Student Senate seeks students for committee membership

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Student Senate is seeking students dedicated to strengthening Metropolitan State’s commitment to be a student-centered creative enterprise by participating in senate committees. Serving on a committee includes benefits such as leadership experience, developing teamwork skills, experience in problem solving and expanding your personal and professional network. Many employers look for community service and campus involvement on resumes.

To become a committee member, students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, attend one committee meeting per month and serve on their committee to end of term, which is May 30. Committees can be joined at any time during the school year. Students do not have to be a student senator to join a committee.

The following is a list of student senate committees:

  • Political Affairs
  • Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC)
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Financial Affairs
  • Public Relations

A description of each committee is included at the end of this article.

To join a committee, students may contact Student Senate at student.senate@metrostate.edu or simply attend a committee meeting. A list of committee meetings, including dates and times, may be found by visiting the Student Senate calendar.

To learn more about this year’s student senators, visit the Meet Your Senators page on the Student Senate website. The Student Senate website includes information about the senate, a calendar of upcoming senate and committee meetings, photos of past events and activities and information about how to join Student Senate.

 

Student Senate Committees

Political Affairs

  • The committee is responsible for planning, coordination and promotion of lobbying activities on behalf of Metropolitan State University students to state and federal lawmakers.
  • The committee plans, coordinates and promotes any other initiatives related to politics, government and public policy.
  • The committee works with the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) legislative representative to coordinate and promote MSUSA legislative and political initiatives.
  • The committee updates students on legislative issues affecting higher education.
  • All committee functions and initiatives are nonpartisan in action and nature.
  • Must meet at least once per month.
  • This committee oversees, reports and takes action on all subcommittees and university-wide committees that fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC):

  • Membership consists of seven Metropolitan State University students, one financial management representative, the student life and leadership development director and three alternates.
  • The Student Senate president appoints the committee chair.
  • Members are removed from their seat after two unexcused or three excused absences.
  • SAFAC reviews budgets, oversees expenditures of student activity fees, hears budget grievances, receives petitions from student organizations for changes in policy or budgets, recommends the distribution of reserve fees and make recommendations to the Metropolitan State president on said matters upon approval of Student Senate.
  • SAFAC is responsible to maintain, regulate and recommend policies and procedures to Student Senate.
  • SAFAC has the authority to make recommendations to Student Senate to deny or freeze funding on the basis of, but not limited to, low student involvement in any recognized student organization, or gross violations of policy and procedures by students or their advisors.
  • SAFAC must meet at least once per month.

 Academic Affairs:

  • All student concerns and/or issues relating to academic programming or advancement brought to the attention of the Student Senate are directed to the committee.
  • The committee is responsible for planning, coordination, and promotion of activities and events that relate to academic advancement and programming.
  • The committee coordinates, communicates and provides recommendations to Student Senate on issues related to academic planning and concerns.
  • Meets at least once per month.
  • This committee oversees, reports and takes action on all subcommittees and university-wide committees that fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

 Student Affairs:

  • All student concerns and/or issues relating to student life, safety and/or student organizations brought to the attention of Student Senate are directed to the committee.
  • The committee is responsible for planning, coordination and promotion of activities and events that relate to advancement of student life and student experience that are not of an academic nature.
  • The committee coordinates, communicates and provides recommendations to Student Senate on issues related to student life and experience.
  • Meets at least once per month.
  • This committee oversees, reports and takes action on all subcommittees and university-wide committees that fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

 Financial Affairs:

  • All student concerns and/or issues relating to information technology, student fees, tuition, university spending, financial aid and/or any other jurisdiction as directed by the Senate Executive Committee.
  • The committee is responsible for planning, coordination, and promotion of activities and events that relate to those concerns and questions as listed in Article VII, Section F, Subsection ii in the Student Senate bylaws.
  • The committee coordinates, communicates and provides recommendations to Student Senate on issues related to those concerns and questions.
  • Meets at least once per month.
  • This committee oversees, reports and takes action on all subcommittees and university-wide committees that fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

 Public Relations:

  • Responsible for marketing and outreach to students and student organizations.
  • Responsible for the communication and marketing of Student Senate and all Student Senate sponsored events and initiatives.
  • Responsible for developing any communication to media outlets, both at the university and outside the university.
  • Maintains all Student Senate communication tools and accounts, including, but not limited to: website, OrgSync, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Provides advice and collaborates with Student Senate public relations officer, as well as the university’s public relations representative to MSUSA.
  • Meets at least once per month.
  • This committee oversees, reports and takes action on all subcommittees and university-wide committees that fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.