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Letter from the Student Body President and the Student Body Vice President

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The Executive Cabinet

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The Agencies

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Bureaus & Affiliated Projects

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Affiliated Projects Continued

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Letter from the Student Senate President and the Pro Tempore

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The Aims of the Stokes/Porwoll Administration

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Funding Distribution Committees, Senate Committees, FSU Divisions, and Legislative Branch

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Congress of Graduate Students and Judicial Branch

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Class Councils & College Leadership Councils

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Freshman & Transfer Leadership Institute

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Safety Information Services

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Night Nole

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The History of SGA


Rueben M. Stokes II EDITOR

Ivan Marchena DESIGNER

Ben Young




Dear Fellow Seminoles, current Student Body President and Student Body Vice President, both Kathryn and I As the cu look forward to serving you this academic school year. These are exciting times for our University, and together with University President Dr. Eric Barron, we will continue to build upon our past accomplishments.  We encourage you to explore the many ways that each student can become a part of this progress.   University provides its students a variety of avenues through which they can Florida State Un become involved.  Each opportunity will help improve students’ educational experiences and build them into well-rounded individuals.  Students have demonstrated that by balancing strong academics and involvement, it is possible to make an impact on our campus and community, while simultaneously acquiring skills and life experiences for future achievements.   Our administration is dedicated to helping you reach your fullest potential during your time at Florida State.  Members of our Seminole community are already recognized as scholars, athletes, and researchers who strive to be the best within their respective fields. While we are proud of these accomplishments, we also recognize the value of student opinions and comments that help us become a more inclusive, transparent, and prosperous University.   The Stokes-Porwoll Administration is focused on improving the University experience for students by reforming and expanding upon the current services the Student Government provides.  We feel there is more room for creative growth in the way SGA funds academic endeavors.  Also, we believe that by supporting service initiatives we can help cultivate a philanthropic spirit on our campus. Our central goal is to serve you, the student.   We thank you for giving us this opportunity and once again we look forward to a year defined by service, progress, and integrity.   In Seminole Spirit,     Rueben Stokes                                                                Kathryn Porwoll

Student Body President                                                   Student Body Vice President  


THE EXECUTIVE CABINET The Executive Branch features a variety of offices designed to enhance our ability to serve students. We invite you to look over the descriptions provided below and decide which interests you. If you are interested in working with one of these areas to improve student life please contact us at 850-644-0078 and we will put you in contact with the appropriate Executive Branch Representative. The Student Body Chief of Staff, appointed by the Student Body President, is responsible for the effective operation of the Executive Office of the President (EOP), and executing discretionary programs and/or projects for the Executive Branch. Additionally, the Chief of Staff interviews applicants for positions within agencies, bureaus, and the Student Government Association.

Secretary of Academic Affairs: Secretary Abria Harris

The Secretary of Academic Affairs will be in charge of creating and maintaining all projects and initiatives that concern partnerships with colleges and academic departments, research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and all areas of academic life. The office will be at the forefront of all academically driven goals of the administration.

Secretary of Campus Affairs: Secretary Garrett Schlichte

The Secretary of Campus Affairs will be in charge of connecting students to different programs and leadership opportunities that promote multicultural experiences, personal and professional development, and a productive experience both on campus and beyond. The office will work closely with areas of campus including the Center for Leadership and Civic Education, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Student Activities Center etc. to help students stay informed about involvement prospects, while working to constructively expand student participation.

Secretary of Health and Safety: Secretary Samantha Hudson

The Secretary of Health and Safety will be responsible for promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all Florida State University Students. The office will build strong relations with the Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, and Seminole Dining. The Stokes/Porwoll Administration will collaborate with these units to bring more programming and health awareness to the student body.

Secretary of Departmental Affairs: Secretary Blake Kurleman

The Secretary of Departmental Affairs will be responsible for keeping consistent communication between all entities of the Student Government Association and the university, including the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, Student Activities Center (SOAR Board), Oglesby Union (Union Board), and Campus Recreation(Campus Recreation Board). The secretary will also work to create new structures and initiatives to help SGA support the efforts of different campus departments.

Secretary of Communication: Secretary Alexa Smith

The Secretary of Communication will be the voice of the Student Government Association. They will be responsible for keeping strong and consistent relations with various media outlets. The Secretary of Communication must be familiar with the policies and stances of the Stokes/ Porwoll Administration and communicate those effectively. The Secretary of Communication will oversee all public relations and social media efforts of the administration.



