The December 4th meeting opened with Dan Murphy, speaking during the Open Student Forum, who provided insight into the process of appointing a new mayor for State College. In Special Presentations, Fallan Frank from the Paul Robeson Cultural Center spoke to the assembly about the PRCC’s commitment to offering programs based in social justice, cultural enrichment, and leadership development to all students. Ms. Fallan also spoke on the facilities for use in the center, as well as the array of programming offered by the center throughout the year.
In Executive Office Reports, President Claire Kelling spoke on the upcoming Town Hall event, where 115 people are registered to attend. She also touched on the Winter Gala event, which will be held on Saturday. In the Faculty Senate report, Star Sharp reported that Penn State’s decision to allow the Common App has resulted in an increase of applicants. She also mentioned that the border program allows for some students living outside of Pennsylvania to qualify for in state tuition.
In New Business, Bill 65-19 in support of the co-sponsorship of an Association of Women in Geoscience outreach event was passed with unanimous consent, focused on bringing women in geoscience together. Bill 69-16, in support of the GWIS Voices 2020 Conference Co-Sponsorship was also passed with unanimous consent. Bill 69-17, concerning the budget for the Spring 2020 Graduate Writing Boot Camp was passed as well
In reports, the committees updated the assembly on their activities. The advocacy and Human Diversity committee is working to promote mentoring and internships to GPSA members. The community service committee will be accepting donations for the Women’s Resource Center at the Winter Gala.