Minutes August 22, 2012 Speaker Delaine led the moment of silence Speaker Delaine led the pledge of allegiance. Speaker Delaine called the meeting to order at 4:04 P.M. Swearing in of New Senators: Speaker Delaine swore in all new senators. Committee/Branch Reports: University Services Report Mr. Kedrick Nicholas introduced the University Services staff and explained their positions within the Student Life Coalition and the other University Services. He welcomed the new student leaders to their positions on campus. The Student Organization Information packet is due to the Union Office by September 28th, 2012. Senators may get this packet today, or from the Union Office upstairs in the New Ranch. If an organization does not supply this information by the due date, the organization will no longer be listed as active on campus. He also mentioned that two new policies were placed at the end of last semester. Dean Toby Osburn gave the Senate an update on the Student Health Insurance program. Effective this semester McNeese will no longer collect a fee for student insurance. Student insurance is optional and the student insurance charge will be credited to student accounts. He informed the Senate that McNeese officials are working on a program to provide students with information about insurance plans designed for students. This will be optional and students will work directly with the provider, rather than McNeese collecting the fee. President’s Report President Lewis welcomed the Senators into the new school year and gave them an update on what the SGA office has been doing over the summer. He announced upcoming events that are being held and mentioned some of the new actions that are being taken within student government. Treasurer’s Report Treasurer Whalley gave the Senate an overview of the administration’s Total Expenditure for the summer of 2012. He then presented the Student Government Association 2012 Fall Budget Proposal. Old Business: New Business: Nomination of Speaker Pro Tempore Speaker Delaine described the duties and requirements of the Speaker Pro Tempore. Senator Elliott motioned that the nominations be conducted by hand raises and oral. Senator Hetzel nominated Senator LeJeune, and Senator LeJeune accepted. Senator nominated Senator Reinauer, and Senator Reinauer approved. Nomination of Parliamentarian Speaker Delaine opened the floor for nominations. Senator Reinauer nominated Senator Elliott, and Senator Elliot accepted. Approval of Budget Senator LeJeune motioned to approve the Summer Budget and Senator Reinauer seconded. There was discussion, and a vote was held. The motion carried by unanimous choice. Senator Anderson motioned to approve the Fall Budget, and Senator Morrissey seconded. It was held to a vote, and the motion was carried. Approval of Fall Meeting Dates Speaker Delaine presented the Fall Meeting Dates, and announced when Senator Orientations would be held. He answered all questions. Senator Richard motioned to approve the Fall Meeting Dates, and Senator Thomas seconded. A vote was held, and the motion carried. Announcements: IFC announced Fall Rush Information, and invited people to join in the activities SUB announced Animals on Campus in the Old Ranch on August 29th from 10am-2pm Pi Kappa Alpha announced their Bid Day Party is August 24th at Huddle Up Sports Bar President Lewis announced the Town Hall Meeting is directly following adjournment Blue Blaze‘s first meeting is August 23rd at 5:30pm at Cowboy Stadium Panhellenic Recruitment’s MPC Social is September 5th from 6-8pm in Parra Ballroom Open Forum: Guest Speakers: Summer Meche spoke as a representative of the Leadership Office. They are accepting nominations for Student of the Month, and all nominations may be turned into their office, which is located upstairs in the New Ranch. She went over the qualifications needed to be Student of the Month. Nathan Fontaine spoke on behalf of the Athletic Department and Blue Blaze. He announced upcoming games and meetings that can earn Blue Blaze points. He also informed the Senate that there are three new additional prizes that can be earned. Adjournment: Senator LeJeune motioned to adjourn until the next scheduled meeting, and Senator Miller seconded. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 4:42pm.
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