The Agencies of SGA The Asian American Student Union provides for the social welfare of the Asian student body. It functions as an educational instrument for FSU by providing cultural programs and materials that promote the awareness of various Asian cultures. Director: Maryann Mina, Assistant Director: Eric Cheung, The Black Student Union works to bring about better racial relations on campus by promoting mutual respect for all cultures. The BSU provides panel discussions, distinguished lecturers, community service and campus-community interaction. Director: Jareth Bent, Assistant Director: Jasmine Johnson, fsublackstudentunion@ The Hispanic/Latino Student Union provides students opportunities to explore the cultural experiences of the Hispanic people. HLSU informs and serves students with Hispanic interests and people in the local community. Director: Rosalia Contreras, Assistant Director: Eduardo Hernandez,

The Pride Student Union seeks to create a positive environment for students no matter their sexual orientation, and it strives to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues. Director: Tori Gentry, Assistant Director: Shantel Moten, The Women’s Center promotes a positive approach to women’s concerns in the FSU community. It works to build a better spirit of camaraderie and strength among women, and offers aid concerning sexual discrimination or support needs. Director: Sara Saxner, Assistant Director: Robin Garner,



BUREAUS The Office of Governmental Affairs provides Florida State University students with representation and advocacy within the university community and at all levels of government. Special emphasis is placed on monitoring the Florida governmental process from which the University receives a majority of its funding. In addition the Office of Governmental Affairs’ Board of Directors is committed to informing the student body of key governmental issues of interest and impact. The Office of Servant Leadership offers students volunteer experiences that allow them to develop new skills, interests and friendships. The OSL acts as a liaison between students and service organizations within the campus and community. The Inter-Residence Hall Council, composed of campus residents, offers a way to meet new people while creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. IRHC governs residence hall governments.

The Center for Participant Education sponsors extracurricular classes, workshops, films and speakers dealing with progressive and alternative views on education, the arts and politics. It offers free and low-fee courses. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors promotes and supports the engagement of FSU undergraduates in research and creative projects with the supervision or collaboration of FSU faculty. The Student Sustainability Initiative falls under the FSU Sustainable Campus Initiative and seeks to have our campus serve as a living model of sustainability, providing learning experiences that students, faculty and staff may develop, apply and practice at FSU and in their extended communities. M.A.R.C. - Men Advocating Responsible Conduct is a group of male students who relate the ideals of responsible conduct and the message of rape prevention and education.

AFFILIATED PROJECTS Student Assistance Center will ensure that all students will be provided with personalized information and resources about off campus living. The Student Resource Center will also ensure that legal advice and counsel is available to all Florida State University students in need. Director: Ben Young (850)644.0089 The Student Government Association Movie Channels makes it possible for you to tune any campus residence hall TV to Channels 16 and/or 20 the Student Government Movie Association Movie Channels on Seminole Cablevision 24 hours a day. Director: Ben Young (850)644.0089 The Alumni Village Child Development Center takes care of children from 2 1/2 - 5 years old whose parents are FSU students or faculty. The Center also provides work experience in early childhood development and observational research. 644-8305. The First Responder Unit functions as a basic life support, life emergency medical quick response unit at FSU. The Wellness Center, FSU Police Department and the SGA work together to provide this service. 644-3349.


Safe Connection escorts FSU students and faculty to and from all areas on campus and some off-campus locations for free. It offers free rides home from Tallahassee drinking establishments from dark until 3 a.m. 644-SAFE. Student Publications offers students practical experience in graphic design. Volunteers and paid staffers work on projects for the Student Government Association and campus organizations.Student Publications 644-0037. Student-run radio station V89 broadcasts diverse alternative programming that includes a wide range of music. WVFS 89.7 FM operates 24-hours a day. Volunteers work in nearly all posts. 644-3871. Student Government Webmaster designs and maintains the Student Government Association’s web site.




Fellow Seminoles:


It is with great honor that we serve as your 64th Student Senate President and President Pro Tempore for 2012. The Student Senate is the legislative body that is comprised of 80 seats representing each academic division at FSU. We are one of the primary liaisons between the administration and the student body. Members of the Senate sit on many boards and committees Dear Fellow Seminoles, to ensure that students’ voices are being heard.

