Campus / News / Student Senate / October 5, 2012

Dean of the College search discussed at Student Senate

In response to concerns about transparency, senior Justin Steele was present to relay the progress of the Dean of the College Search Committee at this week’s Student Senate meeting.

After current Dean of the College Lawrence Breitborde announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, the committee was formed to select his replacement. Steele, who is the student representative on the committee, explained that it met with search firm Isaacson, Miller over the summer and drafted a scope document, which outlines the qualities the committee is looking for in an applicant.

Currently, the committee has about 45 active candidates — people it is pursuing or who have been recommended for the position. Applications will be accepted into November, with the top 10 candidates being interviewed during the week of Nov. 26. In January, the top three candidates will visit campus for open interviews with the student body, as was done during the presidential search in 2011.

Steele also explained how he came to be the sole student on the committee, saying that he was contacted over the summer by Dean of Students Deb Southern and asked to serve. Steele is currently senior class president.

Senate President senior Michael Gasparro announced that next Thursday is “Bring a Friend to Senate Day” and encouraged senators to connect with their constituents and ask them to come to Senate.

Vice President Philip Bennett explained Senate’s attendance policy for the year. Each senator will be allowed three unexcused absences over the course of the year from Senate and committee meetings. An unexcused absence will be grounds for removal. This week, three senators — junior Kwesi Addo-Yobo and seniors Brian Paul and Kristal Romero — and Treasurer junior Shelly Bhanot were excused.

At the conclusion of the meeting, freshman Aaron Schiffman announced the formation of a campus music collective dedicated to giving student musicians a space to record and collaborate. He also declared his intention to work on bringing rapper Missy Elliot to Knox.

Student Senate meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Round Room of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Meetings are open to the public.

Standing Committee Reports

Campus Life: Campus Life Chair junior Paul Brar announced that the committee will hold its first meeting on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gizmo. On the agenda is the acquisition of new washers and dryers, which may come with a card swipe option rather than a coin dispenser.

Finance: The committee approved the Knox Conservatives, Knox Filmmakers and Knox Greens as new clubs and approved $15 for Songwriters’ Guild for posters and $508.40 for Model United Nations to help pay for flights to a conference in Washington, DC. Additional funds requests from Students Without Borders and Archery Club were tabled due to insufficient information, as was a request from the Umoja Gospel Choir to be recognized as an official club. Finance Committee has spent $11,333.40 so far this year.

Sustainability: The committee is in the process of streamlining the application for funding from the Student Sustainability Fund.

Technology: Technology Chair sophomore Nana Opoku met with Chief Information Officer Steve Hall about buying more bandwidth for the campus network. Opoku said that contracts will likely be signed soon.

Faculty Committee Reports

Academic Standing: Sustainability Chair junior Nora McGinn reported that ASC reviewed Honors project proposals from students whose GPA did not meet the 3.3 minimum requirement. Next week, the committee will discuss the report prepared by the Honor Code Review Committee concerning potential changes to the Honor Code.

Admissions, Retention and Placement: Senator junior Elizabeth Lerum said that ARP is reviewing data on retention from spring term 2011 and 2012 in order to better understand why students leave Knox.

Campus Diversity: Senator sophomore Olaloye Oyedotun reported that the committee is discussing sending students to a diversity conference at Purdue University in Indiana. They hope to open up the opportunity to all of campus.

Instructional Technology Support: The committee discussed the possibility of switching from Moodle to a similar platform, Eraser, for use in online learning.

Anna Meier

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