The second meeting of the semester opened with a special presentation from Jim Leons from Research Computing Cyber Infrastructure. He looked for help from graduate students with an interest in research computing, storage, internet of things, and high performance computing. Jim sought to recruit student volunteers to serve on working committees for his organization.
In Executive Office Reports, President Claire Kelling discussed an increase in graduate apartment rates as well as access to leave time for graduate students. Vice President Charles Tierney discussed the recent Board of trustees meeting, where the agenda for the upcoming year was reviewed.
The Faculty Senate Report revealed that graduate applications are up 4% this year.
The Graduate Council spoke about the upcoming Alumni Society Career Exploration Workshop and the topics that it will cover.
In New Business, three new delegates were confirmed. Aaron Rill (Education), Yasha Duggal (Science), and Grace Usher (Science), were all approved with unanimous consent.
Bill 69-08 was passed in order to confirm this year’s Winter Gala, which will take place on December 7th. Ticket prices and the menu are in the process of being planned.
In committee reports, Rob Griggs spoke about the headshots Bill as well as the budget, which will be discussed more in depth later in the week.
The programming committee discussed upcoming events such as the football tailgate.
Student Trustee Bryan Culler spoke about the Board of Trustees and their role, as well as about his responsibility to represent the student perspective. He also expanded on the in-state tuition freeze.