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SPRING 2022 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 25, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Douglas Gilchrist and the pledge was given by Senator Ty Henry.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Robert Loupe and Senator Reona Octave read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Connor Hebert, Ty Henry, Timyra Cotton and Carlie Dalgo.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Leah Strange and John Schaefer.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Bincy Biju.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

Minutes of February 14, 2022 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

Dr. Clune will be attending but is running a little late so I’ll go ahead with my report.  Thank you for the completion of a productive year. I appreciate each and every one of you and everything you’ve done. It’s a testament of how well you’ve represented your constituents as well as SGA itself.  For those of you who are returning, I look forward to working with you again next year and for those who are graduating and moving on, we wish you the best. 

 

For those of you who will be leaving town, take care of yourselves.  We have all kinds of services to support you or students that you may know who are struggling during exams and such.  Keep in mind that a couple of years ago one of your SGA officers worked with Academic Affairs to ensure that there were restrictions on how much project work and tests could be given on those days leading up to exams.  So if you or your peers encounter anything other than that, let us know so we can step in and advocate.  Keep in mind that if you have more than one exam scheduled on any one day, you have the right to ask for an adjustment.  If you have any trouble with that, let us know or ask your E-Board for help with that.

 

Everything is moving forward over the summer.  We have companies working on some issues, the Leadership Suite is one.  We have another meeting this week to go over the electrical spots and the drywall to salvage whatever we can.  Hopefully, by the time you return in August, we’ll have that space spruced up for you. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune

 

I just wanted to share a few things coming from the Legislature.  There are bills right now dealing with vaccines, whether they should be required or not in educational settings; things having to do with guns, whether they should be carried, with or without a permit and whether on campus or off campus.  You’ll hear a lot about additional works in Geaux Scholarships, those financial needs scholarships and probably some flexibility in TOPS scholarships for incoming students who don’t have the ACT scores needed. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Right now, what passed the House of Representatives, $6 million for the Coastal Center to finish that building that will go on Ardoyne Drive and $20 million for a new Nursing facility to increase the number of nurses that we’re graduating each semester.  Right now we also have on request, a baseball clubhouse that a donor has donated $500,000, a replacement for Gouaux Hall which is $40 million and also we have $5 million to move Archives to the 3rd floor of the Library and create a student services on the first floor devoted exclusively to students.  That did not pass yet but we’re hoping it gets passed.

 

One facility will go out for bid this week or next week on a second round for the Green House that is on Bowie Road.  The other one being the Stopher Gymnasium renovations and the covered practice facility will also go out for bids for the first time for labor and materials.  So you’ll see a lot of construction going on around campus in the near future.  The Softball area – the slab was poured for the batting cages.

 

We’re also going to landscape the Bayou side.  If you’ve been out by the kayak ramp, there is some erosion.  We’re going to landscape that primarily with native plants so they’re drought resistant and could use a good environment.  We don’t have water on that side, no sprinkler system.  The fountain is actually filled by a water main that is on the other side of the bridge.  There is no electricity on that side as well which limits us.  We’ll probably build a cistern to contain water that we can pump water to the plants.  The landscaping behind the Student Union – Irises will go there and other plants. 

 

I hope to see you at the Scholarships Reception this evening.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • Thank you all for a productive year, for sticking with us, for the work you’re doing for the student body. I’m looking forward to spending another year with you.
  • I was nominated by the UL System to serve on the Student Success Council for the Board of Regents so I’m very excited to take on that responsibility. We have the COSBP Orientation next week and after that we’ll have the elections.  I’m going to be running for the Student Board Member for the UL Board of Supervisors.  The last time we had that position was over a decade ago so we’re excited to go for that opportunity again.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms were all turned in.
  • We’re still working on the Food Insecurity and Literacy Program.
  • I’m so proud of how hard you’ve worked this semester.
  • Good luck during finals.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

  • You’ve spent roughly $40,000 this semester so far.
  • The Financial Statement has been placed on the Google Drive.
  • The Summer budget will be voted on today.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Our Banquet is this Friday at 6:00 p.m. If you haven’t submitted your RSVP and would like to attend please let me know before leaving today.
  • Reminder that all payments for the Banquet are due this Wednesday by 4:30 p.m., in cash or check made out to Nicholls State University. No payment will be taken the day of or at the event.
  • Also reminder that if you RSVP to reserve a meal and you do not attend, your Banner account will be charged $25.
  • If you have guests coming, please plan to arrive early for seating. We will not be assigning tables to families so please be conscious of the seating at the tables.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Colonel Day is this weekend. We just received his information so I’ll need volunteers for that.  It’s going to be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • I hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break and are ready for finals.
  • I want to commend you all on a job well done this semester.  You were in charge and produced a lot of legislation.
  • Just a few reminders of some upcoming meetings and events: Crawfish Day is on Thursday, the Banquet is on Friday and another Student Affairs Advisory Board meeting is on Monday, May 2nd, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Chair applications will be available May 16th and close on May 20th, more details to follow.
  • Good luck on finals, have a great summer break and let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILL

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Died on the Table.

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the   budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trashcan for the Peltier courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the   budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-084

I move that the Senate allocate $300 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase 6 strands of patio lights.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-085

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library Employees of up to $250 to work additional hours on May 4, 5, 9 and 10.  Funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Bincy Biju, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No Report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry, Connor Hebert and Ty Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to approve the Summer 2022 budget which passed.
  • Motion to fund travel for the Microbiology Conference which passed.
  • Motion to fund food and drinks for Stress Less Fest which passed.
  • Motion to purchase Free Speech Alley string lights which passed.
  • Motion to fund overtime pay for Library employees during finals which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:

No meeting.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Lizeth Tobias and John Schaefer.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Banquet is April 29, Friday, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom so please be there on time.
  • Attire is business appropriate.

   

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Katie Louviere, Naomi Landry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange

 

We discussed the following:

  • Final projects and looking forward to next semester by planning things over the summer. 
  • Food Insecurity and Literacy Program – Tomorrow and Wednesday, the bags will be available in the SGA office for pick up.  If they don’t hand out everything, a table will be reserved on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Union.  Whatever is remaining will be available on that day.
  • We passed a lot of motions to improve campus so thank you for that and good luck on finals.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-085a

I move to take the motion for Ellender Library Employees from the table.

 

  1. Carlie Dalgo
  2. Connor Hebert

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-085

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library Employees of up to $250 to work additional hours on May 4, 5, 9 and 10.  Funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

 

  1. Carlie Dalgo
  2. Connor Heber

 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Carlie D. said this is for finals week at the end of the semester.  The Library hours will be extended until 2:00 a.m. to have additional hours for students to study.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-084a

I move to take the motion to purchase Free Speech Alley string lights from the table.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Katie Louviere

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-084

I move that the Senate allocate $300 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase 6 strands of patio lights.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Katie Louviere

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said this would add more aesthetic to the Free Speech Alley.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-086a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The Amendment/Motion was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Devontre’ Parker

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-086

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Summer Budget.

 

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. defers to Treasurer Darren P. who said for the Summer Budget, we included funds for Executive Travel because we’re planning to send more students to conferences. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-087

I move that the Senate allocate up to $900 to fund 2 students to attend the International Microbiology Conference in San Francisco, CA.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is a conference for our students to compete and showcase Nicholls in San Francisco.  It’s great way to get Nicholls’ name out there.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-088

I move that the Senate purchase Chick-fil-A sandwiches and water for Stress Less Fest to be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget in the amount of $808.50.

  1. Ty Henry
  2. Lance Jones

 

Discussion:  Senator Ty H. said the Stress Less Fest takes place on May 4th and we’d like to offer sandwiches and water for students attending.  They’ll have activities and other things being offered.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Committee List was updated for Fall 2022.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Scholarship Selection:

 

Secretary Dolly M. said for those of you who are new, SGA awards a scholarship at the end of every semester to two Senators.  They’re valued at $500.  The Senate will vote on one and the E-Board will vote on the other.  (Roster of all Senators was distributed as a voting ballot.) The recipients will be announced at the SGA Banquet.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said you should vote for the Senator that you know has worked very hard this semester, with their hours worked, passing legislation, talking to students and being an advocate. 

 

Selection of Vice President Pro-Tempore for Fall 2022.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the Pro-Tempore position is a step down from the Vice President.  As you know, I’m graduating in December so that person will automatically assume the role of Vice President starting in January 2023.  We will now open the floor for nominations:

Senator Cooper M. nominates Jax Badeaux and Senator Lance J. nominates Lizeth Tobias.  Each nominee gave a brief speech on their desire to serve as Pro-Tempore.  After a private vote, Senator Jax Badeaux was selected to serve as Vice President Pro-Tempore for the 2022-23 term.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Lance J.          On behalf of the Rec Center, they’re very appreciative of the jerseys for basketball and softball. 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:39 p.m.

 

 

THIS WAS THE LAST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR.

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2022-23 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 15, 2022 AT 4:00 P.M.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 11, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Connor Hebert and the pledge was given by Senator Katie Louviere.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Le’Mon Smith read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: President Tyler Legnon,

 

The following Senators were present:  Leah Strange, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Connor Hebert, Ty Henry, Timyra Cotton and Carlie Dalgo.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Joshua Scioneaux and John Schaefer.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Bincy Biju.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commissioner Carson Duet.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Eugene A. Dial, Jr., Executive Director of the Masters of Higher Education Program and Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune

 

I just want to give you some updates.  COVID is not really an update anymore.  We had one case last week.  We’re watching that new variant. 

 

We’ll have four ceremonies for Spring commencement. 

 

The Legislature – we had requested $20 million for additional nursing facilities and that looks very promising and $6 million more to finish the Coastal Center that will be on the football practice field.  It’s now a $21 million project with 33,000 square feet.  It will have research space, exhibit space, a coffee shop that students and others will have access to.  That’s on the other side of campus. 

 

We’re trimming out the trees along the bayou side.  The Fresh Water District of Bayou Lafourche will do that for us.  We’re trying to get the Leadership Suite ready with sheetrock and paint.  We’ll figure out a way to get that done.  We’ll try to paint the Residence Halls and we have the lights already approved for purchase.  We’re going to change the carpet in the hallways and the rooms will not have carpet. 

 

We’re working diligently to get the Unity Space open on the second floor of the Union.  We’ve been in discussions about the Greek Row of some sort.  We continue to have those with the chapter alums and advisors.  We’ve also been in discussion about the new Welcome Center – Alumni House on campus.  We will move the athletic teams to Thibodaux Regional Wellness space that you see going up on Bowie Road.  That will be our new tennis, competition soccer and track and field.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked if there is a timeline for the Leadership Suite.  Dr. Caruso said we met today and have an estimate on the sheetrock and paint for the right side which is what we’ll focus on.  We think we have the funds to start the sheetrock now and get the painting done by the Parish trustees.  We’re getting a cost estimate for really cheap carpet to put down on the floors for now because it wouldn’t be worth doing something now when we’ll eventually change it.  Hopefully by the next meeting, we’ll have a set date that it will start.  Dr. Clune said we’ll make sure that space is nice for the Fall semester.  It might not be everything we wanted but it will be a beautiful space.  I apologize for all the delays.  I think you all know that COVID has been a great cost to us for materials and labor.  Hurricane Ida only made it worse in getting supplies and getting things done. 

 

I heard you had a great Greek week.  Dr. Caruso shared with me that you had a great Song Fest.  Dr. Caruso got statewide attention on her Pet Friendly Dormitory.  If there’s anything else we’re missing, just email me.  We’re trying to get all the liabilities taken care of that would cause a student to go somewhere else.  Along those lines, we were asked by the Deans to focus on the classrooms, painting the walls, so you’ll see a lot of work being done on classrooms as well as the Residence Halls.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Eugene A. Dial, Jr.

 

Thank you for allowing me to address the Senate and Executive Board today.  I’m fortunate enough to be involved in a program in educational leadership called Higher Education Administration and Higher Education  and Technology Leadership.  Those are the two documents distributed to you a moment ago.  If you ever considered working for a college or university in an administrative support position in delivering services, whether it’s Financial Aid or International Student Services, etc.  These are the programs for you.  They’re also good programs if you ever considered working with a community services agency like The United Way, The Red Cross or all the different services we have in the area.  I know some of you are Freshmen and Sophomores but it’s never too early to start planting the seed.  We have over a hundred graduates in this program.  A good 80 to 90 of them are still working in the field of higher education.  Higher education takes into account community colleges and state universities like Nicholls.  If you have any questions about the different programs, the difference between the two is Higher Education is here to field administrative implementation programs and services.  The Higher Education and Technology Leadership programs are the people who are implementing electronic programs.  We see a lot of programs and services that will evolve electronically.  If you have a high interest in technology, this might be the field you need.  If you ever considered working in a college or university environment regardless of what it’s going to be in, we have a lot of coaches and athletic trainers who are in our program.  You name it, we have it in our program.  Dr. Caruso was a long time instructor and eventually when things settle down, we’ll get her back because it’s a wonderful opportunity. 

 

A lot of students pay their way through graduate assistantships that pays for most of it.  Before you make a decision on cost, contact us to see if we can find a solution.

 

Thank you for allowing me to present this information.  If you have any questions, my contact information is on the bottom of the documents you have.  If you’re not interested, please share the information with somebody you know who is graduating and is unsure about what they want to do after graduation.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

No report.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms will be due April 25th before the meeting.
  • If you need help on motions you’re working on, feel free to reach out to me.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.:

 

Be sure to come talk to me with any questions for motions.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Spring t-shirt giveaway is tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. This is the last giveaway and our opportunity for this semester.
  • If you have any questions about where you stand with your hours, ask me.
  • Please RSVP for the Banquet being held April 29th as soon as possible. Please do so before we leave for Spring Break.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • Our last meeting is after Spring Break on April 25th and the banquet is on April 29th at 6:00 p.m.  With that being said, have a safe and restful Spring Break!
  • The Leadership Council will meet today in my office after the meeting with all committee Chairs and Senators Douglas G. and Joshua S. Chair applications will be available sometime after finals week so think about the committees you want to chair.
  • Make sure you get your three service hours in for the semester.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILL

S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Fame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Remained Tabled.

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the   budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trashcan for the Peltier courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the   budget.  Tabled.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Bincy Biju, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Carson Duet, Commissioner

 

As you know, last week Secretary Dolly M. reported that we had a complaint filed with the Election Commission against SGA for alleged violations of the Election Code.  We held a hearing yesterday and determined that SGA was in violation of Article IX, Section 1 portion of the Election Code for the use of logos.  In keeping with the imposable sanctions for the infraction under Article IX, Section 2, we fined SGA $50.  We agreed that SGA can’t pay SGA so we spoke to Dr. Caruso and she agreed that we can have SGA pay the fine to an organization on campus. We chose Mom’s Pantry.  That way any students can benefit from the fine. A copy of the Minutes is on file with the Secretary if anyone would like to read them.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry, Connor Hebert and Ty Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to purchase Anatomy Models which passed.
  • Motion to purchase moving carts for residence halls which passed.
  • Motion to purchase cornhole game which passed.
  • Motion to purchase trash cans which passed.
  • Motion to fund English Class Tour which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry, Carlie Dalgo and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Joshua Scioneaux, Rodrigo Barragan and John Schaefer.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

 

Reviewed three excuses of which one passed and the other two failed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Lizeth Tobias and John Schaefer.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • April 12, Tuesday, Spring Break t-shirts at 11:00 a.m. in the Union.  If you’re available from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., please attend.  This is the last giveaway to get your remaining hours.
  • Spring Banquet is April 29, Friday, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom.  We need everyone to RSVP by Wednesday.  Remember that it’s $25.00 per guest either cash or check.  Be sure to get that in before April 27th, the week we return from Spring Break.  There is a Vegan list that is added to the RSVP.  Also, remember that this is an elegant event so make sure your attire is appropriate.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Katie Louviere and Naomi Landry.

 

Absent:     Senator Le’Mon Smith and Timyra Cotton.

 

Guest:      Ms. Margo Badeaux, Director of Auxiliary Services

 

We discussed the following:

 

  • Ms. Margo Badeaux attended to discuss the Dining Advisory Board.  We’re going to start the Dining Association back up.  I think formerly it was called the Campus Dining Advisory Board comprised of a President, a campus resident, a campus commuter, the SPA President and the SGA President.  We have an application for anyone who wants to be involved. 
  • Senator Devontre’ P. is getting the pothole problem handled at the Chick-fil-A area.
  • The walk through will be rescheduled due to the conflict with the President’s Scholars Banquet.
  • Wednesday, Director Victoria R., Secretary Dolly M. and myself are meeting with Ms. Amanda Fremin to discuss the Food Insecurity and Literacy Program.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-080a

I move to take the motion to purchase moving carts from the table.

 

  1. Sierra Allemand
  2. Naomi Landry

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Sierra Allemand
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Sierra A. said the reason I wrote the motion for these carts is so that students would have better equipment available for students moving in and out of residence halls.  The ones we have now are in bad shape.  After talking to Director Alex Coed who the housing Director, he and his staff agreed that this is something students need.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

S2122-082a

I move to take the motion to fund the Cornhole game from the table.

 

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Jax Badeaux

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. said the subject of this motion is to purchase a game for the Free Speech Alley so students to play games and have an enjoyable experience on campus.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-081a

I move to take the motion to fund a trash can for the Peltier Courtyard from the table.

 

  1. Timyra Cotton
  2. Naomi Landry

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trash can for the Peltier Courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Timyra Cotton
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Timyra C. said the one they have there is broken and dirty.  There’s a lot of traffic going in and out of that area so I thought this would be helpful.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-079a

I move to take the motion to purchase Anatomy Models from the table.

 

  1. Katie Louviere
  2. Naomi Landry

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Katie Louviere
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Katie L. said I’ve been talking to the instructors in the Anatomy Lab. They noticed that some of the models were worn out. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-083a

I move to take the motion to fund the English 322 Class trip from the table.

 

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said in Dr. Martin’s class, he’s going to read the author, Tennessee Williams, who had a house in New Orleans.  They want to tour the house and the Garden District to see where he got his inspiration.  The tour is planned for the end of April.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-084

I move that the Senate allocate $300 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase 6 strands of patio lights.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Katie Louviere

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said these are the same lights located at the Wood and we’d like to include them in the Free Speech Alley.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-085

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library Employees of up to $250 to work additional hours on May 4, 5, 9 and 10.  Funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

 

  1. Carlie Dalgo
  2. Connor Heber

 

Discussion:  Senator Carlie D. said during finals week, we’d like to have the Library hours extended. It does require overtime pay for the employees.  This semester, one of the employees is going to rearrange their schedule so we’ll only have to pay one of them overtime.  The hours will be extended until 2:00 a.m. so students will have more time to study for finals.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Outstanding Senator Award Selection:

 

Secretary Dolly M. said we’ll be voting for one person that you consider is the outstanding Senator, a Senator who has worked above and beyond anyone else in the Senate.  This person is the one who has contributed the most, perhaps a lot of motions or not, but it’s someone who moved SGA forward.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said when you vote, be mindful of how hard each one of you has worked.  This is an award that should go to someone who is very deserving.

 

(Roster of all Senators was distributed as a voting ballot).

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:38 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 4, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Naomi Landry and the pledge was given by Senator Devontre’ Parker.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Brandon Katz and Senator Douglas Gilchrist read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Leah Strange, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry, Timyra Cotton and Carlie Dalgo.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux, John Schaefer and Connor Hebert.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Corey Hebert.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

Minutes of February 7, 2022 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

Dr. Clune is still in Europe with the Foundation representing Nicholls.  All the projects we’ve talked about are moving forward with repairs and upgrades.  We’re still working really hard on your ideas and issues brought forth in the Student Advisory Council meeting.  I’ll keep you updated.  Greek week is this week so I know a lot of you are involved.  If you’re not, try to make it out there to be a part of the student experience.

 

There is something that was brought up in the Advisory Board meeting last week.  Because of this semester and after everything everybody’s been through the last couple of years, things are weighing really heavily on people.  A lot of people are struggling more than ever with emotional and mental health issues.  Remind them that we have a Counseling Center on campus for people.  If you have a friend that might be struggling, refer them to the Counseling Center.  We also have a Care Team that’s provided through Dr. Lyn’s office now.  If you’re concerned about a student but feel it’s not appropriate to get them to counseling or you don’t want to go, etc., you can give the information to Dr. Lyn’s office.  They’ll check on the student and check the background of the student to try to take care of them.  Also, if you’re here on campus, number one is make sure you take care of yourself and are self-aware that you may need a little support.  As leaders, let people know not to be afraid to ask for help as well as being a model for other people. Show a little extra kindness, be gentler and have patience with each other across campus.  Everybody needs a little space right now.  It goes a long way.

 

UL System Day is tomorrow.  For lots of reasons, it’s not the big festival type of thing we used to have pre-COVID.  Still, we’ll be out there, with President Tyler L. and other board members and Culinary students are cooking. We hope to have an opportunity to have some conversations with some of the Legislators and other people there about our System, how awesome it is and why they should invest in higher education.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

For those of you who were not aware, last week we did break ground for the sidewalk over on Menard Street that will go from campus all the way to downtown.  It will be ADA compliant and really nice.  Hopefully, it will create more opportunities for our students to get downtown and back to campus.  We hope it will be done by the time we get back in August.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizeth T. asked if more services could be provided for Latino students for food such as opening the Cafeteria earlier or providing food items as well.  Dr. Caruso said she can’t say yes or no to that because she’s not aware of it.  She’ll find out and submit that recommendation to food services to see what they can do.  Then they can come up with alternative options on campus.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I attended the last Council of Student Body President’s meeting in Hammond last week. It was a great networking opportunity.  It’s always good to see where people are going, what their plans are and what they’ve done. 
  • Tonight, the Cheerleader and Colonelette Showcase is being held before they leave for Daytona to compete for the NCA and NDA National Championship. It’s free to all students at 6:30 p.m.  SGA has supported the event in the past.  It’s a great way to see the work we supported.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms for March were due today. I’ll be handing out the date that April forms are due so be on the lookout for that.
  • If you need any ideas for motions, let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

  • The Financial Statement is completed and on the Google Drive.  If you have any questions, let me know.
  • If you want to discuss motions, let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Thanks for your help last Friday.
  • Signups for Orientation Sessions for this Friday are going out today.
  • I need a couple more officers for our April Showers Bring May Flowers collaboration with SPA.
  • I have also added the sign-up sheet for the Spring Break T-shirt Giveaway which is next Tuesday.
  • Be on the lookout for an email from me this week for Banquet details.
  • Please stay after our meeting for a group picture.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • I want to commend you all for turning in your motions on time last week. It really made it easier to get the signatures to Second all the motions.
  • Orientations are coming up so please heavily recruit these new students into the SGA.
  • If you have a potential motion that may include spending money, you must attend the Finance meeting to bring the idea to the committee and talk about it in discussion as well.
  • The Excuse form is on the Google drive and in my mailbox.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILL

S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center for up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Fame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Connor Hebert, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

A complaint was filed against the Election Commission and is under investigation.  The Hearing is scheduled for April 10th.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry, Connor Hebert and Ty Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund picnic tables for Free Speech Alley which didn’t pass.
  • Motion to fund Eternal Flame Beautification area which passed.
  • Motion to purchase Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry, Carlie Dalgo and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux and John Schaefer.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

 

Reviewed three excuses which all passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Le’Mon Smith and John Schaefer.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • April 6 – Umbrella giveaway in front of the Union from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with SPA.
  • April 12, Tuesday, Spring Break t-shirts.  Sign-up sheet goes out next week.
  • Orientation is Friday and Saturday.  If you sign up for those dates, 8th & 9th, make sure you can attend for the time slot you submit (orientation supplies are in the SGA ice-chest).
  • April 29, Friday, Spring Banquet.  Appropriate attire is suggested. SGA officer meals are free and $25.00 per person for those who are your guests. Let Director Angela Y. know if you’re attending or not and how many people will be attending with you.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Le’Mon Smith, Katie Louviere, Naomi Landry and Timyra Cotton.

 

We discussed the following:

 

An internal matter that we’ll elaborate on next week.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-076a

I move to take the motion to purchase Jerseys for Softball and Basketball from the table.

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Devontre’ Parker

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said this motion is to fund Intramural jerseys for Softball and Basketball to be worn at State games.  This will take the stress off students having to make those purchases themselves and so that they can all have the same jerseys with numbers.  Also, it’s going to let the State know that they’re representing Nicholls and not another team.  If they win, they’ll look great in a photo. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-077a

I move to take the Eternal Flame Beautification motion from the table.

 

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Jax Badeaux

Move into vote:

Passed For–19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate purchase plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Flame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Devontre’ P. said the Eternal Flame is unique to Nicholls and visitors tour the area often.  It looks pretty bad currently so I want to enhance it.   

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Katie Louviere
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Katie L. said the Biology Department reached out to me about the upper level Biology labs that have models that need to be replaced.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Sierra Allemand
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Sierra A. said I work in the Housing Department, in Residential buildings.  We’re interested in getting one of them for each building.  SGA bought four of them for the Housing Department years ago and they’re really damaged.  So this is to replace them.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trash can for the Peltier courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Timyra Cotton
  2. Naomi Landry

 

Discussion:  Senator Timyra C. said the one there now is broken and disgusting with trash falling on the floor.  This would improve that area.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. said the reason we want these is for students to enjoy them whenever the Free Speech Alley is completed.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said Dr. Martin in the English Department teaches the author, Tennessee Williams, who had a house in New Orleans. He’d like to take the class to see the author’s house and the Garden District.  

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Tyler L.          E-Board positions are open.  The applications will close on the April 15th at 4:30 p.m.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:26 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 28, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Robert Loupe and the pledge was given by Senator Carlie Dalgo.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Timyra Cotton and Senator Rodrigo Barragan read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Joshua Scioneaux, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Sierra Allemand, John Schaefer, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Conner Hebert, Ty Henry, Timyra Cotton and Carlie Dalgo.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Leah Strange and Brandon Katz.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Bincy Biju.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Abby Talbot.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer, Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Congressmen Charles Boustany and Bill Enyart.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Congressmen Charles Boustany and Bill Enyart

 

Thank you for the invitation to be here.  My name is Charles Boustany and I’m a former member of Congress.  I served for twelve years from 2005 to 2017 representing the district just west of here which is basically the Texas border, gulf coast, all the way to the secondary border on the East side.  I had the opportunity to serve on the House, Ways and Means Committee which dealt with taxes, healthcare issues, healthcare programs, social security and also energy security problems.  I’m currently serving as President of the U.S. Association of the former members of Congress which is about 750 former members.  I’m joined by colleague Bill Enyart who served in Congress as well.  We’re here as former members of a program called “Congress on Campus”.  We do this program about fifty times a year at college campuses all over the country.  We recently expanded internationally.  Our purpose is to engage with students to talk about public service, talk about what it’s like to be in public service and what the responsibilities are that voters entrust us with.  We’re here to talk about the state of American politics today but to also emphasize the real importance of civic engagement, civil discourse and understanding the problems that the country is facing.  We’re digging into issues to understand the problems and try to make the country a better place. I’m a Republican and a former member of Congress and I’ll introduce Bill Enyart who will talk to you about his background.

 

Good afternoon and thanks for inviting us to speak to you. We’re very much a bipartisan outfit and whenever they send any of us out to do anything with the Congress to Campus Program, there’s always one Republican and one Democrat so you receive the benefit of both.  I represented Southwest Illinois.  My district ran from just about north of St. Louis all the way to the southern tip of Illinois. I joined the Army National Guard after law school and was a weekend Guard for twenty-five years.  I got promoted to General and was asked to take command of the Army National Guard in Illinois and the International. So I retired to run for Congress.  Dr. Boustany and I are here to tell you about the behind the scenes reality of what it’s like to run for elections.  We took an oath to represent our constituents and uphold

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

the Constitution.  We’re here to help you understand the complexity of self-government because self-governing is a very difficult job to do day in and day out.  There are forty of you here and every one of you has a different opinion or disagreement on something.  You probably budgeted some funds on what goes on in student activities.  Well how much money should go to Spring games or all the other projects.  We had to decide how to spend funds on defense, agriculture, highways and airports.  All those things need to be worked out.  I’ll open the floor for questions.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said I am a Political Science Major and I have an internship in Washington, D.C. What are some words of advice for someone who is interested in politics and in public service?  Dr. Boustany said an internship is a terrific place to start.  You’ll work in a Congressional office with the Chief of Staff, Civil Legislative Assistants and so forth.  You’ll see the volume of emails, letters and phones that need to be answered, the mail that needs to be distributed and sorted, and letters that have to be written, but it’s exciting.    If you decide that you want to go back and work with the Congressional staff full time, talk to the staff about how they got where they are and how they prepared themselves.  Use the opportunity to learn what pressures they’re under each day in doing the job.  As a member of Congress, you have all these responsibilities in Washington but you have a huge set of responsibilities back in your District whether it’s projects, case work or answering questions from multiple officials with incoming information.  You’ll get a sense of the degree to which the public puts their trust in the person who is elected to office and their staff.  You have a responsibility to be duly informed about these things and to see through the nonsense and focus on the real substance and issues.  We all have an obligation to be smart if we’re going to be a self-governing nation. You can’t if you don’t have accurate information, what the issues are and what we’re voting on.  If you want to run for office, you’ll be there to see what it looks like, to see what you like and don’t like about those issues.  Volunteer for things and go to all the receptions.  Take an issue or two that you’re passionate about and take an opportunity to learn.  Briefings are going on all the time and you can attend them. For those of you who do not have an internship, contact Garrett Graves’ Office.  He may not be able to have anything but he may know of another Congressman that may have a spot.

 

      COMMENT:    President Tyler L. said a lot of people in this room are not a Political Science Major and may have another path like Nursing.  Can you talk to them about the importance of running for public office?  Dr. Boustany said I was a heart surgeon but my goal was to take on a series of problems that our State faced like coastal restoration.  I was successful because I had the staff.  My advice to you is it’s important to have a diversity of expertise for your staff. It’s also important to have thick skin.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked how truly partisan is Congress?  Dr. Boustany said you won’t see the sensational stuff.  They set up these fights because it’s exciting to report it and social media loves that kind of stuff. If you’re watching floor proceedings, the number of amendments are severely limited on the House Floor.  You have unlimited amendments that’s irrelevant on the legislation you’re working on but many of the bills that are considered in committee are bipartisan products. A lot of legislation is being pushed by extremes and that’s why you see more fights when governments shut down government issues.  Congress has to bring it back to a level of compromise. 

 

     

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizeth T. asked what is the ability of Congress to create stocks. Dr. Boustany said this is clearly a conflict of interest.  There needs to be a complete stop to any member of Congress or the Senate or anybody in a senior position of the U.S. government from trading stocks because it’s unethical, unfair and is an indication that someone is out using insider information to gain monetarily.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator ? (audio unclear) asked whether there should be term limits or age limits for office.  Dr. Boustany said some of the legislation I worked on took me almost ten to twelve years to get a concept of law.  It took time to build support with Congress and on the outside to pressure Congress to raise its level of priority.  Experience does matter.  The question about age is more complicated.  As long as someone is able to function, they should remain.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked about the Russian economy or if we should do more.  Dr. Boustany said the sanctions package is the most expensive sanctions package in the history of the modern world.  The Biden administration immediately started repairing Trans-Atlantic relations because the relationship between the United States, the European Union and NATO President was severely damaged during the Trump Administration. They’re going after one individual preventing them from accessing the financial system, a world of banks and they went after specific banks in Russia.  They’re going after the Swift System which is the communication system among many banks worldwide.  They went after Russia’s central bank which is basically locking him out of transactions but they also took steps to really inhibit the ability of a central bank to go after foreign reserves that Russia had.  The weakness in the sanctions package is on the energy side because Europe’s dependency is on oil, gas and coal.  Russian’s capacity to still get currency is through the energy.  Sanctions are a tool of economic warfare but they have to be used with prudence not to do something harmful. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I’ll be going to Hammond this week for the Counsel of Student Body President’s meeting and work on the service project on Saturday.
  • Next Monday, according to the motion to fund the Dance Team and Cheerleaders to go to and from the airport for their Daytona trip, we’ll have a showcase on Wednesday and would appreciate your support.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms are due after the meeting. The next one is due April 4th.  If you need anything, let me know so we can stay on track.
  • We’re still working out the details on the Food Insecurity and Literacy Program so once that’s worked out, I’ll talk to you more about that.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

We’re working on next month’s budget. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • We have orientation sessions coming up, I brought the sign-up sheet to participate if you’re available. Remember that these orientations are a great opportunity to recruit and speak highly about our organization and everything that we do for our university. Your participation in orientations will count for your hours.
  • Be on the lookout for an email with more details and information about our Spring Banquet-this will be going out the first week of April.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

 

  • Reminder that we have two more giveaways left in the semester, Umbrella giveaway on April 6 and Spring Break t-shirt giveaway on April 12.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

Please work the orientations to help recruit new students for Senators.  We have a lot of spots open.  We also have three more meetings left so please make sure you’re getting your motions in.  You get in SGA what you put in.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center for up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line.  Tabled.                     

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Bincy Biju, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Abby Talbot, Commission Member

 

Results of the 2022 Spring Election:

 

6,365 Eligible Voters  

1,584 Actual Voters

 

SGA PRESDIENT

Tyler Legnon = 858

Meagan Rousse = 726

 

Congratulations to Tyler Legnon for the position.

 

The Referendum for Student Activities Self-Assessment Fee Update passed.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry, Connor Hebert and Ty Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

 

Reviewed the motion to purchase three Anatomy Models.  After further discussion, the motion passed.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, John Schaefer, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Naomi Landry, Ty Henry, Carlie Dalgo and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange and Brandon Katz.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed one excuse which was approved.
  • Discussion that Judiciary should be looking for students that are interested in filling the Senator positions in SGA such as College of Business, Culinary, etc.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, John Schaefer, Ty Henry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senator Lizeth Tobias and Brandon Katz.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Umbrella giveaway is in the Union at 11:00 a.m. with SPA on April 6.
  • Spring Break t-shirt giveaway is April 12.
  • Spring Banquet is April 29.
  • Orientation starts April 1, 8 and 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We need 2 or 3 Senators to work Orientation to promote SGA and recruit.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Le’Mon Smith, Katie Louviere, Naomi Landry and Timyra Cotton.

 

Absent:     Senators Leah Strange.

 

We discussed the following:

  • SGA Walk Through is on April 28th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Paper towel holders in the Union Restrooms.
  • Leadership Suite progress.
  • Pot hole by Chick-fil-A.
  • Swing by Bayou Pavilion.
  • Colonel Cats Club proposed the idea that SGA provide funding for the cats.  The committee voted not to approve that idea.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-073a

I move to take the motion for the Anatomy Models from the table.

 

  1. Le’Mon Smith
  2. John Schaefer

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center for up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item.

 

  1. Le’Mon Smith
  2. John Schaefer

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Le’Mon S. said the Tutoring Center requested these models to assist the students.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said I work with Intramurals at the Rec Center so I noticed that when we go to State competitions, students have a hard time finding the funds to purchase the jerseys.  They don’t match or have our name on the front and a number on the back.  They have to purchase their own jerseys so this would take the stress off of the students.  These jerseys would be kept at the Rec Center.  This year the championship is at Northwestern which is a four and a half hour drive for Basketball and Softball.  We’ll give them out on the championship time frame. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate purchase plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Flame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Devontre’ P. said the Eternal Flame is a model of our Institution and the plants in the garden are dying.  I met with Grounds, Mrs. Clune and Dr. Jackson who know what to use there.   

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Lizeth Tobias

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said we’re looking to rebuild and renovate the Free Speech Alley.  One of the first phases of the project will be buying picnic tables.  Senator Naomi L. will be presenting a motion to purchase a cornhole game for the area also.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Student Organization Committee – Robert Loupe, Reona Octave and Ethan Henry

 

Senators Reona O., Ethan H. and I attended the Student Organization Committee Meeting today at 1:00 p.m.  The following was discussed:

The Student Firefighters Association has a new advisor. 

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was activated.

Nicholls Ping Pong Club was activated.

Colonel Theatrics Club was tabled for further discussion.

 

Presence, which is the new software for the Gold Forms, was implemented. 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 21, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Sierra Allemand and the pledge was given by Senator Ty Henry.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Cooper Moore and Senator Brandon Katz read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Leah Strange, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Conner Hebert, Ty Henry, Timyra Cotton (appointed) and Carlie Dalgo (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent:  Joshua Scioneaux and John Schaefer.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commissioner Carson Duet and Members Amanda Hankenhof and Abby Talbot.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer, Cody Kendrick and Ladaja Populis.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

Dr. Clune couldn’t be here because he’s attending a meeting where we’re trying to establish a community partnership that is going around the community.  Several meetings are happening this week with the Administration and Legislators to discuss our priorities for capital outlay which Dr. Clune spoke to you about last week.  They’re discussing that and other priorities that we have in higher education to ensure Legislators keep on their minds as they move forward.

 

We also have several guests on campus this week who are going be looking at places and such to partner or donate equipment to establish spaces and other types of variances similar to other universities.   

 

We have bids going out soon on the Boucvalt Phase II which will be coming up and the Student Engagement renovations we spoke to you about.  As of now, graduation will take place in Stopher.  For those of you who keep up with our accreditation for SACS, we received the report last week and we’re looking good.  Our report focused on the last five years on Sophomore retention and Dr. Hebert was happy to report that it primarily enhanced the relationship between students and advisors.  For those of you who are relatively new to the university, we hope that this advising during your Freshman and Sophomore years really focuses on that.  We also have a lot of success in areas where Faculty and staff are now much more aware of how proactive students are academically and the training that faculty was able to obtain.  I’ve sent the results to your E-Board if anyone is interested in reading it.    

 

We have our Student Advisory Council meeting coming up on Wednesday.  Several of you are on it and we hope to hear what you have to say about what’s going on.  Your award for excellence, includes Hall of Fame.  I know several of you received it so congratulations to those of you in SGA who are on Hall of Fame.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

You received an email from me which Dolly forwarded to you about the Emergency Funds.  Make sure you read it through.  We’re not sending it out in bulk email at this point.  If anyone approaches you with a need, share it with that individual.  If we share it publicly as we have for the several other rounds in the past, we might miss those that are most likely in need. 

 

We’ll be hosting the ground-breaking next Thursday, March 31st, for the Menard Sidewalk Project.  It’s a partnership with the City and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  The sidewalk from the edge of the parking lot next to Scholars Hall and Archives will be expanded, wider and smooth, and will get you all the way to Canal Blvd.  At some point, we’re waiting for permission on one of the streets to cut over and up to Canal Blvd.  We hope that this will be a huge part of the effort that will be ongoing to enhance our relationship with the State and to establish a great relationship between Nicholls and the Community.  If we continue to move forward working with the locals, we’ll see how interesting it will be to grow the Thibodaux and Houma areas, particularly the downtown area for our students.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • This is a reminder that scheduling begins next week. As an SGA Officer, you’re eligible for first day scheduling.  It’s actually an opportunity to schedule your classes to ensure you’re available for SGA meetings.
  • Remember that tomorrow begins the vote. Be sure to promote the Referendum.  If there are any questions, I’ll be happy to verify any questions they may have.
  • The outdoor classroom – they met on Friday and Mr. Lance drew up some mockups to indicate what that space would look like. We’re looking forward to what our university can provide to students.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms are due next Monday before the meeting.  Only six people have had them done.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

  • From January 18 to February 28, we spent $26,000. 
  • Keep up the work on your motions.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • A reminder that we have 2 giveaways left for the semester.
  • I will send out an email soon about our end of the year banquet that is April 29th.
  • About the giveaways, even if we run out of items to give away, you’re still required to work the shift. We have a lot of positions open and need to start recruiting at that shift.
  • I would also like to invite you to the baseball game this Wednesday vs ULL at 6:30 p.m. It was previously scheduled for tomorrow but because of the weather, it’s scheduled for Wednesday. I will be there if you need a friend to go with.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Keep up with all the hard work on the motions!
  • Student Affairs Advisory Board meeting is on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room.
  • Leadership Council Meeting will meet in my office after the meeting.
  • If you have any scheduling conflicts next semester, we can adjust as needed.
  • Participate in the voting this week and make sure you’re signing in and out for your office hour.
  • Excuse form is on the Google Drive.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way S2021-108.  Passed and signed.

                 

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-070

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Ty Henry for the position of Veteran Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Tabled.

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.  Tabled.

                       

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Remy Lodrigues, Justice

 

The Supreme Court reapportioned the Senate.  If you don’t know what this is, it’s how we break down how many Senators represent students in each college for the upcoming year.  It’s based off of Fall enrollment at Nicholls.

 

One Senate Seat represents 300 students in that college.

 

REAPPORTIONMENT OF SENATE FOR 2022-2023 TERM:

Liberal Arts:  4

Sciences & Technology:  5

Business Administration:  4 (Reduced by 1)

Education:  3

Nursing:  3 (Reduced by 1)

Culinary:  1

Veterans Affairs:  1

Graduate Studies:  3

 

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Carson Duet, Commissioner

 

The elections are this week.  Once you get the email tomorrow you’ll have from tomorrow, the 22nd, through Thursday, the 24th, to vote.

 

The results will be announced at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Union so please remind everyone to vote.

 

Candidate’s Forum was held on Thursday, March 17th, in the Student Union and was well attended.  The candidates running for SGA President, Tyler Legnon and Meagan Rousse, were introduced as well as Symphony Brown, SGA Vice President-Elect, Trevor Tabor, SPA President-Elect and Jeanne Marie Young, SPA Vice President-Elect. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry, Connor Hebert and Ty Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed the motion to fund the Colonel Closet food supply which was highly favorable.
  • Reviewed the motion to purchase calculators for student rentals which was highly favorable.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz and Ty Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux and John Schaefer.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed a motion to appoint Timyra Cotton which passed.
  • Reviewed a motion to appoint Carlie Dalgo which passed.
  • Last motion was old business about the Constitution which also passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, John Schaefer and Ty Henry.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • As a reminder for those who don’t have their hours, there are two giveaways remaining.
  • Spring Break T-Shirt Giveaway is April 12th.
  • Umbrella Giveaway is April 6th with SPA.
  • Spring Banquet is April 29th.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Le’Mon Smith, Katie Louviere and Naomi Landry.

 

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Several motions that each Senator is working on.
  • Went over the outdoor classroom.
  • We’ll meet with Ms. Margo Badeaux about the Dining Association.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-072a

I move to take the motion for the Colonel Closet Food Supply from the table.

 

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is to fund some food items for the Colonel Closet because a lot of students use it and they run out of food quickly.  Currently, there’s a cap on food limited to three items.  We want to help alleviate that.  Purchasing this food will help a lot of students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizeth T. asked if this is something we’re helping out with as a one-time thing.  Senator Jax B. said it’ll be reoccurring because it’s a reoccurring line item.  There’s enough money there to keep it going.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-071a

I move to take the motion to amend Article III of the Constitution from the table.

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Lizeth Tobias

Move into vote:

Passed For–19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Lizeth Tobias

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. said I met with the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Scott, who agreed that this would be both beneficial to both SGA and the Honors Program.  Also, I think it would be good for the Senate because it would help us be academically diversified representing all students, not just culturally but academically as well.  Dr. Scott told me that there are over 400 Honor Students on campus, 435 to be exact, which are the top portion of the student body what need representation.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-069a

I move to take the motion to purchase calculators for students off the table.

 

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Robert Loupe

Move into vote:

Passed For–19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget. 

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Robert Loupe

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said these are calculators we’d like to purchase to be placed in the Library.  The Library staff will take the student’s “N” Number.  I’m not sure how long they’ll be allowed to use it but we’ll have the SGA property sticker on the back of the calculator.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center for up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Le’Mon Smith
  2. John Schaefer

 

Discussion:  Senator Le’Mon S. said the students that requested the models indicated how much this would help them in class.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-074

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Timyra Cotton for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Le’Mon Smith

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-075

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Carlie Dalgo for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Le’Mon Smith
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Le’Mon S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Student Affairs Advisory Council Roster was updated.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Early Registration is Monday which starts at 6:00 a.m.  If you have any trouble getting in to schedule your classes, please notify me as soon as possible so we can get it straightened out on Monday morning.  New officers will also be set up to register early.  Check your Banner account to ensure you don’t have a “Hold” on your account that would keep you from registering.

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Remy Lodrigues:

 

Timyra Cotton – Senator-at-Large

Carlie Dalgo – Senator-at-Large

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 14, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Leah Strange.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Cooper Moore and Senator Zackary Pitre read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Leah Strange, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Conner Hebert and Ty Henry (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent:  Logan Byars, Joshua Scioneaux and Rodrigo Barragan.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Meagan Rousse.

 

Election Commission was represented by Commissioner Carson Duet and Member Amanda Hankenhof.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer, Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Cody Kendrick and Ladaja Populis.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Just a few quick updates:  Hurricane Ida recovery is going slowly.  We’re currently getting fences repaired at the Baseball field.  You’ll see other fences being repaired and roofs being repaired probably this summer and into the Fall semester. 

 

COVID-19 is going very well.  Lafourche Parish is now at 2.8 positivity rate which is low, along with St. Mary, Terrebonne and other parishes as well. 

 

Legislature opens today.  We expect it to be a very good legislative year.  The UL System is confident that we’ll have pay raises for Classified Staff who are our maintenance, our groundskeepers and our custodians and the Unclassified who are the Directors, the Assistant Directors and typical faculty.  There is a bill going through the Senate right now that would do away with the University Fees for graduate students, graduate students who are research assistants or teaching assistants.  They have their tuition waived but not their fees.  This bill by Senator Cleo Fields would eliminate all those fees as well.  We have priorities for Capital Outlay.  Our first priority is finishing our Coastal Center needing an addition $6 million. That would make it a $21 million project on the corner of Ardoyne and Acadia.  The second priority is the first floor of the Library.  That $5 million will get the Archives off the first floor and put it on the third floor that would give them more space for student success. Right now, on the academic side, our student athletes and half of the math lab are being built.  Athletics was too big to serve its purposes. We have some money to go to student athletes so that’s what we’re doing.  The third priority is for a clubhouse.  We had a donor step forward with a $500,000 budget and we’re trying to get the rest of the money to build a baseball clubhouse.  Next year we’d build a softball clubhouse.  The big one is replacing the Gouaux Hall.  As many of you know, Gouaux Hall has water intrusion and other things.  That’s a $40 million task.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED

A new Nursing Annex so we can add more Nursing and Allied Health majors is a $20 million task.  Then the System has put in $3 for buildings in hurricane areas. We qualify for an additional $3 which will help close the budget deficit we anticipate next year.  There may be some time when President Tyler L., if is not here then Vice President Symphony B., would come up to the Legislature with us to walk the halls to encourage our Legislators to take care of Nicholls and the UL System.  There are dozens of other items that were on the Capital Outlay budget but are now being covered under Hurricane Ida repairs.  There are $12 million of roofs being repaired on our campus. 

 

The new faculty and staff area is now open in the Library.  You’ll see the Faculty Senate hold meetings there and the Staff Council as well.  It will be open during the day.

 

Basketball Season, as you’ve probably heard, we’re going to the NIT Tournament in Dallas to play SMU on Wednesday night.

 

Commencement this Spring – there will be four ceremonies in Stopher Gymnasium.  We weren’t able to get the Civic Center because there are Dance Recitals and other things planned.  We anticipate the Commencement Speaker to be Chief Justice John Weimer, Nicholls Alum.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

I want to re-enforce what Dr. Clune said about things going well with COVID.  We appreciate everything you’ve done as leaders and role models to students to encourage everyone about the choices we make.  Relating to immunizations as well, when speaking to your constituents, if they have any questions about immunization compliance or not being in compliance, it’s no big deal.  We’re trying to catch up on some of the paperwork for immunization compliance, not just for COVID but for all the other vaccines that students are required to have.  It’s a simple matter of filling out the immunization form with the immunizations you’ve received or sign the exemption form for any of the forms that you cannot receive.  It’s just one of those two things, a real simple process.  If they’re worried or confused, they can come to my office or Adrienne Naquin-Bolton, the Director of Student Wellness and Support Services.  If you are available tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the Secretary of the Department of Health in Louisiana, Dr. Courtney Phillips, will be here during the lecture period to do her presentation. I hope you can all join us.  Hopefully most of you can come to the luncheon.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I was in Natchitoches last week for the UL System Future Conferences. We discussed a lot about the core competencies of the System for the Universities in future for the State of Louisiana and the importance for getting our students into the real world.
  • We have elections coming up so make sure you inform the students about the proposed Referendum. If they have any questions that you can’t answer, please refer them to me.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms are due on March 28th before the meeting.  If you have any questions about completing these forms, please let me know.   

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

  • I’m wrapping up the Financial Statement. 
  • If you have motions, come talk to me.  Good job with the motions.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Patrick’s Day giveaway is this Thursday in the Union. It’s our last event for the month.
  • In April, we have an Umbrella Giveaway in collaboration with SPA and our Spring Break t-shirt giveaway.
  • Remember that even if you have all of your hours you can still work these tables.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Remember our banquet is April 29th so please start talking with your families to see if you will have any guests attending. We’ll need a headcount soon.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • I want to commend you on the start of a very good semester. You’ve been doing your work and playing your part in SGA and in your studies.  Spring Break and the summer are almost here so please hold on.
  • After completing Senator evaluations, everyone who is returning next semester is in good standing so keep up the good work.
  • Tyler and I had our monthly meeting with Dr. Clune last Monday with a few minor updates on campus projects. He let us know that Senators Cooper M. and Brandon K. have been discussing potential projects with him and the administration.
  • I’m very excited to return next semester in SGA and work with you for my last semester of college. With that being said, I know it’s election season, but let’s remember to be respectful to the candidates and each other for a friendly election season.
  • Please help in the efforts of heavily recruiting Senators for the Fall semester at giveaway tables and in the upcoming orientations.
  • Make sure you’re signing in and out for your office hours.
  • The excuse form is on the Google drive!!

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-066

I move that the Senate sponsor Nicholls Cheer and Nicholls Colonettes bus transportation to the NDA and NCA National Competition for up to $1,350.00.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way S2021-108.  Tabled.

                 

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.  Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Meagan Rousse, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Carson Duet, Commissioner

 

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor was awarded on February 24 at Colonel Gras.

Congratulations to Trevor Tabor and Victoria Bourgeois for that Honor.

 

Spring Online Elections is March 22 to 24, 2022 so be looking for that in your emails.  The results will be announced at 1:15 P.M. in the Union.

 

ON THE BALLOT:

Student Government Association President:

Tyler Legnon

Meagan Rousse

 

Referendum for student self-assessed fee.

 

Congratulations to the following 2022-23 SGA & SPA Officers who were elected unopposed:

 

SGA Vice President-Elect = Symphony Brown

SPA President-Elect = Trevor Tabor

SPA Vice President-Elect = Jeanne Marie Young

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ CONTINUED:

 

The Candidate’s Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 12:45 p.m. in the Snack Bar area of the Union to introduce the candidates running for SGA President.  We’ll also be introducing the SGA Vice President-Elect for next year as well as the SPA President-Elect and Vice President-Elect.  Please try to attend and ask your friends to attend also.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry and Connor Hebert.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed the Motion to Rescind Library Green Space Walk Way which passed.
  • Reviewed the Motion for the Peltier Hall Outdoor Classroom line item. After further discussion, it passed. 

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, , Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, John Schaefer, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz, Ty Henry and Carlie Dalgo.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

 

Reviewed four excuses.  One was passed, one denied and the others tabled.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith and Naomi Landry.

 

Absent:     Senator Lance Jones.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break t-shirts are in (April 12 Giveaway).
  • St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway is Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (there is a sign-up sheet so if you don’t have your required hours, here’s your opportunity to get them).
  • Spring Banquet is coming up which is April 29th.
  • Umbrella Giveaway with SPA is April 6th.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Le’Mon Smith, Katie Louviere and Naomi Landry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Met with Ms. Margo Badeaux to discuss Free Speech Alley to get ideas.
  • Spoke with Ms. Badeaux about the Dining Association which is essentially about the Food/Customer Service. We’re also getting a Pizza Hut on campus.
  • Outdoor classroom briefing.
  • Progress on motions that Senators are working on.  Everyone has pretty solid foundation going into the rest of the semester and I look forward to working with them on projects.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-068a

I move to take the motion for the Peltier Hall Line Item from the table.

 

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said we’re taking the funds that were allocated for the sidewalk next to the Library and moving that to a line item that will be reoccurring over the next four semesters.

 

      COMMENT:    President Tyler L. said to provide a little more information, this is to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the University so that’s why it’s important to have enough money available to create not only classes that are useable but that are feasible.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-067a

I move to take the motion to rescind the Library Green Space Walk Way from the table.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Katie Louviere

Move into vote:

Passed For–18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way, S2021-108.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Katie Louviere

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is to rescind the motion from last year.  If we pass this motion, we’ll officially move the funds from this project to the new line item.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said in the Finance Committee Meeting, we noticed that it was for $35,000 and that the $30,000 would be for the new line item.  Is the extra $5,000 going to be returned to the budget?  Senator Jax B. said yes.  It would go into unallocated funds.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Robert Loupe

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said I’ve been working on this for about two months, evaluating the need.  I’ve been speaking to students in my class.  We have only one calculator so these would be rented from the Library.  They would take the student’s Nicholls ID Number and if they don’t return it, their Banner account would be charged.  Having the two types will make it easier for students to use them.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-070

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Ty Henry for the position of Veteran Senator.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.

  1. Naomi Landry
  2. Lizeth Tobias

 

Discussion:  Senator Naomi L. said I met with Dr. Scott, the Director of the Honors Program.  She said creating the Honors Senator position would be beneficial to both SGA and the Honors Program.  She told me there are over 400 Honor students on campus so I think there should be someone in the Senate to represent them and give them a voice they deserve. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said about three weeks ago, Director Victoria R. and myself met with Ms. Andi Sonnier to discuss what the funds from the Food Insecurity line item could be used for.  She said the Colonel Closet actually gives away some food items.  It’s not their main purpose but they do it.  Students could actually use it.  They usually put a cap on it because that’s how quickly students were going through it so there is a need for it.  I think there’s no better way to use this line item.  This is going to fund healthy snacks, toiletries, etc. and it’s free of charge for anyone who needs it. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Delta Zeta Annual Bash for a Passion event

Vice President Symphony B. said this is a vendor’s market where local businesses have a chance to get together and sell merchandise.  It’s going to be at “The Rink” off Horseshoe Boulevard on Sunday, May 1st from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  We need an SGA representative to be Mr. Desirable.  It’s a contest among 15 men at Nicholls to see who can raise the most money.  The winner will receive the title of “Mr. Desirable”, a sash and $100 toward the philanthropy of his choice.  (President Tyler L. volunteered.)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Meagan R.         This Saturday we’re having an event for “Robbie”.  We have bands playing, etc. so let me know if you want a ticket.

 

Lizeth T.         I’ve been speaking to people about bringing a Model of the United Nations to campus where students can attend an actual United Nations Conference.  Each year they have one in Washington, D.C., Japan, etc.  Let me know if you’re interested.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Dolly M.          Early Registration is scheduled for March 28th so meet with your Advisors to get your courses in order.  Be sure to check your Banner account for any holds on your account that would prevent you from scheduling your classes.

 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Justice Meagan Rousse:

 

Ty Henry – Veteran Senator

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 21, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Naomi Landry and the pledge was given by Senator Brandon Katz.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Connor Hebert and Senator Zackary Pitre read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Leah Strange, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Joshua Scioneaux, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Alec Sergent, Sierra Allemand, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz and Conner Hebert.

 

The following Senator was absent: John Schaefer.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Meagan Rousse.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Suzy Potter, The Blood Center Community Development Manager, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff writer and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Ms. Suzy Potter, The Blood Center

 

Thank you for having me back.  Each of you received a Thank You Flyer that I created.  When Kennedi was air lifted from here after the accident, one of the services that we provide is to ensure we have blood on the helicopter.  When you are transported by helicopter, that means you’re pretty much life or death.  They don’t have time to take you to a hospital.  They’ll take you to the number one trauma center which is University Medical Center.  They alone, need 8,000 blood transfusions per month.  We’re the supplier for Thibodaux Health Systems.  That facility also needs a lot of blood.  As a result of this blood drive, Kennedi’s mom gave blood (she cried the whole time).  She said she never would have done this before.  Now she’s a blood donor for life. Thank you for donating in the blood drive.  The flyer you currently have in your hand is a blood drive being held at Raceland Middle School.  I’m asking you to communicate this throughout people you know.  The reason why we’re doing it in Raceland is because that’s where Kennedi’s grandmother was working, it’s where Kennedi graduated and a lot of the people wanted to do another outreach. 

 

I’m now requesting you sponsor another blood drive on April 4th and 5th for the hospital to make sure we have enough blood on the shelf for the people in this community.

 

Ms. Amber Pitre, Kennedi’s mother, couldn’t be here today but wrote something to pass on her gratitude for what you did.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

President Tyler L. read the letter:

 

“Dear Nicholls SGA Friends,”

 

“I first would like to apologize for my absence.  I’ve been under the weather and having car difficulty.  Adult life, right?  The last time we met, I was so encouraged about the blood drive for Kennedi and you did not disappoint.  In true Nicholls fashion, everyone rallied to make the blood drive such a success.  We doubled our goal. I was so touched not only as Kennedi’s mother but as someone who had the unfortunate ability to see what a desperate need, not only locally but nationally, that we have for life saving blood.  Through Kennedi’s tragedy, we have met many people who cared for her in her greatest time of need.  Her first responder visited my home last Sunday and in our conversation I asked her if she knew Kennedi’s condition was so severe on sight.  Her response was yes.  Actually, when in New Orleans, they called me and said had she not had blood on the helicopter, she would not have survived the flight.  Let that sink in.  Due to blood being available on the flight, she was given a fighting chance.  Due to blood being available in the hospital, we were given ten more days with her.  She was given a chance.  That may seem small but thank you for making Kennedi’s blood drive a success and for giving others a chance at life.  As Kennedi would say, give freely and always be kind.” 

 

“Forever grateful and with much love,

Amber”

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso

 

The only update I have from last week is that Dr. Clune said we will be purchasing a building downtown as a business incubator.  There were transactions last week that took place successfully so we’re looking at a couple of months for things to get done.

 

The Leaders Suite update – We discovered last week that the original paint we were going to use would not work because of the materials the walls are made of so the next step is to get an estimate on wall paper.  If you remember the stadium seating, the wall paper that is on the wall there, it will be a similar type of material.  As soon as we get an estimate on that, we can start work on it.

 

Mardi Gras weekend – Just a note that we ask you to make healthy decisions and that you help your friends make healthy decisions.  Make sure you’re a role model with your peers.  The point is that when you’re celebrating Mardi Gras, we want you to have fun but please remember all the things that have been happening and the conversations we’ve been having.  We don’t want any more tragedies like the ones we’ve been having.

     

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked about the Greenhouse Project.  Dr. Caruso said there was a lot of progress made in the last couple of weeks.  Most of the items have been installed.  It shouldn’t be very long. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I hope you all had a great start to parade season in the Houma/Thibodaux area. I encourage you all to enjoy this special time in south Louisiana but please make wise choices in what you do, what you say, and what you post because you are still a representation of Nicholls State University and this Student Government Association, even when you are not on campus.
  • Vice President Symphony Brown and I drove to Ruston last week to advocate for the referendum to put a fee increase on the student election ballot on March 22nd-24th. I am proud to announce that the referendum passed unanimously. This means that we now need to start advocating for this fee and the great benefits that students will receive from its approval. I will start contacting organizations this week that will receive a portion of the fee to set up a meeting to discuss the marketing of this fee as well as its impact.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • As you may have heard in committee, the plan to place a sidewalk in the green space next to the library has been put on hold because the sidewalk cannot be placed where the SGA voted to place it. So, we are proposing that we use those funds towards the building of an outdoor classroom as a gift to the University for its 75th This will only be the first phase of funding for the project as I hope to allocate up to $30,000 each semester over the next 4 semesters towards that structure.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • This month’s “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms were due before the meeting. If you’re a new Senator, you don’t have to worry about that for now. 
  • Senator Jax B. and I met with Ms. Amanda Fremin to discuss the Food Insecurity and Food Literacy Program. We discussed different ideas so we’re really excited about that.   

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

The budget will be voted on today.  When we return from break, I’ll have the Financial Statement ready.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • We will have a Scantron Giveaway for midterms on Monday, March 7 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and I have the sign-up sheet.
  • The Socks & Scrunchies Giveaway is on Thursday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day table is on Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Spring break t-shirts have been ordered. Let me know if you want one after the meeting.  The giveaway will be Tuesday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be coming soon for all of this. It’s a good opportunity to get all of your hours in.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Leadership Council will meet on Google Meets sometime this week!
  • Excuse form is on the Google drive!!
  • Google Meets is available for those who have COVID issues, with Proof of test results of course.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Remained Tabled.

 

S2122-063

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Naomi Landry for the position of Sciences and Technology Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-064

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Brandon Katz for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Greek Life Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Meagan Rousse, Justice

 

The Supreme Court reapportioned the Senate for the upcoming election. 

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT CONTINUED:

 

Report on SPA: 

This week is Colonel Gras Week:

Mardi Gras Breakfast is at 8:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras Gumbo will be at 11:00 a.m.

Colonel Gras is Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Day parking lot.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

  • Announcement of Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be at Colonel Gras at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.  We ask that you please try to be there for that event.
  • Today, on Inside, we posted the petition deadline of March 3rd for students interested in running for SGA President, Vice President and Senators and also SPA President and Vice President.  You can get the petitions from me but there are certain things you have to complete before you can start campaigning.  I’ll ask Carolanne Moore, Coordinator of Student Activities, to send the notice out to student organizations also.
  • For those of you who are Freshmen, you’ll complete a petition to serve in your particular college in the Fall. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry, Naomi Landry and Connor Hebert.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed the Spring 2022 budget and discussed it further which passed.
  • Motion to fund bus transportation for the Nicholls Cheer and Dance Teams to compete nationally which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, Katie Louviere, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Naomi Landry, Brandon Katz and Ty Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator John Schaefer.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed two excuses which passed.
  • Reviewed one motion on the Legnon Corollary for Spring 2022 which passed.
  • Reviewed six excuses.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith and Naomi Landry.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • March 7 is Scantron Giveaway from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. 
  • March 10 is Socks & Scrnchies Giveaway at 11:00 a.m. in the Union.
  • March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway (Cookies & Green Lemonade).
  • T-shirts for Spring Break have been ordered.
  • Reminder:  Spring Banquet is April 29 and will discuss closer to date.

 

 

SGA COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Leah Strange, Le’Mon Smith, Katie Louviere and Naomi Landry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • We met with Ms. Amanda Fremin and Ms. Andi Sonnier and will partner with them to really grow the Food Literacy Programs.  Ms. Sonnier is in charge of the Colonel Closet.  They also have a food portion so we’ll partner with her for these supplies.  We have the funds to do it and students really need the help.  Every time the food is out there, they take it all. She has to put a limit on it because that’s how fast it goes.  We’ll work with her on that.  We’re also going to reach out to the Culinary Department to see if we can get ready-made meals to hand out.  We want to stay away from the ones that you cook yourself because a lot of these people are busy and just need something quick to eat.
  • We’ll continue to discuss the Outdoor Classroom in the upcoming weeks.
  • Cats around the Union.  On Wednesday I’m meeting with the President of Colonel Cats about that and I’ll reach out to Dr. Caruso after that meeting.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-061a

I move to take the Spring 2022 budget from the table.

 

  1. Rodrigo Barragan
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget. 

 

  1. Rodrigo Barragan
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Rodrigo B. defers to Treasurer Darren P., Jr. who said we allocated funds for Crawfish Day and things like that.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-066a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The Amendment/Motion was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Robert Loupe

Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-066

I move that the Senate sponsor Nicholls Cheer and Nicholls Colonettes bus transportation to the NDA and NCA National Competition for up to $1,350.00.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Robert Loupe

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said this is a motion to fund the buses and the funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way S2021-108.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Katie Louviere

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this would rescind the motion that we passed a year ago to fund the sidewalk.  That money will be used on the outdoor classroom for this semester.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said we would start this semester and $30,000 would be held for each of the next three semesters.  This will be the 75th Anniversary gift from SGA to the university.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Zackary P.        There’s a 5k run on March 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If you don’t want to run it, you can walk it.  There will also be donuts.

 

Cooper M.         Thank you for your support for Club Soccer.  We played Texas A&M last weekend.  Thank you for your participation.

 

Meagan R.         We’re doing a Walk for Robbie on March 19th from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m.  We’re looking at football team members to help sponsor this and a band.

 

Symphony B.       If you’re in Mardi Gras Green and other colors, please come up to take a group picture after the meeting.

 

Dolly M.          Reminded everyone that the photographer will be here on March 14th to take the headshots for the SGA composite.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:01 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 14, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ John Schaefer and the pledge was given by Senator Katie Louviere.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Le’Mon Smith and Senator Sierra Allemand read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Joshua Scioneaux, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Alec Sergent, Sierra Allemand, John Schaefer, Katie Louviere, Le’Mon Smith, Naomi Landry (appointed), Brandon Katz (appointed) and Conner Hebert (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent: Leah Strange.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux and Justice Bincy Biju.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Sally Torres, The Nicholls Worth staff and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

Minutes of January 31, 2022 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

 

We often get asked about the mask mandate on campus.  As you know, LSU has dropped its mask mandate.  The UL System, when we drop below 5% transmission rate in our Parish and area, would ask us to remove the mask mandate.  As of last Wednesday, we’re at 16.65% so the UL President can only remove the mask mandate if it’s moderate or low and that would be below 5%. If someone asks you, this is the reason why we still have the mask mandate.

 

We went through a street change process about two years ago.  We had to go through the local 911 Commission. It’s an approval process in this Parish and we were denied.  We went back this past year and proposed two changes.  That is, Acadia Drive would become Colonel Drive and Madewood would become Alumni Drive.  You come into campus as a Colonel and you leave as an Alum.  The future Alumni House will overlook that green area on the front field on Madewood Drive.  The subsequent four or five requests that run within our jurisdiction will be named cross streets.  We cannot rename Audubon Drive and Bowie Drive because those are Parish and City Streets. 

 

Student Referendum – Your SGA President and Vice President will travel to Ruston this week to talk on the Student Fee Referendum.  That is the ability to vote on a fee increase.

 

Keep Nicholls Beautiful is part of a program to keep Louisiana Beautiful and Keep Lafourche Beautiful.  Although our campus is very clean, there are areas in the front that can be littered.  Our organization will have a Day of Service where they will lift up all the dumpsters and clean within the enclosures as an effort to keep our campus beautiful and as encouragement not to litter on campus.  We’ve noticed that a lot of students, particularly around Millet and Zeringue, pull up with fast food containers, they set them outside their door and walk into their Residence Hall.  We want to encourage people to bring their trash with them and throw it away instead of leaving it in the parking lot. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

We’re in the final stages of purchasing the Capitol One Building downtown to serve as a Business Incubator with a student component downtown.  We have given Ms. Danielle Breaux in Facilities the approval to work with SGA to begin pouring sidewalks on the side of the Library, something you call the Second Quad as well as a discussion on an outdoor classroom that is taking place.  It will probably go into one of the Peltier courtyards.  There’s also a plan to move ahead with Murals on campus. We’re ready to move ahead on that.

 

We’re starting baseball and softball season so we’re replacing the net that was damaged in the storm as well as the fencing behind the fields.  This weekend we play against Missouri and of course we have a big week of basketball on campus at Stopher Gym.  I’ll now open the floor for discussion.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked about the cats that are overtaking the Union.  There’s a stench coming from there and overtaking the picnic tables.  We talked about beautifying Nicholls but there are bowls out and making the Union look bad.  I’m not anti-cat.  I’m just anti-stench.  President Clune said he’ll let Dr. Caruso take that question afterwards.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said you’ve stated we’re at 16.65%. This is somewhat like predicting the future but is that something we’ll ever have control over.  On campus if our numbers come down low but the Parish area is still high, we’re kind of stuck between that.  Do you see it as a half step forward?  President Clune said I do see a step forward.  They’re talking about it dropping rapidly.  We lag a little behind the rest of the country dropping faster but I do expect it to drop rapidly and to a very low member. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if the street name changes will be an all-inclusive project.  President Clune said absolutely.  The last time we had this discussion, a number of groups were put together, a student group, a faculty group, a staff group, a community group as well as an alumni group that contributed recommendations.  Then there was a committee that met with proposals with the 911 conditions.  At the time, they were all rejected so the administration didn’t move forward with the two of the seven or eight recommendations. So, we would come back to you and the question would be do we name the cross streets after Nicholls, maybe Alums, maybe the history of Nicholls or do we name them as the last proposal that went forward. We have our own opinion on that but we do have to bring everybody back together with some electives and move forward with the process.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

 

Thank you for bringing to our attention the cat situation.  We did contact the shelter people as well as the people from non-profits.  The decision was to relocate the cats to a place that would be more helpful for those living on campus that are students as well as for the cats.  The process right now is we’re trying to raise money through the Colonel Cats organization to give the cats a safe place.  I will say that the other day, we learned that the complaints about the stench was actually a sewage line that needed repair.   

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

We have a meeting this week about attending the UL System Meeting on Thursday to talk to them about the Referendum for the Student Activities Fee.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms are due next Monday before the meeting so please get that filled out as soon as possible.  I will send out a reminder before then. The new senators do not need to worry about completing it this month.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

We’re going to be voting on the Spring budget at the next meeting because I have a few more changes to make. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • We have two events planned for this week, Stuff Stopher is this Thursday with women’s starting at 5:00 p.m. and men’s starting at 7:00 p.m. All of the spots for the shifts have been filled but if you would still like to sign up I brought the sheet to do so again today. If you sign up to work a shift, get with me to get an event t-shirt that you can wear while you work the event.
  • On Friday we have our Black History Month Bus Trip to the museum and we still have spots available.  If you would like to attend, the link to sign up is in our Instagram bio.
  • At our workshop, I spoke about a Google sheet that I created to keep track of your hours for this semester. If you would like to know where you are with the required 3 hours, let me know.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • In our meeting with Dr. Clune last Wednesday, we talked about potential SGA projects. Senator Cooper M. will meet with Dr. Clune to discuss the mural on the wall at Talbot Hall and if anyone wants to work on the second quad in the library.
  • Tyler and I are going to Ruston to present the information for the self-assessed fee to the UL System Board this Thursday.
  • Thank you for the participation at the workshop. If you missed the workshop, please stay after the meeting so we can go over the PowerPoint.
  • Please attend the Stuff Stopher event on Thursday.
  • Next week’s theme is Mardi Gras!!!
  • The Excuse form is on the Google drive!! Google Meets is available for those who have Covid issues with Proof of positive test results.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-053

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-054

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Sierra Allemand for the position of College of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-055

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of John Schaefer for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-056

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Katie Louviere for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-057

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Le’Mon Smith for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2122-058

I move that the Senate purchase 6 donation bins for the Colonel Closet donation sites to be placed in all 5 residential halls and one in the Student Union.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-059

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 25 2022.  The tickets are for up to $25 each and the cost will not exceed $250.  Funds should be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-060

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary” for Spring 2022.  Tabled.

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-062

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Bincy Biju for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Matthew Badeaux, Chief Justice

 

Report on SPA: 

  • This Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. they’re having an event in the Union.
  • Colonel Gras will be on Thursday, February 24th, in the Family Day parking lot at 6:00 p.m.
  • Spring Sports will be April 11th to 14th.
  • Crawfish Day will be April 28th.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Deadline for the co-curricular forms to be turned into the office was last Friday so Ms. Amanda Fremin of the Office of Student Affairs is working on this.  We should have this finalized later this week.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motions to purchase 6 donation bins and sponsor Women’s History Month Luncheon which both passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker, Jax Badeaux, John Schaefer, Katie Louviere and Cooper Moore.

 

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed three appointments which passed.
  • Reviewed one motion on the Legnon Corollary for Spring 2022 which passed.
  • Reviewed six excuses.

 

 

 

 

 

SGA COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Sierra Allemand, Le’Mon Smith and Naomi Landry.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Black History Month tour bus will be in front of the Union at 12:00.  The bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. 
  • Stuff Stopher Giveaways:  T-shirt Giveaway, Raffling off the 50th Anniversary football jerseys (2 women’s and 2 men’s) at the game.

SPA:  chick-fil-A Sandwiches.  Women’s game is at 5:00 p.m. and the men’s is at 7:00 p.m. We do have a student section.

  • Banquet is April 29th and the menu has been decided.  All Senators are allowed to dine free.  Guests will be charged $25.00 for their meal.
  • Spring Break T-shirt:  We have a design and will get back with you next Monday.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Cooper Moore, Le’Mon Smith and Katie Louviere.

 

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Findings of the SGA Campus Walk-Thru.
  • Motions to work on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-059a

I move to take the Women’s History Month Luncheon motion from the table.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-059

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 25 2022.  The tickets are for up to $25 each and the cost will not exceed $250.  Funds should be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said this is an important event for students because it’s about things women have achieved.  Each ticket is not to exceed $25 and open to any student.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-058a

I move to take the motion to purchase donation bins from the table.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-058

I move that the Senate purchase 6 donation bins for the Colonel Closet donation sites to be placed in all 5 residential halls and one in the Student Union.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said this is something that would benefit the Colonel Closet to collect items for students in need.  Five of these bins will be located in the Residence Halls and one will be located in the Student Union.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-060a

I move to take the Legnon Corollary motion from the table.

 

  1. Robert Loupe
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-060

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary” for Spring 2022.

 

  1. Robert Loupe
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

Discussion:  Senator Robert L. said this was tabled last week and explained by President Tyler L.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-063

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Naomi Landry for the position of Sciences and Technology Senator.

  1. Sierra Allemand
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Sierra A. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-064

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Brandon Katz for the position of Senator-at-Large.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Greek Life Senator.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-14     Against-3   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Scholarship Committee – Jax Badeaux

 

The committee received the first round of applications today.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Committee Time Changes:

Vice President Symphony B. discussed committee time changes as follows:

Finance Committee will meet from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Campus Improvements will meet from 2:45 to 3:00 p.m.

Judiciary will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Workshop:

Vice President Symphony B. asked those who missed the workshop to stay after the meeting.

 

Composite Photos:

Secretary Dolly M. informed the officers that their photos will be taken on March 14th, after the meeting, in Room #4 of the Student Union by a professional photographer.  These photos are for the annual SGA Composite and the SGA website. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Cooper M.         This Saturday, the Men’s Soccer Club will be playing Texas A&M at the E. D. White field.  Please try to attend.

 

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Bincy Biju:

 

Naomi Landry – Sciences and Technology Senator

Connor Hebert – Greek Life Senator

Brandon Katz – Senator-at-Large

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:08 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 7, 2022

 

 

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator­­ Logan Byars and the pledge was given by Senator Zackary Pitre.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and Senator Robert Loupe read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Leah Strain, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan, Sierra Allemand (appointed), John Schaefer (appointed), Katie Louviere (appointed) and Le’Mon Smith (appointed).

 

The following Senators were absent:  Joshua Scioneaux and Alec Sergent.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justices Meagan Rousse and Bincy Biju (appointed).

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio and Commissioner Carson Duet (appointed).

                                              

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Naomi Landry and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

 

Mr. Jerad David is working on the sign policy on campus. It’s everything from chalking to yard signs that are popping up on campus.  Basically, it’s areas that are suitable for these activities and clean up requirements in case of the yard signs.  They may be all broken and bent over littering campus.  We’re trying to limit those to a few locations on campus.  Preferably, in flower beds so our Grounds don’t have to pull them up every morning when they cut grass.  It’s basically taken from other universities that have things like chalking and sign policies.  They all allow for complete expression.  It just has limits on where you can use them and how often.  It will help keep our campus neat and clean.

 

COVID-19 is dropping.  In February, Louisiana is lagging behind some of the other states that are dropping quicker but our state’s positivity rate is 20%.  We have to drop another 5% in this region for me to release the mask mandate but that 20% that happened was during the holidays.  It’s coming down and coming down quickly. We expect it to continue to drop drastically throughout the month of February.  Hopefully, by mid to late February, we’ll have another 5%.

 

In terms of the Legislature, they’re meeting in Special Session right now.  We have been part of Senate District 20 which is Mike Fesi’s District.  That probably will change now that there’s another State District in this area and have another State Senator representing us.  We will not change Representative Districts and Mr. Brian Fontenot will continue to represent us in the Legislature.  As I told you, the last time we were in consideration of faculty/staff pay raises, we were also asked to submit our Capital Outlay requests which is about $60 million priorities.  That includes the Library and a new Science Building.  We’ve also been asked to prioritize our deferred maintenance.  If you look on the website, you’ll see an article on the LSU Revelry which has a list of deferred maintenance in relation to other universities in the State, we are second in square footage. In terms of deferred maintenance to LSU, we have $52 million and they have $615 million

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

but they’re locked into their campus.  We are second in deferred maintenance.  Those are all the roofs, all the windows around campus.  Overall, we’re asking for $5 million to replace the roofs on Peltier, Gouaux and other necessary things.

 

Disappointing news, Crawfish Aquatics is pulling out of the pool.  Many of you know it was put on by the Swim Club.  Without Crawfish Aquatics, it’s about $150,000 or more to run the pool on an annual basis, just for utilities, gas, lights and staffing the pool.  It’ll take a chunk out of our budgeted capital if Crawfish Aquatics pulls out so we’re working with another Swim Team Club to continue to use the pool.  Crawfish Aquatics made capital improvements on the pool.

 

This week you’ll also have the UL System Leadership Institute on campus.   That’s probably 25 professionals from around the State and other universities who are learning about leadership.  They’ll be on the campus tonight and over the next few days.

 

COVID-19 – We’re at 69% students, 82% faculty, 72% of staff that are vaccinated and about 29% of the students have claimed an exemption for the vaccination.  It doesn’t mean they won’t be vaccinated but in order to register, you have to have a vaccine on file that you’ve had that.

 

Thanks again for your leadership in the COVID-19 crisis.  We have a lot of recruitment going on and I think I told you that we were 8% down for the Fall.  That’s about 540 students which is about a $300,000 deficit.  We’re trying to right that ship and get our enrollment back up in the Fall without cutting things.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • We’ve had a lot of appointments come through and had interviews. It’s good to see so much interest in the Student Government Association.
  • I’ll be meeting this week with Dr. Clune, Dr. Caruso and Mr. Terry Braud in regards to the student fee that will help students. The Veterans, SPA, CROWN, Esports and other student organizations will receive funds from this particular fee.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The “What I’ve Done/Heard.” Forms for February will be due February 21st before the meeting.  I will send that form out to everyone after this meeting.
  • I also want to talk to you about something we talked about in the Campus Affairs Committee meeting regarding the Student Literacy Program.  We need a lot of people to help with this program as it is much needed.  I will be meeting with Ms. Amanda Fremin soon to discuss ideas so if anyone would like to join me, please let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

We wrapped up the Spring Budget which will be presented in New Business today.  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Tomorrow we have our Notebook Giveaway at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union. We still need volunteers to work the first 2 shifts.
  • We have been discussing Spring T-Shirt designs and will continue working on that.
  • The River Road Museum bus trip has been rescheduled to February 18th and the loading time will be 12:00 p.m. in front of the Union. If you signed up last time, you will have to sign up again.
  • Also, Stuff Stopher is next Thursday and we will be giving out T-Shirts. I really encourage you all to attend as student leaders to support our sports teams. Also invite your other organizations to attend.
  • Those of you who are new, get with me after the meeting to take head shots for the SGA website.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Tyler and I have our monthly meeting with Dr. Clune on Wednesday and that same day we are meeting with Dr. Clune, Mr. Terry Braud and Dr. Caruso to discuss the self-assessed fee.
  • On Friday, I’m meeting with the Athletic Appeals Hearing Committee to discuss a few appeals in the Athletic Department.
  • Our Workshop is this Friday, February 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the ballroom and it’s mandatory. We’ll go through the PowerPoint, review housekeeping rules and have food.
  • Next Monday is Valentine’s Day so I encourage you to dress in red or pink, or you can come dressed as Cupid with hearts and stuff, so we can take a picture after the meeting to post on our social media.
  • The Excuse form is on the Google Drive! I forgot to mention earlier that Google Meets is available for anyone who has Covid issues with Proof of a positive test or contact tracing, etc. Let us know and we can set up a Google Meets for you so you don’t have to miss the meeting.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.  Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Meagan Rousse, Justice

 

  • There will be no SPA general meeting on Tuesday the 8th. Executive meeting is at 7:00 p.m.
  • Getting a rock wall for Crawfish Day.
  • Hosting Valentine’s Game Show on Thursday the 10th (set up at 5:00 p.m. and the event starts at 6:00 p.m.).

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Nominations for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls are coming in for Leadership, Academia and Athletics.  The deadlines for submitting the co-curricular forms is Friday, February 11th.  Please encourage your friends to get this done because a lot of them haven’t been received yet.   

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Zackary Pitre, Cooper Moore and Ethan Henry.

 

Absent:  Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

  • The motion to titled “Amendment to Food Insecurity and Food Literacy Program”. After further discussion, it passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker and Jax Badeaux.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed two excuses which passed. 
  • Reviewed seven appointments.  Six of them passed and one was tabled for further discussion. 

We had great discussion today.  Everyone was engaged in discussion.

 

SGA COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker and Robert Loupe, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux and Ethan Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Lizeth Tobias and Lance Jones.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Black History Month bus trip is Friday.  The bus boards at 12:00 p.m. and leaves at 12:30 p.m.  There are two spots left so please sign up.
  • Notebook Giveaway is tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union.  Sign-up is still available.
  • Spring Break t-shirt colors were discussed.  We’ll get with you soon.
  • Remember Stuff Stopher is February 17th.   

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe and Lance Jones.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Campus Walk-Thru is on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.  We’ll be meeting in the Union.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We’ll walk around campus to see what’s needed.
  • A few possible motion ideas that we think would benefit the student body.
  • The specifics of the Food Literacy Program.  The continuity of that program relies on student involvement so if you want to get into that program, get with Director Victoria R. who would be more than happy to help. 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2122-052a

I move to take the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy motion from the table.

 

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Leah S. said this is a program that helps students.  We’d like to include supplies.  For example, during quarantine, we bought supplies to help students.  If we include supplies in this program, it would help students in need.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-053

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commissioner.

  1. Robert Loupe
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Robert L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-054

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Sierra Allemand for the position of College of Education Senator.

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Robert Loupe

 

Discussion:  Senator Devontre’ P. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-055

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of John Schaefer for the position of College of Nursing Senator.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-056

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Katie Louviere for the position of College of Nursing Senator.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-057

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Le’Mon Smith for the position of College of Nursing Senator.

 

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2122-058

I move that the Senate purchase 6 donation bins for the Colonel Closet donation sites to be placed in all 5 residential halls and one in the Student Union.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said this would help collect items from students that would like to donate them.  It would be a really good way to help the Colonel Closet.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jax B. asked if this is for any type of item or for specific items to donate.  Senator Lizeth T. said it’s for clothing, household goods and things like that.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2122-059

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 15 2022.  The tickets are for up to $25 each and the cost will not exceed $250.  Funds should be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said I thought it would be a good idea for students to attend.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-060

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary” for Spring 2022.

 

  1. Robert Loupe
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

Discussion:  Senator Robert L. said the changes to the Corollary are in bold type.  I’ll defer the discussion to President Tyler L. who said most of the changes are minimal.  The only thing now is that the Senate mailboxes will be used again. Those will be used to turn in excuse forms or other documents.  Apart from that, I’m now requiring for Senators to work one hour a week in the SGA office, doing work in the Senate Room where there are computers to start the ball rolling to get motions.  Apart from that, whenever you’re turning in motions, all sections must be completed other than the Finance portion if you’re still working on that.  Other than that, motions will not be accepted. They’re also to be turned in on Thursday now.  If they’re not turned in on Thursday, they will not be turned in on Monday but rather on the following Monday.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.

