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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, or visit SGC-MMC’s office in Graham Center, Room 211.


Resolution SR 1031: In Support of the Prioritizing Campus Safety at FIU

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: FIU Campus Safety Date: May 17, 2010

Committee: Rules, Legislative, and Judiciary Committee Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Senator; Tara Jafarmadar, Engineering and Computer Sciences Senator; Cristina Loreto, Senator At-Large; Jesus Borrero, College of Arts and Sciences Senator.

In Support of the Prioritizing Campus Safety at FIU

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to foster student life, embrace global diversity, as well as represent and address students’ needs at the community, state, federal, and international level;

WHEREAS, Campus safety is one of the main concerns faced by students at many universities;

WHEREAS, The presence of a well equipped, well funded, and well established University Police Department is vital for the safety of the students of Florida International University;

WHEREAS, Concerns have risen regarding the efficiency and adequacy of funding of the FIU University Police Department, particularly in regards to the communications equipment needed to protect students on campus;

WHEREAS, The Miami-Dade Police Union President John Rivera made a public statement on March 2010 regarding the condition of the communications equipment used by the University Police Department stating that “this is a public safety issue, the students are not safe;”

WHEREAS, The University Police Department currently uses the Motorola 1250 LS Series, which is now a discontinued model, recommended for industries like entertainment and construction. The model does not have a lockout feature which allows officers to talk over each other causing confusion;

WHEREAS, The Police Benevolent Association of Miami-Dade County launched a public advertisement campaign in April 2010 on the Beacon calling the matter into attention to the University community;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Student Government Association at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus encourages the administration at Florida International University to continue to make campus safety a top priority and assure that the Florida International University University Police Department receives adequate funding and resources to keep the students safe.

In favor: 13; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed

Resolution SR 1032: In Support of a Coffee Commercial Establishment at the Engineering Center

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In Support of a Coffee Commercial Establishment at the Engineering Center Date: March 24, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Tara Jafarmadar, College of Engineering and Computing Senator;

In Support of a Coffee Commercial Establishment at the Engineering Center

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to promote the interests of the student body, ensuring that concerns and issues are addressed;

WHEREAS, The Engineering Center is the main study facility for nearly four thousand students of Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing;

WHEREAS, The Engineering Center currently lacks any alternative food establishment besides the main facility of La Focaccia;

WHEREAS, Students and the Office of the Dean of the CEC seek and desire to have a commercial coffee establishment at the EC, following the models of the establishments available at the main campus of FIU;

WHEREAS, Such a commercial establishment will improve and maximize the use of the soon to be renovated building lobby of the Engineering Center;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus strongly supports the establishment of a coffee commercial establishment at the Engineering Center of Florida International University;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the SGC-MMC encourages the FIU Office of Business Services to do everything within its reach to make this request from students a reality to improve the Campus Life at the Engineering Center.

In favor: 12; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed