By: Caroline Newman, Editor in Chief
Recently, I met with Makenzie Buescher, the PR chair for S&T’s Student Council, to learn about some of the projects STUCO has undertaken. Here’s a brief update!
The Health Season Advisory Committee meets once a week to address issues with campus health services. Last month’s focus was spreading the word about the types of services offered by student health since overall student engagement is low. This month’s focus is on transparency with regard to the student health fee so that students will have a better understanding of how their money is being spent.
STUCO is also hard at work on the Student Curator search. The Student Curator is part of a board that makes decisions regarding policies on all four UM-System campuses. The Student Curator serves a two-year term and the position rotates between campuses. The search for an S&T representative is nearing completion, with candidate interviews taking place in early December.
STUCO is also working on several Student Success Initiatives, with special focus on two things: removing barriers to graduation and increasing recruitment of underrepresented demographics. One of the biggest barriers to graduation is classes that are offered only once per year (a trend that has negatively impacted graduation plans for many students, myself included).
STUCO has been working on collaborating with the Staff Council and Faculty Senate to better the campus climate (an effort that has been met with resistance by many; see the Chancellor’s report on the Campus Climate Survey results for more info) and work to increase communication. STUCO has been working to implement departmental listening sessions where students, staff, and faculty can air their concerns without fear of backlash.
STUCO has also been hard at work on improving the fitness center, and while the design is still up in the air, the updated fitness center should open to students in spring of 2019.
For more info on the various projects being tackled by Student Council, you can follow them on social media, or even attend the biweekly General Body Meetings that are held in the Carver-Turner room of the Havener Center at 6:30 pm, every other Tuesday.