 

  1. Rodrigo Barragan
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Rodrigo B. said attached is the Spring Budget.  I defer discussion to Treasurer Darren P. Jr. who said we made some changes to Executive Travel.  There are also a couple of things that will not be going on this semester from last semester so this will give us more money.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

S2122-062

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Bincy Biju for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Symphony B.       Regarding the Corollary, I have a timesheet in my mailbox with everyone’s name on it for the week so you can sign your name when you come in.  Also, the E-Board is available to help you with your motions.  I can help you write them, Darren can tell you where to pull the funds from, Victoria can find a motion for you, you can see Angela for anything PR related and you can see Tyler for all things.  Senator Ethan H. asked if the hour to serve can be split with perhaps 30 minutes on one day and 30 minutes on another just in case our schedule doesn’t allow us to work one hour.  Symphony deferred to Tyler for response who said that will be allowed.

 

Tyler L.          Alpha Psi Gamma will have a movie night this Friday.

 

                 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Meagan Rousse:

 

Carson Duet – Election Commissioner

Sierra Allemand – Education Senator

John Schaefer – Nursing Senator

Katie Louviere – Nursing Senator

Le’Mon Smith – Nursing Senator

Bincy Biju – Supreme Court Justice

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:08 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

January 24, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Reona Octave and the pledge was given by Senator Lizeth Tobias.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Zackary Pitre and Senator Cooper Moore read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Interim Vice President Pro-Tempore Reona Octave, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr. (appointed), Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Joshua Scioneaux, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan and Alec Sergent.

The following Senator was absent:  Leah Strange.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Meagan Rousse.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever – Ex-Officio.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Ms. Suzy Potter, The Blood Center Community Development Manager, Ms. Amber Pitre, mother of Kennedi Foret and Ian Bourgeois, Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Minutes of November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

Dr. Clune could not be here.  He’s networking on our behalf out of town building a great relationship with our Representatives.  I’ll be reporting today.  I have some figures for you.  For the COVID report that was pulled last Tuesday, we had a total of 141 reports.  Of those, 69 are positive, 61 were close contact and 11 were reporting COVID symptoms that they’re coming down with.  We have 11 people in isolation, quarantined in Babington Hall.  We thank you for the care packages you provided for those who are in isolation.  We were running really short and we knew the numbers would be coming up.  We found out last week that we’re receiving a grant from the Elks Club in Houma.  The entire package should get us through the rest of the semester

The COVID Team for contact tracing said it will be a little different this semester.  For people who report, those who usually report after the close contact, we’re not going to contact the close contact indirectly.  We’re going to give the person who tested positive the information, directions and verbiage to send to their close contact to complete the form to help us move it along.  It’s important that everybody continue to provide the form so we can continue to monitor what’s going on around campus. 

Reminder – People cannot give their official documentation for class without filling out that form.  Be sure to fill it out if you want to get the information from your teachers.  We let the faculty know that because of the numbers right now, the turnaround time is within a day of getting the information to the faculty.  Right now, they’re a little behind.  When you fill out the form, the confirmation message that you get, you can screenshot that and send it to the faculty.  They can accept it as documentation pending the official email. 

 

No events have been cancelled right now.  Look at the events calendar to see things you want to do.  Keep masking and making healthy decisions and we’ll get through this together.  If you have symptoms, don’t run around campus.  Go to Shaver Gym or Health Services for testing. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Alec S. said that currently testing is being done in Shaver Gym and we have a bunch of Veterans that are Immune Compromised.  We were hoping to get the testing moved from Shaver Gym.  Dr. Caruso said I’ll give Giberto Burbante a call to see what arrangements can be made.

 

Last week, we hosted an event with several other law enforcement agencies. One part was in the Union where they provided information and activities. People could use goggles to see what distracted driving looks like.  It was extremely successful.  We hope that students who participated walked away with information and confidence.  We hope that they can talk to their friends about things to prevent other family, friends and others from driving impaired and distracted and keep our students safe.  The next day two courses were offered with a t-shirt giveaway that was extremely successful. Greek Organizations are coordinating events similar to those so pleas support those. 

 

Last semester, there were several rounds of funds available, some from the Federal Government and some from donors, funds that we control on campus.  For the ones we have on campus from the donations that came in, we have exhausted the big ones so we’re no longer able to do that.  We do have enough left to spread out a little more to people in need from Ida.  That will be in the form of a gift card this semester.  For many, many reasons, giving out cash is unwise and challenging so we’re going to do gift cards.  We’re just about finished getting the form ready.  People will be able to fill out the form and provide a little bit of information about what’s going on and how we can help.  This will let us know which gift card would be the most helpful to them.  We’re going to get several different types of gift cards, not only Walmart.  We’ll do Marshalls, Home Depot, Dollar General, Lowe’s and things like that.  For people who are working on the restoration of their home, the ones from Lowe’s and Home Depot might be the ones most useful.  For others, if they need help paying their electric bill, we can’t give them cash for that but we can give them a Walmart gift card for groceries.  That would divert their cash for groceries to pay their electric bills.  Look for that.  I’ll make sure you’ll know when it’s ready to distribute so you can help as many people as possible.  Remember the Colonel’s closet is open as well.  Make sure your constituents know about that.  If you haven’t been there, stop by.  Ms. Andi Sonnier has done a wonderful job.  It looks like an upscale boutique actually.  We have several students that really enjoy it.

 

For facilities, the Leaders Suite now open so we’re focused on the upgrades in there.  As you know, the first round was to paint the walls and perhaps try to work on the floors of the racquetball court and things like that.  So we’re going to try to get that done as quickly as possible so you can move back in there.  Of course, the long term plan will take some time. 

 

For the Student Engagement Suite, where Dr. Lyn’s office is, that’s been freshly painted as well.  The paint has made a huge difference so stop by if you can.

 

That’s all we wanted to make sure you know of.  Thank you.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Ms. Suzy Potter, The Blood Center and Ms. Amber Pitre

 

Hello.  We’re having a two-day blood drive here.  We have a goal of 15 each day.  If we get 15 each day, we’ll need 20 people to show up.  If each of you try to get one person to this blood drive, it will be a success.  It doesn’t sound like much but COVID has caused such a disaster in the Blood Bank.  We are the blood providers of Thibodaux Hospital.  We have a very aggressive Cancer Center.  The blood supply was so comprised that unless we know it’s going to go into that person’s arm immediately, we can’t afford to let any blood be shipped to hospitals.  Prior to COVID, the Blood Center, a non-profit whose job is to make sure your community can have blood only through volunteer blood donors, we had to collectively have 1,200 blood components per year.  We just don’t have it.  Blood drives are becoming non-existent.  We are so grateful that you are doing this blood drive.  People don’t come to us because they don’t want to come out of their bubble.  It’s got to come out of somebody that wants to be a hero.  In every blood donation right now, we’re testing for COVID antibodies.  Even if you’ve had the vaccine.  Can you get COVID through a blood transfusion?  No, because COVID is a viral infection.  It’s not a blood disorder.  When you donate blood, you’ll open up an account with The Blood Center and you’ll get your test results five working days after your donation.  You’ll also get a result for Cholesterol because when you donate blood, you have to eat first.  So we’ll give you a

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Cholesterol guideline.  The third thing we check is your blood type.  Most people don’t make it their business to know their blood type unless 1, they need a transfusion or 2, someone they love needs a transfusion or 3, they decide to do the right thing and give blood.  When you give blood, you can give blood every eight weeks.  Six weeks later or more, you’ll receive a little business card from the Blood Center indicating every time you donate.  I want you to put it in your wallet so you’ll always know your blood type.  The next thing I want you to do is find out your loved one’s blood type.  How are you going to help them if you don’t even know your blood type?  You’re not just giving blood for somebody you never knew.  Do it because your loved ones or yourself will know it’s safe to give it to somebody else.  More importantly, I work with children who have blood disorders at Children’s Hospital.  Just that one hospital requires each year almost 13,000 blood components.  Do it for the kids.  I’d like to introduce somebody special to you.  We’re doing the blood drive for Kennedi Foret.  A month ago, blood was not in her life.  Never would have thought it could happen to me.  Now in December, it happened.  She was in a horrific accident.  They didn’t take her to Thibodaux, they took her by helicopter to New Orleans.  At The Blood Center, when we have an emergency like that, we have to ensure the blood’s on the helicopter so we can transfuse the patient from the time of pick up to the time at the hospital.  When she went to the hospital which was at the University Medical Center, she required multiple transfusions.  We need more people to do the right thing.  Please do the right thing here.  I’m going to introduce you to Kennedi’s Mom, Ms. Amber Pitre, who would like to say a few words.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Ms. Amber Pitre

 

Thank you for having me today to speak on behalf of Kennedi and our family.  On behalf of Kennedi and our family, I’d like to say thank you.  Kennedi lived by the motto to give freely.  This project does exactly that.  We’re grateful that you included her in this mission.  Thank you.  As Ms. Potter said, Kennedi required multiple blood transfusions.  If you never witnessed that, I know how that works.  It takes a lot of her blood and the blood of other people’s blood.  We mentioned the blood drive in the presence of one of her surgeons and he immediately looked at me and said “Amber, we are in desperate need for blood.  It’s an emergency.”  For your information, thank you.  Amber was given ten extra days because of what you provide.  For you who haven’t given, please do because I don’t want anybody else to go through what we’ve been through.  It’s important.  Do it for you, for your family or someone you love.  Thank you for having us and thank you for doing this.

 

Vice President Symphony Brown asked Ms. Pitre to remain for President Tyler Legnon to deliver a Memorial Proclamation and that SGA offers their sincere condolences.

 

President Tyler Legnon delivered a Memorial Proclamation to Ms. Amber Pitre.

 

Kennedi Foret Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,    Kennedi Foret, Marine Biology major from Gray, LA, and

 

Whereas,    Kennedi Foret was a student of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas,    That on the 28th day of  December in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of this dear student, and

 

Whereas,    We offer our sincerest condolences to Kennedi’s family, friends, loved ones and all who knew her.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Kennedi, a student of Nicholls State University. 

    ______________________________      _________________________________  

       President Tyler Legnon,             Vice-President­­­­ S­­ymphony Brown

    Student Government Association        Student Government Association

      Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University 

________________________________

Senator Alec Sergent

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • I hope you had a great break.
  • & Ms. Nicholls has been revamped and nominations launched this morning. If anybody hears of someone with questions or concerns, please direct them our way.
  • I catch my flight for the COSBP trip to D.C. tomorrow night and I’ll be there through Sunday. While there, we’ll be meeting with Senators Cassidy and Kennedy as well as Congressmen Scalise and Graves, along with Congresswoman Letlow.
  • The paperwork regarding the student self-assessed fee increase has been submitted and should be discussed at the February 17th meeting of the UL Board of Supervisors.
  • I know that there is a lot happening this semester. There are some people preparing for graduation, some of us are preparing for election campaigns and others are taking the most difficult classes in their degree program, but it’s of the utmost importance that we recognize why we are here and do what we do. That is to serve the student body of Nicholls State University. I challenge you all to work harder than you ever had in this organization so that we can give the students the college experience they deserve.
  • As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate in reaching out.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

Senator Jaz B. reported for Director Rideau who attended virtually.

 

  • I emailed the “What I’ve Done/Heard.” form to you last night. It’s optional and more of a way to see what you have done over the break and the first week of school. It’s due before the next meeting.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT:

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • We have a jam-packed busy Spring semester. I have a schedule of all the events as of now, as well as the Banquet.
  • We have Welcome Back Winterfest on Wednesday from 10AM to 1PM and we need as many volunteers as possible to recruit new students. We’ll have chips and water to give away. 
  • I also brought to the meeting, an item for each giveaway event we’re having so you can see what we’re giving away.
  • The Stuff Stopher event is postponed until further notice due to COVID.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • We have lots of events this semester so please work them because you’re required to work 3 or more service hours.
  • I need 2 senators for Leadership Council which will meet here after the meeting.
  • Please look at your calendar to mark the SGA Workshop which will be Thursday, February 10th. If you can’t make it, please get with me. If there’s a significant amount that can’t attend, we can change it. 
  • Excuse form for missing events is on the Google Drive. That includes, meetings and mandatory events like workshops and giveaways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-

assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update. This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-043

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,332.00 to purchase one table to be placed in front of Gouaux Hall.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  An additional $300.00 will be added for estimated shipping charges for a total of $1,388.00.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-044

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,121.78 for printer poster toner for the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-045

I move that the Senate allocate up to $354.15 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for the Bi-Annual Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-046

I move that the Senate pass the Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss and Lily Dufrene Memorial Proclamation. Passed and signed.

Passed and signed.

 

F2122-047

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working additional two hours on December 13, 14 and 15, 2021.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTMeagan Rousse, Justice

 

Winterfest is being held on Wednesday

SPA is providing chicken nuggets in the Union after the meeting.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Secretary Dolly M. deferred to President Tyler L. to report on the Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor Selection. President Tyler L. said Mr. & Ms. Nicholls nominations are open.  The link is posted on our Social Media Outlet and has been sent to Student Organization Presidents.  Nominees are required to be carrying up to 9 hours for undergraduate students and 6 hours for graduate students, have at least a 2.5 GPA and have earned up to 75 hours.  If anyone asks what the difference is from what’s been done in the past, there’s now three categories to be nominated in.  For Mr. & Ms. Nicholls – Leadership, you can nominate your friends or you can nominate yourself or be nominated by student organizations.  For Mr. & Ms. Nicholls – Academia, you can only be nominated by faculty members, the Deans or Department Heads.  That’s to recognize students that worked in different areas.  Those who have done research like Biology and things like that.  For Mr. & Ms. Nicholls – Athletics, you can only be nominated by coaches, assistant Athletic Director or the Athletic Director himself.  One finalist will be chosen from each category and will write an essay about what Colonel Pride means to them.  From there, one will be chosen to be Mr. & Ms. Nicholls.  The difference is that there’s no longer a student vote as we had for Homecoming.  It’s going to be more of a selection based on what students have done for the university.  If anybody has any questions about the process or how it’s been changed, please direct them to me.

 

Secretary Dolly M. reported on the eligible SGA officers for the Hall of Fame Honor.  She recommended they start working on their co-curricular form if they planned to accept the nomination.  She advised them to turn in their co-curricular forms to the Office of Student Affairs.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Zackary Pitre, Cooper Moore and Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Voted on the Welcome Back Winterfest refreshment motion which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker and Jax Badeaux.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed Memorial Proclamation of Kennedi Foret and Lindy Simmons which were approved. 
  • Interviewed Darren Pitre, Jr. for Treasurer which was approved.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe and Lance Jones.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Welcome Back Winterfest is going to be on Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and is mandatory for all Senators.  If you can’t make it, please fill out an excuse.
  • Bus Trip to River Road Museum is February 4th at 12:00 p.m.  The bus will be leaving at 12:30 p.m.
  • Director Angela Y. distributed the list of events to you that we have scheduled for the semester. I advise you to be active and participate because there aren’t many of us. 
  • At the Winterfest, recruit, recruit, recruit.  

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe, Lance Jones and Lizeth Tobias.

 

We discussed the following:

  • The start of the semester and things we want to work on. 
  • Encouraged everyone to work on one project this semester and get it done.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-048a

I move to suspend the Rule of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard. The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Devontre’ Parker

Move into vote:

Passed For–14     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-048

I move that the Senate allocate up to $144.00 to purchase refreshments such as chips and water bottles for the Winterfest Wednesday.  Funds will be taken from the PR Promotions budget.  Attendance is mandatory for all Senators.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said Wednesday is Welcome Back Winterfest and SGA has reserved a table from 10:00 to 1:00.  It’s required, mandatory for everyone to be there.  If you cannot be there, please complete an excuse form.  We have chips and water as well as other items that we usually give away.

 

Question:  M4ve into vote:

Passed For–14     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-049

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Lindy Simmons.

 

Lindy Simmons Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,    Lindy Simmons, Marketing major from Jeanerette, LA, and

 

Whereas,    Lindy Simmons was a student of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas,    That on the 17th day of  December in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of this dear student, and

 

Whereas,    We offer our sincerest condolences to Lindy’s family, friends, loved ones and all who knew her.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Lindy, a student of Nicholls State University. 

    ______________________________      _________________________________  

       President Tyler Legnon,             Vice-President­­­­ S­­ymphony Brown

    Student Government Association        Student Government Association

      Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University 

________________________________

Senator Alec Sergent

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is a proclamation for one of our students who passed away in a tragic accident.  We’d like to honor her send one to her family. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–14     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-050

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Darren Pitre, Jr. for the position of Treasurer for the Spring 2022 term.

  1. Rodrigo Barragan
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Rodrigo B. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–14     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-051

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Kennedi Foret.

 

Kennedi Foret Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,    Kennedi Foret, Marine Biology major from Gray, LA, and

 

Whereas,    Kennedi Foret was a student of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas,    That on the 28th day of  December in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of this dear student, and

 

Whereas,    We offer our sincerest condolences to Kennedi’s family, friends, loved ones and all who knew her.

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Kennedi, a student of Nicholls State University.

    ______________________________      _________________________________  

       President Tyler Legnon,             Vice-President­­­­ S­­ymphony Brown

    Student Government Association        Student Government Association

      Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University 

________________________________

Senator Alec Sergent

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is to honor the other student, Kennedi, who passed away in a tragic accident.  Please keep her family in your prayers and stay safe.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–14     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Committee List was updated as well as the Student Advisory Board Roster.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Selection: 

Vice President Symphony B. opened the floor for nominations,

Senator Reona O. nominated Jax Badeaux who accepted.

Senator Logan B. nominated Cooper Moore who accepted.

Senator Ethan H. nominated Zackary Pitre who accepted.

 

Each of them informed the Senate of their experience in SGA and their interest in SGA.  Officers who nominated them spoke of their contributions and what they can bring to the position of Vice President Pro-Tempore.

 

Senate vote was taken and Senator Jax Badeaux was selected as the Vice President Pro-Tempore.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Encouraged everyone to ask their friends and classmates to donate at the Blood Drive being held tomorrow and Wednesday.

 

                  Hall of Fame nominations are open.  SGA is nominating Ethan Henry and Remy Lodrigues who are graduating in May, including the SGA officers that graduated last Fall.  The co-curricular form is due to the Office of Student Affairs by February 11th.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Cooper M.         In light of recent events, this Thursday, January 27th, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Kappa Sigma is presenting “Colonels Against Drunk Driving”.  We’re partnering up with Nicholls’ University Police.  We’ll have a demonstration on impaired driving.  We’ll have a moment of silence for those who’ve lost their lives over the past few months due to impaired driving.  We’ll have a PowerPoint presentation, multiple guest speakers and there will be a giveaway from a mental health clinic from Houma.  I encourage everyone to reflect on what’s happened over the past few months and to try to be better drivers and community members.

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Meagan Rousse:

 

Darren Pitre, Jr. – Treasurer

Jax Badeaux – Vice President Pro-Tempore

 

A moment of silence was held to honor the memory of Lindy Simmons and Kennedi Foret.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

January 31, 2022

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Zackary Pitre.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Devontre’ Parker and Senator Leah Strain read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Jax Badeaux, Treasurer Darren Pitre, Jr., Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Leah Strain, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Joshua Scioneaux, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan and Alec Sergent.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Connor Hebert.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.                                          

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Naomi Landry and Ian Bourgeois of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Minutes of January 24, 2022 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

Dr. Clune updated the Senate with things happening on and off campus:

We’re working through hurricane damages like fences and low lighting areas. A single contractor will be assigned to deal with all roofs that will be replaced during summer and fall.  A new roof is coming on Peltier Hall, Library and Gouaux Hall.

COVID numbers are better.  Decline in the number of students in quarantine.  More students are being vaccinated and tested. 

State Legislature – They’re now in the redistricting section.  They’re going to redistrict this state from Congressional District down to State House Districts.  The Legislative Session will follow that determines our budget.  We expect a higher level of formula funding for our institution.  We expect raises for our staff out of this session.  Perhaps not as much as we hoped for.  A number of capital projects coming out of this session.  The highest is the Library, the second and third floors of the Library.  The Library was built when they thought we had 10,000 students here.  That’s why it’s so big.  They had extra money so they added the third floor.  We’ll renovate the second and third floors and finish the first floor.

Science building – There are challenges with Gouaux Hall.  It was supposed to be a multi-storied building.  It was built one story to save money so there’s no elevated area in that space.  It has a waffle pattern and they put deep pilings under that but they didn’t put any pilings under the floor so it sinks.  There are a lot of water faucets around the building and they water the ground to lift the water table in order to lift the floors back up.  We have funds requested for that.

Smaller projects around campus – There are a number of windows that need replacing and deferred maintenance that needs to be taken care of.  You’ll hear a lot more about the Legislative Session in the coming days,

I’m looking forward to a more normal semester with sporting events. 

Dr. Clune opened the floor for discussion.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. said I’m looking into the university offering more activities on campus.  Students are looking for more than sports related activities.  Dr. Clune said Dr. Caruso can provide information on this.  You’ll notice that there are a lot more activities that are not sports related on campus.  In returning to campus after a number of years, I noticed how active the campus was both mornings and nights.  Dr. Caruso is going to speak about that.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizeth T. said she thinks we should provide better resources for Latinos to get help with completing their FAFSA paperwork.  Dr. Clune said he’s going to bring it up to the Head of Enrollment Services who also oversees Financial Aid.  I think the best thing is to try to get Courtney Cassard and Garrett Clement to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.  I think that would be an incredibly valuable thing. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizetth T. said some students from high school go to Fletcher because they think that’s their best option to go to school.  They think that’s all they can afford. Some found a way to come to Nicholls but we have to find a way to help them out.  Dr. Clune said I think that Ms. Cassard can help this out.  It’s an outstanding idea. President Tyler L. did a great job in Washington representing our university.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said he works in the Financial Aid Department.  The only complication I see is that it’s not Nicholls but the Federal Government that allows regulations for certain people.  A lot of people are thrown off because they think they can receive financial aid for whatever reason.  It’s not Nicholls but the Federal government who has more regulations than we do. I love the idea about   implementing something to help them.  A lot of people are afraid because they don’t understand. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lizeth T. said I know that certain people should get financial aid but they don’t know how. 

 

      COMMENT:    Dr. Clune said maybe we need to go down the bayou and help them fill out FAFSA forms.  It makes perfect sense to help people who need help. 

 

      COMMENT:    President Tyler L. said I think another good point is to bring a translator. If the parents at home don’t understand the process, they’ll stand away from it because they don’t understand. 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

As Dr. Clune said, the COVID numbers are pretty good.  The reports are positive so please encourage your peers to make healthy decisions and mask up to keep each other safe.

 

Leaders Suite – We met with the contractor last week to discuss the initial cosmetic fix to get you back in there.  I’ll keep you updated.  It’ll be a little costlier but we have a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office to use some of the inmates for the manual labor.  We’re actually meeting later this week to regroup and find that direction again with a long-term plan. I’ll keep you updated. 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • Thank you for your hard work on recruiting for the blood drive last week. There was a total of 62 donors for the two days which is double what we were shooting for.  Thank you for making it a huge success.
  • As many of you know, last week, I was in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Council of Student Body Presidents. We met with many different people such as Congressman Graves, Congresswoman Letlow, and Representatives from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. We had conversations about higher education and its importance to the well-being and economy of Louisiana. It also served as a great opportunity to get to know the other Student Body Presidents better and have conversations about what it’s like to be the President on campuses across Louisiana. If one thing was certain, it’s that we all agree that our roles have shown us the importance of remaining selfless and serving our institutions with the needs and wants of our students. Staying at the forefront of every decision and conversation.
  • Please let everyone know that nominations for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls remain open until 4:30 P.M. on Friday. Mr. & Ms. Nicholls-Leadership nominees can be nominated by students, organizations, advisors, or themselves. Mr. & Ms. Nicholls-Academia nominees can be nominated by faculty, department heads, or deans. Mr. & Ms. Nicholls-Athletics nominees can be nominated by assistant coaches, coaches, Assistant Athletic Directors or the Athletic Director himself.
  • As always, please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you!

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

 

  • The optional “What I’ve Done/Heard.” form was due before the meeting. Thank you to those who filled it out. I’ll be getting in touch with you soon to talk about what you’ve done. 
  • My office hours are posted on my door so if you need anything, stop by my office.
  • If you have any questions or concerns just reach out!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DARREN PITRE, JR.

 

Thanks for a warm welcome.

 

  • On July 1, 2021, we started with $107,000; after the Fall semester started, we brought in $94,000 leaving us with a total of $201,000.  We proceeded to spend $96,000 leaving us with $105,000.  We added $76,000 for Spring revenue leaving us with around $181,000 on hand.
  • We’ll be working on the Spring budget for the next meeting.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Thank you so much for all of your help last week at Welcome Back Winterfest. We have three pages of recruits so that’s not bad.
  • We have our notebook giveaway scheduled for next Tuesday, February 8th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union. Please sign up to work only shifts that you’re sure to attend!
  • We have many Senator positions open so recruit, recruit, recruit! The Link to apply for those positions is in our Instagram bio along with the nomination forms for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls.
  • Remember that we have our bus trip scheduled for Friday.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • We have our Workshop this Friday, February 11th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the ballroom and it’s mandatory. We’ll go through a workshop PowerPoint, we’ll touch up on housekeeping rules and we’ll have food. As Director Angela Y. said, we have students interested in SGA. I emailed those individuals so hopefully they’ll be completing applications soon.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

  • I’ll go over committee times in case anyone is confused. We meet every Monday in this room unless stated otherwise.  Public Relations meets 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.; Finance meets from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m.; Campus and Academic Affairs meet from 3:00 to 3:15 p.m. and Judiciary meets from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Excuse form is on the google drive. You can get one from the SGA office or print it out, complete it and scan it back to my sga.president email.  If you missed last Monday’s meeting, your excuse is due today. If you missed Winterfest, your excuse is due on Wednesday February 2nd.  Everyone has 5 school days to turn in an excuse.  If you’re confused about that, you can refer to the Bylaws.
  • Let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-048

I move that the Senate allocate up to $144.00 to purchase refreshments such as chips and water bottles for the Winterfest Wednesday.  Funds will be taken from the PR Promotions budget.  Attendance is mandatory for all Senators.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-049

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Lindy Simmons.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-050

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Darren Pitre, Jr. for the position of Treasurer for the Spring 2022 term.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-051

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Kennedi Foret.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Connor Hebert, Justice

 

Report on SPA: 

Colonel Feud Valentine’s Day Edition will be February 10th in the Union.

On February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Union having BLM game night.

Colonel Gras is February 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Day parking lot.

Spirit Week for Spring sports will be from April 11th to April 14th.

Crawfish Day is April 28th.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

We received over 65 nominations. Today, the graphic was placed on Inside so we’re expecting more.  If you’ve received your nomination, you need to accept it.  Please go back over your emails to ensure you’ve received it. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Rodrigo Barragan, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux, Zackary Pitre, Cooper Moore and Ethan Henry.

 

We didn’t have a meeting today.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Zackary Pitre, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux, Ethan Henry, Robert Loupe, Rodrigo Barragan, Douglas Gilchrist, Lizeth Tobias, Lance Jones, Devontre’ Parker and Jax Badeaux.

 

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed four excuses.  Three of them passed and one was denied.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social:  Reona Octave, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Reona Octave, Devontre’ Parker, Lizeth Tobias and Robert Loupe.

 

Absent:     Senator Lance Jones.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Black History Month bus trip which is Friday.  The bus boards at 12:00 and leaves at 12:30 p.m.  There are two spots left so please sign up.
  • Notebook Giveaway is February 11th in the Union. 
  • The Banquet is on April 29th.
  • Spring Break t-shirts are being discussed.  Do you want tank tops or t-shirts?  (Vote was taken and t-shirts were selected.)  We’re looking for a design so if you have an idea, please let us know.   

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Jax Badeaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senator Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Douglas Gilchrist, Devontre’ Parker, Robert Loupe and Lance Jones.

 

Absent:     Senator Lizeth Tobias.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A campus walk through is scheduled for February 10th at 3:00 p.m.  It’s open to anyone who wants to attend.  For those of you who are available to attend, we encourage you to do so.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Leon S. said last week we spoke about the need for other items such as thermometers for those in quarantine. This would help students for additional items they may need.    

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Director Angela Y. asked if anyone is not on Group Meet who is not getting our messages, let her know. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Reona O.          Black History Month is always in February.  Black Student Union is hosting a Black History Month Wax Museum on Friday, February 25th in Peltier Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.  You can sign up on the link on the BSU Instagram if you’d like to see it.  It’s welcome to everybody on campus.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:11 p.m.

