At its first Senate meeting of the academic year on Monday, September 8, the Marquette University Student Government Executive Board unveiled new initiatives and events aimed at engaging students and reevaluating the organization’s funding and programming structures.
President Kyle Whelton, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, announced that MUSG is partnering with various campus offices to host student-centered events during Dr. Michael Lovell’s inauguration week. Marquette’s 24th president specifically requested events that would allow him to meet and interact with the Marquette community. Each day of Inauguration Week will offer opportunities for students to engage with the president.
At Whelton’s direction, an ad hoc committee comprised of two students in the College of Business Administration will begin a year-long review of the Student Organization Funding process. The students are enrolled in a Lean Six Sigma course, a managerial process improvement method that eliminates waste, and will apply these concepts to evaluate the MUSG funding processes. The committee will submit recommendations to make these processes more responsible and sustainable.
A second ad hoc committee will review MUSG’s Program Board structure and recommend updates to make the board more effective on campus.
Executive Vice President Natalie Pinkney, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Whelton introduced Amendment #1, Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice. This amendment to MUSG’s constitution would create a cabinet-level position to advocate for diverse populations and coordinate with diversity officers on campus in various departments, including student development, admissions and academics.
In addition, the Coordinator would chair a committee comprised of the MUSG Legislative Vice President, two senators, and representatives from the MUSG Program Board, Residence Hall Association, Greek Life governing councils and other recognized student organizations. Senate will vote to approve Amendment #1 at its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 15.
MUSG Senate approved the student organization funding requests for two fall activities – the Marquette Naturals male a cappella group for their fall concert expenses and the Physical Therapy Student Council to send students to the American Physical Therapy Association’s National Student Conclave. Per its constitution, SOF funding allocations over$2,500 require the approval of the Senate. Additional information on allocations made during SOF period two can be found on the MUSG website.
Jeff Ocwieja, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, was approved as Legislative Clerk and Olivia Slusarek, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, was approved as Parliamentarian, both by a unanimous vote.
Programs Vice President Ryan Twaddle, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and Communications Vice President Sarah McClanahan, a senior in the College of Communication, announced that their departments are currently hiring students who are interested in gaining experience in student government. Applications for the Program Board and Public Relations Assistant can be found at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved.
MUSG is also seeking students to serve on All-University Committees and represent the student body. Interested students can find more information and applications at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved.