Student Government Update

BY CALLIE CONERTON
For the UAS Whalesong

Hello comrades! The semester is almost over and    Student Government did a lot around Campus this fall. We recently hosted a De-Stress Fest complete with puppies, yummy snacks in the learning center, meditation, a relaxation room, a student/faculty art show and a pizza party with a viewing of The Princess Bride. We helped serve, decorate and wash dishes at the Community Thanksgiving. It was great to see the UAS Community having a meal together and the lanterns brought it all together. A huge shout out to the Housing Staff and Campus Life teams for putting on the event!

We recently passed a resolution in support of adding choices for Alaska Native courses to be included in the GER requirements. We have really appreciated all of the students who have been coming to the Monday Morning Coffee with Student Government. It has been a really great way to be able to reach out to the students and also an amazing way to hear about the student’s experiences at UAS and ways that we can make it an even better place to receive an education!

Currently some members of Student Government are working with AEYC and the Alaska Native Resource Center in a discussion about bringing a day care back to UAS. The details are still in the work but we would really value your input. Do you find yourself needing childcare during your class? Do you have friends that would benefit from having childcare at campus? Let us know! We want your thoughts, ideas and comments!

We would like to thank Senator David Russell-Jensen for his service to Student Government and wish him luck this spring as he accepted the Legislative Internship. He will be representing UAS and the University of Alaska in the Capital. If you ever want a tour of the Capital, please feel free to reach out to him and he can point you in the right direction!

With that note, we are currently in search of a Student Government Senator. It would be a direct appointment and the candidate would need two letters of support and 15 student signatures. It would be a commitment of 3.25 hours in the office each week and a regularly scheduled meeting. Senator duties also include special events that we host or attend. If you are interested in being our new Senator, stop by the Student Government Office or talk to our Admin Assistant, Kayla Hood, in the SAB Office.

We hope you have had a great semester here at UAS. We aim to serve the students and be the student voice in the University System. If there is something that is an issue for you, we want to know about it. We want to help you and be your advocate at the University of Alaska Southeast- Juneau Campus and in the University of Alaska System. We cannot wait for a fun spring semester, which includes our Legislative Affairs Conference, BANFF Mountain Film Festival and MORE!

Thanks for a great semester!

– President Callie Conerton, Vice President Austin Tagaban, and Senators Hannah Wolfe-MacPike, Griffin Plush, David Russell Jensen, Karey Allen, and Naomi Edenshaw.

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