SPRING 2022 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 25, 2022

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Died on the Table.

 

S2122-084

I move that the Senate allocate $300 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase 6 strands of patio lights.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-085

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library Employees of up to $250 to work additional hours on May 4, 5, 9 and 10.  Funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-086

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Summer Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-087

I move that the Senate allocate up to $900 to fund 2 students to attend the International Microbiology Conference in San Francisco, CA.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-088

I move that the Senate purchase Chick-fil-A sandwiches and water for Stress Less Fest to be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget in the amount of $808.50.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 11, 2022

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Remained Tabled.

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trash can for the Peltier courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-084

I move that the Senate allocate $300 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase 6 strands of patio lights.  Tabled.

 

S2122-085

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library Employees of up to $250 to work additional hours on May 4, 5, 9 and 10.  Funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 4, 2022

 S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate purchase plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Flame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-079

I move that the Senate purchase 5 Anatomy Models for the Biology Department for up to $1,700 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-080

I move that the Senate purchase 12 moving carts for the Housing Department for up to $2,000 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-081

I move that the Senate purchase a trash can for the Peltier courtyard for up to $343.96 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-082

I move that the Senate purchase a Cornhole game and equipment for Free Speech Alley for up to $200 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-083

I move that the Senate allocate up to $250.00 to fund a class trip to New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 28, 2022

 S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300.00 for the purchase of Intramural Basketball and Softball Jerseys.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-077

I move that the Senate purchase plants and flowers to enhance the Eternal Flame area in the amount of up to $1,200 to be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-078

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,800.00 to purchase 5 picnic tables for Free Speech Alley.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 21, 2022

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                                   

S2122-073

I move to purchase 3 Anatomy Models for the Tutoring Center up to $584.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

S2122-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Timyra Cotton for the position of Sentor-at-Large.  ­Passed and signed.

 

S2122-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Carlie Dalgo for the position of Sentor-at-Large.  ­Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 14, 2022

 

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way S2021-108.  Passed and signed.

              

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-069

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,100.00 for the purchase of 7 graphing calculators and 5 financial calculators.  Funds are to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-070

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Ty Henry for the position of Veteran Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-071

I move that the Senate amend Article III, The Legislative Branch, Section 2 Composition Re: to add #6 for the position of Honors Senator to the Academic Division of the Senate and calling an Election of the student body to approve said amendment which must be approved by a majority vote of the students voting through a specially called election.  Tabled.

 

S2122-072

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,600.00 to purchase food for Colonel Closet.  Funds will be taken from the Food Literacy and Insecurity Line item of the budget.  Tabled.

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 21, 2022

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-066

I move that the Senate sponsor Nicholls Cheer and Nicholls Colonettes bus transportation to the NDA and NCA National Competition for up to $1,350.00.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-067

I move that the Senate rescind bill titled Library Green Space Walk Way S2021-108.  Tabled.

              

S2122-068

I move that the Senate allocate $30,000 each semester for the next 4 semesters starting Spring 2022 to create a line item for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Peltier Hall.  Tabled.

 

 

 

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 14, 2022

S2122-058

I move that the Senate purchase 6 donation bins for the Colonel Closet donation sites to be placed in all 5 residential halls and one in the Student Union.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-059

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 25 2022.  The tickets are for up to $25 each and the cost will not exceed $250.  Funds should be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-060

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary” for Spring 2022.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Remained Tabled.

 

S2122-063

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Naomi Landry for the position of College of Sciences and Technology Senator. Passed and signed.

 

S2122-064

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Brandon Katz for the position of College of Senator-at-Large. Passed and signed.

 

S2122-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Greek Life Senator. Passed and signed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 7, 2022

 

F2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-053

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-054

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Sierra Allemand for the position of College of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-055

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of John Schaefer for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-056

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Katie Louviere for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-057

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Le’Mon Smith for the position of College of Nursing Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2122-058

I move that the Senate purchase 6 donation bins for the Colonel Closet donation sites to be placed in all 5 residential halls and one in the Student Union.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-059

I move that the Senate sponsor 10 tickets for students to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon on March 15 2022.  The tickets are for up to $25 each and the cost will not exceed $250.  Funds should be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2122-060

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary” for Spring 2022.  Tabled.

 

S2122-061

I move that the Senate accept the 2022 Spring Budget.  Tabled.

 

 

S2122-062

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Bincy Biju for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

January 24, 2022

 

F2122-048

I move that the Senate allocate up to $144.00 to purchase refreshments such as chips and water bottles for the Winterfest Wednesday.  Funds will be taken from the PR Promotions budget.  Attendance is mandatory for all Senators.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-049

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Lindy Simmons.

 

Lindy Simmons Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,  Lindy Simmons, Marketing major from Jeanerette, LA, and

 

Whereas, Lindy Simmons was a student of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas, That on the 17th day of  December in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of this dear student, and

 

Whereas, We offer our sincerest condolences to Lindy’s family, friends, loved ones and all who knew her.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Lindy, a student of Nicholls State University. 

    ______________________________      _________________________________  

      President Tyler Legnon,              Vice-President Symphony Brown

    Student Government Association        Student Government Association

      Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University    

________________________________

Senator Alec Sergent

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

Passed and signed.

 

F2122-050

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Darren Pitre, Jr. for the position of Treasurer for the Spring 2022 term.  Passed and signed.

 

 

F2122-051

I move that the Senate accept the Memorial Proclamation of Kennedi Foret.

 

Kennedi Foret Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,  Kennedi Foret, Marine Biology major from Gray, LA, and

 

Whereas, Kennedi Foret was a student of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas, That on the 28th day of  December in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of this dear student, and

 

Whereas, We offer our sincerest condolences to Kennedi’s family, friends, loved ones and all who knew her.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Kennedi, a student of Nicholls State University.

 

  ______________________________       _________________________________  

      President Tyler Legnon,            Vice-President Symphony Brown

    Student Government Association       Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University             Nicholls State University 

________________________________

Senator Alec Sergent

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

 

Passed and signed.

 SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

January 31, 2022

 

 

F2122-052

I move that the Senate amend the Food Insecurity & Food Literacy Program to include supplies.  Tabled.

FALL 2021 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

November 29, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Rodrigo Barragan and the pledge was given by Senator Alec Sergent.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Ethan Henry and Senator Ethan Naquin read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan and Alec Sergent.

The following Senators were absent:  Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux and Leah Strange.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice William Lanier.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Mitzi Jackson, Development Faculty Fellow and Ms. Natalie Waters.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

We hope you’ve enjoyed your few days off.  As we move into finals, we want you to take care of yourselves and take care of each other.  Remember to ask for help when necessary.  We’ve been fortunate this semester to have a lot of support.  We have students that will be visiting campus so please welcome them.  The bonfire that was supposed to be at Homecoming, we’ll be using it to show our appreciation on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Since SGA is sponsoring the bonfire by donating it, you’re all invited and hope you attend to interact with faculty and staff.  At noon, we’ll be doing an activity where people can write down their woes, concerns, frustrations or anything that has bothered them this past semester and put them in the bonfire.  It’s a symbol that we’re letting go of all of those things.  We’ll also have hot chocolate as well.  We very much appreciate SGA partnering with us in doing this.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Mitzi Jackson and Ms. Natalie Waters

Hello and thank you for having me here today.  Recently, I attended a Business Management Conference put on by the Barateria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program which is located on campus in Babington Hall.  There was discussion on a pollinated garden and I thought that you were familiar with butterfly/pollinated gardens.  I thought why not we ask SGA to partner up with our local expert, Natalie Waters.  I’ll give her the floor.

Good afternoon.  My name is Natalie Waters and I’m with the Barateria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.  We’re the only Estuary Program in the nation.  We’re expanding our program to include a conservation program.  We’ve received a grant through the Fish and Wildlife to not only establish pollination gardens but also plants as well.  This past Fall, we worked on a pollinated garden in Houma and here with the community vegetable garden.  We have two pollinated gardens at that location in Thibodaux if you want to check it out.  We’re also going to provide educational outreach to encourage people to plant special plants in their back yard to create a habitat.  The reason I thought about Nicholls developing a pollinated garden on their

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:     

campus is because there are campus certifications.  There is only one other university in the State that has this certification.  To apply you have to develop a pollinated habitat to preserve conservation.  That’s the first step you want to do.  If I would want to do it through SGA, I would definitely try to form a sub-committee within it for a start. Any applications are welcome to be certified and then you’d apply to Campus USA as well.  That would push you to start the garden.  You definitely want to partner with the grounds keepers to ensure they’re involved as well.  I just wanted to report to you about our project and potentially partner to help with our food habitat on campus.

 

Dr. Mitzi Jackson said that recently Nicholls became a Keep Louisiana Beautiful University affiliate.  The State is asking seven universities involved so we’ve adopted the name Keep Nicholls Beautiful.  We’ve formed a committee.  With this new affiliation, we’ll be eligible for grant money to move it forward.

OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

Whether it’s your first semester with us or your last, I want to congratulate you on finishing another semester in SGA.  I want to send a very special congratulations to past Student Body President Ethan Naquin, Election Commissioner Tabitha Tabb, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux and Supreme Court Justices Sharmila Hamal and Icy Abraham on their upcoming graduation.  Thanks to all of you for your time in the SGA and for your service to this university and its students.  I wish you all a great end to the semester and good luck on finals!

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

  • The “What I’ve done/heard.” Forms were due before the meeting. Once you’ve completed it, I’ll be reaching out to you sometime soon to speak to you about what you’ve done.  If you were unable to complete the form, please turn in an excuse as soon as you can. 
  • Good luck on finals and good luck next semester.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

I have submitted the information on scholarships.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Our Holiday Social is this Monday from 4:00 to 6:00. Don’t forget about your dish.
  • Stress Fest is on Wednesday and SGA is providing Chick-fil-A sandwiches so if you have time and are in the Quad, be sure to stop by.
  • Good luck on finals and let me know if you have any questions.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • I had such a blast this semester serving as Vice President for the first time and I cannot wait to see what the Spring semester will hold!! I’ve seen so many of you grow into strong leaders and serve the student body through the many semester challenges!!
  • In the beginning of January, I’ll open Committee Chair applications for the Spring Semester!
  • Our last SGA event of the semester is the Holiday Social on December 6th at 4 p.m. so I hope to see all of you there before Christmas Break.
  • Good luck on finals and reach out if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.  Passed and signed.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2122-039

I move that the Senate accept the Student body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Rodrigo Barragan for the position of Multicultural Senator.  Passed and signed.

 F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update.  This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.  Tabled.

F2122-041

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Alec Sergent for the position of Senator of Veterans Affairs.  Passed and signed.

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTWilliam Lanier, Justice

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

No report.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Ethan Henry, Ethan Naquin, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre and Robert Loupe.

Absent:     Senator Joshua Scioneaux (unexcused).

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Student Activities Self-Assessed Fee Update
  • Voted to fund Poster Printer Toner which passed.
  • Voted to purchase one bench for Gouaux Hall which passed.

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Naquin, Jax Badeaux, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Lizeth Tobias, Grant Rebstock, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Devontre’ Parker and Alec Sergent.

Absent:     Senator Logan Byars (excused), Joshua Scioneaux and Lance Jones (unexcused).

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed one excuse which passed.
  • Voted on the Student Activities Fee and the Memorial Proclamation which passed.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

Present:    Senators Lance Jones and Reona Octave.

Absent:     Senators Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Joshua Scioneaux (all unexcused).

Guests:     President Tyler Legnon and Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

We discussed the following:

  • Games for the Holiday Social and Music.

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Naquin, Reona Octave, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock, Douglas Gilchrist and Devontre’ Parker.

Absent:     Senator Leah Strange.

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed motions for the Student Activity Fees, Stress Less Fest, Sales Competition and the overtime pay for the Library Employees.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

F2122-040a

I move to take the Student Activities Self Assessed Fee motion off the table.                  

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Lizeth Tobias

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update.  This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.

 

Student Activities Fee Proposal

Current Breakdown (4%):

SGA: (.5%)

SPA: (.25%)

Cheer: (.11%)

Band: (.35%)

Veterans: (.13%)

Mosaic: (.03%)

Athletics: (2.63%)

 

Proposed Additions (+1%):

SPA: (+.20%)

Cheer: (+.20%)

Veterans: (+.07%)

Athletics: (+.23%)

Retention-Based Organizations: (+.10%)

Club Sports: (+.15%)

University Police: (+.05%)

 

Breakdown After Revisions (5%):

SGA: (.5%)….. (10% of the total fee)

SPA: (.45%)….. (9% of the total fee)

Cheer: (.31%)….. (6.2% of the total fee)

Band: (.35%)….. (7% of the total fee)

Veterans: (.20%)….. (4% of the total fee)

Mosaic: (.03%)….. (.6% of the total fee)

Athletics: (2.86%)….. (57.2% of the total fee)

Retention-Based Organizations (evenly distributed): (.10%)….. (2% of the total fee)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Club Sports (evenly distributed): (.15%)….. (3% of the total fee)

University Police (fixed line item of the SPA budget): (.05%)….. (1% of the total fee)

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Lizeth Tobias

 

Discussion:  Senator Cooper M. said we’ll be adding 1% increases.  To name a few organizations, SPA, Cheer, Veterans Athletics and esports will benefit also.  This will provide more student activities.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-042a

I move to take the motion to fund International Sales Competition off the table.                     

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Zackary Pitre

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget. 

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan H. said the College of Business does a lot of different competitions against a lot of different colleges.  They predominantly place very well so I think this is another way to showcase how great our College of Business is. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-043a

I move to suspend the Rule of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard. The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-043

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,088.00 to purchase one bench to be placed in front of Gouaux Hall.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  An additional $300.00 will be added for estimated shipping charges for a total of $1,388.00.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this would be placed at the building right across from Chick-fil-A.  This would be heavily used so students would not have to sit on the ground talking to their friends.  I wanted to add another bench on the opposite side of the railing in the grass area so that students would be able to sit there. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan H. said I think this is good because in the Finance Committee meeting we thought there are four benches there already and there are still students sitting on the ground.  They’re not on the benches but they’re sitting on the grass so I think this is good.  I really like it a lot.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Alec S. asked how much would a table with benches cost?  Senator Gabrielle A. said that would be $1,332.00 which would be around the same.  Senator Alec S. said are we getting just one bench.  If so, why not just get the table with the benches.  Senator Gabrielle A. said we could do that.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said he’ll have to amend the motion to purchase the table instead of the bench.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Alec S. asked if there’s enough space there to put the table.  Senator Gabrielle A. said yes, it would fit.  Senator Alec S. said it would be good if we could ask the students if they preferred a table there instead of a bench. 

 

      COMMENT:    President Tyler L. recommended that we vote on this motion because it’s our last meeting and we’ll have to go through the whole amendment process.  Then depending on how this turns out, in the Spring semester if you feel a bench would be better, you can vote on this one and you can write the motion for the table in the Spring. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan N. asked if we can amend a motion with a voice vote instead if we just wanted to allocate a certain amount of money?  Vice President Symphony B. said yes.  Secretary Dolly M. said the quote for the table is $1,300 but there’s about $300 of shipping added to that.  The bench is $1,000 and with about $300 of shipping.  Senator Gabrielle A. asked me for a quote for both and she decided just to do the motion for the bench. It’s up to you if you want to have more discussion on it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Alec S. said having walked around the Quad, I see the tables are used a lot more than the benches.  I rarely see anyone using the benches.  Perhaps it’s because it’s not as convenient when you’re talking to someone as the tables are. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan N. asked if he could amend the motion?  Vice President Symphony B. said yes.

 

Vice President Symphony B. asked for a vote in favor of amending the motion to purchase a table for Gouaux Hall.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

Amended motion reads:

 

F2122-043b

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,332.00 to purchase one table to be placed in front of Gouaux Hall.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  An additional $300.00 will be added for estimated shipping charges for a total of $1,632.00.

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Alec Sergent

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-044

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,121.78 for printer poster toner for the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item.

 

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said the toner that are in the printers are several years old and could be causing the problems with the printers.  I believe they were purchased in 2016.  We already had $2,000 set aside for the Library from a previous motion a few years ago that was not used so these funds can be applied to this request and have only $1,121 coming out of our budget this semester. 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-045

I move that the Senate allocate up to $354.15 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for the Bi-Annual Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from SGA Promotions line item of the budget.

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said the Stress Less Fest is this Wednesday and we’d like to give these 50 sandwiches as we have in the past.  Finals are coming and we think students would appreciate it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Alec S. asked how much would the sandwiches cost separately.  Senator Reona O. said the price is $45 and they added 5 more.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-046

I move that the Senate pass the Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss and Lily Dufrene Memorial Proclamation. 

 

Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,    Michaila Bowling, nursing freshman from Luling, LA,  Hali Coss allied health sciences freshman from Luling, LA and Lily Dufrene nursing major from Luling, LA, and

 

Whereas,   Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene were students of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas,    That on the 20th day of November in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of three dear students, and

 

Whereas,    We offer our sincerest condolences to Michaila’s, Hali’s and Lily’s families, friends, loved ones and all who knew them.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene, students of Nicholls State University. 

 

    __________________________               ______________________________

      President Tyler Legnon,                 Vice-President Symphony Brown

   Student Government Association             Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University                   Nicholls State University

_________________________

Senator Douglas Gilchrist

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

 

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said this is to honor the three students that recently passed away.  It honors their memory for all their families, friends and loved ones.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-047

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working additional two hours on December 13, 14 and 15, 2021.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said these are more hours to allow students more time during finals.  There will be two more employees working at the Library.  I think it pushes the time back to 1:00 a.m. in the morning.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Scholarship Selection: 

Vice President Symphony B. said SGA offers two scholarships to award to Senators that excel in leadership and demonstrate dedication to the purpose of SGA.  Everyone is listed on this Senator Roster.  The recipient will be announced at the Holiday Social.

 

Secretary Dolly M. said the Scholarship is valued at $500.  It should go to a Senator who has worked really hard for SGA.  All Senators will be voting on this and you should select one recipient.  The E-Board will select the other recipient.  If you receive the award, the funds will be applied to your Banner student account.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Reona O.          We’re participating in the SPA Colonel Feud this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with Jax, Lance, Gabrielle.  We need one more.

 

Dolly M.          Whenever we end the semester, we lose a few people to graduation, change in class scheduling when they can no longer attend our meetings and things like that.  On the Google Drive, I’ve placed the Senator Roster.  Over the break, please think about your friends or classmates that may have leadership qualities, students that would do well in SGA.  We have four positions open in the College of Business alone, we have another three in Nursing besides Senator Joshua Scioneaux.  We created positions last semester for students that belong to other student organizations, or multicultural groups or other areas of our campus community.  They have to be available at 4:00 p.m. for the general meeting and serve on two other committees.

 

Alec S.           I’ve been working alongside two other Veterans, including a current military member, on the International Food Event.  It would be helpful to get as many people on board as possible to make that come to life.  They’ve already started planning to get everything out and to contact the Nicholls Band and the Culinary Arts.  I think it would be great for Nicholls.

 

Ethan N.          As you know, I’ve been in this organization for the past three and a half years and worked on several projects.  I appreciate working with you.  Graduation is here and I still haven’t really felt it yet.

 

Rodrigo B.        I would like to invite everyone here to LaFiesta which will be held on December 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in front of the Union.  You’re invited.

 

Dolly M.          You’ll receive an invitation, perhaps tomorrow, to the University’s Holiday Gumbo which will be held on December 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We have it every year and as SGA officers, you’re invited to attend.  So please RSVP if you wish to attend. 

 

Gabrielle A.      We have cupcakes and chocolate if you want to take some home.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

A moment of silence was held to honor the memory of Michaela Bolling, Hali Coss and Lili Dufrene.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

November 22, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Cooper Moore and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Lizeth Tobias and Senator Robert Loupe read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Leah Strange, Devontre’ Parker, Rodrigo Barragan (appointed) and Alec Sergent (appointed).

The following Senator was absent:  Logan Byars.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Meagan Rousse.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Veteran Jacob Crumley and Ian Bourgeois, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

As you saw in the email, we lost three members of the Nicholls community this weekend.  The loss impacts all of us.  We’re all part of collective spirits, collective souls and so people are feeling it, even people who didn’t know these young women.  Be cognitive of that as we go through the next few days and when we return from the holidays.  On top of everything you’ve had to deal with, now we’re dealing with a sense of loss that is beyond comprehension for most of us.  We have to make sure we’re there for each other, that we acknowledge whatever our own experience and pain might be in dealing with this.  When we come back from Thanksgiving, we’ll be wrapping things up and of course, it’s going to be a little more extended due to the Hurricane so we have just a little more time to get through this together.  So, let’s just work together on that collectively.  There is a Memorial this Wednesday at Hahnville High outside the LaFon Performing Arts Center.  Michaela’s Dad wants to make sure that everyone is invited so we’ll send out an email inviting everyone.  Spread the word for anybody that is comfortable going and if there are other memorials that are happening on campus, we’ll let you know as well. 

Everything else is moving along on campus as it should.  No major announcements.

COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if we could offer three scholarships for Freshmen coming in from Hahnville in their names.  I’m not sure how scholarships work.  Dr. Caruso said at times like this, after an incident like this, it happens organically and if it does, SGA might help organize or contribute to the scholarship.  If you have any ideas or thoughts on how to initiate it as well, we could look at that.  The scholarship office is probably already looking at that but we can be a partner in that to make it happen.

OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

Be sure to keep the family and friends of the classmates we lost in your prayers.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – VICTORIA RIDEAU

  • Hi everyone. I want to first start off by saying that I am so honored and excited to be the Director of Student Rights and Grievances and I appreciate everyone for putting their trust in me to fulfill this position. I am so grateful that I had the chance to serve as Finance Chair and I know the new chair will do a great job.
  • I don’t have too much to report today but I’m working on making the “What I’ve done/heard.” form. I’ll send that out to everyone as soon as possible. The form will be due before the next meeting.
  • If you need anything or have any questions, please reach out to me or stop by my office during my office hours.

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

A couple more expenses were added to the budget but nothing major.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Thank all of you for helping with the Southeastern ticket giveaway & for Colonel Day.
  • Remember that our Holiday Social will be in 2 weeks so get your outfits & gifts together! Refer back to the email I sent a few weeks ago for more details.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • No applications were submitted for Finance Chair so please apply.
  • If you need help with motions, reach out to anyone on the E-Board. You can come to me if you need ideas for motions.
  • This is a reminder to complete excuse forms if you miss anything (form on Google Drive) and put it in my mailbox.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate vote to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-036

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Victoria Rideau for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances for the remainder of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.  Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds. Tabled.

 

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTMeagan Rousse, Justice

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Lizeth Tobias, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lizeth Tobias, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre, Robert Loupe and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A motion to purchase a picnic table for the softball field that was highly favorable.
  • A motion to purchase a bike rack for Stopher Gym which was highly favorable.
  • A motion to purchase personal protective equipment cart which was also highly favorable.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Ethan Naquin, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Lizeth Tobias, Grant Rebstock, Joshua Scioneaux and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

Absent:     Senator Logan Byars.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Interviewed Rodrigo Barragan and Alec Sergent for the position of Multicultural Senator and Senator of Veterans Affairs which both passed.
  • Reviewed one excuse and will review another after the General Meeting.

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones and Reona Octave.

 

Absent:     Senators Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Joshua Scioneaux (all unexcused).

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Holiday Social is on December 6th.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Naquin, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock, Leah Strange and Devontre’ Parker.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee continued:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed and explained the Amendment form and how it’s used.
  • Reviewed how to write a motion to clarify any misunderstanding they may have.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-035a

I move to take the motion to purchase the picnic table off the table.

                       

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said during the campus walk through, we noticed that by the softball field, there is a place to put a picnic table for the softball players.  We thought this table is large and would fit their needs.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-037a

I move to take the motion to purchase the bike rack off the table.

                       

  1. Grant Rebstock
  2. Joshua Scioneaux

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds.

  1. Grant Rebstock
  2. Joshua Scioneaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Grant R. said on the campus walk through, we noticed that this is something that could be used.  There is no bike rack in that area.  The location is by the side of the tennis courts.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-038a

I move to take the motion to purchase personal protective equipment off the table.                   

  1. Joshua Scioneuux
  2. Grant Rebstock

Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Joshua Scioneaux
  2. Grant Rebstock

 

Discussion:  Senator Joshua S. said this was brought to me by the department.  They really have a need for it right now due to COVID.  It’s going to allow them more class time on saving to transport PPE items from closets to classrooms and labs. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-039

I move that the Senate accept the Student body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Rodrigo Barragan for the position of Multicultural Senator.

 

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Devontre’ P. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update.  This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.

 

Student Activities Fee Proposal

Current Breakdown (4%):

SGA: (.5%)

SPA: (.25%)

Cheer: (.11%)

Band: (.35%)

Veterans: (.13%)

Mosaic: (.03%)

Athletics: (2.63%)

 

Proposed Additions (+1%):

SPA: (+.20%)

Cheer: (+.20%)

Veterans: (+.07%)

Athletics: (+.23%)

Retention-Based Organizations: (+.10%)

Club Sports: (+.15%)

University Police: (+.05%)

 

Breakdown After Revisions (5%):

SGA: (.5%)….. (10% of the total fee)

SPA: (.45%)….. (9% of the total fee)

Cheer: (.31%)….. (6.2% of the total fee)

Band: (.35%)….. (7% of the total fee)

Veterans: (.20%)….. (4% of the total fee)

Mosaic: (.03%)….. (.6% of the total fee)

Athletics: (2.86%)….. (57.2% of the total fee)

Retention-Based Organizations (evenly distributed): (.10%)….. (2% of the total fee)

Club Sports (evenly distributed): (.15%)….. (3% of the total fee)

University Police (fixed line item of the SPA budget): (.05%)….. (1% of the total fee)

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Lizeth Tobias

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said it’s a proposal.  The current breakdown involves organizations such as SGA, SPA, Cheer, Band, Veterans, Mosaic and Athletics.  The proposed addition is adding 1%.  Since 2012, we haven’t had a change to the budget.  It’s been 4% for those organizations. It’s not a really big upgrade but it’ll help these organizations.  I now refer any questions to President Tyler L.

 

Tyler L. said I’ll give you a quick rundown that I think some of you may have questions about.  For a student carrying 12 hours, it’s going to be about a $40 increase.  Looking at the breakdown, those that will be receiving an increase, I did not include SGA because I think they’re doing pretty well. I gave an increase to SPA that will nearly double their budget and we’re hoping to award these monies to performers that are on a higher caliber.  That way we can do better things for Crawfish Day or Alive @ 5.  We’re going to give

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

an increase to Cheer.  Since 2012, Cheer has established a second All Girl team, which shared the budget of the first All Girls Team, and has gone on to be our most successful.  Cheer was also named as an Olympic Sport so we’re expecting more participation.  We’re also giving an increase to Veterans because time and time again, they’re being recognized by the State.  We’re giving an increase to Athletics.  We are last in our Conference when it comes to giving scholarships to student athletes.  Retention Based Organizations are organizations that are not currently receiving anything.  This will be distributed among CROWN and clubs like that.  Club Sports will now be added like eSports, the Bass Fishing Team and Men’s Soccer will receive a portion of that.  Lastly, we’re including University Police.  They currently don’t have a budget for a lot of the programming they’d like to do.  We’re going to put it as a fixed line item of the SPA budget so they’ll go before SPA to ask for that funding for approval on how to spend that money.  That’s how it’s broken down.  Upon the Senate’s approval, we’re going to the Administration for their approval.  It’ll be put on the UL System Board Agenda for their meeting in February.  Upon their approval, it will then go to a student vote in March. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2122-041

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Alec Sergent for the position of Senator of Veterans Affairs.

 

  1. Robert Loupe
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Robert L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget. 

