On August 30, 2016 at 7 pm, The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) held their first senate meeting of the 2016 – 2017 year. All students were invited to attend.
This year’s senate is the 50th group at ENMU. The meeting was held in the ASENMU Senate Chambers, located downstairs in the Campus Union Building, and began with the swearing in of elected and appointed senators, confirming and congratulating them on their official status as ASENMU members.
Newly elected Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Shyla Archuletta, was very excited for this process. “The change senate is going to bring this year is going to be a positive one,” said Archuletta.
Business matters included information and updates regarding the new multi-purpose stadium from Draco Miller, Director of Stadium Operations. ENMU football’s first home game will take place at the new stadium on September 10, 2016. Miller shared that there will be a student section at the stadium which will be located on the bottom row of the stands. Greek Hill will also exist at Greyhound Stadium as it did at the old stadium, Blackwater Draw.
“Parking is limited…if you’re not there early, you may park at Greyhound Arena,” said Miller.
Miller also informed senators and guests that tailgating will be permitted at football games only, and will begin three hours before kickoff and conclude 30 minutes before kickoff. Underage drinking will not be tolerated.
According to Miller, “You must have your government ID at all times when tailgating.”
Dr. Jeff Long, Vice President of Student Affairs, then addressed the 50th senate about the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). He presented all of those in attendance with a packet containing the “Criteria of
Accreditation” from the HLC.
“These are a series of questions that the HLC has asked and we are in the process of writing answers to," said Long.
Dr. Long then went over each of the criteria in the handout, a list of standards which must be met by the university and reviewed by the HLC. The criteria presented was as follows:
Criteria One - Mission
Criteria Two - Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
Criteria Three - Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
Criteria Four - Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
Criteria Five - Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
Additional information given included that a new student complaint link will be added to the ENMU Portal, in addition to the Student Concerns Forum which takes place every semester. With this electronic online submission option, students will be asked to fill out several questions online pertaining to their issue, then allowing their matter to be directed to the right person for its addressal.
Dr. Long stated that with these questions, “we get to tell our story as a university,” also urging the senate as a governing body to “support co-curricular activities.”
He then briefed the senate about new plans to re-vamp Martin Luther King Day at ENMU.
“We would like to do something different,” Long said. “We feel that we need to make it better and more robust.”
John Houser also spoke about Bond C and asked senators to promote the bond and get a campaign going on campus to help students register to vote. Houser discussed that with Bond C, ENMU will get a new library with “open spaces, unlike a 1970’s library with books everywhere.”
“National Voter Registration Day is September 27th. Vote for higher education and vote on Bond C,” said Houser.
The meeting proceeded with Senate Matters, including the confirmation of directors and officer elections. Directors were confirmed for the 2016 – 2017 year to be as follows:
Director of Student Concerns – Erica Martinez
Director of Student Fees – Kris–Ann Walters
Directory of Mud Volleyball – Sara Connelly
Director of Elections – Kaitlyn Vega
Director of Eastern in Action – Thalia Pantoja
Director of Publications – Spot currently unfilled, application open for qualified senators
Following these announcements, the confirmed directors briefed others on the current plans and purpose for their directorship.
Officer elections were then held via paper ballots. ENMU student body president, Tim Harris, announced that the results of the election will be revealed at the next senate meeting.
President Harris confirmed to The Chase that agendas to all senate meetings will be posted online three days prior to a meeting, with the date, location, and time. These agendas may be found through the ASENMU section of the ENMU website under “ASENMU Portal and Documents”. Minutes to these meetings will also be posted online afterward.
When asked what he was most looking forward to and hoping to accomplish as the new student body president, Harris said, “I am looking forward to all of the homecoming activities. It is a great chance to combine what Eastern used to be with what it has become.”
In regards to ASENMU, Harris said, “We have seen that we have room for advancement. We want to redefine what we can be for the students and be the heartbeat and pulse of the student body.”
For more information on student government at ENMU, visit http://www.enmu.edu/life-on-campus/student-government-asenmu.