Numerous government meetings occurred around campus over the past two weeks, both within the student body and administration.
Last week, the main focus of SGA was to assign committees to nine different initiatives to explore, and if found wanted and feasible to accomplish, execute these initiatives. This week saw a continuation of these committees, spending time meeting with the groups and finding out where to start on these different initiatives.
Committee reports over the past two weeks in SGA have included the Admissions, Honors and Retentions Committee discussing adding a requirement for a minimum ACT score for full admission into Northwestern.
On another major note of discussion, the faculty on the Committee brought two names to SGA, junior Brittany Klinkenborg and senior Steve Van Wye, for them to determine which one should serve. Both were found to be quality candidates for the position, having similar personalities and both able to serve well in the position. After careful deliberation, Brittany Klinkenborg was voted to be the representative to serve on the Campus Life Committee.
It was pointed out that people should not ride wheeled things in campus buildings unless needed for a disability, as maintenance has been having numerous issues , along with hall congestion.
Another major meeting on campus was that of the Board of Trustees. The Board approved $3.5 million in bonds to finance the new suite-style dorm, which is on target to be completed for occupation next school year.
Further plans for a new learning commons were also looked at, which is slated to include the library, additional classrooms, the writing center, archives, a coffee shop and a community room. Plans for the mini-gym in the RSC were also discussed.
The Board looked at surveys from the freshmen and seniors about engagement in educational practices to help with strategic planning. Also included were discussions on online learning and an acceptance of the college’s audited financial statements.