  1. Leah Strange
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Leah S. said this competition is international that will allow students to gain knowledge and enhance what they know.  It will also prepare them for future competitions in their role and job opportunities.  It will benefit Nicholls as a whole because we’ll be represented at this competition.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Technology Fee Committee: – Meagan Rousse

 

The meeting reviewed requests from all the departments on what they needed and wanted.  All of them were fully funded.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Senator Reona O. said we attended the NCSL Conference which was a wonderful conference to attend.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend all the workshops because they were broken up in different sections but the ones we attended were very inspirational with different instructors.  They talked about building a connection and relationship with your school and organization to provide services to the students on campus.  We should come together to build an inspirational and motivational organization to focus more on students that need help.  Also, to build a relationship with our professors.  We need to have that positive mindset and let our students know that we’re here for them and that no matter what they’re going through and what their goals are, we have their backs.  I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to go on this trip and to learn what I did.  Nicholls was represented well at this conference.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

 

Senator Lizeth T. said during the conference we had an opportunity to speak to a lot of great speakers.  We spoke about leadership and diversity and how it’s practiced on our campus.  One of the most impactful speeches that I heard was a talk about inclusion and how it impacts our campus.  She said you can have diversity but that doesn’t mean that you have inclusion.  Our inclusion should be that you include people from all backgrounds.  After all these opportunities we have at school, there are people who still feel left out. I know some groups call themselves diverse organizations but once someone takes a look at social media and their E-Board, they’re only going to see people that are exactly like them.  You should look over the entire institution and ask yourself if we truly are inclusive.  We have had an increase in diversity just in this one semester since I’ve been at Nicholls.  I’ve talked with other students that are now aware that people like me are actively involved in organizations like SGA. You should look at the entire institution and ask yourself if we’re really truly all-inclusive or are students active based on what we’re asking of them. Us, as Latinos, if we don’t take a personal interest, how can we expect students to feel that Nicholls is the correct place for them.  I feel that SGA needs to do more than just talk about motions because we represent the student body.  I don’t think we’re doing enough.  I hope that this travel opportunity is available again in the future and I thank you for giving us the chance to experience it.

 

Senator Alec S. said about inclusion, I agree with you.  I don’t think there is a lot of diverse inclusion at Nicholls.  It’s nobody’s fault exactly.  Sometimes it’s something we don’t think about, especially if you’re someone from Louisiana.  But being someone who has moved around and been different places, I know how it feels.  I know the country, Korea, Europe, etc., it can feel like there’s not a lot of people to talk to or maybe there’s only one or two people.  That’s why I brought up during my interview that an International Food Event would be so credible.  If there’s anybody here that would like to help me make something like that come true, or even make it bigger, I’d appreciate getting with some of you so we can make it happen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Meagan Rousse:

 

Alec Sergent – Veteran Senator

Rodrigo Barragan – Multicultural Senator

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

November 15, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux and the pledge was given by Senator Robert Loupe.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux and Senator Grant Rebstock read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Victoria Rideau (appointed), Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Leah Strange and Devontre’ Parker.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor and Ian Bourgeois, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia member.

Minutes of October 25, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

I was preparing for this meeting and I was having trouble finding things of importance.  I guess that’s a good sign.  We’re running out of critical things to talk about.  As of today’s vaccination rates, 76% are employees, 66% are students and 24% have filed an exemption form.  The State is doing quite well.  Hospitalizations are below 200 for the first time since the start of the Pandemic.  Basically, things are going very well and I appreciate it if everyone continues to wear a mask until the end of the semester.  It’s starting to feel very normal since the beginning of the semester.

Campus Updates:

We have architects on campus looking at renovating and refurbishing places that were damaged by the storm such as the Shaver Gym, the Cafeteria and the Library.  We made some improvements to Gouaux Hall, replacing that roof and other structures on campus.

Some of you may have been hearing about the Athletic Conference.  We are at 7 schools in the Conference right now.  That means for the next two years, we give our automatic bids to playoffs and to the NCAA tournaments as we’ve always had and we don’t lose anything because McNeese University stayed in our conference.

I want to thank you for your leadership during this crisis, COVID and the hurricane.  We’re coming out of both of them and I want to tell you how much I appreciate all you’ve done for this university.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

For the vaccines, if you know anybody who is on the fence that hasn’t gotten around to it, we’ll be offering it through December.  If you get the first vaccine really soon, you can be fully vaccinated by the holidays when you’ll be around a lot of people, especially family members.

We have a wonderful partnership with the Shell Corporation.  As you might know, they’ve been supporting 20 of our students and their families post hurricane.  In addition to that, they’ll be coming to campus on Wednesday to interact with the students they’ve been supporting.  They’ve been very generous in lots of other ways on campus.  When they come here on Wednesday, they’re going to bring 500 gift cards.  It’ll be open at 11:30 a.m. for first come – first serve gas cards.  Some of them will be in front of the dining hall of the Cafeteria.  We’ll get messages out some time tomorrow.  If you happen to go by there and get a gas card, thank them for supporting us.

The Southeastern game is this weekend.  If any of you are going and if you have friends going, we want to make sure that there is no crossing the line.  We want to make sure we’re representing Nicholls the way we want Nicholls represented in the public.  Even if someone else acts inappropriately, let’s just put a check on ourselves on how we respond to that behavior and let somebody else take care of it.  I’m not sure exactly who is going to be at the game but you can certainly reach any of us after hours through President Tyler L. or me for whatever we might need to handle.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

  • As you know, there’s an opening for the Director of Student Rights & Grievances. 
  • We leave for the NCSL Conference on Thursday providing opportunities to students.  We have representation from Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Psi Lambda, Black Women’s Leadership Association, Resident Housing Association as well as two SGA officers so we’re excited to provide this opportunity to students.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT

None.

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

  • The Financial Statement overall is still in the green.
  • There have been some changes in Campus Improvements and Senator Projects but there is nothing to worry about.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Thank you all so much for your help on Saturday with Colonel Day and at the football game. I hope you all enjoyed it.
  • This Wednesday we have our Southeastern game ticket giveaway from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I will be reaching out to those who signed up to work this at the last meeting. Remember this is mandatory and if you cannot make it at all, turn in an excuse.
  • Colonel Day is again this Saturday at the same time. I brought the sign-up sheet so please sign up to work if you’re available.
  • Remember the Holiday Social is on December 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Get your holiday sweaters or pajamas ready for this!

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • Thank you so much for your attendance at the game and the sandwich giveaway.
  • Applications for Finance Chair will be open after the meeting until Friday at 12:00 p.m. noon so please apply.
  • Remember that the Southeastern ticket giveaway is on November 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and it’s mandatory. A paper excuse is acceptable if you cannot make it.
  • If you need help with motions, reach out to anyone on the E-Board.
  • Remember to fill out excuses if you miss anything (form is on Google Drive).

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-030

I move that the Senate purchase 150 Check-fil-A Sandwiches for the 50th Anniversary football game for $1,073.25 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget. Tabled.

 

F2122-032

I move that the Senate purchase 100 tickets for the SELU football game at $8/00 each totaling $800 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate vote to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.  Tabled.

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget. Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTMatthew Badeaux, Chief Justice

 

SPA Information:

  • Their meeting was rescheduled to be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. due to the Colonel Leaders & Scholars event.
  • They are also canceling their meeting for Thanksgiving week and the week after to do some Spring cleaning of the offices so they’ll be there if you’re interested in helping out.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

None.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Lizeth Tobias, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre, Robert Loupe, Joshua Scioneaux and Ethan Henry.

 

Absent:     Senator Ethan Naquin.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A Motion to fund Biology Department machine which passed.
  • A Motion to co-sponsor Expeaux ‘22.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Lizeth Tobias, Grant Rebstock, Joshua Scioneaux, Ethan Naquin, Devontre’ Parker, Logan Byars and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

Guests:     President Tyler Legnon and Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed two excuses and both passed.
  • Interviewed Victoria Rideau for Director of Student Rights and Grievances.  After healthy discussion, the committee passed the motion.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones and Reona Octave.

 

Absent:     Senators Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Upcoming t-shirt ideas.
  • Holiday Social games.
  • Holiday Social food.
  • Southeastern ticket giveaway.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Naquin, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock, Leah Strange and Devontre’ Parker.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed how to properly write a motion.
  • Any questions/concerns anyone may have with motions they’re currently working on.
  • Any motion they may want to work on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-031a

I move to take the motion to purchase the Chromotography off the table.

                       

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Logan Byars

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Logan Byars

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said this motion is to repair the Chromotography instrument.  It’s very important for the classroom and for research.  It’s only one of two of the instruments we have at the university.  The other one is in the Chemistry Department and sometimes that one gets super backed up between their classes and research.  This is super important.  Usually in a case where we can’t use a machine, we usually have to contract that work which cost a lot of money or we have to drive to Baton Rouge to use LSU’s machine and take our samples with us.  There is just one part of the column that’s broken.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-033a

I move to take the motion to waive the GPA off the table.

                       

  1. Reona Octave Naquin
  2. Lance Jones

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate vote to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Lance Jones

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is to waive the GPA due to the rough semester we had with Hurricane Ida and COVID.  These events affected the students on campus. Students worked hard to get their grades up so this would help us all the way through next semester.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-034a

I move to take the motion to co-sponsor Expeaux ‘22 off the table.

                       

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Lance Jones

Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Lizeth T. said Expeaux ’22 is a competition that we help fund every year. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said there is a fold up picnic table that the players use. This one would match the other tables on campus and would seat more people.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2122-036

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Victoria Rideau for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances for the remainder of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

 

  1. Joshua Scioneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Joshua S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds.

  1. Grant Rebstock
  2. Joshua Scioneaux

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Grant R. said on the walk through with Campus Affairs Committee, this was one of the things on the list of items needed in that area of campus. I think the students would benefit from it.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Joshua Scioneaux
  2. Grant Rebstock

 

Discussion:  Senator Joshua S. said this was a request from the Department Head, Dr. Engolio.  During COVID, there was an increase for the use of personal protective equipment in the department and rather than haul boxes to the classroom which might take up class time, this would be a cart they could roll around the building.  It would be there for them whenever the class day starts. It will benefit 460 students per semester.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Courses & Curricula Committee:  Zackary Pitre

 

We had a couple of changes for Art History.  One is for Studio Art and another changed the name from Print Web to just Web Design.  Those were approved.

 

Others were for History and Geography.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Cooper M.   Kappa Sigma is having a give back night at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, two for one.  It’s the new location on Canal Blvd.

 

The following officer was sworn in by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

 

Victoria Rideau – Director of Student Rights & Grievances

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:29 p.m.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

November 8, 2021

 

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Zackary Pitre and the pledge was given by Senator Leah Strange.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Reona Octave and Senator Logan Byars Tobias read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe, Leah Strange and Devontre’ Parker.

The following Senators were absent:  Ethan Naquin and Tamara Hopkins.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guest present was Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Ms. Debi Benoit, Director of Research Sponsored Programs, Aleksandra Adams of the Honors Council and Ian Bourgeois, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia member.

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Honors Council Members

I’m Aleksandra Adams with the university Art Program where I am the Secretary.  I am here to talk about the National Collegiate Art Conference which our members attended last weekend.  Some of the funds were provided by SGA and we’re extremely grateful for it because we would not have been able to attend without it.  It was very helpful.  The program was amazing.  I loved it.  There were three days where you were able to attend various talks about the Honors Program and how we can improve our program.  We were allowed to attend mock interviews to help with our resumes. It was very helpful and we know exactly how to improve the Honors Program.  I also know it will help me to improve other programs I’m part of so thank you very much, SGA.  We really appreciate it.  It made a really good impact on our program.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

  • COSBP Meeting is this Friday.  The UL System just named Dr. Marcus Jones as Northwestern State University’s newest President.
  • The SGA will be recognized this Saturday for helping bring the jersey idea to life as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nicholls football.
  • When you’re writing motions, please have all parts completed and ready to submit to the SGA office.  If there are any questions, reach out to somebody and check to see if everything is correct.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT

None.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

  • The financial statement is still within good standing.
  • As of today, I have two groups signed up for Can Wars which are: Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Delta Zeta.  The Deadline to sign up is today and the event is to be held this Wednesday 11/10/2021.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Happy Monday! 50th Anniversary jerseys have been released. Check them out on Athletics’ social media.
  • Email went out about the holiday social. Get excited for that!
  • I brought the sign-up for the SELU ticket giveaway and for Colonel Day this weekend. Please sign up for that if you are available. Remember that the game and the ticket giveaway table are mandatory. If you cannot make it, please turn in an excuse. Sandwiches will be picked up at 3:30 p.m. by Tyler.  Please meet him at 3:40 p.m. by the Women’s Restrooms on the AWAY side.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • Recruitment emails are going out today for our new Senator positions.
  • SGA Leadership Council will meet today in my office after the meeting.
  • Tyler and I have a meeting with Dr. Clune tomorrow and we’ll report on the findings next week.
  • Reminder: SELU ticket giveaway is November 17th and the 50th Anniversary Game this Saturday are mandatory. If you already know you can’t attend, fill out an excuse.  It’s a Google form.
  • If you need help with motions reach out to anyone on the E-Board. If we have to set up a Google Meeting to help you fill it out, we can do that.  Two motions are required each semester in order to comply with the duties of a Senator. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTRemy Lodrigues, Justice

 

SPA Info:

November 11th is National Nuggets Day = Nugget Giveaway

November 16th is Tees and Tacos at 11:00 a.m. in the Unio

November 17th they will also be giving out Southeastern tickets.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

None.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre, Robert Loupe and Lizeth Tobias.

 

Absent:     Senators Ethan Henry, Ethan Naquin and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

 

We discussed the following:

  • A motion to provide Chick-fil-A Sandwiches for the 50th Anniversary football game which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Lizeth Tobias, Grant Rebstock, Joshua Scioneaux and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

Absent:     Senator Ethan Naquin (excused).

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Reviewed four excuse which passed.
  • Method of properly submitting excuses.
  • The motion to waive the GPA for this semester.

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

 

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Holiday Social games.

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Victoria Rideau, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock, Douglas Gilchrist, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Devontre’ Parker.

 

Absent:     Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for the Southeastern Ticket Giveaway which passed.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-030a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Devontre’ Parker

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-030

I move that the Senate purchase 150 Check-fil-A Sandwiches for the 50th Anniversary football game for $1,073.25 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget.

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said these sandwiches are being purchased for students attending Saturday’s game. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High-Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Logan Byars

 

Discussion:  Senator Logan B. said there is only one HPLC machine in Biology in Gouaux Hall and it’s not working correctly.  They have to send out their samples to get the results back.  Approximately 30 students per semester use it.  However, it’s for other classes whereby if their research gets published, they’ll get publicity for the school so it’s worth getting.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2122-032

I move that the Senate purchase 100 tickets for the SELU football game at $8.00 each totaling $800 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget.

  1. Devontre’ Parker
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Devontre’ P. said we’re purchasing these tickets for students to support our Colonels. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate votes to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Lance Jones

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. defers to President Tyler L. who said the reason why we’re doing this for this semester is we foresee there will be issues coming up as far as the GPA goes.  The hurricane, the work load and just getting used to things, we didn’t think it was appropriate to penalize everybody for requirements like this.  We’re just making sure that we put this in place before the end of the semester.

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget.

  1. Lizeth Tobias
  2. Devontre’ Parker

 

Vice President Symphony B. said the motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Advised that new officers are required to serve on two SGA committees.  We have four committees consisting of Finance, Judiciary, Public Relations and Campus/Academic Affairs.  You need to select two of these committees to serve on.  When you attend the meeting, advise the Chair that you’re interested in being a member of the committee and they’ll add you to their roster.  There are currently a lot of inconsistencies and you may not be sure where you want to serve.  We’ll distribute the committee times to you.

 

I move to go into Executive Session to discuss an employee matter.

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Jax Badeaux

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:26 p.m.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

November 1, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Devontre’ Parker.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Ethan Naquin and Senator Lizeth Tobias read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias, Robert Loupe and Devontre’ Parker.

The following Senators were absent:  Tamara Hopkins and Leah Strange.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Connor Hebert.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President and Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor.

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

I thought homecoming was fantastic, a great crowd and everything seemed to go well. 

Vaccinations – We’re at 65% for students, 80% for faculty and 72% for staff.  25% have declared an exemption but to register for classes, you have to either have proof of vaccination or claim an exemption.  It doesn’t mean we’ll top out at 75% vaccination.  You can still get vaccinated after you claim an exemption. 

Coffee Shop – Due to interest and demand, it now opens until 4:30 p.m. and can go later if there’s a demand for coffee.  There’s also a great museum exhibit on materials from the WWII Museum in New Orleans that’s interactive.  It’s on the first floor as you enter and turn right.  I encourage all of you to go.

Student Union Restrooms – They’re still closed but you’re free to walk through them.  Their 99% complete and will be open as soon as some things are addressed next week.

It our parish, we’re at a substantial rate of transmission.  We want to get down to moderate and we’re close to seeing that.  That’s based on the Governor’s statements.  We’re still up substantially in Lafourche Parish. 

In addition to COVID, we had the hurricane that we’re still dealing with.  On campus today are two architectural firms.  They are Duplantis Design Group out of Thibodaux and also a firm out of Baton Rouge.  They’re looking at all the buildings on our campus and dividing them up into two groups.  The most significant damage was to Shaver Gymnasium as you can probably see and we also had significant damage at the Cafeteria, the Library, on the second and third floors, and Gouaux Hall.  We’re going to replace all the carpet on the second and third floors of the Library.  When the carpet is replaced, we have to reset all the shelving on those floors, not necessarily where they were but to meet all the ADA requirements.  We also requested $5 million dollars from the System to continue our Library renovations.  We’ve completed the first phase which is the coffee shop, the Maker Space and the room that the museum is in today will eventually become a faculty and staff lounge. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

We’ve asked for $5 million to begin renovating that space for the Tutoring Center, an Advising Center, an Academic Center for student athletes, a testing center and also a writing lab.  All of that will be on the first floor of the Library. 

The Boucvalt Athletic Complex and the South End Zone of Guidry Stadium is just one phase of the two-phase project.  The second phase will be a 100-yard covered practice facility for football and soccer and any other sport that needs to be under a shelter at any point.  That will begin in the next couple of months.  The goal is to have it done by the summer of 2022 for the Manning Passing Academy. 

Stopher Gymnasium will be under renovation.  We have a $1.5 million dollar grant to redo the entrance, the lobby, the concessions, new restrooms and a club for basketball players to be in as well.  We’ll install arena style seating around three sides of Shopher Gymnasium on the side of the Quad as well as the two sides that have seating now.  The third side will be all the renovations I spoke to you. 

The Coastal Center will go on the football practice fields.  It will be underway shortly and finished before January of 2023.  The Business Incubator should be built right next to it in the next two years.  That’s on the corner of Bowie and Ordoyne.  There will be a student incubator and a business incubator there as well. 

Baseball will get a new clubhouse that is funded by Ellender and in the Fall we’ll get covered batting cages funded by the Lorio Foundation. 

This year we’ll focus on residential housing.  We’ll change the flooring, the lights and make residential housing across the entire campus first rate.

COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked what is the time frame for the Library.  Dr. Clune said we’ve been doing it with private money and university money moving our way back.  We have $100,000 to do an academic center for athletes.  We’ve already moved Tutoring there.  We’ll move Advising there once we get out of some shelving.  It won’t be everything we want in that space but it will be one stop shop for student success. 

Dr. Clune said he wants to start the work on the murals previously discussed.

We still can use some help with plants in the beautification of our campus.  There are a lot of dead areas right now.  We’re moving plants from our farm and putting them on campus.  The trees and plants can be very expensive so if there’s any opportunity for the beautification effort, we could certainly use the help with that.

The gaming lounge, the use is very popular.  It’s spectacular and very successful.

Take a walk through the restrooms, they’re pretty much complete.

COMMENT:    Director Angela Y. asked about the Beautification Day we had.  Dr. Clune said you should contact Dr. Mitzi Jackson, on that.  We want to do more sustainability, more recycling and greener campus. Beautification Day was a good day.  It probably hasn’t happened for two years.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Ethan N. said one of the issues we faced with recycling in the past is that custodial staff did not want to handle it.  Is there a way that we can create funding for that?  Dr. Clune said some of the bins are disappearing because the Parish stopped recycling after the storm and pulled the bins because the trucks were no longer picking them up.  The Bridge to Independence students empty the small blue ones on campus and bring those to the recycling bins.  We believe that the big bins are used more by the public than the students but we have to figure out a better way to get students to recycle and get picked up and processed.  I invite any input from anyone on how to improve that.  Dr. Mitzi Jackson is our representative on Keep Louisiana Beautiful – Keep Nicholls Beautiful. If some of you want to get involved in that, we’d love to have you.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

 

I want to reiterate that Homecoming was beautiful.  I really appreciate the collaboration, cooperation and everything the student leaders did to encourage people to avoid confrontations.  I didn’t have any incidents come across my desk that I usually get on Monday morning, so I really appreciate everyone trying to work together. 

 

As Dr. Clune said, we’re getting new numbers on Wednesday so we’ll see what it looks like in our parish.  The Hurricane will contribute to some of that.  We’ll have a decision in the next couple of weeks in terms of what campus will look like in relation to COVID. 

 

You might notice in The Nicholls Worth, the article to help students understand that when it comes to COVID contact tracing and quarantine and all of those things, they need to make sure we don’t make any decisions on your own or at the advice of a friend.  Your friend might be very well meaning but unless you get a directive from an official COVID team member or a Health Services member, you might wind up with an unexcused absence for classes.  Make sure you’re getting accurate information.  If you’re ever not sure or you think something might affect you, make sure you call either Health Services or Student Affairs and they’ll get you the right information so you’ll know what you need to do for yourself or possibly for the organization.

 

The renovations that we’ve been waiting for in the Leadership Suite.  As you know, the National Guard is still there.   We’re thankful that we have easy access of COVID testing and vaccines but we haven’t forgotten about the renovations.  Dr. Jackson and I are still meeting on a regular basis to stay on top of what needs to be done.  As soon as we have access to those spaces, then we’ll start renovations.  You’ve contributed a nice piece of funding to get started on that renovation, as well as SPA, and we haven’t forgotten about that.  There’s a new Project Manager on campus.  With Mr. Scot leaving we’re doing a little restructuring.  Danielle has taken over as Interim Director but we were able to hire a Project Manager.  This will help us to refocus and adjust our sights on that.

 

For the hurricane, we’re still providing whatever assistance that students may need.  Those needs will be ongoing, especially for our students and their families who were in the hardest hit areas.  Those programs will be ongoing.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

  • Congratulations to Vice President Symphony Brown who is the Homecoming Queen.  Ms. Brown is a great representation of the student government association.  These are the types of things that are given to our students, the type of honors that she was able to reach by getting involved with the Student Government Association.
  • We have a COSBP meeting this Friday and I’ll get back to you in my report next week.
  • The Google form for NCSL Conference for students to apply is online today.  If you’re in an organization other than SGA that hasn’t received it, let me know so I can contact the director to make sure they are going out.
  • The application for Student Rights & Grievances will close this Friday at 11:59 p.m. 

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT

 

No report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

  • The deadline to sign up for the Can Wars is November 8th.
  • The competition will be held on November 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

  • Holiday Social will be December 6th in the Mardi Gras Suite from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., sign-up sheet coming soon for that. New Group Meet! Join after the meeting.
  • For student tickets for the Southeastern football game on November 18th, I have a QR code! We will be purchasing 100 tickets & SPA will be purchasing 100 tickets.
  • The 50th Anniversary football game will be mandatory on November 15th and the ticket giveaway table will be mandatory on November 17th.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Thanked everyone for their support.
  • Recruitment emails going out today
  • SGA Leadership Council – will not meet today!
  • SGA Mentors and Mentees – Introduce to the Deans, department heads, help them write a motion, etc.
  • If you need help with motions reach out to anyone on E board (2 motions need to be heard each semester in order to comply with the duties of a senator).
  • Remember to fill out an excuse if you miss anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-022

I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-023

I move that the Senate provide one entry fee for role play competitor’s registration at $125 and it’s to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

F2122-028

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Leah Strange for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and technology.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-029

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Devontre’ Parker for the position of Senator of Graduate Studies.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTConnor Hebert, Justice

 

SPA Events:

November 9th – T=shirt giveaway at 11:00 a.m.

November 13th – 50th Anniversary of football – Tailgate is at 10:00 a.m.

November 16th – Tees and Tacos at 11:00 a.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Results of the Homecoming Display Contest:

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN DISPLAYS:

GREEK ORGANIZATIONS:              

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:                   

First Place – National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Assoc.

Second Place – Student Programming Association       

 

PHYSICAL DISPLAYSA:

NICHOLLS COMMUNITY:

First Place – Auxiliary Services

Second Place – Alumni Affairs

Third Place – Campus Recreation

 

DOWNTOWN BUSINESS COMMUNITY:

Lafourche Parish Government Complex

Purple Penguin Art Co.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre, Joshua Scioneaux, Ethan Naquin and Lizeth Tobias.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Dr. Raj Boopathy and Robert Loupe (excused).

 

We discussed the following:

  • A motion to replace lab equipment which passed.
  • A motion to improve Gouaux 204 and 210 which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Henry, Lizeth Tobias and Grant Rebstock.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

 

Reviewed one excuse which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Joshua Scioneaux.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for the WWII Museum Registration which passed.
  • Motion for the Black History Month Tour which passed.

 

 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock and Ethan Naquin.

 

Absent:     Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux and Lance Jones.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for the WWII Museum Registration which passed.
  • Motion to sponsor a Black History Month Tour which passed.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-026a

I move to take the motion to purchase lab stools off the table.

                       

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Victoria Rideau

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item. 

                       

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said this finishes a project that was started a year ago and improves the overall appearance of the classroom.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-027a

I move to take the motion to purchase centrifuges off the table.

                       

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Victoria Rideau

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds. 

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said this finishes a project that was started a last semester.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-024a

I move to take the motion to fund the WWII Museum Registrations off the table.                       

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Ethan Naquin

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is something we’ve done in the past and assists History majors to go to this conference for $50 per day.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-025a

I move to take the motion to fund the Black History Month Tour off the table.

                       

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.   

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said we wanted to tour plantations but because of the hurricane, we’re going to tour the River Road Museum.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–16     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Courses & Curricular Committee:  Zackary Pitre

 

This committee met on October 26th

There was a change in Ethics and Humanities which is going to be Humanities 120.

Mass Communications: Pre-Requisites 388 is a course and 390 is the course description.

Music:  240 is the course description and 319, 320, 321, 326 and 407 are to remove Junior standings.

 

Scholarships Committee:  Gabrielle Arceneaux

 

We met for the second round of the Fall 2021 Scholarships and sent the vote in.  The nominations are due by November 4th.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Congratulated the Recipients of Colonel Leaders & Scholars.

Reminded everyone to Please RSVP for the Awards on November 17th at 3:15 p.m. in Talbot Hall.  Reminded everyone to send photos to Office of Student Affairs.

 

Cooper M.         Nicholls Club Soccer team has an Interest Meeting tonight                     at 7:00 p.m. in the Rec Center.  If you know anyone who may                   be interested, please send them my way.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

October 25, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Robert Loupe and the pledge was given by Senator Zackary Pitre.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Cooper Moore and Senator Lance Jones read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Grant Rebstock, Robert Loupe, Leah Strange (appointed) and Devontre’ Parker (appointed).

The following Senators were absent:  Logan Byars, Tamara Hopkins and Lizeth Tobias.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Meagan Rousse.

Election Commission was represented by Tabitha Tabb, Election Commissioner.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor and Madison Liner.

Minutes of September 27 and October 4, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

I want to focus my comments today on COVID news.  We face a number of challenges in this world.  Whether it has to do with vaccines or testing or masking or tailgating or anything, I hear a lot of “I”, “I”, “I”.  “I” shouldn’t have to test, “I” shouldn’t have to get vaccinated, “I” shouldn’t have to go to the football games, “I” should be able to continue tailgating during football games.  This university is facing insurmountable problems going forward.  The idea that we would not come together, that we would not focus on meeting, on the good of the community, on the good of this university, beyond that to save the nation is profound to me.  Let me give you an example.  I know tailgating is an issue.  We spend a lot of money on video equipment and ESPN games and brochures and everything that goes with it to get people to come to our stadium so that when television cameras are turned on, we have a healthy audience.  It’s a recruitment tool.  It’s a retention tool.  It’s a development tool for donors and everyone else watching on television.  I understand there’s a request to come in after the first quarter.  Faculty or staff wouldn’t be here if they didn’t focus on supporting Nicholls.  They don’t get paid a lot of money in higher ed.  It’s really not about them.  It’s about contributing to their community and their society.  I encourage the Student Government Association, the Student Programming Association and leaders of Greek fraternities and sororities to step up to take the lead in getting participation.  We have 20% of our students that have filed an exception to getting the vaccine.  In 2021 in which we have vaccines available vetted by trained scientists and immunologists around the world.   We’re confronting people who want to argue their political beliefs or their religious beliefs to get the vaccine.  We’re in a culture where everything is “I” and everything is about “me” and until we change that, we’re going to be challenged.  I’m asking the leaders of SGA and SPA to help me change that dynamic in order to get more participation with the vaccine, the masking and the testing.  Whether it’s going to the football game or the Black Student Union Kick Ball Contest or Bridge to Independence or Soccer Club, we absolutely need to bring each other together.

