Student Senate meeting minutes Feb 1

Posted On: 2022-02-07

Student Senate Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2022

Meeting called to order by President Elijah Williams at 7:00 p.m.
Prayer by Robert Budzius

Members Present
Mary Furlong, Joseph Schauf, Jonathan Krull, Angel Sacta Espinoza, Riley Hall, Lyanna Novak, Destiny Walker, Sophia O’Neil, Elijah Williams, Allison Moysis, Robert Budzius, Sam Carlson – Jack Hatton, Delaney Calabrese – Grace Gilles, Hunter Phillips, Katie Pierpont – Guy Cardinal, Maria Flynn, Seth Peterson, Maddie Wilsey – Brianna Galang , Haddy Falkman, Annie Carmean – Abby Gilliland, Liam Gallup, Elise Roxas, Jordan Keeley – Jouleanne Ladao, Morgan Brown- Jose Trejo, Kiristian Lindanger

Members Absent
Josette Francois

Members Excused

Presentation by Kelly Shannon, Vice President for Marketing and Communication: University rebranding
If you’d like a copy of the presentation, please reach out to us at and we will send that to you. Things discussed included the university rebranding project as well as a display of the new and upcoming university logos.

Special Request – Yoga Club
Motion to accept the special request by Haddy Falkman
Seconded by Maria Flynn
Yes: 16             No: 0               Abstain: 0
Motion Passes Unanimously

Special Request – PR / Business Club
Motion to accept the special request by Seth Peterson
Seconded by Elise Roxas
Yes: 16             No: 0               Abstain: 0
Motion Passes Unanimously

Academic Request
Motion to accept the academic request Seth Peterson
Seconded by Elise Roxas
Yes: 16 No: 0    Abstain: 0
Motion Passes Unanimously

Executive Board Reports

Elijah Williams, President
I’d like to welcome Hunter Phillips to the Student Senate! He has been appointed to the position of La Salle, Skemp, and Heffron Hall Representative.

The Guide to Cardinal Life that we presented to you last week has been completed by Marketing and Communications and we have the final draft in hand! If you’d like a copy, please reach out to me and I will get you one.

You will notice an announcement tomorrow which lists the newly updated COVID protocols considering the lay low period has ended. Please read these carefully to fully understand the new protocols. If you have any questions about these please reach out to or the Student Senate at

The capital improvement suggestion form will close tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2, at 10:00 p.m. Please be sure to get any final suggestions in as soon as possible for consideration!

The Student Senate Presidential Election is rapidly approaching. The petition and campaign packets will become available on Monday, February 14. Any student who has sat on the senate for at least a year is eligible to run for President. This includes any sitting senator elected in the fall of 2021. If you are interested in running for President, please reach out to me with any questions.

Mary Furlong, Vice President of Academic Affairs
I am working on plans for a teacher appreciation week. It is still in its early stages, but more to come later in the semester. If you would like to be involved in that project, please let me know so I can keep you in the loop!

Joseph Schauf, Vice President of Financial Affairs
There is nothing currently in the pipeline as far as financial requests. I’m working with Twigz to get budget forms out to clubs in the coming week or two.

Jonathon Krull, Vice President of Public Affairs
Next week we will be starting our meeting at 6:30 p.m. to write thank you’s for the Minnesota State Grant, please make sure to be here on time!

Please sign up for Student Voices if you haven’t already, you can sign up here.

Engage Winona has released the results from their survey and focus groups, you can find the results here.

Ann Merchlewitz and I met today to discuss the Voting Engagement Plan, marketing is putting it all together and I will present it to Senate when completed.

We have the final estimates for the first round of Capital Improvements, Angel and I will be presenting them next week for a final vote.

Angel Sacta Espinoza, Vice President of Campus Affairs
We are meeting with Jim Bedtke next week and have gone through the list of capital improvement suggestions and have decided which ones we would like to go through with. We have one more that is still waiting on a quote for pricing.

Lyanna Novak, Vice President of Student Affairs
February 4 – Snowshoeing at 3:00 p.m.: Meet at the Clock Tower.
February 5 – Pregame Mocktails in the Hall of Fame Room from 12:00-2:00 p.m. (before Women’s Hockey Game).
February 6 – Snowman Building Competition by Toner Stairs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Grand Prize is a Ninja Blender.

SAC Collaborative Meeting
Successful and insightful. Plans to have more collaborative efforts between SAC, RISE and the Student Senate.

Wellness Center
We have a new Physician Assistant (PA) after the transitional staffing period in collaboration with Winona Health, her name is Hannah. She is a great resource and I want to inform you all that the Wellness Center is still of service to you all.

Riley Hall, Vice President of Media and Communications
We are continuing to work on the new Student Senate website.

Destiny Walker, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs
FGI is hiring counselors for Countdown to College this Summer. Countdown to College (C2C) is a program geared toward youth of color. They spend two weeks in the summer gaining college experience. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 4. There are signs around campus or you can contact me or Elena Lacey in the FGI office. Also, happy Black History Month and Chinese New Year!

Sophia O’Neil, Executive Assistant
I am working with the Ed Standards committee and this week they are going over course cancellation protocol. When they usually go over these, they ask me for a student opinion. If you have any pressing opinions about how they adjust this process, please reach out to me!

Dr. Timothy Gossen, Advisor
Nothing to Report

Class Officer Report
Freshman: Nothing to Report
Sophomores: Nothing to Report
Juniors: Nothing to Report
Seniors: Nothing to Report

Senator Concerns
Blood drive – request – Potentially happening in February?
Dessert in the pub

Motioned by Haddy Flakman
Seconded by Guy Cardinal
Motion passes unanimously
Meeting Adjourned at 7:59 p.m.