Posted 2:40 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

SGA discuss attendence policies, events

Laramie County Community College’s Student Government Association is getting the ball rolling for this fall semester after training its new members on the nuts and bolts of parliamentary procedure.

The first task on its agenda was preparing for elections that took place on Sept. 24. SGA started the semester with 12 members but is planning to reach out to the students to gain more interest and recruit three or four more members. SGA President Danielle Kienzle said SGA really wanted to target freshman to ensure a solid future for SGA in the semesters to come.

Although Kienzle said the association doesn’t have any particular set goals yet for the semester, the members laid out plans and ideas for events during its Sept. 15 meeting.

In addition to the elections, fliers were created to promote an upcoming chili cook-off from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the student lounge, talks were in place to team up with Sodexo to raise money for charity through the “Pie in the Face” event, and the diversity committee was hoping to team up with Campus Activities Board to include Cultural Jeopardy into the Cultural Fair, which is hosted by CAB in the fall. SGA would also like to send out a survey targeting freshman and asking them what types of new program ideas they would like to see on campus to gain more student input.

In addition, guest speakers from United Blood Services spoke with SGA on Sept. 17 about working together to promote the Halloween-themed blood drive scheduled for 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Sign-up sheets for activities during Homecoming week, including football, volleyball, the chili cook-off and the parade, are now available at the SGA Student Help Desk available to anyone who wants to sign up. Homecoming week will be taking place throughout the week of Oct. 5-11; go to wingspan.lccc.wy.edu and facebook.com/wingspanlccc for the full Homecoming week schedule as well as photos from the events.

In other business, Sen. Jerico Goss brought up an issue discussed in the Sept. 14 Faculty Senate meeting. Adviser Jill Koslosky said there have been reports of some instructors’ attendance policies stating that after two absences students will be docked 45 points a day for every day absent. If a student is on a college-sponsored trip, they will see those docked points add up.

“The issue is that you put students in an awkward situation where they are possibly earning a scholarship to come to college,” Koslosk said. “So they have to choose: ‘Do I risk my scholarship and not [attend the trip] so I can get those points in class, or do I bail on the class points and make sure I’m doing the activity I need to do to keep my scholarship?’”

Goss said there was a discussion of implementing a school-wide attendance policy at the Faculty Senate meeting (currently, attendance is decided on a teacher-by-teacher basis).

The next Faculty Senate meeting was scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sept. 21, so Goss and Koslosky asked SGA members to speak with their peers, classmates, teachers and add their own opinion of the current attendance policy and how they would feel about a mandatory school-wide attendance policy.

Kienzle said she wanted to create a rule requesting members get two to three individual’s input by the next SGA meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17. Adviser Josh Petersen also requested students bring their syllabi to compare current attendance policies.
Despite the rule created by Kienzle and request from Petersen, no mention of the issue was brought up during the Sept. 17 SGA meeting.

Another concern mentioned during the Sept. 15 meeting pertained to the fact that the emporium stopped serving hot food to encourage students to eat in the cafeteria.