Projects & Services
The Projects & Services Committee is the advocacy branch of the Senate, working on a daily basis with key university administrators to address issues affecting students. It thrives on student feedback, allowing the committee to represent the student opinion as accurately as possible.
Members of this committee should have a passion for improving student life on campus and/or interest in a particular topic (e.g. dining, facilities, technology) that impacts the student experience. They should also be able to communicate effectively with everybody from peers to senior administrators, deans, and faculty members. Organization and time-management skills are also helpful, and all committee members should possess problem-solving skills, which often require them to think “outside the box.” Members of the Projects & Services Committee should be able to achieve goals independently but should also be comfortable working as part of a team.
Policy & Review
The Policy & Review Committee is the regulatory board for the SA Government. It addresses all internal and external policy issues and upholds the Bylaws and all Policy and Procedure Manuals for the SA Government. The committee strives to be a helpful resource to existing student groups and forming new groups. It also assists groups with constitution changes, the mid-year report, programs and co-sponsorship. The committee is available for all types of support, ensuring the success of all student organizations.
Committee members should have the ability to think quickly and analytically. Attention to detail is important as is the ability to articulate thoughts clearly. Successful committee members have strong listening and communication skills and pay close attention to detail without losing sight of the “big picture.” A desire to work directly with students and an interest in assisting new and existing student organizations is also helpful.
Communications & Public Relations
The Communications Committee is the outward voice for the SA Government. It publishes newsletters, heads PR campaigns, maintains the Hive website and assists the other branches of government with public campaigns.
Communication is essential to providing transparency of SA Government, University & College administration and policy making. Committee members are also responsible for advertising the fun and exciting projects that our other committees achieve. This critical mission is best filled by dedicated individuals who are prepared to work independently, and who have a passion for writing, design, technology and/or media.
The Student Accountant is an integral member of the Appropriations Committee (SAAC). SAAC manages the over $1M Students’ Association budget, and is responsible for budgeting this money to all SA organizations. Additionally, SAAC is responsible for accurately keeping track of the spending of each SA funded group throughout the year, helping groups with funding questions and hearing requests for supplemental funding and transportation funding.
Student Accountants must be organized, diligent and motivated. Day-to-day duties include keeping accurate records of the spending of specific groups, holding office hours for 1 hour 4 times per week, and occasionally meeting with Business Managers to help with questions. Additionally, SAAC holds weekly meetings to hear supplemental funding requests from various SA groups and Student Accountants, as voting members of SAAC, must be present at all of these meetings. Most importantly, during the spring semester, Student Accountants assist in the annual budgeting process.
At the highest level of SA Government are the three branch leaders, the President, Speaker, and Chief Justice. While Coordinators and Aides are appointed by the President, daily oversight of the Committees falls to the Senate. Accountants are aides specifically assigned to the Appropriations Committee, and they are selected by the Treasurer.