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The Student Senate meets every Wednesday at 7:30 PM in the Senate Chambers on the 3rd philanthropic spirit on our campus. Our central goal is to serve you, the student. Floor of the Union. All meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to come and view a Senate meeting. The Senate Offices are located on the 2nd Floor of the Union in rooms A210D and We thank youbeforreached giving usbythis opportunity and once again we look forward to a year defined by A210E and we can phone at service, progress, and integrity. 850-644-1811.

In interested Seminole Spirit, If you are in running for Senate, please stop by the offices, give us a phone call, send us an e-mail, or check out the SGA website at  

The 64th Student Senate has a comprehensive agenda aimed at bettering Rueben Stokes                                                                Kathryn Porwoll student life and being more open and inclusive to the student body. We hope that you enjoy your time here at the Florida State University and that we can serve you to best of our ability. In Seminole Pride,

Student Body President                                                   Student Body Vice President  

Anwar Thomas 64th Student Senate President

Ky´Eisha Penn 64th Student Senate President Pro Tempore SGA.FSU.EDU PAGE SIX

Fund Distribution Committees There are over 550 Recognized Student Organizations also known as RSOs at Florida State University. Recognized student organizations not funded by the annual budget or any other funding board or committee shall be eligible to receive funds from the two fund distribution committees. The distribution committees are: the Resource and Travel Allocations Committee (RTAC), that funds in the expense, clothing, and awards categories; and the Programming Allocations Committee (PAC), that funds in the food, contractual services and (as necessary) expense (excluding travel) categories. Expense items funded by PAC shall be items in direct relation to an event. The committees will meet on a weekly basis for both fall and spring semesters. The chairs will announce the meeting time and location by the end of the first week of classes. Organizations may request up to $200 at the beginning of the fall semester for general organizational needs if their organization received and spent A&S funds in the prior fiscal year

Senate Committees There are six Senate committees Budget Finance Judiciary Internal Affairs Student Affairs Rules and Calendar

Florida State University Divisions Senate is divided into 18 FSU divisions: Applied Studies Arts and Sciences Business Communication Criminology Education Engineering Graduate Studies Human Sciences Information Studies Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts Music Nursing Social Sciences Social Work Special Student Undergraduate Studies/Basic Studies Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance


The Legislative Branch Each of the 80 Senators represents one of FSU’s 17 divisions. First- and second-year students are listed under undergraduate studies. Third- and fourth-year students are classified by their majors. Senators are elected in the fall and spring about six weeks after classes begin. To run for the Senate, you must file your candidacy application with the Supervisor of Elections office by the advertised deadline, usually four weeks after classes begin. If you run as an Independent (without a party affiliation), you must file your candidacy application. Campus political parties usually help their candidates complete candidacy applications and submit them for their candidates. Most parties interview students to choose those whose campaigns the parties will support. To run with a party, promptly contact the party in which you are interested to be sure you meet its deadlines. A party can help you follow the Election Code and rules, meet election deadlines and plan your campaign. The Student Body President can appoint a student to a vacant senate seat after advertising the vacancyfor two weeks . Appointed senators require senate confirmation. To be considered for an advertised open senate seat for which you qualify, immediately complete an application at the SGA Office in Union 205.

THE CONGRESS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) is the official representative body of all post-baccalaureate special, masters, specialist, professional, and doctoral students at Florida State. COGS is a funding body of the Student Government Association and has been granted its own set of administrative rules and procedures. In other words, the COGS assembly is solely responsible for allocating all of the A&S fees it receives from graduate students each year. COGS is led by an elected Speaker who is supported by an Executive Board comprised of an elected Financial Officer, Judicial Officer, and Information Officer. The Speaker of the House is the official representative for all graduate students to the university and community, and coordinates all administrative work necessary for the efficient operation of COGS. Along with the Speaker, the Financial Officer authorizes the expenditure of all A&S fee allocations. The Financial Officer is second in line to the Speaker and assumes all of the Speakers responsibilities in the Speaker’s absence. Congress of Graduate Students general assembly meetings are held every first and third Monday of each month at 6:30pm in Room 250 of the Askew Student Life Center. If you are interested in becoming a representative be sure visit the COGS offices in the Student Government Association located in the Union.

