This Week in SA

Neely Laufer, the vice president of Student Association, led her third senate meeting of her term on Tuesday.  (David Armelino | The Oswegonian)
Neely Laufer, the vice president of Student Association, led her third senate meeting of her term on Tuesday. (David Armelino | The Oswegonian)

The Student Association senate met again Tuesday for the 20th meeting of the 49th legislative session.

Neely Laufer led her third meeting as SA vice president. Five senators were absent from the meeting.

The minutes and agenda were quickly approved to begin the meeting.

There was one guest to the senate, a representative of Oswego Heritage Federal Credit Union, promoting is availability to students to help manage their finances while they attend college at Oswego State. The credit union hopes to appeal to students in that it has a presence on campus. Along with one location in Culkin Hall, there are two other off-campus locations. The representative gave information to senators on how to save money and earn and maintain credit, and capitalized on the multitude of services the credit union has and is adding every day. The senate was also reminded that credit unions are non-profit member-owned organizations and controlled through a board of directors who are elected by the membership. Depositors’ funds are insured up to $250,000 and they provide free checking accounts and a free debit card.

There were no public comments this week.

SA President Tucker Sholtes spoke to the senate and said he spent last week meeting with administrators on campus, discussing the possibility of a brand new Oswego app that will offer new services and is working on the process of hiring directors for various positions. Applications are due on April 25. Sholtes said by April 28, he hopes to have all the directors hired.

Vice President Laufer also talked about her involvement with the app and meeting with some campus administrators on forming a group focused on diversity. Hassan Al-Shareffi, the director of finance, said there were no bills this week, but some accounts are being used for the “Meet Your Senator” event. He also met with WTOP-10 and some other organizations about budget concerns, and also with WTOP-10 over the future of their organization and what they will be needing, including lots of equipment updates and improvements that are needed.

The advisor for SA, Mike Paestella, discussed the Student Involvement Awards, for which there are fourteen student involvement categories. The event will take place next Tuesday in Campus Center.

In committee reports, Rules and Judiciary are working with Laufer for attendance issues, and making sure senators are putting in their hours each week. There is also no meeting with Finance because no bills were up for discussion.

There were no hall council reports, special orders, general orders, new legislation or senator issues.

SA meetings are held every Tuesday in 102 Lanigan Hall at 6 p.m.