Senate Delays Approval of New Communications Vice President

On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, MUSG Senate gathered for its weekly meeting in the AMU for the approval of its Communications Vice President for 2014-15 and election of its new President Pro-Tempore.

Senate invited the university’s Assessment Director, Dr. Sharon L. Ronco, Ph.D., and Assessment Committee Chair, Dr. Jodi Rusch-Blahnik, Ph.D., to discuss the 2014 Graduating Senior Survey and collect feedback from senators.

The Graduating Senior Survey is released every year in late April. The survey aims to collect data that reflects the opinions and satisfaction of students preparing to receive an undergraduate degree from Marquette. The senior survey asks participants about their satisfaction with their academic experience, post-graduation plans and overall satisfaction with the university.

After Dr. Ronco and Dr. Rusch-Blaknik’s initial presentation, Off-Campus Senator Brittany Riesenbeck asked if there is any action taken based on survey results that is utilized in the improvement of the university. Dr. Ronco assured Senate that the survey results are provided to deans to take into account when making decisions regarding the betterment of Marquette.

Senate moved forward with approval of the 2014-15 Communications Vice President. The selection committee selected current Public Relations Director Sarah McClanahan for the position. However, after a period of debate and speculation of the selection process, Senate decided to table the approval of the new CVP until the next Senate meeting.

College of Arts and Sciences Senator Zack Wallace, amongst others, voiced concern that the CVP selection committee did not include the constitutionally-required student at-large. President Sam Schultz said he was unable to find a student who was able to sit in on all CVP candidate interviews in the limited amount of time given, but had complete confidence in the committee’s selection process and final decision. MUSG Judicial Administrator Sarah Miller is set to review the process within the week.

Senate closed with the election of its new President Pro-Tempore. Commuter Senator Aliya Manjee. Manjee defeated Off-Campus Senator Lukas Baker by a vote of 19-6, with one abstention.

MUSG wants to inform students that Communication Department applications for the 2014-15 academic year are now available. Students interested in graphic design, public relations and multimedia are strongly encouraged to apply. Application questions should be directed to current CVP Alex Lahr at

Senate adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

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