Julia Cain called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. and attendance was taken.
Jack Baker, Julia Cain, Ed Day, Megan Hammond, Kay Kenison, Riley LaMie, Caitlin Morrison, Stephanie Oberlander, Brook Rutledge, Scott Robinson, Brent Weisel, Teri Willard, and Wendy Williams. Excused: Kevin Kimball
Stephanie Oberlander moved to approve the minutes as presented. Caitlin Morrison seconded. Motion carried. (All in favor)
University Centers and Community College Relations: The funding request is for $83,630 for the University Centers. Tonight’s presenting organizations are working together to plan activities requested by the students at the off-campus centers. They have been working collaboratively to provide for the needs of the center students who are usually non-trad students with families and jobs, taking classes and studying, so their needs are different than on-campus students. The ASCWU BOD has been working on an off-campus liaison to represent the center students and to provide a voice for these students. All organizations are trying to provide what the students really need from the survey that was done. One planned project is Student Handbooks that are specific to their campuses and provide helpful local information. Communication is a challenge, but they are all working together to accomplish better communication between the centers and Ellensburg campus. If there are cuts, it would be in goods and services, but still providing for the needs of the students.
Westside Student Affairs – Tina Wang: The funding request for Westside Student Affairs is $150,428. There are five Westside campuses and these students are older, non-trad students with families, jobs and many are veterans. These students are interested in professional development and career services. These students have limited resources and are not connected to the main campus and don’t feel a part of CWU. Tina Wang suggests several programs for the students and is following the suggestions on what the students really want like child care. There are no 100-200 level courses offered, so there are no freshmen and the average age is 30. Tina is trying to find what will help students get involved at the University, but it is a struggle. It would be nice to have a student representing the Centers on the S&A committee, and they continue to look at suggestions. The Westside Centers have been partnering with the community colleges, but it is not working, so they are looking at a new direction and looking at student priorities for the funding to provide maximum services with the money, and requesting no new money. Tina would make cuts in the goods and services area and keep the student employees.
Career Services, Westside Counselor – Jaqualyn Johnson: The funding request is for $70,681 for the Westside Counselor, Career Services. Currently, the Westside Career Services Counselor funding is being split with Highline Community College-Lynnwood. This proposal will fund the position as a 10-month career counselor for CWU Westside Campuses and will no longer be a shared position. This will allow more time to meet with students individually and plan activities like a 2-credit career course, internship fairs, job fairs, and other career planning events. The students at the centers are more career-driven and want the support the career counselor provides.
Center for Student Empowerment: Katrina Whitney presented the funding request is for $269,265. Michelle Cyrus helps with programs that help the students including students at all the centers through several programs including the new veterans’ center and Kid’s Cat Zone and other student enriching programs. These are just a few programs that help the non-trad students as well as all CWU students. Michelle spends her time away from the office at the centers promoting the programs that are offered. Mal Stewman also shared several other programs that are offered to enrich our students and what has been done in the past and planned for the future. They are always looking for outside funding sources. If she had to make cuts, Katrina would balance cuts to goods and services and hope to make other adjustments to keep the programs.
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Discussion on having an S&A Committee member from the centers was discussed. It is important to have someone representing the off-campus centers. Over time there have been many suggestions discussed. Brent Weisel shared that the ASCWU BOD is in the process of recruiting the ASCWU BOD liaison to the off-campus centers and so far have not had any applicants. The problem may be that many of the centers’ students are non-trad students with families and jobs and little spare time, so it has been hard to find applicants.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
Megan Hammond moved to adjourn, Brent Weisel seconded. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.