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

We’re looking forward to Homecoming Week.  We won last week at Houston Baptist.  We have Northwestern State this Saturday which is always a great game.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous with a 12:00 o’clock start.  It’s going to be televised on ESPN again.  We’re looking forward to a great week.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can ask me now or email me.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  We have the Pep Rally and Breakfast this evening.  I know you go to football games and soccer events.  I see you at volleyball and all the other organization events.  I appreciate that and hope you have a wonderful homecoming.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Madison Liner (Homecoming Service Project)

My name is Madison Liner.  I’m the student organization representative this week for the Homecoming Service Project.  The Kiwanis Club who go around the community doing other service projects contacted me.  They want to help the community that were impacted by the storm by providing hot meals and supplies as well as tickets to the football game this weekend.  We’re looking for people to help distribute food and collect supplies.  We want to make it as successful as possible.  I know everyone wants to go to the game and you don’t have to work during the game but if you can spare us an hour of your time in the morning or if you want to bring supplies to donate, that would be great.  We’re having a contest for the organization that will donate the most supplies.  If you have any questions, let me know. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

This is a reminder that the October “What I’ve done/heard.” forms are due at 11:59 p.m.  If you don’t have ideas, reach out to your E-Board so you can have something in the works.

The other thing I want to talk about is that unfortunately I don’t have as much time to devote to this position as I want to.  Pretty much everything I’ve accomplished at Nicholls has been associated with SGA in some way and I hope you can have that experience.  When you’re comfortable, you don’t learn very much but when you take a leap out of your comfort zone, that’s when you learn a lot.  SGA helped me with my confidence because it created a platform to be able to advocate for the things I care about and for the things the people around me care about.  I had a reason to talk to people.  SGA gave me a reason to step out of my box.  I really built some great relationships.  I look around this room and all of my closest friends are here so I find it really difficult to leave.  I submitted my resignation. I thought about staying until the end of the semester but I really think that a transition period for someone else to get accustomed to the position before the end of the semester ends is important. It can be overwhelming.  I feel it’s best for someone to transition, especially while I’m still able to provide guidance in a way.  Before I came here, I was thinking of the right words to say to express how I feel and I don’t think there are really “the right words”.  I guess all that’s left to say is that I am so very humble by your trust in me. This year, in being appointed the Director of Student Rights & Grievances, I really appreciate the experience. It’s been a wonderful opportunity and has been a profound experience.  I just wanted to give you an explanation.  So many of you look at me as a resource.  I’ve always been here.  You’ve never heard me complain. I feel that part of being a leader is leading by example.  I’m recognizing that my load is too heavy.  I definitely want to give my best wishes to whoever takes the position.   I’ll miss all of you and thank you for the trust you placed in me in this position.

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

HAPPY HOMECOMING WEEK EVERYONE! Get out and enjoy all the festivities h this week. At 7:00 tonight there will be the Homecoming Pep Rally at the field. I strongly encourage you all to attend and show your faces and support as you are all some of the most identifiable student leaders on campus. Your involvement and support of activities on campus will affect those around you.
I need a Senator to meet with me in regards to a motion for the Business Department and I need another senator to meet with me in regards to student fee assessment. I also need somebody that will be willing to help me with the SGA’s gift to the University for the 75th
 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

Anniversary. Please see me after the meeting to declare your interest in any of those projects.

We have a COSBP meeting next Friday, so I will bring back any information that I gather from that meeting.
Applications for the Director of Student Rights and Grievances position are now open. I ask that anybody in the SGA that is interested in the position to apply no later than this Sunday. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Lastly, for all of her hard work and contributions to the Nicholls State University Student Government Association over the years, please join me in giving a round of applause to our outgoing Director of Student Rights and Grievances, Ms. Heather LeBouef. Thank you for your service to the SGA and the University. 
 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

The Financial Statement is in good standing.
Campus Improvements and Senator Projects Line Items have changed.
 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

·       T-Shirt giveaway went well, everybody loved the design and asked for more.

·       Holiday Social will be December 6th in the Mardi Gras suite from 4PM-6PM, sign up sheet coming soon for that. It will be a pot luck and there will be a sign-up sheet for what everyone will bring.

·       Scrunchie and sock giveaway in November.

·       Encourage you all to go to the Homecoming events this week as we are some of the largest leaders on campus.  If you need a friend to go with let me know.

·       Pep Rally tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the stadium.

·       Homecoming breakfast is tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

·       Tyler and I met with Dr. Clune last Monday – talked about vaccination exemption form and a FAQ to direct student.  We’ll forward that to you.

·       Homecoming service project meeting with Madison (help out in any way you can whether that’s donations or volunteering).

·       SGA Leadership Council – Met over the weekend and discussed service hours and Senator requirements.  Each member of the Council gave a report.

·       SGA Mentors and Mentees – Introduce to the Deans, department heads, help them write a motion, etc.

·       If you need help with motions reach out to anyone on E-board (2 motions need to be heard each semester in order to comply with the duties of a Senator).

·       Working on recruitment for the new Senator positions (Multicultural, Greek life, Athletics, Student Organizations.  (Just need to reach out to Bridge).

·       Remember to fill out excuses of you miss anything.

·       I want to say to Heather that you’ve done an awesome job stepping into the role of Director of Student Rights & Grievances.  We’re going to miss you and wish you the best of luck.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2122-017

I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center.  Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021.  The total number of student towels will be 250.  Passed and signed.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

F2122-020

I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall at a cost of up to $510.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-022

I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Meagan Rousse, Justice

 

SPA needs volunteers for Alive@5 and sign up can be found on Instagram.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Tabitha Tabb, Election Commissioner

 

Elections closed on Friday and the results of the Homecoming King and Queen Election will be announced on Saturday at half time.

 

6,086 Eligible Voters

1,666 Actual Voters

This is 27% of the student body that voted.

 

For the Homecoming Display Contest, we have the Graphic Design with the following groups participating:

 

Greeks:  Delta Zeta, Phi Mu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Student Organizations:  Student Programing Association and National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association

Prizes in each division are:  1st – $100; 2nd – $75 & 3rd – $50

 

Voting on Instagram starts today.  Please remember to vote and encourage your friends to vote.

 

Physical Displays:

Nicholls Community:  Campus Recreation, Auxiliary Services & Alumni Affairs

Prizes are a Sodexo catered event 1st – $100; 2nd – $75 & 3rd – $50

 

Downtown Business Community:  Purple Penguin Art Co. & Lafourche Parish Government

Winner announced at half time, on the university Marquee and receive a plague to display in their business.

 

All winners will be announced at Alive@5 on Thursday.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist, Zackary Pitre, Ethan Naquin, Joshua Scioneaux and Robert Loupe.

 

Guests:     Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

 

Treasurer Denise R-A. reported that the committee discussed a motion to fund NCSL Registration attendance which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ethan Henry, Joshua Scioneaux and Grant Rebstock.

 

Absent:     Senator Lizeth Tobias.

 

Guests:     Vice President Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

Interviewed Devontre’ Parker and Leah Strange for the positions of Graduate Senator and Sciences and Technologies respectively which both passed.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee Report Continued:

 

Motion to Amend Article V, Section 1, Letter D of the SGA Bylaws which failed.
 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guests:     Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

 

We discussed the following:

SGA
 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Reona Octave, Ethan Naquin, Robert Loupe and Grant Rebstock.

 

Guests:     Dr. Kaitlin Beier.

 

We discussed the following:

Held the Campus Walk Through.  List will be forwarded to you for selecting motion projects.
Motion to provide registration for International Sales Competition.
 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-022a

I move to take the motion to fund NCSL Conference off the table.

                       

1.  Cooper Moore

2.  Zackary Pitre

Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-022

I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget.

1.  Cooper Moore

2.  Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Cooper M. said this is the NCSL Conference that we’ll take up to seven students to learn leadership roles.  The reason we made it for $13,000 is to add a cushion.  We expect it to cost around $9,000 but travel cost that time of year is sometimes bumped up.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-023a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6, Letters a and c of the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

 

1.  Jax Badeaux

2.  Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 


NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-023

I move that the Senate provide one entry fee for role play competitor’s registration at $125 and it’s to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

1.  Jax Badeaux

2.  Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is something we usually pay for and I defer the discussion to Dr. Kaitlin Beier.  Dr. Beier said every year we usually bring five students to the competition to give them an opportunity to meet with other companies and network.  It’s good experience and practice.  We need registration for only one to participate.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.

1.  Jax Badeaux

2.  Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said we’ve sponsored this attendance for the past seven years.  It’s one of the better experiences at Nicholls for students to participate it.  It’s $50 per person and a one-day event.

 

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.

 

1.  Jax Badeaux

2.  Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said they’re asking for a tour of the River Road Museum.  Students would learn about African American History and slavery.  We toured it last year as well.

 

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item.

 

1.  Ethan Naquin

2.  Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said part of the motion is for replacing stools and chairs.  In past years we passed a motion for stools but currently we still don’t have a lot of metal stools.  This way it finishes replacing all the stools.  I believe these are the only classrooms that have them.  The adjustable chairs are to replace the ones at the desks that are there.  We had a number of things this semester that malfunctioned or the software is old.  That’s why some of this isn’t under Tech Fee. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds.

1.  Ethan Naquin

2.  Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said this for items that have broken over time. 

 

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. asked what classes do these apply to.  Senator Ethan N. said it’s for Senior level class and Microbiology.

 

F2122-028

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Leah Strange for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and technology.

1.  Joshua Scioneaux

2.  Grant Rebstock

 

Discussion:  Senator Joshua S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-029

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Devontre’ Parker for the position of Senator of Graduate Studies.

1.  Grant Rebstock

2.  Joshua Scioneaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Grant R. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–13     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Courses and Curricula Committee – Zackary Pitre

 

We made changes to Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and College of Business Administration.
We changed and added more electives, changed credit hour requirements and general things.
We made changes to Mathematics which were kind of the same thing, Math 100 and 101.
We made changes to Chemistry and Physical Sciences. 
Physics 101 and 102 course description changes.
 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

Director Heather L. wanted to address the motion that went to the Judiciary Committee.  What I have found in my position is that the office hours that the E-Board needs to here are not in person.  It doesn’t say in person.  It just says the SGA office.  When I had COVID and everything, I found flexibility to be really beneficial.  There was some discussion about it with President Tyler L. What I was talking about was that there needs to be some flexibility.  That’s why I put that five hours could be virtual and the other five in the SGA office or committee meetings.  You really don’t require the officer to be in the office two hours per week.  I just wanted to give my perspective on it.  Particularly in the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances, students will contact you at 12:00 o’clock at night or they’ll email me in the middle of the day and ask if they can talk to me on the phone.  That time would technically belong to the office hours. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said what we wanted to do is allow that option for circumstances when another hurricane comes. You may not be able to honor your obligations to be at school.  For future generations, you can make it all in person or all virtual depending on the circumstances.  Of course, that’s something the President has to decide. 

 

Director Heather L. said I think there was some sort of discrepancy on whether or not it would be allowed or all virtual.  The original wording was to say with the approval of the SGA President. 


DISCUSSION PERIOD CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    President Tyler L. said he had this conversation with Dr. Caruso.  When you are in an E-Board position, you are an employee of the State.  Per state guidelines, whenever they talk about virtual employment, you have to prove this is what is going on within this amount of time.  At times, the things you do may not add up to those ten hours which is why we do the five and five not only for students that come in with any questions but also for students who are not comfortable with using online communication.   

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Dr. Tokosh is doing a workshop for the Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) on November 2nd.  I sent you an email on it so please promote it. There’s a face painting competition with prizes and the supplies have been donated.

 

                  Volunteers are needed for the Colonel Leaders & Scholars Awards on November 17 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. SGA usually provides this.  They need two door greeters, two inside and two outside of Talbot Hall.  Vice President Symphony B. said this can count towards SGA service hours of three hours or more that I spoke to you about in the committee meetings.   

 

Tyler L.          Since we missed two weeks of SGA work, we’re extending the SGA meeting dates.  A revised meeting schedule will be coming out.  It will give you more time to get your projects done.

 

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Meagan Rousse:

 

Leah Strange – Sciences and Technology Senator

Devontre’ Parker – Graduate Senator

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:03 p.m.

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING
October 4, 2021


The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m. Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and the pledge was given by Senator Joshua Scioneaux.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Grant Rebstock and Senator Tamara Hopkins read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Logan Byars, Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux, Tamara Hopkins, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Robert Loupe.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

Guest present was Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor.

Minutes were not presented for approval.


GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

This is an update with hurricane recovery efforts. We’re moving along with the facilities restoration. We have 158 students and a few faculty and staff, some with their families, living on campus which we are happy to do.

We went to Larose last Thursday and Montegut on Friday and gave out all of the items and all supplies. The stories were really heart breaking from the people we talked to. We’re so glad for the opportunity to help the communities down the Bayou, our students as well as others, that can benefit from the items we brought. We’re anticipating another trip to the Dulac-Dularge area and plan to partner with another group to also bring hot meals. I really appreciate that we had SGA representation.

COVID: We’ve started testing students, faculty and staff on campus. We have questions coming in on the vaccine. There is a deadline coming up so we’re reminding people that if you want to, go ahead and do it and if not, make sure you get that exemption form to Health Services.

COMMENT: Senator Lance J. said a lot of professors are moving too fast and are trying to operate as normal. As for myself, I lost all my notes through water damage. Dr. Caruso said Dr. Keller is working with the academic community to ensure to be in general collectively and as flexible as possible. I recommend that you speak to the instructor directly. Once they hear the issue, they may realize they need to slow down. If the faculty isn’t taking the situation seriously enough, speak to the Department Head or the Academic Dean to see what adjustments might be made. If a student is in a situation like that, they may have extra flexibility.

COMMENT: Senator Lance J. said now that we have no breaks, the work is piling up. We really have no time to waste. Professors are staying on deadlines. They’re not pushing back the work. Dr. Caruso said in general, I’ll say that this semester is a whole different concept on how we look at our priorities to do whatever work is in front of us. The Counseling Department is offering meditation sessions for

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

students in between classes. There’s something else we could do in the evening that would help students to come together to study. You’re studying but you’re not alone. You’re getting your work done with people who can help you and encourage you. Anything you think of that can help you solve those giant challenges, we’re happy to look at.

This Saturday we’re playing Southeastern so we’re talking about a few things. One is that they’re our rivals and we want you there to cheer our team. We know that you’re feeling overwhelmed right now with school so we’re trying to think of things that make it exciting to come to the games. Give yourself permission to take a break from whatever it is, work, etc. We’re thinking of funding for supplies for students that are helping their families put walls back up. It could be a little package of hammer, nails, gloves, paint brushes and things like that which would help their family. So if you think of things in the next day or two, please let me know. If you think of something that would be worth getting students to the game to have a little fun, let me know.

COMMENT: Senator Tamara H. said a lot of students said they’re going to complete an exemption form for the vaccine. They want to put that they just don’t want to. Is that an option? Dr. Caruso said you can choose one of the categories. We’re not going to call people.

COMMENT: Director Heather L. said a lot of students are just not ready to return. They’re also not ready to do school work. I think something that would really help for students to feel a little more at ease is for professors to consider updating the self-grading model. I know there have been some concerns. Apparently, some professors think that’s not an option.


OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

Director Angela Y. and myself assisted in the relief effort in Larose and the experience was very humbling.
We chose someone for the Honorary Degree in that committee today.
If you have any ideas on how to get students to the game, please send them to Director Angela Y.
I’ll be out of the office on Thursday and Friday so please contact Vice President Symphony B. for anything.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

The “What I’ve Done/Heard.” Report is due at 11:59 p.m. tonight. I just want to know if you’ve done anything and what ideas you may have.

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

I’m continuing to work on the Financial Statement for the Fall semester, posting all the expenses as they come in. With the expenses that have been currently taken out for the semester, the financial statement is still in good standing.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

We have an Athletics meeting tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. for student leaders in the new facility. There are virtual options so if you’d like to attend, let me know so I can give you the link.
Working on more dates for giveaway tables.
T-Shirt giveaway will be on Tuesday, October 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Student Union.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

Mini Mentor-Mentee Program for our new senators; no need to report to me, I give you autonomy to showcase your leadership in SGA. If you need anything, let me know.
Committee Chairs – update rosters!!!
Leadership Council will meet in my office after the meeting.
I May need a proxy for Tech Fee Committee meeting on Wednesday on Google Meets at 3 p.m. – presentation 1-4 p.m. I may be able to hop on after then in case the meeting is long.
This is a reminder to fill out excuses if you miss anything. I’m going to explore other options on reporting excuses.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS
F2122-017
I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center. Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021. The total number of student towels will be 250. Tabled.

F2122-018
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Joshua Scioneaux for the position of Senator of the College of Nursing. Passed and signed.

F2122-019
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Tamara Hopkins for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology. Passed and signed.

F2122-020
I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall at a cost of up to $510. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget. Tabled.

F2122-021
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Grant Rebstock for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology. Passed and signed.


STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Remy Lodrigues, Justice

SPA reports:
On October 6th, they’re having their film fest at 7:00 p.m. in the greenspace next to the Library.
Also, on October 6th, they’re having Stuff Stopher with a table at 5:00 p.m.
Remember that if you’re nominated to Colonel Leaders and Scholars, those co-curricular forms are due to the Office of Student Affairs on October 13th.
Congratulations to everyone who had Homecoming Interviews.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

Homecoming Display Contest:
Downtown Business Community
Virtual competition with student organizations similar to what we did last year in the form of Graphic Design. Deadline is October 21st.
Remember that if you’re nominated for Homecoming, no campaigning is allowed in this Honors Election.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Committee: Victoria Rideau, Chair

Present: Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist and Zackary Pitre.

Guests: Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Cooper Moore, Lizeth Tobias, Joshua Scioneaux, Robert Loupe and Grant Rebstock.

We discussed the following:

Motion to purchase Dog Waste Stations which passed.
Motion to purchase towels for the Rec Center which passed.

Judiciary Committee: Cooper Moore, Chair

Present: Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ethan Henry and Joshua Scioneaux.

Guests: Vice President Symphony Brown, Robert Loupe, Grant Rebstock and Lizeth Tobias.

We discussed the following:

Reviewed two excuses from Senator Ethan N. which were approved.

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

Present: Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

Guests: Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez, Grant Rebstock, Lizeth Tobias and Joshua Scioneaux.

We discussed the following:
SGA Winter Hats.
Giveaway Dates for Socks and Scrunchies.
Working on design for Notebooks.
Rescheduled Walmart Trip.

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

Present: Senators Jax Badeaux, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Reona Octave.

Guests: Director of Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

We discussed the following:

Motion to purchase student towels for the Rec Center which passed.
Motion to purchase two Dog Waste Stations which passed.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

F2122-017
I move to take the motion to purchase towels for Rec Center off the table.

Zackary Pitre
Ethan Henry
Move into vote:
Passed For–16 Against-0 Abstained-0

F2122-017
I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center. Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021. The total number of student towels will be 250.
Zackary Pitre
Ethan Henry

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion: Senator Zackary P. said the Rec Center is looking into getting something that will get students more involved with the Rec Center. In the past, the Rec Center had towels available for students but they’re not allowed to let students use the towels due to COVID regulations. The students that use them would have to return them and the Rec Center would have to wash them. The towels requested from us is for all students. If they forget to bring a towel, the Rec Center will provide them with one of these towels so they don’t have to return home traveling 10 or 15 minutes away to get one.

Question: Move into vote:
Passed For–16 Against-0 Abstained-0

F2122-020
I move to take the motion to purchase Dog Waste Stations off the table.

Ethan Henry
Victoria Rideau
Move into vote:
Passed For–16 Against-0 Abstained-0

F2122-020
I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall funds costing up to $510. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.
Ethan Henry
Victoria Rideau

Discussion: Senator Ethan H. said Babington Hall is now pet friendly because there are a lot of people there with pets. We’re purchasing two Dog Waste Stations that would help that area. It’s only $254.77 each.

Question: Move into vote:
Passed For–16 Against-0 Abstained-0


NEW BUSINESS:

F2122-022
I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021. Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget.
Cooper Moore
Zackary Pitre

Discussion: Senator Cooper M. said this is the National Conference on Student Leaders in Orlando, Florida. Nicholls State will be sending 7 students, some from SGA and other student organizations, to represent our university on a national scale. We’re asking for $13,000 but we don’t think it will cost that much. We’re expecting the cost to be around $9,000 but we’re asking for an additional $2,000 to cover airline cost that might increase due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.


UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Courses and Curricula Committee – Zackary Pitre

Four different motions were approved for the following:
Allied Health Sciences 408 is prerequisite change and 444 and 485 new course additions.
Communicative Disorder 121, 281, 384, 386, 395 had prerequisite changes; 279 had description change; 397 had course description and prerequisite changes; 399 deleted course, 405 new course addition and 436 had course description change.
Dietetics 200 had course description change; 201, 264, 300, 305, 390, 400, 411 and 459 had prerequisite change; 202 is new course addition; 316 removed prerequisite and 419 description change.
Dietetics Program had program and curriculum changes
Health Sciences had curriculum and concentration changes.

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Social and Community Concerns Committee – Victoria Rideau

The following issues and concerns were brought up:
Acadia Villas Apartments – the way the students were forced to move out and the time given to do so.
Parking tickets were issued to students when there are fewer parking spots due to the National Guard on campus.
Recycling bins are not well organized. There should be more signage for glass, plastics, etc.
Housing questions – Have SGA poll students to find out why students are moving off campus. Offer more private or one-bedroom apartments. Issues with the Halls closing over the breaks.
Having a table to learn what students need that were affected by Hurricane Ida.
Different ways to reach out to students.
Gouaux Hall has a washer and dryer available for students to wash their clothes that were affected by the storm.
Find a way for students to know about the suggestion box online.

Let me know if you have any other issues to be brought up at the next meeting on November 4th.

COMMENT: Senator Tamara H. asked about Residence Halls closing during semester breaks. Dr. Caruso said break housing is available. We’ll put more information on that towards the end of the semester.

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

Parking:
Senator Lance J. asked about lack of parking space. President Tyler L. said this is something that’s discussed all the time. You’re going to have to adjust to it. We don’t necessarily have a parking problem on campus. We have a walking problem on campus. If you go to any other university, you will walk longer than 10 minutes to get to your building. We understand that it’s inconvenient but to say we don’t have enough parking space, we have more than we really need, even with the National Guard on campus. We use to offer a shuttle service and we can look into offering it again. Parking is not a problem that has to be fixed.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M. SGA is sponsoring the bonfire at Alive@5 thanks to the Veterans.

Early Registration is scheduled for October 25th in the morning. I’ll send out emails to remind you.

Zackary P. On October 16, SAE is having a fundraiser, Beach Volleyball.

Ethan H. St. Thomas Aquinas is giving out 600 free hamburgers from Bourgeois’ Meat Market from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Cooper M. Men’s Soccer club game has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 23rd.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING
September 27, 2021


The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m. Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and the pledge was given by Senator Jax Badeaux.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Ethan Henry and Senator Cooper Moore read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Gabrielle Arceneaux, Joshua Scioneaux (appointed), Tamara Hopkins (appointed), Grant Rebstock (appointed), Lizeth Tobias (appointed) and Robert Loupe (appointed).

The following Senators were absent: Ethan Naquin and Trent Ledet.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was represented by Election Commissioner Tabitha Tabb.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Eugene A. Dial, Jr., Executive Director of the Masters of Higher Education Program and Brennan Arcement, The Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes of September 20, 2021 Meeting were approved as printed.


GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Eugene A. Dial, Jr., Executive Director of Higher Education Master’s Program

Thank you for allowing me to come here today to present to you a wonderful opportunity that you may want to consider for a career in the future. Nicholls offers an Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. There has been an increase nationwide for staff in administration positions in higher education in Student Affairs, Financial Affairs, Administrative Services, Athletics, etc. There are lot of programs like Title IX positions, diversity positions, SPA positions, SGA positions, Greek Life positions, etc. Nicholls offers two different types of programs, the General Education Program that provides the basic foundation with a concentration in Higher Ed. The second program has to do with Educational Technology and Leadership. We feel that we’re on the cutting edge in offering this concentration. If you look around, you’ll find advisor programs such as the SPA Advisor program or the Greek Advisor program. I can’t think of one graduate from this program in the last five years who isn’t in some place in higher education. That says a lot for this program.

The program is 36 hours. It’s designed with three classes each semester over four semesters. Some can finish it in seventeen months. There are graduate assistance programs. It pays part of your books and tuition and provides a stipend so you don’t incur any large physical debt.

The contact information is listed as the bottom at HYPERLINK “mailto:eugene.dial@nicholls.edu” eugene.dial@nicholls.edu and HYPERLINK “mailto:leah.peterson@nicholls.edu” leah.peterson@nicholls.edu.

If you know of a student organization that would like a presentation of the program, contact us.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

Since this program was taken over by Dr. Dial, it has grown. It’s very organized with what’s being taught and how it’s being taught. It’s a really good opportunity so please consider it.

Updates on Hurricane recovery: It’s great to see so many people back on campus. The Union was packed all day and the lines for food were pretty long. I hope everybody was able to come back to campus today. We do know that we have many students and faculty and staff that are struggling through damage to their environment, to their homes and have had a great loss. We want to make sure we’re cognitive of that in everything we do, that we’re inclusive in a different way now and that we ensure our faculty and staff stay connected and not cut off. As we plan for the rest of the semester, we’ll keep that in mind in how we accommodate people so they don’t feel left behind. We’re also traveling on the Nicholls Bus packed with supplies to Larose on Thursday for a few hours and on Friday for a few hours to Chauvin. We’re going for the Nicholls community but we’ll help anybody there and hopefully give them a sense of connection and comfort in addition to the supplies. We’ll have Tillou with us for children and some faculty and staff. We’ll have SGA representation on the bus and if anybody wants to contribute, let us know.

Facilities is working on roof tops that we need to fix and a few exterior cases here and there that are still being worked on. The cafeteria will look a little different. There were booths in there and now there are just tables and chairs. We have a long term plan for the restoration but for now we just want to get students back in there. It is clean now and we’ll consider long term restoration later that would be permanent.

Residence Halls – everybody is capable to move back in and some have not quite made it back. As you know, we opened our campus to students who lost their homes as well as to their families and pets. At this point we have 184 commuter students who are now residents either alone, with their families or their pets. The Shell Corp. generously provided $20,000 to cover students coming on campus who have lost their homes.

Gift cards – We’re hoping to give out another round of gift cards. We want to help everybody so if you know somebody in need, please let us know. With everybody back in person, if anybody has any extenuating circumstances and are unable to get to campus, faculty are working with these students. If you have any peers or classmates that you know may not be able to make it to campus, make sure they know to reach out to faculty directly. If they’re having challenges with that, faculty are prepared to accommodate people to ensure everybody stays connected.

COVID – This week we started the random testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff. Next week we’ll start the same thing with students. There will be random sampling each week of 25% of the students or students who have not turned in their exemption form. There’s a two-hour window to get the text. The National Guard will still be on campus, hopefully for the rest of the semester between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They’ll be doing the Rapid test too.

Homecoming is moving forward as scheduled. We received 171 nominations and 150 completed the applications. We’ll keep you posted on that. All interviews will be on Zoom this year and short as well. We’re still struggling to find WiFi but we’ll work on it so everybody can have an opportunity and not feel left out.

COMMENT: Senator Cooper M. asked if parking spaces would be opening up near the tennis courts. Dr. Caruso said they’re waiting on electricity coming on further down in the Parish. As the power comes on further down, they’ll be moving with the equipment further down. They needed space where they needed types of utilities. Hopefully this will be in the next couple of weeks.

