Student Life committee update – Feb. 27

Over the past year, the Student Life Committee has looked into many issues at Marquette with the intent to make students’ daily lives outside of academics as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Last semester, two topics discussed were about different features around Marquette, such as statues around campus that identify the image and spirit of the school and students’ concerns surrounding the revised alcohol and drug policy, an issue we continue to investigate.

Another topic last semester was about the handicap accessibility of university buildings, which had also been identified by the school, with which they are near the end of a process to update the buildings to make them more handicap accessible, even beyond the standards needed. We have also discussed the rising costs of tuition and possibilities regarding the pending health insurance mandate. Going forward this semester, our committee will be looking more into issues surrounding pedestrian safety around the Marquette campus. This includes looking at crosswalks and car traffic, among many other possible issues.

As always, if there is ever an issue that you believe should be further examined by MUSG, please don’t hesitate to notify any member of the student government community, and they will help to address your concern.

Heinz Schelhammer
Student Life Committee Chair
College of Business Senator
heinz.schelhammer@marquette.edu


MUSG Senate: Commending Provost Pauly on Action Regarding Advising Issues

The following piece of legislation was approved by MUSG Senate on January 24, 2013. You can read the release from this Senate meeting here. Passed legislation does not guarantee implementation by Marquette University.

“Commending Provost Pauly on Action Regarding Advising Issues”

Authors:      Senator Schultz

Sponsors:     Senator McCarthy, PPT Bowman, Senator Wallace, Senator Bettag

Whereas:     It is the role of Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) to actively identify and address the needs and concerns of the students; and,

Whereas:     It is the role of MUSG to support the University’s pursuit of academic excellence; and,

Whereas:     Recent surveys[1] have shown that 25% of students are dissatisfied with their advising experience at Marquette University; and,

Whereas:     MUSG has been active in seeking input from students and faculty on how to improve academic advising on campus; and,

Whereas:     MUSG has discussed academic advising issues with students and faculty since 2008; and,

Whereas:     On November 26th, 2012 Provost John Pauly attended the Academics Committee of the MUSG Senate to discuss ideas that MUSG and the Office of the Provost could pursue to improve academic advising; and,

Therefore:    Let it be resolved that MUSG commend the Provost for taking an active role in bettering the academic advising problems on campus in both his discussions with fellow administrators and students; and,

Furthermore:   MUSG recommends the Office of the Provost keeps students involved in a transparent discussion to improve academic advising on campus; and,

Furthermore:   MUSG recommends the Office of the Provost consider solutions to advising problems that MUSG has offered, such as: (1) make quality advising a greater University priority and establish clear expectations for both students and advisors about what should occur during an advising session (2) increase communication to students about how to use scheduling software in Checkmarq (3) explore options to lengthen the Advising period beyond one week to increase time for more meaningful advising meetings and (4) increase communication between the many academic advisors students have on campus; and,

Furthermore:   MUSG recommends the Office of the Provost consider the above solutions and more, in a timely matter in order for current students to see improvement before they graduate.


[1] Final Report on the State of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Marquette University: Spring 2012


Academics committee update – Feb. 25

The Academics Committee is one of the four standing committees of the Senate, and is tasked with improving the academic experience of the students we represent. In the past, our work has included working to universalize the “Clickers” that many science students use on campus, promoting D2L usage by Marquette faculty, and voicing support of the creation of a new Academic Integrity Policy.

We are currently focusing strongly on the broad issue of advising. This has included collecting many horror stories about advising from students, as well as meeting with the Provost to make sure MUSG and Marquette’s administration are on the same page moving forward. Our next steps have been to look at how advising relates to which Core of Common Studies classes students are taking. Our goal is to make the process easier for advisors, and get students in more meaningful Core classes.

Academics is always looking for new issues to tackle. We appreciate specific stories and examples, so that we can work on specific issues. Please contact us with any concerns.

Samuel Schultz
Academics Committee Chair
College of Arts and Sciences Senator
samuel.schultz@marquette.edu


MUSG to provide Senate’s passed resolutions and recommendations on blog

Starting February 25, 2012, Marquette University Student Government will begin posting all resolutions approved by MUSG Senate to this blog. These posts are the formal recommendations which MUSG sends on to administrators on behalf of the student body and their concerns.

