A: A LOT!
Since coming back to campus from Spring Break, student Assembly Representatives and their respective committees have been hard at work!
Academic Affairs is right on track with their Undergraduate Research initiative, and is currently developing the webpage for students to access regarding research opportunities. Online applications for students to apply for research grants are to go out later this week in an email from Student Association Boris Gresely to all students. Another new initiative has been developed within the committee, to make freshmen academic information more readily available. A pamphlet will be created for all incoming undergrads about access to tutoring, peer mentoring, and other academic information. There is information all ready available for this sort of information, but not all in one place. This initiative will simply make finding these resources simpler.
For Student Engagement Committee, there will be a t-shirt swap on Thursday and Friday of THIS week, from 10AM-4PM in Schine Student Center. Director of the committee, Aysha Seedat, is meeting with Information and Technology Services (ITS) this week to discuss how the WiFi network AirOrangeX can be improved, so that it is speedier and more efficient. Last but certainly not least, Student Engagement committee is also working to create a brand new empowerment program designed specifically for first-generation students, so that they may be inspired to achieve their career goals, network with like-minded individuals, and learn what resources are accessible to them to make their dreams a reality.
At this last Monday night’s assembly meeting (March 23, 2015), several resolutions were passed, without much debate. One such resolution called for the addition of a section describing sexual and relationship violence to all course syllabi, so that each and every student may access the resources available for this issue without confusion or delay. Another resolution was passed, almost unanimously, that is certainly in the interest of most, if not every student on campus. Currently, Syracuse University has no official ruling in regards to subzero temperatures and snowfall in the class cancellation policy. This resolution would establish a clear and decisive definition of when class will be cancelled due to extensive amounts of snowfall. The next course of action is for university officials, including Chancellor Kent Syverud to review this resolution. More updates to come!