By Tessa Castor

Student reporter

Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in Pounds Lounge. Ross Peterson-Veatch, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, was in attendance and spoke to the senate about academic input. SGA will present teaching and non-teaching citations during Honors Convocation, taking place on April 12.

Following are the minutes from the meeting:

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Meeting Agenda
I. The meeting was called to order at 8:07pm by Vice President Castor
II. The invocation was given by Marcus Richard.
III. Last meeting’s minutes were approved as unread.
IV. Roll Call Secretary Milch
a. There were four (4) executives and three (3) senators present.
V. Faculty/Staff Citation Voting Vice President Castor
“Teaching and Non-Teaching Citations are presented to those members of the Southwestern College community who model extraordinary characteristics in service and extend themselves in helping us exceed our personal and professional visions.”
a. Teaching Citation
– Given to a member of the teaching faculty
– Ineligible: Jackson Lashier, Carrie Lane, Patrick Lee
b. Non-Teaching Award
– Given to any person who has contributed to SC community; does not have to be on college staff
– Ineligible: Larry Schuster, Kathleen Mignone, Pam Olney
VI. Budget Results
a. Hammocking Club – $1,812.13
b. IOU – $112.50
VII. Grant Results
a. Departmental – Residence Life: $331 + Social Science: $778.93 = $1109.93 (no cap)
b. Campus Improvement – Performing Arts: $1000
c. Professional Development – Residence Life: $500 + Gay Straight Alliance: $500 = $1000
VIII. VIP: RPV Ross Peterson-Veatch
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College
Has been talking to the President about forming a formal connection between the students and the President. RPV would like to for what is called the “Dean’s Advisory Council.” Would like to gain knowledge about what is happening in the academic side of the college from as many viewpoints as possible. Will be great to start after elections, should have more senators for more input. Will probably come back on April 24th for more feedback. Faculty has 8 committees with one executive committee. Assessment committee focusses on how things are going in the academic program. There is a goal to improve student input on year end course evaluations.
Senators suggest to shorten the evaluation. Students would love receiving incentive (extra credit) for filling out the evaluation.
IX. Coming Up
a. Masterbuilder & SGA Senate Voting: March 28 & 29
– 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Java Jinx – Be sure to have nearby posters, campaign material removed
b. Next Meeting – April 10
– 8 p.m. in Pounds Lounge – SGA swear-in
c. Last Meeting – April 24
– 8 p.m. in Pounds Lounge
X. Adjournment
a. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm
b. Marcus Richard moved to adjourn, motion seconded

Tessa Castor is a sophomore majoring in English. You may email her at