Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Associated Students’ government discussed the topics of campus safety, homecoming elections, childcare attendance requirements and position vacancies in their weekly meeting on Sept. 19, before confirming five new directors.
A freshman student, whose car was vandalized in one of the parking lots, brought the issue of campus safety before the ASG. It was agreed that the safety of students and property is a critical issue and will be a topic of further discussion in the next meetings.
President Vanessa Emerson relayed information she gathered at the meeting of the university leadership team where the results of the latest census showed that current enrollment at CSU-Pueblo is down from last year. President Emerson also stated that budgeting and salaries would be examined in depth by the leadership team in the near future.
The leadership team is in the process of hiring athletic coaches for the newly established swim and lacrosse teams. These new coaches will be announced in the coming weeks.
A short discussion was held about issues regarding childcare scholarships and the requirements that must be met. At this time, children enrolled on scholarships must remain for 16 weeks in fulfillment of their scholarship obligation. Many parents are removing their children from the program after finals at 15 weeks and subsequently losing their place for the next semester. The childcare committee is looking into possible changes to this policy.
Homecoming elections have been postponed due to a lack of candidates running for court. The voting will be held on Sept. 23 in hopes a larger list of candidates will be available.
Sen. Anthony Herrera volunteered to serve as a $ALT ambassador along with the previously appointed Sen. Dan Ullrich. Herrera and Ullrich will be the contacts for students wanting more information about the programs $ALT offers.
Herrera and Sen. Antonio Reyes are working on changes to the student recreation center policy. Herrera stated he has proposed that REV 89 be played over the speakers in the workout areas to help promote campus events and news. Other changes to policy will be forthcoming.
There are several vacant senate seats and justice positions within the ASG which need filled. Any student who is interested in serving on the CSU-Pueblo Associated Students’ Government, they can apply online at https://secure.colostate-pueblo.edu/asg/EmploymentApplication.asp
A senator can be elected or appointed to the position, and is responsible for representing the students of CSU-Pueblo by serving on campus committees, ASG committees, general senate meetings and reporting to the ASG speaker of the senate.
A justice serves on the student court, which acts as the highest judicial authority of the CSU-Pueblo Associated Students’ Government. The purpose is to provide judicial review and decisions for matters brought forward within their jurisdiction.
The meeting ended with the confirmation of five new directors who will work with the ASG to increase involvement on campus. The new directors are Samantha Bohm, director of academic affairs; Jordan Boehme, director of public affairs; Sayra Bassett, director of student affairs; Leah Philips, director of internal affairs; and Chalin Fernando, director of information technology.
The new directors outlined their plans and expectations before an official vote was tallied and they were sworn into position.
The next meeting of the ASG will be Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in room 201 of the Occhiato University Center. It is an open meeting; all students and staff may attend.