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Student Association

Issue 2| Volume 1|October 2011

WSA Visits the Student Association of Michigan

BIG RAPIDS, MI – The weekend of September 23rd-25th the Student Association of Michigan held its first conference of the year at Ferris State University. The meeting, in the Rankin Student Center, was the first conference FSU has hosted since joining the association last fall. Delegates representing Western Michigan University included Collin Mays the Political Affairs Chair, Sean Nicholl the Chief of Operations and Matt Vargo Diversity Guidance Chair. Of the meeting, Mays said, “It is important that Western has representation at the Student Association of Michigan meetings. Each month SAM votes on resolutions that affect every university in Michigan.” Eleven of the 15 public universities attended this first conference where 7 resolutions were passed and a record high delegates attended in what some are calling the most important and successful conference in the Association’s history. Efficiency through the agenda also left a large amount of time for open forum discussion. Among the resolutions was a call for campaign selection criteria to use when deciding what initiatives SAM plans to take up throughout the year, nonconference voting which allows under certain conditions an out-of-conference vote if the association must act quickly, creation of student action committees to advocate on each campus and act on behalf of the organization when necessary, a resolution to increase membership and accountability of the Legislative Research Committee and a shared governance resolution. This resolution stated that SAM would use its resources in support of increasing student involvement in crucial decisions affecting Michigan’s students across each campus. Lindsay Stone WSA Public Relations Chair

Student Organization Center Bernhard Center, Room 194 Phone: (269) 387-2125

What about the Student Assessment Fee? Western Student Association’s funding comes from the SAF, or the student assessment fee. The student assessment fee is the $21 fee that each student pays as a part of their tuition to help fund student organizations and campus programming. Western Student Association assists student organization’s events by funding them through the Allocations Committee. The Allocations Committee is a 10 member committee comprised of 8 WSA and 2 Campus Activities Board representatives. The Committee is responsible for allocating a portion of the funds collected by the SAF. This Fall, the Allocations Committee held deliberations in Rm. 208 of the Bernhard Center on September 23rd, and there were 24 student organizations who submitted budgets to be reviewed by the Allocations Committee. Out of those 24 budgets submitted 23 of the organizations receiving funding. Between summer and fall allocations, WSA has allocated $116,429.86 to student organizations. In addition to simply allocating SAF funds, the Allocations Committee also holds financial workshops for student organizations who need assistance with budgets and finance. These workshops will be held on the following dates during the Fall semester: Oct. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 12 from 11:30-1 p.m., and Oct.13 from 9:30-11a.m. If you have any questions regarding the Western Student Association Allocations Committee or how to obtain funding, visit, or contact our Allocations Chair, Katie Berlin, at

So you want to get involved? Come to our annual

SENATE RETREAT Sunday October 16th from 1-4

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How to create & write resolutions

Parliamentary Procedure

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Rob ert of O ’s Rules rder

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Upcoming WSA Events Western Wednesday: Homecoming Edition

Wednesday, October 5th from 11-3 at the Flagpoles Come celebrate your Bronco Pride with WSA as we partner with WMU Homecoming where there will be no shortage of Bronco Spirit at the flagpoles! We will be giving away tons of cool WMU WSA promos so come on out and help us celebrate WMU Homecoming. GO BIG OR GO HOME!

Pizza with the Provost

Wednesday, October 12th at 6:00pm in Room 157, BHC WSA is giving WMU students the unique opportunity to speak with and ask questions to Dr. Tim Greene, Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs at WMU, along with the chief administrative officer following John Dunn.

Free Legal Aid

EVERY THURSDAY from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the SOC Conference Room, BHC WSA is giving all WMU students the opportunity to access free legal aid from local lawyer Jeffery Dufon. Dufon is an experienced lawyer and member of the Kalamazoo community, practicing at Redmond, Redmond & Yokum, P.L.C. Stop in and ask him any legal questions that you may have.

Western Student Association’s


Executive Cabinet

Judicial Council

Allocations Committee

John-Mark Cuarto IT Coordinator

Associate Justice Ashley Cole

AC Member Jesse Smade

Chris Rettich University Pride Chair

Meghan Walsh Sustainability Chair Collin Mays Political Affairs Chair

Ad-Hoc Committees Colin Engel Philanthropy Chair Alexander Smith Rules, Bylaws & Administration Chair

Chief Justice Lizze Fowler

Associate Justice Sarah Hepner

AC Member April Kirkland

AC Member Michael Saldana Ruiz

College Senators

AC Member Brian Samson

Aaron Allen-Atchison College of Arts & Sciences

AC Member Sean Stemas

Dorian Broughton College of Arts & Sciences Brandy Morgan College of Arts & Sciences Sean Stemas College of Arts & Sciences

** In addition to appointments, the Senate also approved the 2011-12 Budget & Senate Rules. For questions regarding the budget please contact Zac Putnam, WSA Treasurer, at For questions regarding Senate Rules, contact Jasmine Neldon, Speaker, at wsa


Discovery Driven | Learner Centered | Globally Engaged On Sept. 28, Western Student Association hosted an open forum with Dr. Tim Greene, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at WMU. Greene outlined WMU’s most recent Strategic Plan, that outlines the University's mission, vision, goals and strategies. Greene and his committee stressed the importance of student input in this strategic plan as the period for public comment, or input from constituents, is coming to a close on Oct. 7. WMU’s vision is to be learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. This vision entails that Broncos will remain lifetime learners, from a University who promotes innovation and impacts the globe positively. below are some of the goals outlined in the plan: 1. Ensure a distinctive learning experience and foster success of student learners. 2. Promote innovative learning, discovery and service. 3. Advance WMU as a major research university 4. Ensure a diverse, inclusive and healthy community 5. Advance social, economic and environmental sustainability practices & policies. During the forum, students were able to ask questions regarding this plan, as well as give input to what additions or corrections they believe need to be added. A full transcript of the Strategic Plan would provide you a means for achieving the above goals. For a copy of WMU’s Strategic Plan, as well as more information regarding the direction of WMU, feel free to visit:

You’ve got questions? WSA has


Q: Exactly how much money does WSA have to work with? A: For the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year, Western Student Association has a budget of $83,684.38. This budget is SAF funded (student assessment fee) and is based on enrollment. This budget pays for many things including: Cabinet member budgets, Cabinet compensation, Operational Funds, Collaboration Funds & Special Projects funds, all of which WMU students directly benefit from. The Western Student Association has spent $6,733.94 so far. Got a question? Ask us. You could be featured in next month’s issue. Please direct all questions to

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