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Housing, Lower Division and Engineering and Computing Senate Seats Available

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus Senate has seats open for the following colleges:

*1 for Housing
*1 for Engineering and Computer Science
*1 for Lower Division

As a Senator, you would work with students, faculty, administration, and members of the local community to provide the best services possible to the student body.

The position is open to undergraduate and graduate students registered with the college who meet the following criteria:

FOR UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS
* Maintain no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 2.0 term grade point average.
* Shall maintain a minimum of nine (9) undergraduate credit hours; in their semester of graduation these Senators are exempt from these requirements, but shall maintain a minimum of three (3) credit hours.

FOR GRADUATE APPLICANTS:
*Maintain no less than a 3.0 cumulative graduate grade point average and a 2.5 term grade point average.
*Maintain, during Fall and Spring semesters, a minimum of six (6) graduate credit hours; in their semester of graduation, these Senators are exempt these requirements,
but shall maintain a minimum of three (3) credit hours.

FOR ALL APPLICANTS
* Be able to attend the Senate meetings every Monday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
* Be registered, during Fall and Spring semesters, for no less than fifty (50) percent of his/her classes at the campus he/she represents.
* Be under no academic or disciplinary sanctions as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct.

Fill out the application and turn it in to GC 211 no later than February 18, 2011 at 5:00pm

The Senate will select and confirm the candidates for the positions on February 21, 2011 at 4:00pm in RBD 1000.

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns as it pertains to the open application period to fill the vacant senate seats, please contact SGC-MMC Senate Speaker Hector Mujica at hmuji001@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2121.

 

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Press Release: ‘Show Me The Money’ GSFC Town Hall Meetings

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) will facilitate a series of ‘Graduate Student Funding Committee Town Hall Meetings’ throughout the month of September.

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—Under the direction of Graduate Senator and Chairwoman of the Graduate Student Funding Board Erika Denise Edwards, the Graduate Student Funding Committee (GSFC) will facilitate a series of ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, in which members of the GSFC will inform graduate students of its goals for the academic school year, as well as the procedures to follow when filing for funds to conduct research, attend conferences, and professional development seminars.

“Since the summer 2010 term,” mentions Chairwoman Edwards, “the GSFC has received in excess of 100 requests for funding, many of which were denied for administrative reasons. In facilitating the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, the GSFC will remind students of the procedures that must be adhered to when filing for funds.”

“In addition to learning more about the funding procedures,” continues Chairwoman Edwards, “Graduate students will have the opportunity to meet their Senators. The ratification of the Constitution in the summer of 2010 afforded graduate students an increased voice in student government. My constituency will be very impressed and pleased with its representatives.”

When questioned about the transition from a governing council to funding committee, Graduate Senator and Vice-Chairwoman of the GSFC Rachel Emas mentions that “my constituency will be delighted by how smoothly the transition has taken place. The increase in funding allows the GSFC to award graduate and professional students once per semester and twice per academic school year.”

The forums will be held in GC 150 on the following dates and times: the 14th of September from 9pm-10pm and from 10pm to 11pm and on the 23rd of September from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. An additional forum will be held in GC 140 on the 22nd of September from 1pm to 2:30pm and from 2:30pm to 4pm.

“Additionally,” continues Vice-Chairwoman Emas, “Graduate Senators now have access to enact legislation that positively impacts its constituency. A prime example is Senate Resolution 1038 that unanimously passed in the Senate meeting on the 23rd of August, ‘In Support of Re-entry visas for Iranian students and scholars in the United States.’ The resolution was submitted, along with resolutions from Student Government Associations and statements from university administrators across the United States, to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs of the Department of State, in hopes of effecting change to the current policy.”

“Graduate students will be particularly pleased to find,” notes SGC-MMC Senate Speaker Velez, “that undergraduate Senators and Cabinet members will be in attendance, and will actively participate in the Town Hall Meetings by making presentations on how their respective position within SGC-MMC strives to incorporate the graduate constituency.”

For more information on the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, contact Graduate Senator and GSFC Chairwoman Erika Edwards at gsfc@fiu.edu. We hope to see you there!

Press Release: Application Period For Vacant Senate Seats

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) announces an application period to fill six vacant Senate seats.

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—SGC-MMC Senate Speaker William-Jose Velez announces that SGC-MMC will facilitate a two-week, open application period to fill six vacant Senate seats.

At current, the following Senate seats are available: one (1) Senate seat for the College of Arts and Architecture, one (1) Senate seat for the College of Public Health and Social Work, two (2) Senate seats for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, one (1) Senate seat for the College of Business Administration, and one (1) Senate seat for the College of Education. Applications can be found at www.fiu.edu/~sga. Complete applications are due no later than the 15th of September 2010, at or before 5pm.

