SGA considers candidates for vice president of student affairs
The Student Government Association heard from Aaron Martin, director of communication and marketing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, on the selection of final candidates for vice president of Student Affairs and discussed a personnel problem with the SGA Election Committee.
Martin revealed the final two candidates for the vice president position are current Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Cottonham and Timothy Quinnan, Ph.D., associate vice president for Campus Life at San Diego State University since 2008.
Martin said each candidate will be interviewed over a two-day period: Cottonham on March 31 and April 1 and Quinnan April 7 and 8.
He said Cottonham and Quinnan will make presentations on the topic of “an aspect or philosophy of student affairs,” at 2 p.m. in Moody Hall Room 103, followed by meetings with academic advisers at 3 p.m. and student organization leaders at 4 p.m. on March 31 and April 7, respectively.
Martin said students are welcome to come sit in on the meetings and get to know the candidates and encouraged to look at the candidates’ resumes at louisiana.edu/vpsa and to contact him for futher information.
SGA Chief Justice Tyler Quebedeaux announced that there was a sudden vacancy in the SGA Election Committee Monday afternoon, the day before the committee was supposed to meet with electoral candidates for the upcoming elections.
He asked for any senator who was qualified, which means “not running for re-election this fall,” to step up and fill the position.
As of press time the position had not been filled.
City and University Safety Program (CUSP) Committee Chair and general studies Sen. Brandon Verret testified that he was a victim in a drive-by pellet gun shooting Sunday night outside of Edith Garland Dupré Library, warning students to stay vigilant while on campus.
Verret did not specify if the attack involved plastic pellets from an airsoft pellet gun or metal BBs from a pump-up pellet gun.
The SGA’s Legislative Affairs Committee asked senators to follow developments in the Louisiana Legislature in the upcoming session and identified the state budget, Common Core developments, minimum wage and medical marijuana as key issues.
The Senate tabled two proposed bylaw amendments until the following week.
The first, Amendment No. 3, would require the SGA vice president to “(lead) two retreats for all SGA members during the year…to educate Senate members on parliamentary procedure and the various functions of SGA,” instead of the current three.
The second, Amendment No. 4, would require senate representation to be based on enrollment numbers of the preceding spring semester, instead of fall.
The Senate also passed four appropriations. Hisham El Dardiry received $375 to present his paper at the 2014 International Weather Radar and Hydrology Symposium in Washington D.C. April 7-10.
Beau Hains, president of the Sports Medicine Association, received $554.10 for attending the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association in Atlanta.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers received $650 to attend the AIChE Regional Conference to participate in the ChemE-Car competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 21-23.
Finally, Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering society, received $441.65 for attending the Pi Tau Sigma National Convention in College Station, Texas.