Student-run organizations will have increased control over their functionality, thanks to a $25,000 resolution passed by the Student Government Association senate, Executive Vice President Diana DiNapoli said.
Beginning this summer, the SGA will be implementing a new online database system called OrgSync, allowing clubs and organizations to create an online portal in which students can become more involved on campus.
“[OrgSync] lets clubs be more hands-on with their organizations,” DiNapoli said. “It gives more power to clubs and allows [the SGA] to be more supportive rather than controlling.”
According to Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Operations Jaime Kisthardt, the $25,000 program will allow organizations to hold online elections, send mass messages to its club members as well as interested persons, track its activities and budgets as well as allow organizations to go paperless with financial paperwork. The program will also synthesize itself with the online banner system and 25 Live.
“[The SGA] only holds two organization fairs a year, which doesn’t allow much time for students to find a club and become a part of it,” Kisthardt said. “This allows students to search for their interests online and have open access to all clubs and organizations.”
Rowan’s information resource center expressed concern regarding the program’s security, as well as offering up their services to create a similar program, Kisthardt said.
“The SGA felt that [information resource] couldn’t put together a program for 130 clubs,” Kisthardt said. “The program also complies with Safe Harbor Framework from the Department of Commerce with the collection and retention of information.”
New Parking Lot Off Ellis Street
Trying to adapt to the growing concerns of students regarding university expansion, the senate unanimously approved a resolution regarding an additional parking lot off of Ellis Street.
Kisthardt said that with construction on the new school of business’s building and the Rowan Hall expansion set to take over parking lots A and M, the lots will no longer be of access to students.
“The construction will displace about 700 spaces which are used by a majority of commuters,” Kisthardt said.
According to zoning plans of Rowan-owned property, potential construction of additional parking spaces will be approximately 1.5 miles away.
“Route 322 is already a very congested road,” Kisthardt said. “Having more cars on 322 will only make traffic problems worse. Coupled with the amount of pedestrians that cross the roads, this too will make conditions worse.”
The resolution asks the Facilities and Operations and the Office of the President to strongly consider placing a parking lot off of Ellis Street due to its walking distance from campus, Kisthardt said.
“This space will make up for almost all of the lost parking spaces and it will be closer and safer for students, leaving the crossing of Route 322 out of the picture,” Kisthardt said.
Kisthardt also mentioned that the resolution asked for a shuttle bus to make frequent stops by the lot, jump-starting a project she will work on next semester in making the shuttle system more effective.
If the resolution is well received by Facilities and Operation and the President’s Office, commuters will be encouraged to take Exit 48 off of Route 55, allowing the ramp to drop them off closer to the parking lot. This will also decrease the traffic on Route 322, Kisthardt said.
The senate approved the $1.1 million 2014-15 academic year budget with a $5,000 increase from last year’s budget.
“I would say 95 [percent] of the clubs complied with the submission of their budgets, with only about [seven] clubs not submitting budgets,” Chief Financial Officer Mike Medina wrote in an email.
Medina said the SGA hired a new full-time employee to manage buses and vans and its drivers, who are also employed by the SGA.
“Given the small increase we had to give returning and new clubs, the Student Financial Control Board had to be very conscientious in terms of increasing club budgets this year,” Medina said.
Changes in Dean’s List Recipients
The Office of the Registrar currently has no way of informing students that they have made the Dean’s List, achieving a semester GPA of 3.45 or higher, said Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Kunal Patel.
“Anyone who made the list has to go out of their way to several different links and webpages, just to see if they made it,” Patel said.
Patel approached the Office of the President, the Provost and the dean to create a system in which students could purchase a $15 professional document with their name printed on it.
“I’m pushing for the changes to occur this semester, but either way, I’ll try to notify students of their achievements,” Patel said. “We’re trying to celebrate student achievements.”
A resolution was passed, allowing the Assistant Vice President of Governmental Relations to attend a United States Student Association conference. The conference costs $2,500 to attend and will be paid for by the SGA clearing account.
The Rowan chapter of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development was also approved to begin petitioning.
The Future Business Leaders of America, also known as Phi Beta Lambda, was approved to begin petitioning.
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