This week in Senate
The Undergraduate Student Association (USA) held its second meeting of the school year on Tuesday night.
The headline guest speaker was Dr. Sandy Estanek, the interim vice president for Student Affairs for this year. She spoke on her experience and her goals for her one-year term, working with Student Affairs in order to coordinate with the Senate.
One of those goals is to work on a grassroots campus ministry program, with expanded hours for the campus ministry office. Another goal is to re-vision the ALANA Student Center: Dr. Estanek plans to work with Bennie Williams, director of the ALANA Center, in order to do that.
“If we can do this wisely, I think we have some good opportunities here,” Estanek said.
In terms of hiring a new Title IX coordinator, a national search landed on Debbie Owens, a former Title IX coordinator at D’Youville who started at Canisius last week. She will also handle New Griff Orientation.
Dr. Estanek’s next move will be hiring a replacement for Rich Kennedy, who left his position as assistant director of Student Life this summer to take a position as a high school math teacher. Zoey Maggiore is in that position in the interim.
USA also discussed the ongoing parking situation as well as the shuttle service. Tim Balkin, vice president for business and finance, has been studying the situation and says that adjustments will be made as needed. Multiple senators expressed concern over the shuttle service, wishing it to be more present as well as questioning the quality of the drivers. However, Executive Vice President Zoe Kaminski said that after she made rounds at stops, there was never more than a 20-minute wait for the shuttle.
Appeals from C-Block to help fund a Penn State hockey trip and Fusion for Gaming After Dark passed.
Finally, USA President Alyssa Deacon presented on ways that USA can improve. They would like to be more involved in other clubs and organizations, supporting student-athletes by going to games and encouraging students to come to meetings.