“Instead of holding a special election to fill these Senate vacancies,” mentions SGC-MMC Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Hector Mujica, “Senators deliberated at a meeting on the 31st of August and came to the conclusion that applicants would come before Senate and present their respective qualifications.”

“Pursuant to Article 7, Section 7.04 of the SGC-MMC Statutes” maintains Speaker Velez, “Senate is afforded the authority to confirm Senators as an alternative to facilitating special elections.”

When questioned about the Senate’s method of choice in filling the vacancies, SCG-MMC Vice President Nicholas Autiello II notes “the Senate’s decision is consistent with the powers afforded to them via SGC-MMC’s Statutes. Senate confirmation affords SGC-MMC the mechanism necessary to ensure that the vacancies are filled in a timelier, efficient manner.” “While a special election would have been ideal,” continues Vice President Autiello, “budget constraints make the option of a special election a difficult one to facilitate.”

Article 4 of the SGC-MMC Statutes defines a Senator’s basic responsibilities as the following: a) complete at least 100 student surveys per semester, b) submit two reports to the Senate Speaker per semester, c) meeting with your College’s Dean at least once monthly and d) complete a binder containing their accomplishments and contacts made throughout the year.

“My primary concern as it pertains to the student body,” remarks SGC-MMC President and University Trustee Helena Ramirez, “is that SGC-MMC is engaging the student body. Filling the current six (6) vacant Senate seats in the areas of Arts and Architecture, Public Health and Social Work, Nursing and Health Sciences, Business Administration, and Education, will equip the Senate with the all the tools necessary to fulfill its objective of facilitating the desires and concerns of its relative constituencies.”

“Consequently,” continues President Ramirez, “this equates to Senate and Cabinet’s objectives running parallel to each other, as both branches of student government will be working in tandem, through different means, to engage the student body.”

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns as it pertains to the open application period to fill the vacant senate seats, please contact SGC-MMC Senate Speaker William-Jose Velez at wvele001@fiu.edu. SGC-MMC is looking forward to engaging the student body this academic school year!

Press Release: College of Business Administration Exposed

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) presents “College of Business Administration Exposed.”

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—SGC-MMC Speaker Pro Tempore and College of Business Senator Hector Mujica will facilitate, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration, Google, and Chick-fil-A, ‘College of Business Administration Exposed.’

This town hall styled forum will provide SGC-MMC, as well as the College of Business Administration, the opportunity to engage both undergraduate and graduate business students.

The forum, scheduled to take place on the 14th of September 2010 at 6pm in College of Business Complex, Special Events Room 232, will provide students the opportunity to meet and question College of Business Senator Mujica, the College’s Administration and Staff, to seek advisement as it pertains to course selection and graduation requirements, and learn more about the business oriented student organizations and internship opportunities with Google. The forum will also feature giveaways, and catering by Chick-fil-a.

“Senator Mujica’s efforts” exclaim SGC-MMC President and University Trustee Helena Ramirez “is a prime and early example, and further, the paradigm of the types of activities and events that SGC-MMC will facilitate throughout the academic school year to engage the student body.”  “As a former Senator,” continues President Ramirez “I am impressed with the caliber of dedication that the Senate has demonstrated very early on in representing their respective constituencies.”

The forum comes on the heels of the unanimous passage of Senate Resolution 1040 during a Senate session on the 30th of August, a bill authored by Senator Mujica ‘In Support of Additional Resources for the College of Business Administration.’ The resolution calls upon the university’s senior administration to commit resources to the College of Business for the continued development and advancement of both undergraduate and graduate business students.

“The outcome of elections in the spring of 2010” mentions Senator Mujica, “afforded me the opportunity to represent my fellow students at the College of Business Administration. As Business Senator, it is my responsibility to not only be aware of the concerns of my constituency, but to take whatever steps I am empowered with by the SGA Constitution and the SGC-MMC Statutes to alleviate such concerns.”

“Senate Resolution 1040” continues Senator Mujica, “is a prime example of how legislation can succinctly and collectively give ideas form, substance and structure. The forum to be held on the 14th is a prime example of how the form, substance and structure provided by Senate Resolution 1040 acts as the foundation upon which to execute ideas, consequently affording student government the opportunity to engage the student body.”

‘College of Business Administration Exposed is scheduled to take place on the 14th of September 2010 at 6pm in CBC 232. For more details, please contact Senator Hector Mujica at hmuji001@fiu.edu. SGC-MMC hopes to see you there!

Press Release: Engineering Town Hall Meeting

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council of the Modesto A. Maidique Campus at Florida International University (FIU) held its first in a series of Town Hall Meetings on Thursday, the 2nd of September 2010.