THE JUDICIAL BRANCH The Judicial Branch decides alleged violations of the Student Body Constitution and Statutes. It includes the Supreme Court and the University Defender, a Law student the Chief Justice appoints to represent students appearing before the Student Conduct Review Board or the Supreme Court. The Student Conduct Review Board, a panel of students, hears cases alleging violations of the Student Conduct code. The Review Board is selected and organized by Student Rights and Responsibilities in the Dean of Students office. The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice, four Associate Justices and a Clerk of the Court. The Student Body President appoints justices from among second- and thirdyear students at FSU’s College of Law. The Chief Justice appoints the Clerk of the Court, who can be any student, and the Florida State University Elections Commission, which is comprised of five students at FSU’s College of Law. Any student may file a complaint with the Supreme Court by filling out a complaint form which can be downloaded from the SGA website at html#judicial


CLASS COUNCILS The Class Councils work to create unity among the graduating classes as well as pride in student’s own graduating class. The Senior Class Council works on projects such as the Senior Class gift and graduation. Elected each Spring, the Council is headed by a Senior Class President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Four Seniors at-Large are appointed. Each year the Senior Class leaves the University with a gift that is unique to the Senior Class and exerts Seminole spirit and pride. The Senior Class Gift is an opportunity for graduating seniors to make a contribution to a special project on campus. This could be a campus beautification project, an academic scholarship or any number of other worthwhile causes at Florida State. The point is to create a lasting and visible legacy for our class. Junior and Sophomore Class Councils focus on interactive social and academic events for the classes and the greater FSU community. The goal is bringing students together by planning exciting events and activities.

Senior Class Officers Junior Class Officers Sophomore Class Officers Jillian Tapper- President Kate Baumann- President Alyssa Muscacchio- President Andres Zapata- Vice President Danielle Porter- Vice President Jeffery Bowers- Vice President J.P Ross- Treasurer Kate Lopez- Treasurer Christina Bastin- Treasurer Molly Goldberg- Secretary Randy Alves- Secretary Amanda Vossman- Secretary


The College Leadership Councils acts as the ambassadors of their respective college and provide a direct link to the student body. They work directly with the Dean and other college administration to provide a student perspective. They create and oversee beneficial programming for students in an attempt to improve opportunities for personal and professional growth. Each College Leadership Council will be composed of the following membership: 1. A designated number of undergraduate student representatives, preferably an adequate representative from each department within that college. 2. A designated number of graduate student representatives to be determined by each college. A Student Senator appointed by the Senate President from their respective college will serve as a liaison between the council and Student Government. They are not considered official members of the council unless approved by the dean. Each College Leadership Council will have a department advisor that will be either a faculty member or administrator in that respective academic department and the body of the Council will elect from these members, a Chair, ViceChair, Secretary, and Treasurer. To serve on a College Leadership Council, students must go through the following process: 1. Be nominated by a faculty member or department administrator, or fill out a membership application provided by the respective council. 2. After being nominated or applying, the student will be given the opportunity to interview with the current members of the Council, and forwarded to the Dean for confirmation. 3. Upon confirmation, the student will serve a one- year term, starting in the fall or spring, which may be renewed at the end of their tenure through an evaluation process, overseen by the advisor and the current members of the council. 4. Student needs to be in good standing with their college and university.


The Freshman Leadership Institute’s mission is to provide personal, professional, and leadership growth opportunities for ambitious freshman students through networking, programming, and educational experiences that impact the Florida State University student body and it’s surrounding community. For more information:

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S.A.F.E. CONNECTION S.A.F.E. Connection, Student Alert Force Escort Connection, is a free transportation service provided to students. Students who plan to be transported off campus and who are under the influence of alcohol, need to take advantage of the Night Nole program. S.A.F.E Connection promotes awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. A portion of the S.A.F.E. Connection program is sponsored by the Student Government Association and S.A.F.E. is an affiliated project with the FSU Police Department. The project promotes education, activities and programs concerning crime prevention and safety to the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Florida State University. Operating hours vary throughout the year as people are escorted about the service areas. If you have questions about S.A.F.E’s services, employment or concerns please use the following e-mail address: For general information, please contact 850-644-1234. If you need a ride call 850-644-SAFE or 850-644-7233 Hours of Operation: 7:00pm-3:00am 7 days a week

EMERGENCY BLUE LIGHT TELEPHONES (EBLT) The Blue Light Trail consists of over 400 strategically placed light poles equipped with emergency speaker phones and topped with strobe lights. If you are threatened, see anything suspicious or require any type of police assistance quickly, just push the emergency button to be connected with the FSU Police dispatcher. Instructions 1. Look for a blue light. The blue light identifies the location of the emergency phone. 2. Press the Emergency Phone button (No dialing is necessary) A strobe light will flash and you will be connected to the University Police Department. ***Note the locations of the blue light telephones as you move about the campus. You may never need to use one, but you should be aware of their locations. To report a problem with a blue light phone, call 644-HELP (4357). Provide the blue light tower number. (This number is posted at the top of the bluelight phone, for example: E073).

