Illinois Institute of Technology

Student Government Association Senate Hearing Minutes

January 25, 2017

    • Call to order and recap of Sonia’s rules
    • Unfinished business
      • None
    • New business
  • National Association of Minority Architects
      • Presentation
        • Budget: $60 registration fee per student, $4000 for conference, $200 for operations
        • Programming: Professional Networking, Hands-on experience, work with AIAS for collaborative program

      • Questions
        • Do you need to pay the registration fee to be included in events
          • Yes
        • How much is the Illinois chapter willing to give in funds
          • As of right now, none but they are working on funding opportunities
        • Is this just for Architects
          • No, we have engineers and construction management people as well
        • Explain more about how you will work with AIAS
          • We will be meeting with them to determine if we want to and how we will collaborate on events
      • Discussion
        • He knows his goal/objective well, they’re already active and it’s always good for IIT to be recognized on a national level.
        • It’s good for architects to have hands on experience
      • Voting
        • 20-1-1
        • PASSED
    • Bioengineering Journal
      • Presentation
        • Meet and discuss bioengineering and research
        • Currently 10 active students
        • Budget: $250 for food
        • Programming: discuss research
        • Welcome to undergrads but right now we have only grads
        • We want to double in size by next year
      • Questions
        • Discuss Programming
          • One student will give a brief lecture/synopsis on their research or they present another’s , we then discuss it
        • Have you spoken with the Graduate Student Association?
          • No, Our emphasis is on Bioengineering and Biology, not all disciplines.
        • Can you make this a course?
          • We don’t want academic pressure, just practice discussing research/work.
        • Is your department funding you?
          • Previously yes, our advisor would like it funded through the SAF
        • Have you reached out to the BMES for undergrads
          • No, but will now
      • Discussion
        • Many undergrads would like to be involved in this org
        • He wants to keep it exclusive
          • No, he said he wants to double the size by next year
        • Concerns
          • SAF Funding faculty eating lunch
          • He seemed he wasn’t to excited about being an org, the Professor may have been pushing him to do this
          • They have simple programming, BMES or another org should absorb them
      • Voting
        • REJECTED
        • 7-14-3
  • Senator Project Spotlight
    • Email Sonia with nominees
      • Feature of Senator or project on Facebook
    • Many like the idea
      • It should be visible progress so students can see and appreciate the progress
    • Aim for weekly or biweekly
  • Officer reports
    • President
      • We are moving everything on Monday 8PM to the new office
        • We need volunteers
      • Board of Trustees meeting on Feb 16th
        • Leo needs suggestions to talk about
    • Academic Affairs
      • Board of Trustees meeting, Feb 16th
        • Looking for suggestions
    • Communications
      • Ethan and Jelani went to Boy’s and Girl’s club
        • Everyone needs to fill out Google Form sent out by Jelani
      • Experiencing website update issues
        • Working to fix
    • Student Life
      • Caitlin will be Chair of TAB
      • Started a Campus Smoking control project
      • Student Discount card progress
      • Will be starting the Dead Birds of SSV project
    • Finance Board
      • Feb 4th is hearing, food available
        • MTCC conference room
    • Judicial Board
      • None
    • Events Committee
      • Wealth and Wellness Town Hall Feb 21
        • They are looking for topic suggestions
      • President and Provost forum, March 8th
          • Looking into paying facebook for ads
      • Tentative Events
        • Campus Wide Field Day
        • Org Competiton
          • Have org’s show themselves off
          • Donuts with P Safety
  • Senator’s Reports
    • Caitlin
      • Vending Machines will now be stocked with healthier food options
      • Cliff bars, fruit bars, veggy chips, trail mix, etc…
  • Open floor
    • Adeena- Can we get around using Webassign?
      • Is IIT getting something from webassign
        • No one knows, The textbooks have licensing deals with webassign
      • We should suggest to not buy webassign until the add/drop date when you know you will be taking the course
    • Olivia- Crosswalk enhancement Project
      • People keep getting hit by cars
      • Get speed meter
      • Flashing crosswalk lights
      • Speak with the Board of Trustees about speaking with our alderman
    • Franklin- Trump passed executive order about sanctuary cities
    • Golzar- Professor not caring about teaching classes
      • Student concerns
        • Lazy professors
          • Not updating students about where they are in the class
        • Not knowing where the professor is coming up with grades
        • Students not getting feedback on homework
      • Professors dumb down 300/400 level HUM/PSYCH/SOC/etc classes to accommodate engineers
        • Those majors feel they are being cheated, they want to be challenged
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