Student Senate meeting minutes Feb. 8

Posted On: 2022-02-11

Student Senate – February 8, 2022

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

Members Present
Mary Furlong, Joseph Schauf, Jonathon Krull, Angel Sacta Espinoza, Riley Hall, Lyanna Novak, Destiny Walker, Sophia O’Neil, Elijah Williams, Allison Moysis, Oran Dornelly, Robert Budzius, Sam Carlson, Delaney Calabrese, Katie Pierpont, Maria Flynn, Seth Peterson, Maddie Wilsey, Haddy Falkman, Annie Carmean, Liam Gallup, Elise Roxas, Jordan Keeley, Morgan Brown, Josette Francois, Kristian Lindanger

Members Absent
Josette Francois

Members Excused
Riley Hall, Angel Sacta Espinoza, Sophia O’Neil, Liam Gallup

Fall 2021 Capital Improvement Presentation

Resolution 011: Allocation of Funds for the Fall 2021 Capital Improvement of Hammock Poles
Motion to accept Resolution 011 by: Seth Peterson
Seconded by: Sam Carlson
Yay: 16            Nay: 0              Abstain: 0
Motion passes unanimously

Resolution 012: Allocation of Funds for the Fall 2021 Capital Improvement of Water Bottle Fillers
Motion to accept Resolution 012 by: Sam Carlson
Seconded by: Guy Cardinal
Yay: 16            Nay: 0              Abstain: 0
Motion passes unanimously

Resolution 013: Allocation of Funds for the Fall 2021 Capital Improvement of Furniture Upgrades for First Generation Initiative
Motion to accept Resolution 013 by: Haddy Falkman
Seconded by: Sam Carlson
Yay: 14            Nay: 0              Abstain: 2
Motion passes by ⅔ majority

Resolution 014: Allocation of Funds for the Fall 2021 Capital Improvement of a Pug Mill
Motion to accept Resolution 014 by: Maria Flynn
Seconded by: Sam Carlson
Yay: 16            Nay: 0              Abstain: 0
Motion passes unanimously

Financial Request – Diversity and Inclusion Fund:
$2,500 set aside each semester in this fund
Destiny Walker: It’s Black History Month and we are looking to host some events to celebrate this month. Looking to host 4-5 events with other clubs partnering to put them on. Two movie nights, a painting night featuring Black History, and a Black History Reading event, and potentially an open mic night. Funding would be for movie licensing and snacks. Total requested is $250
Motion to accept the financial request at the suggested amount of $250 by: Sam Carlson
Seconded by: Maria Flynn
Yay: 15             Nay: 1              Abstain: 0

Executive Board Reports

Elijah Williams, President
The Student Senate Presidential election is rapidly approaching. All senators who have served for a full year on the senate, including those elected in the Fall of 2021, are eligible to run for the position of Student Senate President. The campaign packet, nomination petition, and other information will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022.

If you have yet to sign up for Student Voices, please do so by the end of this week. All senators are required to attend and we do get a report from the state, so we are able to see who has signed up.

I would like to welcome Abby Gilliland, the newly elected at-large representative, to the Student Senate!

Mary Furlong, Vice President of Academic Affairs
I am working with Sophia and Maria this week to touch base on intercommunication between the student representatives on the faculty committees.

Joseph Schauf, Vice President of Financial Affairs
There are a few requests in the financial pipeline. Budget forms should roll out soon.

Jonathon Krull, Vice President of Public Affairs
Sign up for Student Voices by Friday, all Senators are required to attend this. Sign up here

Capital Improvements Round Two are in motion, we are awaiting the final feasibility of the projects before we move forward. We are hoping to vote on them by the end of the month!

Friday, February 11 at 12:00 there is a civil discourse event featuring the WSU President, Senator Miller, and Representative Pelowski from Winona. Sign up here

This upcoming week is the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bl. James Miller, FSC. There will be a series of events honoring his legacy.

Saturday, February 12 there will be a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Monday, February 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Lounge Brother Paul Joslin FSC will share his story of Bl. Brother James Miller. He was on mission with Bl. Brother James during the time of his murder.

Thursday, February 17 there is a Panel Discussion on Migrant America: The Hidden Community Amongst Us at 7:00 p.m. in Salvi featuring Dr. Kyle Black and Fatima Said, Executive Director of Project Fine

Friday, February 18 there is a movie and Discussion of Romero at 7:00 p.m. in Aquinas Hall 200

If you have any questions on these events please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at

Angel Sacta Espinoza, Vice President of Campus Affairs
Nothing to Report

Lyanna Novak, Vice President of Student Affairs
Career Services
Elijah and I will be meeting with Shelly Schell, the Associate Director of Career Services, to discuss how Career Services can better serve the student community and learn more about what they have to offer this semester.

Campus Ministry: De La Salle Week
I am meeting with Brian to discuss a potential partnership between Student Senate and Campus Ministry for De La Salle Week. More to come on that

Thursday February 10- Glow in the Dark Tubing at Champion Hill from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hot chocolate will be provided|
February 11 & 12- Fireside held in the Gym hosted by SAI
Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday February 13- Self Defense Class in the Dance Studio at 1:00 p.m.

There is limited availability message SAC ( to sign up using the QR Code

Riley Hall, Vice President of Media and Communications
I am continuing to work on the Student Senate website. Marketing and Communication should be able to implement a vast majority, if not all, of the items we have requested / discussed. We will have more information for you shortly!

Destiny Walker, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs
I am working on Black History month projects and I will have more information out shortly!

Sophia O’Neil, Executive Assistant
Nothing to Report

Dr. Timothy Gossen, Advisor
Nothing to Report

Class Officer Reports
Freshman: Nothing to Report
Sophomores: Nothing to Report
Juniors: Keep making dunk tank suggestions, if you have any ideas of who to sit in it please reach out to Maria!
Seniors: If anyone has ideas for Senior week let Sam or Delaney know!

Senator Concerns
Complaints in regards to the inaccuracy of the lunch menus

Motion to Adjourn by: Sam Carlson
Seconded by: Maria Flynn
Motion passes unanimously
Meeting Adjourned at 7:29 p.m.