The SA Government Annual Report documents the successes of Student Government over the course of the academic year. It also provides several suggestions for future action by the different branches of Student Government. Below is an embedded interactive copy of the report (requires flash).
Accountability is the true key to effective governance. On this page you can track our progress on platform promises and recent projects. SA Government thrives on student feedback, so we always welcome you to contact us.
Joint Committee on Security
To promote a sentiment of safety on campus, students and Security Officers need a forum to meet each other and talk openly. This Joint Committee co-lead by our two organizations strives to provide just that.
What’s Happened: Committee met monthly for the 2011-2012 school year, heard from numerous students, built a relationship with Security staff, and succeeded with several mutual projects.
Contact: Donias Doko
Get Out and See Rochester
Many of us spend four years in Rochester and it’s not until Senior Week that we realize what the city has to offer, and how rich in culture it truly is.
What’s Happened: A calendar and bi-weekly spotlights were published online and on bulletin boards in the Rush Rhees tunnels and the Wilson Commons bridge. Spotlight arranged for discounts and promotions during the two week duration of each feature.
Contact: Kait Holden and Jessica Bendes
Health & Wellness
Create rochester.edu/wellness to promote a healthy lifestyle on campus and increase healthy opportunities in fitness, dining, and other areas.
What’s Happened: A Wellness committee comprised of University-wide representation met, increased healthy food options on campus, made detailed nutritional information available, and increased athletic center offerings and fitness programs.
Contact: Anupa Gewali and Natalie Molta
According to an internal study conducted by our campaign, the 87% of students would feel more comfortable seeking necessary medical assistance when in distress, and 98% would be more likely to seek assistance for their friends if they were guaranteed to have no resulting penal consequences. Given existing social pressures, we should do everything we can to remove inhibiting factors to seeking help.
What’s Happened: A Medical Amnesty clause has been added to the Student Code of Conduct for 2012-2013, assuring that students seeking medical attention for alcohol and other drug related illness will not have any disciplinary consequences.
Contact: Tess Petersen
Celebration of Diversity
We are fortunate to attend a University filled with such substantial diversity of culture, race, and thought, and working to better understand and appreciate individuals’ differences on our campus is an admirable goal. We strive to identify ways to model our appreciation of diversity and continually improve the culture on campus.
What’s Happened: A Collaboration Coordinator position has been created and given a substantial funding source to forge new bonds between groups. Groups of different backgrounds will be brought together to address common issues and progress toward mutual goals, such as betterment of student life.
Contact: Rohini Bhatia
While there is no disputing the value of a professional mentor in one’s field of study, peer advisors serve a unique role in helping students to take full advantage of academic and co-curricular opportunities in their field. A peer advising program to coach undergraduates on research, entrepreneurial opportunities, study abroad, and academic tracks would help fill in gaps left by pre-major advisors and major mentors.
What’s Happened: Peer advisors have been hired for six pilot departments, office space has been identified, the program has been funded, and a central training program has been planned through the College Center for Academic Support. The Peer Advising program will launch in these six academic disciplines in Fall 2012.
Contact: Humma Sheikh
Our Yellowjackets are up to quite a lot… from athletics to research, activities, and service, UR students are making their mark on campus and around the world. Let’s spread the word.
What’s Happened: Launch of a new Spirit page, creation of a Fill Fauver committee and the largest incentive rewards program in program’s history, and collaborated with athletes to better support their needs.
Contact: Alex Eadie
Research & Innovation
Like many of the world’s other leading research institutions Rochester has outstanding faculty support, but do students know how to jump in and get involved? With increased funding, resources, and communication, student initiatives can reach their full potential
What’s Happened: Working with the College Curriculum Committee, Director of College Assessment, select undergraduate councils, University IT, and the Director of Undergraduate Research, an online research opportunities marketplace is in the works. By maximizing access to resources already available, we plan to demonstrate a need for increased funding for entrepreneurial ventures as needed.
Contact: Oswald Codjoe
Improvement of Teaching Resources
Throughout formation of Center for Excellence and Teaching and Learning this year, student resources and evaluation have been a priority for us.
What’s Happened: We’ve demonstrated a need for centralized TA training, and such a program is in the works for 2013. We plan to leverage our new College Peer Advising program to demonstrate the potential success of centralized curriculum for mentors and instructors.
Contact: Lalita Movva
Safe Ride Home Service
The River Campus is active 24/7, but our bus system is not. Students want safe transportation home after 1AM, but especially in the Winter, escort rides take a substantial toll on Security staffing.
What’s Happened: A third SA Van and drivers have been hired. Thanks to a strong partnership with University Security, a student-run Safe Ride Home program is now available from 1-4 a.m. on campus and between River Campus properties.
Contact: Donias Doko
Walk for Facilities
After 25 years of success with the Walk for Light, we are consolidating it and the other Facilities assessment projects to increase focus on campus beautification, energy use, and interior renovations.
What’s Happened: The Walk took place on Nov. 4. and we’ve publication of the final 2011 report.
Contact: Joe Ciminelli
Innovative Campus Technology
Looking back at a non-wireless campus just three years ago, we’ve come a long way with technology. All of our classrooms are smart and most of our classes use Blackboard, but it’s time we push further into the future.
What’s Happened: This year brought the 2nd annual SA IT Summit (view report PDF), and most notably, URWireless in Towers to round out the expansion project
Contact: Ryan Puffer
Assess and Advocate for Campus Facilities Enhancements
With the economic recession stabilizing and new sources of revenue opening up, we hope to see facilities enhancements and additions increase over the next 5 years. We are surveying student needs so that as opportunities arise, we are fully prepared to outfit buildings with the best tools.
What’s Happened: There are more capital construction projects underway now than any other time since the River Campus was constructed in the 1920s. Aside from construction of two new dorm buildings, a Media Arts & Innovation Center, the new LeChase Hall, and all new athletic fields, we have successfully negotiated student planning roles for the upcoming College Town and research renovation projects.
Digitization, resuming composting, refreshing the Student Sustainability Council, and promotion of a sustainable lifestyle are all priorities of this administration.
What’s Happened: As we continue to hold SSC meetings, we’ve increased student participation in the University Council on Sustainability five-fold, and eliminated all paper forms internally. The switch to paperless processes is estimated to save thousands of dollars and countless trees annually.
Contact: Will Finnie
SA Technology Enhancement
The SA sites are already a great resource for students to learn about SA Government, student organizations, and upcoming events, but there’s still room for innovation and improvement.
What’s Happened: Through hiring a full time web developer, we’ve been able to add a CCC Videos widget, consolidated forms system, and address numerous bug fixes on the Hive.
Contact: Ryan Puffer