As the semester winds down, the Student Senate does not. President Mackenzie Wrobel has important information for her senators. One highlight from the meeting regarded the H1N1 vaccination offered for free on campus. Two thousand vaccinations were given to the health center and 7,000 more are on their way. However, only 860 vaccinations were given and many students did not take advantage of this important offer.

Students and faculty are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when it is offered again soon. The Climate Study Survey offered online to students was also mentioned at the meeting. The survey only had an 8 percent return rate, because only 486 students participated in the survey. A shorter survey will be offered the second week of February, and all students are encouraged to take it. The university is trying something new for the winter session. There will be an online only add and drop process, instead of the cards normally used. The winter session will be a trial run, and how well it works will decide how the process is done in future semesters.

Student Senate hosted the first Weiner Wednesday in the SMC Banking Lobby, and was a success. Weiner Wednesdays will be held regularly with a chance to exchange a concern for a free hot dog. The November newsletter for the senate is out, and if anyone has any feedback on it please direct that to Corresponding Secretary Sarah Darling. Darling also mentioned expanding senate awareness through a new billboard in the SMC, a new tri-fold, and other new advertising techniques. The senate is donating Christmas gifts to children. They are also writing letters and cards to soldiers in Djibouti. The senate is looking to participate in and expand the campus-wide clean-up event in the spring.

New parliament member Mike Collins brought three organizations before the senate seeking temporary status. The honor was granted to the German Club as well as the Entrepreneurship Club. Both clubs seek to raise awareness and promote their specified skill. The National Society of Leadership and Success was also present, with a mission statement to help students become better people and leaders, as well as foster networking skills and relationships; but their status vote was postponed until the senate can speak with the organization’s president. Some final important dates regarding the senate are the dining meeting held Wednesday December 9 in the upstairs of Gordinier. You do not have to be a Senator to attend the dinner and meeting. See Dining Chairperson Angela Smolczynski for times and more details.

Another important meeting is Safety Chairperson Kiel Sigafoos’ next Marauder Watch question and answer session being Wednesday December 9 as well from 6-7 p.m. in the SMC room 161. People may attend this session as well even if they are not a senator.