FSU GUARDIAN FSU Guardian is a new service that allows you to rapidly provide information about yourself to the FSUPD during an emergency. By building a personal profile, information about you can be immediately accessed by FSUPD dispatchers should you call from a registered cell phone. Other services include GPS tracking if you are unable to give your location, and a timer feature that allows FSUPD to check in on you and respond if your timer expires. More information: SGA.FSU.EDU PAGE THIRTEEN


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THE HISTORY OF SGA FSU has had a strong history of student self-governance. In 1909 the institution became the Florida State College for Women, and in 1935 the College Government Association (CGA) was formed with executive, legislative and judicial branches. Admitted in 1946, men quickly succeeded in the CGA, and the first campus political parties, the All-Florida Party and the Independent Party, began. After the birth of FSU in 1947, the CGA created a separate Men’s and Women’s Government Association, headed by Phillip Roundtree and Dalia Santos Meza. In 1948 the groups merged, and Charles McMillan was elected the first Student Body President of Florida State. In 1949 the CGA became the University Government Association (UGA). Men held the top two executive offices until 1957, when Jan Kaminis Platt was elected Vice President, the first female to hold that post since FSCW days. During the 1960s, Student Government grew immensely. In 1962 Student Body President Kenza van Asserderp received use of an official car for SG business. Student Body Vice President Joyce Killan Godwin recalls students protesting the Cuban Missile Crisis and the drafting of college men. A year later UGA established a student-owned bus system, the revision of women’s social regulations, and the merger of the Men’s and Women’s Senates into one legislative body. In 1973, Charles Thompson, an African American, was elected as the first black Student Body President at FSU. Many other minorities have followed in his footsteps and FSU SGA continues to be a testimony as to the diversity that is present on this campus. In 1974 Student Body President David Aronofsky, Vice President Jan Pietrzyk and Senate President Doug Mannheimer were the first student leaders to set and allocate A&S fees. Gov. Reuben Askew, the 1950 Student Body President, signed the act into law. In 1975 President Apollo Visko and Vice President Deborah Pistana Bennett set the first A&S budget and registered more than 10,000 students to vote, causing the defeat of an anti-student sheriff. In 1989 President Sean Pittman and Vice President Amy Arnold Mayer developed the SGA Movie Channel and returned the Homecoming PowWow. In 1993 president Tracy Newman had FSU named one of 13 worldwide sites to participate in President Clinton’s inauguration. In 1998, the Felix/Fields administration began lobbying for PowWow in the stadium, and that effort was carried on by the Fedele/Harris, Cooke/Rothstein administrations and was obtained for 2003 under the Johnson/Paul administration. In 2000, the Cook/Rothstein administration successfully lobbied for the SGA president to be a voting member of the newly created Board of Trustees. In 2001, President Delmar W. Johnson III became the first named member of the FSU Board of Trustees in the modern era. In 2002, the Johnson/Paul and Pletch/Sullivan administrations successfully implemented a fall break for students. In 2004 the Eady/Hanson/Schoonover administration successfully lobbied against the implementation of block tuition at FSU. The administration was also able to allocate the funds to build the new and improved intramural fields, which will open in 2007, as well as funds to create a brand new career center for the student body. In 2008, The O’Shea/Counts administration created the TRUE Seminole Campaign in collaboration with the Seminole Student Boosters. In 2010, the Daniels/Seifter Administration successfully lobbied for the implementation of an inclusive non-discrimination policy, the creation of the College Leadership Councils and the NoleCab taxi service. Student government leaders have helped shape FSU and created power for students. Because of their work, the Student Government Association holds an important place at Florida State University. SGA.FSU.EDU PAGE FIFTEEN


The 2012 Torch  
The 2012 Torch  

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