In an attempt to increase transparency with the student body, this year’s Student Senate created the 50 Strategic Goals to show exactly what we are working on all year. As first semester comes to a close, I would like to give an update on the Senate’s progress on the 50 Strategic Goals and to highlight a few specific accomplishments.
As a whole, Student Senate has completed 13 out of the 19 goals that were set for the first semester, with 16 other goals currently in progress. Senators are off to a successful start on the goal list and will continue to work hard throughout the spring semester to improve student life. Below are some highlights of specific goals with a noticeable impact on student life:
- Printers in the residence halls. Technology Liaison Josh Schoenblatt worked to install a printer in Goodwin-Kirk Residence hall this semester to serve as a pilot run for this initiative. So far there has been positive feedback from the pilot run, so we will be looking into expanding this project to include printers in every residence hall on campus.
- D-Shoppe Renovations. A big initiative Senate worked on this semester was making plans for the renovation of the D-Shoppe space in Olmsted Center after the store shut down this past year. Student Senate is funding a renovation to the space to turn it into a collaborative group study and group meeting area for students. Look out for more details on this renovation next semester.
- Bi-Annual Puppy project. This project is coming to campus later this week and during finals week. The project aims to bring puppies on campus to help students relieve some of the stress that comes with finals. The event is titled the Dog Days of Finals, and students can stop by to play with puppies on Friday, Dec. 6 or Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage.
These are just a few of the more visible goals Senate has accomplished this semester. Be on the lookout for future updates on the Student Senate 50 Strategic Goals throughout next semester!
- Sen. Michael Jennings
The semester is coming to a close, and that means course evaluations are coming out in your classes. The Academic Senators would like to remind you to take the time to fill out your evaluations and put thought into your critiques of courses, professors and programs. The various colleges and schools at Drake take the feedback from course evaluations very seriously when assessing course instructors for the next year. Professors also take your comments and concerns into thought when proposing and improving classes for the future. It can sometimes just feel like one more thing to do, but constructive student feedback is very valuable for the assessment and future of Drake’s curriculum. Thank you for taking the time to read this and good luck studying for your finals.
Natalie Gadbois, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Senator
This year, the 27th Session made a conscious decision to create a list of goals to accomplish for the year. It’s hope it to help the student body better understand the governmental process on campus while still maintaining it’s reach for tangible changes on campus. This is how the strategic goals came about. Check out the goals and send us your input.
With committee applications in, it’s time for first-year students to think about representing their class around the table this year. The First-Year Senator has been around for four years and has been away for an under-represented population on campus to get a voice around the Student Senate table. Previous First-Year Senators have gone on to continue on in student government. Petitions have been out since Monday, but if students are still interested, the deadline to turn in petitions for First-Year Senator is Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Student Life Center in Olmsted.
Want the official timeline? Check it out here.
The 27th Session of Drake University’s Student Senate has open slots in all of it’s standing committees. Applications are due Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. Need more information about the committees, check out the website and see what information exists, or read the synopsis on the application.
The standing committees are:
Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)
Campus Advancement Committee (CAC)
Community Outreach Committee
First Year Interest Committee (FYI)
Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
Student Fees Allocation Committee (SFAC)
Student Services Committee (SSC)