The Student Government Association (SGA) held their first formal meeting on Tuesday at Vincent Science Center.
SRU President William Behre opened the meeting with audience questions about his life and his first week with students on campus.
Behre added that he feels as if he won the “job lottery.”
“We’re not worrying about the best way to survive,” Behre said. “We worry about how we thrive.”
During her opening remarks, SGA President Dallas Kline reflected on OneSRU, the current executive board’s campaign from the election this past spring.
“A lot of us are new,” Kline said. “We have a lot of new senators, Dr. Behre is new and we’re all working together. We’re all going to be one this year to provide for you.”
In addition to Kline, this year’s SGA executive board includes Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Financial Affairs Logan Tupper, Vice President of Campus Outreach Chadwick Burdick, Vice President of Internal Affairs Nicole Dunlop, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Kennedy Moore and Speaker of the Senate Taylor Cochran. The final executive board position, parliamentarian, is currently open.
Dunlop, SGA is focusing on elections to fill open positions. In addition to the role of parliamentarian, there are four freshmen, one commuter and two graduate senators positions open. Building senator positions are open for North Hall, Watson Hall and Buildings A, B, E and F.
Hernandez announced that the SGA food pantry is in the inspection process. Karen Washington will visit campus on Oct. 2 to help organize and provide feedback on the food pantry. She will also speak about sustainability and equal access to fresh produce, an event that will be open to the public.
Burdick presented the first Club and Organization Spotlight award to MEDLIFE, who traveled to Lima, Peru on a service-learning trip in August. President David Kaelin accepted the award.
Part one of the minutes from the May 1 work meeting were approved. Part two of the minutes from the May 1 formal meeting was amended to include the name of a senator missing from roll call, then approved.
The next SGA formal senate meeting will be on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Theatre.