Legislative resolutions will be posted within one week of their approval at Senate and will be linked to the detailed news release pertaining to the recommendation.

For any questions or concerns regarding a specific resolution, please contact the current MUSG Legislative Vice President at musg.senate@marquette.edu.


Student Organizations committee update – Feb. 20

The Student Organizations Committee primarily deals with passage and revision of current Marquette University student organizations. The committee also focuses on outreach, and how senators can best represent Marquette’s student led organizations. The committee is chaired by Tommy Hayes and advised by Matt Lengen, coordinator for Student Organizations and Leadership in the Office of Student Development.

The primary items the Student Organizations Committee is currently working include the following: collaborating on the future Student Organization Institute sponsored by OSD, outreach towards student organizations, the upcoming Student Leadership Awards Banquet and the inclusion of a flyer advertising current student organizations and MU Involvement Link to newly admitted students. In the last couple of weeks our organization has approved the Alexander Hamilton Society Organization and analyzed constitution revisions for The Dispute Resolution Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Saint Robert Bellarmine Society, The Omega Delta Eta Chapter and The Polish Club.

A majority of what our committee does comes from the students and their needs with regards to student organizations. I encourage students to contact me or any member of the committee with any issues that may be facing their organization.

Tommy Hayes
Student Organizations Committee Chair
College of Business Administration Senator
thomas.c.hayes@marquette.edu


Business & Administration committee update – Feb. 18

The MUSG Business & Administration Senate committee is hard at work formulating a productive schedule of legislative projects, many stemming from student concerns.  Our ambitious and active committee members are focusing on such important issues as campus traffic concerns, healthy vending machine options, fair trade products, a Good Samaritan policy regarding alcohol consumption and reporting and a cooperative effort with Students for Environmentally Active Campuses (SEAC) to reduce plastic water bottle consumption on campus.

Our goal is to use our broad spectrum of legislative specialties to handle a multitude of university concerns, from group specific issues to issues that affect all members of the Marquette University family.  In the near future, we will be writing and administering surveys and meeting with University administrators and student groups pertinent to our goals.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of our committee or stop by the MUSG office to voice your concerns.  Our normal meeting time is on Mondays at 7 PM in the MUSG office.

Thomas Schick
Business & Administration Committee Chair
Schroeder Hall Senator
thomas.schick@marquette.edu


MUSG Senate Names SOF Senator and Confirms CVP

MILWAUKEE (February 14, 2013) – On Thursday, Feb. 14, Marquette University Student Government Senate elected the new Student Organization Financial Senator and confirmed the Communications Vice President for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The election of the Residential Student Organization Funding Senator began when both candidates, Senators Jurgena and Theis, spoke on why they wanted the Residential SOF Senator position. After majority of 2/3 votes, Senator Emmaline Jurgena was named the Residential SOF Senator. Jurgena is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Following the election, President Van Boxtel spoke on behalf of current Communications Vice President (CVP) Alex Lahr as the appropriate candidate for the CVP position in the coming year. Lahr spoke about his love for the organization and how he wanted to continue the momentum of the Communications Department for another term. After a majority vote, Senate confirmed Lahr to the position for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Executive Vice President Daufenbach wanted to remind students that the final deadline for Student Organization Funding will be Feb. 22. He also reported that the candidacy deadline for next year’s MUSG President and Executive Vice President and Academic Senator is Feb. 25. CVP Lahr also stated that applications for the MUSG Communications Department are due Feb. 22.

Senator Schultz announced that the Core Curriculum Review Commitee met on Feb. 13 and approved four new courses for the Core of Common Studies: SPAN 3300 Spanish History and Culture (tentative title); BIOL 1410 Biology of the Human Disease; THEO 2200 Theology in the Writings of C.S. Lewis; and THEO 2250 Ignatian Spirituality. THEO 2200 and THEO 2250 are still pending a clarification on whether they meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

MUSG wants to remind students that Speak! + Coffeehouse will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Weasler Auditorium. President Van Boxtel also noted that this semester’s student forum with Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., more affectionately called the “Fr. Pilarz Forum” will take place on March 19.

Senate adjourned at 8:10 pm

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