This archived article was written by: Nick Deeter
The ASCEU Senate was established two school years ago, and first became active last year, making this year the senate’s second year of duty. The ASCEU Senate is comprised of five student senators, the ASCEU Student Advocate, and is chaired by the ASCEU Senate Vice President. Each senator is selected with the approval of two faculty members within the division the senator represents, then is interviewed by the senate selection committee, comprised of the student body president, the senate vice president and the student advocate.
This year’s senate is comprised of arts and humanities senator Gary Bosshardt, business and computer science senator Robert Hamaker, sciences and mathematics senator Hobie Willis, social and behavioral sciences senator Ryan Leonard, trade and industry senator Michael Tryon, student advocate Dallas Nield and senate vice president Nick Deeter.
Each senator represents the following academic areas: arts and humanities senator: art, dance, English, ESOL, languages, music, and theatre; business and computer sciences senator: accounting, business, communication and computer sciences; sciences and mathematics senator: anthropology/museum studies, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, math, physics and wilderness studies; social and behavioral sciences senator: criminal justice, education and family life, child care resource and referral, history, political science, psychology, sociology, philosophy; trades and industry senator: automotive technology, building construction, cosmetology, diesel technology/hydraulics, electronics, heavy equipment/trucking, nursing and welding.
The role of the senate is to represent the needs of the academic departments on campus. Each senator meets with each department chair within their division at least once a month. This meeting serves to improve communication between faculty and students. In this meeting, department events are discussed, ways to continue to make each department stronger are explored, issues within the department are reviewed, and the wants, needs, and desires of the students and faculty are talked about. Any member of the administration, faculty, staff, or student is welcome to approach the Senators or myself with any questions, comments or concerns he/she may have concerning departmental affairs on campus.
Apart from the monthly meetings with the department chairs, each senator attends weekly senate meetings in order to discuss departmental affairs and various other projects.
This semester, senate meetings are Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center upstairs conference room. These meetings are open to the public, and I encourage all of you to attend.
Each semester, each senator organizes a recruiting campaign for his/her respective division. Fall semester has an emphasis on recruiting students from high schools, and spring semester has an emphasis on recruiting students that currently attend Eastern Utah, but have not declared a specific major. Also, each senator assists with the Faculty Appreciation Banquet in the fall, and sits on faculty-hiring committees within their division, should the situation arise.
This year, the senate is partnering with the faculty to showcase the departments on campus, promote academic understanding and provide an opportunity for members of the college to visit each department. In each of the upcoming editions of The Eagle, an ASCEU Academic Senator will compose an article highlighting each of the departments they represent. The day after The Eagle is published, which falls on a Friday, each department mentioned in the article will have the opportunity to host an open house or event. This should be a great way for campus employees to become more involved with the school and learn about individual departments. I highly encourage you all to attend departmental events.
Most recently, the senate has been working with Campus Police James Prettyman, Maintenance Supervisor Sheila Burghardt, Faculty Senate President Elaine Youngberg, Price City Council Member Jeanne McEvoy and others to draft a proposal to Price City discussing ways in which the college and city can partner to make crossing the street on 300 East and 400 North safer.
Some of the proposed ideas include replacing or repairing lights on the streets and sidewalk, installing rumble strips in the street leading up to the crosswalks, educating pedestrians about their responsibilities while crossing the street, educating drivers at Carbon High School on how to drive appropriately, purchasing orange flags and placing them by the crosswalk for pedestrians to carry while crossing the street, increasing the police presence on those two streets during busy hours of the day, and painting the word “crosswalk” and the posted speed limit near the crosswalk.
The senate will present these ideas and others to the Price City Council within the next few weeks.
Please support our efforts by being safe while crossing the street. Look both ways, and make sure traffic has stopped before crossing the street.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns for the senate, please feel free to contact me or any of the senators at any time:
Nick Deeter: [email protected]
Dallas Nield: [email protected]
Gary Bosshardt: [email protected]
Robert Hamaker: [email protected]
Hobie Willis: [email protected]
Ryan Leonard: [email protected]
Michael Tryon: [email protected]