SGA Highlights – 2/19

Campus Climate Survey 

Stetson is partnering with Pryor Education Insights to conduct a Campus Climate Survey. This survey will be open until Friday, March 6. This survey seeks to ask students, faculty, and staff about becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Every Stetson undergraduate has received an email regarding this survey from Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success, Lua Hancock. The link embedded within that email is specific to yourself. There is a goal of obtaining survey results from 30 percent of the undergraduates. 

Here is an article containing information about this survey from Stetson Today. 

Some specific details from the last Campus Climate Survey conducted in 2016:

  • Twenty-six percent of  respondents were from Stetson’s DeLand campus
  • Twenty-two percent of the survey results were from Stetson undergraduates at the Deland Campus 
  • Seventy-five percent  of Stetson students reported that they were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with Stetson’s climate 
  • Twenty-three percent  of respondents from Stetson’s DeLand campus reported offensive behavior 

 

Effective Access to Stetson Education (EASE)

A selected group of students will be representing Stetson to promote the rejection of cuts in Tallahassee, FL Wednesday, Feb. 26.   

 

New Senator appointment

Connor Darby (‘23) was appointed and sworn in as a senator for the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

Resolutions

There were two resolutions proposed to express thanks to two different representatives that are fighting against the proposed cuts of EASE. Resolution S.Res3 expresses thanks to Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff and Resolution S.Res 4 expresses thanks to Representative Amber Mariano. Both resolutions were postponed so that voting members could gain more understanding and think and reflect on the resolution in order to reflect the student body as a whole. 

 

S.Res 3: A Resolution Expressing Thanks to Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff

On behalf of the Committee on Academic Affairs, Chair Joshua Finkelstein (‘22), the following resolution was proposed to express thanks and gratitude to Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff: 

 

“WHEREAS The William L. Boyd IV, Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) Program helps Florida residents who attend a private university or college pay for tuition;

WHEREAS Over 60 percent of Students at Stetson University receive funds from the EASE Program, and many students rely on funds from the EASE program to continue their education at Stetson;

WHEREAS House Bill 7087 is currently being considered by the Florida Legislature;

WHEREAS HB 7087 would severely reduce the number of students at Stetson who would be eligible to receive any funds from EASE, putting the future of many students at risk;

WHEREAS Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff represents House District 26, which includes Stetson University, as well as Bethune-Cookman University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;

WHEREAS In a Feb. 10 meeting of the Education Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Fetterhoff spoke out against HB 7087 and announced that she would not be voting in favor of the bill, 

THEREFORE, That the Stetson University Student Government Association, on behalf of all of the students at Stetson University 

  1. Expresses its sincerest thanks to Representative Fetterhoff for her support of students at Stetson who rely on funds from the EASE Program to continue their education at Stetson; and
  2. Applauds Representative Fetterhoff for taking a public stand to support the ICUF Universities in her district.” 

Amendment: 

Remove “on behalf of all of the students at Stetson University”

  • This amendment was voted on and passed. 

Voting on the new resolution with amendments has been postponed until the next senate, which is in two weeks. 

 

S.Res.4: A Resolution Expressing Thanks to Representative Amber Mariano

On behalf of the Committee on Academic Affairs, Chair Finkelstein , the following resolution was proposed to express thanks and gratitude to Representative Amber Mariano:

 

“WHEREAS The William L. Boyd IV, Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) Program helps Florida residents who attend a private university or college pay for tuition;

WHEREAS Approximately 60 percent of Students at Stetson University receive funds from the EASE Program, and many students rely on funds from the EASE program to continue their education at Stetson:

WHEREAS House Bill 7087 is currently being considered by the Florida Legislature;

WHEREAS HB 7087 would severely reduce the number of students at Stetson who would be eligible to receive any funds from EASE, putting the future of many students at risk;

WHEREAS In a Feb. 10 meeting of the Education Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Amber Mariano spoke out against HB 7087, particularly on the negative effects that it would have on the EASE Program,

THEREFORE, That the Stetson University Student Government Association, on behalf of all of the students at Stetson University,

  1. Expresses its sincerest thanks to Representative Mariano for her support of students at Stetson who rely on funds from the EASE Program to continue their education at Stetson; and
  2. Applauds Representative Mariano for taking a public stand to support students at ICUF Universities across the State of Florida

Voting for this resolution has been postponed indefinitely.

 

Campus life

Beer and Yoga has been postponed because Chair of Campus Life, Robby Manhalo (‘21) could not get in contact with a bartender to be present today. The location remains the same. 

 

Hatterthon 

Every year, 135,000 children are treated at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. Hatterthon is Stetson’s annual Dance Marathon. Hatterthon has a mission to help sick and injured kids at our local hospital, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Hatterthon needs your help and support. Our local hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of what they are experiencing: illness or injury. The children at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children are facing scary obstacles, like having to deal with cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries, as just a kid. Hatterthon’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for our local children’s hospital, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

 

Hatterthon will be held this year on Saturday, Feb. 22. It is a 10-hour event. Check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m., the main event will start at 11:30 a.m., and the closing ceremony will start at 9 p.m. This year there is a $7 registration fee which will cover an event t-shirt and a meal at the event. If you have any questions, reach out to [email protected] 

Register for Hatterthon here! 

 

Upcoming Dates

Career Fair 

  • Location: Rinker Fieldhouse 
  • Time:  Friday, Feb. 21 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Eat Better Together 

  • Hosted by: Stetson Interfaith Values Fellows, CCM, Hillel, and APAC 
  • Time: Friday, Feb. 21,  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Allen Hall 

 

Hatterthon 

  • Location: Rinker Fieldhouse 
  • Time: Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.
    • Check-in: 10:30 a.m. 
    • Closing ceremony: 9 p.m. 

 

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