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—College of Engineering and Computing Senators Tara Jafarmadar and William-Jose Velez facilitated the first in a series of Town Hall Meetings at the Engineering Center. The event provided a safe and comfortable opportunity for Engineering and Computing students to voice their issues and concerns with College of Engineering and Computing Dean Amir Mirmiran SGC-MMC engineering and Computing Senators Velez and Jafarmadar, and SGC-MMC President and University Trustee Helena Ramirez.

“Students and Faculty members alike,” mentions Senator Jafarmadar, “made an effort to not only attend the event, but came prepared to discuss with their elected student government officials and University administration their desires and concerns as it pertains to the Engineering Center.”

“The issues and concerns raised at the Town Hall,” affirms Senator Jafarmadar, “provides myself and Senator Velez with a definitive direction in terms of the types of events, and activities that our constituents would like for us to facilitate, and further the type and variation of student advocacy that we should pursue as Senators.”

In a surprise appearance, University President Mark B. Rosenberg reaffirmed his commitment to the development and advancement of the College of Engineering and Computing, noting, “I want more improvement, even more than what through your great work has been achieved already” stated Rosenberg during the town hall meeting.”

“President Rosenberg’s attendance at the Town Hall Meeting,” notes Senator Velez, “is a reaffirmation of the university’s commitment to the student body.” “This commitment is even further affirmed,” continues Senator Velez, “by the university’s steadfastness and support of the improvements to the Engineering Center.”

“SGC-MMC is proud” discusses Senator Velez,  “to be a part of these improvements, appropriating in excess of $6,000 in funding towards a student lounge at the Engineering Center. This lounge will serve as a space for students to study and otherwise congregate. More importantly, this lounge will provide a central meeting hub for engineering and computing students. Previous to this, there was no one particular space that we were proud to call our own. Because of the efforts of the university administration and SGC-MMC, that has changed.”

This town hall meeting was the first in a series of meetings to be facilitated by Senators with the objective of engaging their respective constituencies. Senator Velez, who is also the SGC-MMC Senate Speaker, expressed his satisfaction at continuing the practice of Town Hall meetings, which began last year under the tenure of then Senate Speaker Helena Ramirez. The dates of future Town Hall Meetings will be announced at a later time.

The Town Hall Meetings provide a unique opportunity for students to voice their desires and concerns to their respective college administrators and elected student representatives. For more information about the town hall meetings, please send an email to sga@fiu.edu, or visit SGC-MMC’s office in Graham Center, Room 211.

Press Release: Open Government Initiative

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) announces an ‘Open Government Initiative.’

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—The SGC-MMC Senate announced today its ‘Open Government Initiative, a series of mechanisms that will make SGC-MMC more transparent and accountable.

The first mechanism is the Senate Compliance Dashboard. Pursuant to Article 4 of SGC-MMC’s Statutes, Senators must adhere to the following requirements: a) collect a 100 student surveys per semester, b) remit two formal reports to the council every semester, c) arrange meetings with the respective College Deans at least once per month and d) complete a binder containing their accomplishments and contacts made throughout the year.

The Senate Compliance Dashboard will serve as a tool for members of the university community to monitor each Senator’s compliance with the aforementioned requirements. This dashboard will be updated weekly and will demonstrate the steps that each senator is taking to fulfill. It is color coded according to the applicable statutes, for easier understanding.

The second mechanism is the disclosure of the spending by both the Graduate Student Funding Committee and the Finance Committee to be available soon on the website. “In light of the fact that” mentions At Large Senator and Chairwoman of the Finance Committee Cristina Loreto, “SGC-MMC’s source of revenue is Activity and Service fees paid by students, we feel that it is only fair and just that a financial record of SGC-MMC’s expenditures and allocations be readily available for consumption by the university community.”

When questioned about the ‘Open Government Initiative,’ Senate Speaker Velez noted “these tools will provide the student body with another reliable mechanism that they can utilize, to stay abreast of SGC-MMC’s progress. Along with the publication of all legislation, agendas minutes, and the SGC-MMC Monthly Newsletter, we have ushered in a new era of unprecedented transparency and accountability, delivering on our promises and proposals at the beginning of the year.”

While the financial records are not available just as yet, the Senate Compliance Dashboard can be viewed at http://www2.fiu.edu/~sga/senatorsCompliance.html. “As the academic year continues,” maintains Senate Speaker Velez “additional mechanisms will be added to the ‘Open Government Initiative,’ in efforts to create an SGC-MMC that is both 100% transparent and accurate.”

For more information on the ‘Open Government Initiative,’ please contact Senate Speaker Velez at wvele001@fiu.edu.