COMMENT: Senator Lance J. said students expressed some concerns about having to walk from the parking lot to the other side of the stadium. Dr. Caruso said this past Saturday they provided a shuttle from the parking lot to the community tailgating area. For people who aren’t comfortable walking can use the shuttle. If they don’t know where to catch the shuttle, they can check in at the Alumni tent.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

COMMENT: Senator Zackary P. asked if the COVID numbers have increased or stayed the same since the hurricane. Dr. Caruso said it’s come down over the last three or four days. Those reported were all off campus and since nobody was able to come to campus, the figures stayed the same. All schools in the system received funding. We received $74,000 and it’s very descriptive on how we can spend it. So we’re working on doing a campaign for vaccinating staff and organize contact tracing.

There was an incident. Someone shared with us an unfortunate experience on the student side. I don’t think it as the student section. We’re not sure if they were students or alumni. They continually indicated what we are truly not as a university. Unfortunately they were very unkind. For these people, it was their first time on campus and their first impression of us. I share this with you because as student leaders, sometimes we have to take that next step and pull back our friends a little. There’s a difference between cheering and having a little fun and being unkind. We always want to present ourselves as the Nicholls that we know we are and that we want the world to know that we are.

COMMENT: Brennan Arcement of The Nicholls Worth said about the students and the vaccination forms, will there be some sort of consequence if you do not turn in the forms. Dr. Caruso said if you don’t turn in a form, your registration will have a hold. It’ll be blocked for the spring semester. We did decide this morning that due to the hurricane, if you had the first shot of the two-shot series, the registration won’t be blocked and they can get the second shot a couple of months later.

Brennan Arcement said there has obviously been a big push to get the vaccine. A lot of people are publicizing that over social media as well as the university itself. The exemption form is very, very difficult to find on the website. Dr. Caruso said we were not aware of that and I’ll bring it up to them.


OFFICER REPORTS:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

Our first COSBP meeting of the semester went very smooth, and I was happy to see some representation from Nicholls Greek Life at the Hazing Prevention seminar that followed our meeting. The supply drives at LA Tech, Grambling, and McNeese will be ending this week, and we should have supplies delivered shortly thereafter. We are also in the beginning stages of planning for our DC trip in January.
Keeping with one of my campaign promises to provide students with more leadership training and opportunities, I started exploring options to send up to 7 students to a leadership conference in Orlando, FL. This would be a fully paid trip for 3 members of the SGA and 4 members of other registered student organizations to attend a national leadership conference.
I am still attending meetings regularly and can answer many questions that you may be receiving, so please do not hesitate in reaching out if you or a student have any questions or concerns.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

I want to remind everyone about the “What I’ve Done/Heard.” forms that are due at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, the last day of September. I’m not looking for anything extremely lengthy, even if you didn’t do anything because of everything we’ve been going through. Just let me know what you’re starting to work on or what you want to work on. I’ll send you the link and reminders daily.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

A couple of expenses have been added on the Fall Financial Statement.
The official beginning balance for the fall revenue, for the current semester is $97,623.73. Which is a couple thousand dollars lower than the average beginning balances for the previous semesters. Though it’s nothing to really worry about, it is something that we should keep in mind.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

Friday is our event with SPA for Hispanic Heritage Month. Please try to attend.
The Walmart Trip had to be cancelled so we’re looking at new dates.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

New Workshop Date is this Wednesday for new Senators only (Good job on virtual meeting from last week).
Leadership Council will meet in my office after the meeting; update those rosters.
A student asked me today to go with them to get the vaccine. While we were there, another four or five students arrived to get their vaccines.
Remember to fill out excuses of you miss anything.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS
F2122-010
I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”. Passed and signed.

F2122-012
I move that the Senate accept the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget. Passed and signed.

F2122-013
I move that the Senate approve the 2021 Fall Budget. Passed and signed.

F2122-014
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Heather LeBouef for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances. Passed and signed.

F2122-015
I move that the Senate allocate up to $900 to fund 3 students to attend the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Orlando, Florida from October 27 to 31, 2021. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects Line Item of the budget. Passed and signed.

F2122-016
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s and SPA President, Taylor Roussel’s appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Supreme Court Justice. Passed and signed.


STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Matthew Badeaux, Chief Justice

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT – Tabitha Tabb, Commissioner

Homecoming Applications will be due this Thursday, September 30th, at noon.
Interviews will be held from October 5th to 8th.
Homecoming Court will officially be announced on Wednesday, October 13th.
Everyone is reminded that campaigning is not allowed in this election.

SPA President, Taylor Roussel, wanted me to announce that they are looking for a Secretary. If anyone is interested, please sign up for that.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT CONTINUED:

Vice President Symphony B. welcomed the 2021-22 Freshman Senators:
Lizeth Tobias from Cut Off, Louisiana majoring in Political Science
Robert Loupe from Thibodaux, Louisiana majoring in Psychology.


SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Committee: Victoria Rideau, Chair

Present: Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist and Zackary Pitre.

Guest: Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar.

We discussed the following:

Reviewed a motion to purchase two Dog Waste Stations for North Babington which passed.
Reviewed a motion to purchase towels for the Rec Center which passed.

Judiciary Committee: Cooper Moore, Chair

Present: Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Ethan Henry.

Guest: Vice President Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

Interviewed Tamara Hopkins, Grant Rebstock and Joshua Scioneaux to serve as Senators which all passed.

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:
Lance Jones, Chair

Present: Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

Guest: Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez.

We discussed the following:
Donut Giveaway.
Posting more info about meetings on Instagram.
Trip to another university to see how their SGA programs are run or a UL System SGA Conference to share ideas.
Hygiene giveaway: soap, lotion, deodorant, mouth wash, toothpaste inside a new SGA giveaway bag.
Member of SGA spotlight bios.
Get to know SGA gift card giveaway.
Walmart Bus Trip is September 30th.

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Jax Badeaux, Co-Chair

No meeting.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None.


NEW BUSINESS:

F2122-017
I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center. Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021. The total number of student towels will be 250.
Zackary Pitre
Ethan Henry

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion: Senator Zackary P. said we’d like to purchase 250 towels for the Rec Center even if there are already towels there. The issue with that comes with COVID. Whenever you borrow a towel from the Rec Center, you have to return it. If someone forgets their towel, they have to go back home. Some people live 15 to 20 minutes away and have to drive all the way back so most students don’t come back. Now, when they forget their towel, they’ll be offered one by SGA. The Rec Center will have a method of keeping track of the towels issued so students get only one. They are gray with the SGA logo.

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

F2122-018
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Joshua Scioneaux for the position of Senator of the College of Nursing.
Jax Badeaux
Reona Octave

Discussion: Senator Jax B. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question: Move into vote:
Passed For–10 Against-0 Abstained-0

F2122-019
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Tamara Hopkins for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology.
Lance Jones
Reona Octave

Discussion: Senator Lance J. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question: Move into vote:
Passed For–10 Against-0 Abstained-0

F2122-020
I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall at a cost of up to $510. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.
Ethan Henry
Victoria Rideau

Discussion: Senator Ethan H. said the Administration is interested in turning North Babington into a pet friendly residence hall. This is a good opportunity to offer students an opportunity to keep their pet area clean. The cost is $254.77 each.

Dr. Caruso said although this was a long term plan, it’s happening overnight due to the hurricane. We have several people in South Babington with dogs.

Vice President Symphony B. tabled the motion.

F2122-021
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Grant Rebstock for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology.
Reona Octave
Jax Badeaux


Discussion: Senator Jax B. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question: Move into vote:
Passed For–10 Against-0 Abstained-0


UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.


DISCUSSION PERIOD:

None.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Tyler L. Requested new SGA officers to come to his office after the meeting.

Cooper M. Men’s Club Soccer Team is having a game this Sunday with LSU at home at 2:00 p.m. We’d appreciate your support.

Dolly M. Encouraged everyone to get motions in for the next meeting on October 4 because we won’t have meetings on October 11 and 18 due to midterms. The motions submitted on October 4 will be tabled so we’ll vote on them on October 25 when we return.

October 25th is also the date for Early Registration. SGA officers are entitled to register early for classes. An email will go out reminding everyone of the time they can start registering. Everyone should meet with Advisors to help determine the courses to take in the Spring.

The following officers were sworn in by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Meagan Rousse – Supreme Court Justice
Lizeth Tobias – Freshman Senator
Robert Loupe – Freshman Senator
Joshua Scioneaux – Nursing Senator
Tamara Hopkins – Sciences & Technology Senator
Grant Rebstock – Sciences & Technology Senator

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

September 13, 2021

NO MEETING HELD DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 30, 2021

NO MEETING HELD DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

August 23, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Ethan Henry and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Reona Octave read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

 

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

The following Senators were absent: Ethan Naquin, Meagan Rousse and Trent Ledet.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was represented Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Jason Spell and Reanna Plaisance.

 

Minutes of August 16, 2021 Meeting were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Jason Spell, Student

 

I’m not a Senator anymore but I’m still a student.  I have some questions about the motion for $15,000 that you voted on last week.  For the jerseys you bought, is it a special one.  President Tyler L. said it’s a special one. 

 

One more question is how much of the jerseys is being funded by SGA.  President Tyler L. said we’re funding right under half the amount of jerseys.

 

That’s all I have.  I just had a couple of questions.  Thanks everybody.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

 

Good afternoon everybody.  The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine officially and it’s now added to our immunization requirements.  If you’re hearing anything that students are concerned about, I can help you answer that.

 

Senator Lance Jones:  I’m all for the vaccine but what do you do if students have an objection.  Can complete a form requesting an exemption?  Dr. Caruso said yes.  It can be based on a medical condition, philosophy and religion.  The form is on the Health Services site and is submitted to Health Services. 

 

Senator Zackary Pitre:  How would it affect students that do have the vaccine but those who don’t have the vaccine that may bring COVID in?  Do they test regularly?  Dr. Caruso said we’ll do regular testing with various groups. 

 


OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

Three Updates from COSBP: The September COSBP meeting that was scheduled to be held at Southern University in Shreveport will now be a virtual meeting on Friday, September 24th from 2-4 p.m.  We were asked to invite SGA officers to log on and join with COSBP for brief presentations on such things as “Modern Hazing Practices” and tips for how to handle “Bystander Intervention.”
As you all know, the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine this morning, so continue to inform your peers on the truth about vaccination guidelines, and consider getting the vaccine if you haven’t gotten it yet. Changes are coming in regards to large events being put on by organizations on campus. Greek organizations are being asked to aim for an 85% vaccination status of their chapter’s active membership to hold events like socials and formals.
For anybody asking you about the next phase of the “CARES Act”, the funds are actually from the American Rescue Plan, and those funds are due to be dispersed sometime after the 14th day of class. The money WILL NOT be applied to your balance with the University unless you give permission for it to be used to pay that debt.
I hope you all had a great first week, and as always, please let me know if you need anything.
 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

 

·       First, I want to commend everyone on their work so far & congratulate the new committee chairs!  I’m sure you will all do great work!

·       No one submitted “What I’ve Done/What I’ve Heard.” Report this summer, but that’s okay because it was optional. You’ll have three MANDATORY reports due this semester. They’ll be due in September, October and November. September and October will be due on the very last day of the month, and November will be due on the Friday before the last meeting of the semester. Don’t worry! I’ll remind you often!

·       The reports will be completed through Google Forms that will be shared with you. I’ll make the September form available to you in the coming weeks, but you should be completing this form toward the middle to the end of the month so that you can have the most substantial report from your work all month.

·       We have money set aside for food literacy and food insecurity efforts if anyone has any ideas for using that budget.  It’s something I’ll talk more about with our committee members in our Campus & Academic Affairs meeting next week.

·       Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need my help! I love helping you — it is always my pleasure! 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

For All expenses for the summer budget have been accounted for and the financial statement has landed in the green.
With regards to the 2021-22 proposed budget, the current amounts from the summer budget have been incorporated into the proposed budget. This gave an estimated beginning balance for both the fall and spring semester. Given so, both of the semester proposed budgets have landed in the green based on the estimated beginning amounts.
 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

·       Hope you all had a great first week back! Thank you for sharing our graphics lately.

·       Welcome Back Day table and cool pop and scantron giveaway went really well- many students did not know that SGA gave out scantrons.

·       There are many time slots available for the Blood Drive.  Please sign up if you are free!

·       Reminder that all senators are required to complete at least 3 or more hours throughout the semester, in any fashion, at designated SGA sponsored events.

·       First Walmart run is on 09/01- graphic is coming soon. The bus seats 28 passengers and there will be two runs to Walmart and back.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

·       Senator Workshop is September 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the Century Room – Mandatory (Guests: Dr. Lyn, Dr. Caruso and Mr. Steven Kenney)

·       New Rules on Motions: Motions will be presented in the General Meeting First then tabled, and sent to Committees the following week and then returned to the General Meeting after those committee meetings.

·       Working with Dr. Caruso on Vaccine Q and A.  Any ideas, let me know.

·       Congratulations to Chair Positions!!

·       Senate Leadership Council – 2 more senators needed – email me!!!

·       Chairs, please meet with me after meeting if you can.

 

Housekeeping Rules:

·       Google Form for Excuses is in the Google Drive.

·       Have a good week and let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

U2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Tabled.

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Remy Lodrigues, Justice

 

SGA Report:

 

The Justices are required to serve on University Committees as follows:

Academic Policies – Corey Hebert and Sharmila Hamal.
Parking Appeals – Connor Hebert, Icy Abraham and Matthew Badeaux.
Academic Appeals – Matthew Badeaux and Remy Lodrigues.
 

Please support the Blood Drive we’re sponsoring and tell your friends because the hospitals are pretty dry right now.  There are still a number of spots available to donate on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

SPA Report:

Tailgating events are still planning to go on during the football season.
The Southeastern game is always big for us so there will be giveaways. 
On September 8th, they’ll do an Italian Ice Giveaway.
Film on the field on September 15th.
Family Day will be outside on September 25th.
 


ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Freshman Senator Election – Received five Petitions to date.

Deadline for Freshman Petitions is Thursday, August 26.

 

Deadline to nominate for Homecoming Court is September 3rd.

Deadline to turn in applications for Homecoming Court is September 9th.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Victoria Rideau, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Victoria Rideau, Ethan Henry, Douglas Gilchrist and Zackary Pitre.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to renew Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan line item which passed.
 

Judiciary Committee:  Cooper Moore, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Cooper Moore, Douglas Gilchrist, Jax Badeaux, Lance Jones, Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux and Ethan Henry.

 

Guest:      Vice President Symphony Brown

 

We discussed the following:

Heard 9 excuses:  6 passed, 1 was dismissed and 2 were tabled for next week.
The Legnon Corollary will be discussed at the next meeting.
 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

Lance Jones, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guest:      Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Laurie Melancon.

 

We discussed the following:

Notebooks designs.
Graphics – 3.
Walmart Run Signup Form and Walmart Bus Graphic.
Homecoming Applications are Open.
Homecoming Business Display.
Pep Rally that SPA is putting on.  SGA is sponsoring food.
Family Day T-Shirt design.
Reviewed a motion to purchase scantrons.
 

Campus/Academic Affairs Committee: Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Meagan Rousse, Lance Jones, Victoria Rideau and Reona Octave.

 

Guest:      Director of Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef (virtual), Ethan Henry and Zackary Pitre.

 

We discussed the following:

One-Way Road. 
Parking Stalls to be repainted. 
Dorm Room Carpets – getting old.  Co-Sponsoring.
Desks are back to back and trying to space out due to COVID. 
A link will be sent with the faculty and Dean’s list that way SGA Senators can get familiar with the faculty especially when working on motions.  It will help if they know who to talk to.
Reached out to Uber, Lyft, etc. To try and team up with our students who use these services to try to get a discount.
I’ll be sending out a link to everyone with the faculty member so they can get more familiar with who they’re working with around campus. 
 


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

F2122-009a

I move to take the emergency meal plan motion from the table

 

1.  Zackary Pitre

2.  Ethan Naquin

Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.

 

1.  Ethan Henry

2.  Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said this is Senator Ethan H.’s motion that we do every year.  The difference this year is that we’re adding $500 to the summer budget.  It’s a great motion because it’s providing funds to students who need food.  Especially now due to COVID, it’s difficult to get jobs.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007a

I move to take the Scantrons motion from the table

 

1.  Reona Octave

2.  Ethan Henry

Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall 2021 Budget.

 

1.  Reona Octave

2.  Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said these scantrons are different than the ones we normally give out. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–9      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-012

I move that the Senate accept the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget.

 

1.  Victoria Rideau

2.  Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said this motion is to approve the 2021-22 Proposed Budget. 

 

Motion was tabled for future consideration.

 

U

NIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

University Standing Committee List was updated with new officers.

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Requested volunteers to judge Family Day Booths.  Senators Reona O., Victoria R. and Lance J. volunteered.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING         

August 16, 2021

The meeting was called to order in the LeBijou Theatre of the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Cooper Moore and the pledge was given by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Lance Ledet read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

The following Senators were present:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ethan Henry, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Lance Jones and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The following Senators were absent: Logan Byars, Meagan Rousse and Trent Ledet.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was represented Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor, Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director, Al Wilson, Athletics Operations/Facilities Coordinator, Kamryn Casso, Cheer Captain, Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Representative, KNSU staff, Brogan Burns and Demontre Parker.

Minutes of June 24, 2021 Special Meeting were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Jay Clune, University President

We have a 43% vaccination rate.  We had 18 students go through the clinic today.  We’ll need to double that to be safe and to stay on campus in a normal capacity.  In our service region, we are 16% and 24% positivity rate.  To put that into perspective, we use to close bars when we had 2 consecutive weeks of 5%.  Thibodaux Regional and Terrebonne General are at COVID capacity.  As of right now we have a total of 88 students in quarantine and 45 of those are infected with COVID-19.  That was last week and we weren’t on campus yet except for a few organizations. We have to get students vaccinated.  When you get screened and you test negative but your friend tests positive and you were in close contact, you’ll be quarantined for 10 days regardless of the test. 

If you have been vaccinated and were in close contact with someone, you do not have to quarantine.  We will start testing on campus.  We’ll test the Band, we’ll test the choir, all our athletic teams and our residential population.  If you don’t want to be tested, get vaccinated.

On a brighter note, I want to talk about a few facilities on campus:

  • The coffee shop is scheduled to open in the next two weeks. The Board of Health has to go in and approve everything in the kitchen.  It will open with coffee and pastries.
  • The Makerspace and the egaming lounge will be finished in the next two weeks and we’ll be bringing classes and teams. They’re working on getting Student Workers hired to open up the Makerspace.  We’d like to be open 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • Some of our other projects are the area next to the Library and Murals in Speech Alley.

Anything we can help with, let me know.

GUEST SPEAKER:    Dr. Michele Caruso, SGA Advisor

Some of the incentive programs for vaccinations are:

The State is giving $100 to the first 75,000 students to get vaccinated.

We’re also giving incentives to those who have already been vaccinated. 

Some of the things donated or things the Foundation has purchased that we think students will enjoy are a Sodexo commuter plan in the Cafeteria, an iPad Pro, Saints tickets and esports dropped off a fancy headset that will work with some multiple gaming devices. 

Every Friday we’ll do an internal drawing for students.  We’ll have a separate one for faculty and staff. 

You are a leader on campus helping people to understand the importance of being vaccinated.  You play a role in having healthy conversations with people who might be misinformed. 

Introduced Dr. Janice Lyn as the new Dean of Students.  She is perfect for our university with what she’s bringing to our university.  If you have a chance, stop by to see her.  You will officially meet her at the workshop on September 10th.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director

A Powerpoint presentation will be presented by Al Wilson with Athletics of the importance of what you all mean to us in Athletics and how important it is for us to be one team, one goal.  I said this all year last year.  This year the motto is “We’re all in this together.”  Whether it’s COVID, how you’re attending classes, masks, etc.  We want to make sure we do our part.  We are nothing without student involvement. It’s important that you understand what we mean when we say “We’re in this together.” We’re talking about us being here for you as well as you being here for us. 

Al Wilson is in charge of Marketing and Fan Engagement to make sure that all your experiences at our events are good.  We spent time yesterday talking to our teams about supporting each other.  You can’t understand Soccer but if you support it, you get to learn something new.  It’s the same with other sports.  If we can do this with students and student athletes, then the community will follow.

  • Our success is your success. We won the Conference Championship last year in Basketball.  Our success is your success.  We’re very appreciative of Student Government and everything you do because success doesn’t happen without you. 
  • Professional Development Opportunities – we have some things that are possible next semester. We’ll have ten spots for students to participate in an apprenticeship in some part of our department.
  • Appreciation night for students coming to games. We want you to know how important you are to us.
  • The Fight Song can be painted on the steps of the stadium for everyone to know where the student section is. It looks really good.  We have new seats in the stadium. 

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to meet with you.

Senator Cooper M. suggested placing flag poles with flags at the stadium of the different sports that won championships.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Mr. Francis Plaisance, Jr., The Blood Center Representative

As you know we’re getting ready to do the blood drive next week.  We want to do a better job.  We hope to obtain around 50 to 60 pints of blood which would be a big improvement from what we’ve done in the past.  We want to exclude the last drive because of bad weather.  If you believe in yourself, a positive attitude can get you anything.  We’ll be here and want you to come in and help save lives together.  If you donate a pint of blood, you save three lives.  You have plasma platelets and blood cells.  Each one goes to a different place. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

When you come in and donate, you can get a t-shirt or be in the blood assurance program where you can get credit wherever you are in the United States.  There is also a Chick-fil-A Card.  We have a new program where you can make an appointment with your phone.  We have posters around campus where you can scan the QR Code to make an appointment.  We also have questions for you to answer before you come in.  Please get the word out to your friends.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:    Kamryn Casso, Cheer Captain

Hello everyone.  I’m Kamryn Casso, a Senior, and currently serve as the Nicholls Cheer Captain.  I’m here to talk about our experience at the NCA Cheer Camp Competition in Dallas, Texas this summer.  SGA provided funding for us to go and we wanted you to know that we represented Nicholls very well.  This camp is probably the largest cheer camp in the country, with large universities participating. 

We were awarded the following:

Coed placed 2nd in their division in Rally Routine.

All-Girl placed 3rd in their division for Rally Routine.

Both teams received superior blue ribbons for our Game Day performances.

Both received a spirit stick.

Both teams also received bids (invitations) to NCA nationals in Daytona, FL.

Four members from the All girl team were chosen for the All American Cheerleader award.

Colonel Tillou was also chosen for the All American Mascot award.

 

We would love for you to come to our practice to see what we do. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

  • Three appointments were made for e-board positions. Denise Rivera-Alcantar for Treasurer, Angela Yanez, for Director of Public Relations, and Heather LeBouef, for Director of Student Rights and Grievances.
  • Each year, the Council of Student Body Presidents’ e-board member positions alternate amongst the different college systems (LSU, UL, SU, and LCC). This year the UL System holds the parliamentarian e-board position, and I was elected to serve as our system’s representative on the e-board.
  • Over the summer, I have spent a lot of time working with SPA’s e-board to partner on projects so that we can provide our students with a better experience. For example, the SGA and SPA split the cost of a welcome back t-shirt that was created in a joint-effort between the organizations. Because we split the costs, we were able to purchase more shirts so that more of our students could receive one.
  • Vice President Brown, Angela Yanez, and I have had multiple visits in the athletic department to show our support for Colonel Athletics and to begin to create a more positive and open relationship between our departments so that we can feel more comfortable going to one another with ideas and requests for help.
  • Covid is still a very real threat to our campus and community, so we have to remain vigilant in our fight to end the pandemic. This means that we need to advocate for smart choices both on and off of campus, and we need to educate our peers on what the future could hold for those who are not vaccinated. Our duty isn’t to persuade anybody who doesn’t want to be persuaded, but to protect our students and the college experience that they are paying for.
  • The dress code for this semester is quite different from what it was in the past. Business casual is definitely the preference, but no dress code will be enforced. If you do not have business casual clothing but have a Nicholls SGA polo, we ask that you wear that to the meeting, but once again, this will only be a recommendation.
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, my door and email inbox will always be open.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

No report.

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

  • For the 21’ spring financial report, after all expenses were conducted the financial statement retained in the green.
  • Essentially the same continues to happen with the 21’ summer financial report.  Although it has not been finalized, the summer financial statement is well off and should continue to remain in the green.
  • The proposed budget for the 21-22’year summer, fall, and springs semesters have been created, and after adding the new expenditure lines both the fall and spring semesters land in the red. This however could change and will change after the beginning balances are added to the budget.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

  • Thank you all for your help in making Colonel Experience a success! I cannot wait to see all of the freshmen at our meetings!
  • Please be on the lookout for any new graphics of any announcements or events coming up and please share them on social media. Also, we will have many events coming up that will require officers to work our tables, remember it is a duty for officers to work these events!
  • We have Welcome Back Day this Wednesday and we need many to sign up- I know we all have classes in the morning but if you are free please sign up for a shift.
  • Sign up forms will be going out soon for the Meet SGA event next week and for the blood drive! Be on the lookout.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • Committee Chair Applications are open – Due this FRIDAY at NOON.
  • Senator Workshop Sept 10th at 4 PM – Century ROOM – MANDATORY (Guest: Dr. Lyn, Dr. Caruso and Mr. Steven Kenney).
  • New Rules on Motions: Motions will be presented in the General Meeting first then tabled. They will then be sent to Committees the following week and returned to the General Meeting after the committee meetings.
  • SGA is what you make it so what you put in is what you get out. So if you put in a lot, you will learn/receive a lot.

 

Housekeeping Rules:

  • Read up on Bylaws, Constitution, Code of Ethics, and Parliamentary Procedures – for meeting purposes and to be educated in General in case any questions/situations arise.
  • Recommended attire: SGA polos and bottoms.
  • GOOGLE FORM FOR EXCUSES – in the Google Drive.
  • Have a good semester and let me know if you need anything.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-003

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORTMatthew Badeaux, Chief Justice

 

  • We have one position open on the Supreme Court.  If you know of anyone interested, please have them apply on the website.
  • The Justices will meet in the next couple of weeks.
  • I’m preparing the schedule

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

FRESHMAN SENATOR ONLINE ELECTIONS – SEPTEMBER 7, 8 & 9

Deadline for Freshman Petitions is Thursday, August 26.

(Received four Petitions to date.)

 

HOMECOMING KING & QUEEN ONLINE ELECTIONS – SEPTEMBER 28, 29 & 30

Deadline to nominate is September 3rd.

 

HOMECOMING DISPLAY CONTEST – OCTOBER 27

Student Organizations, Residence Halls & Nicholls Community

DISPLAY ONLINE CONTEST – OCTOBER 27-28

Deadline to enter is Friday, October 22.

 

Downtown Business Community – OCTOBER 26

(Received three business entries to date.)

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee:  Denise Rivera-Alcantar

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties of the committee.
  • Motion to purchase jerseys.

 

Judiciary Committee:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties and responsibilities.
  • Two appointments of Denise and Angela for Treasurer and Director of Public Relations and found them fit for E-Board and to serve on Senate.

 

Public Relations Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

 

We discussed the following:

  • Duties and responsibilities.
  • Ideas for come COVID safe activities for the Fall.

 

Campus Affairs Committee:

 

No meeting.

 

Academic Affairs Committee:  

 

No meeting.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

F2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.

 

  1. Lance Jones
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall 2021 Budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is for the students in Allied Health.  They’re different than the ones we hand out to the general student population.  We’ve purchased these before.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration. 

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Ethan Henry

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,000 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. said we sponsor this motion every year.  Students in need are able to apply for it through Dr. Caruso’s office.  It helps them with food insecurity.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”

 

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Ethan N. refers to President Tyler L. to answer specific questions about the Corollary but the Corollary is an outline for the upcoming year establishing different policies.  President Tyler L. said the only major change is there won’t be SGA mailboxes in the Senate room because we’re going virtual on most things.  It addresses the dress code and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council information is now in the Bylaws.

 

The motion was tabled for further consideration.

 

I move to go into Executive Session.

  1. Ethan Naquin
  2. Lance Jones

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

F2122-011a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter A., Number 3, Sub-Section i of the Rules of Procedures (The motion is over $1,000.00).

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.

  1. Ethan Henry
  2. Ethan Naquin

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–10     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

 

The following officers were sworn in by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

 

Angela Yanez – Director of Public Relations

Denise Rivera-Alcantar – Treasurer

 

 

THIS WAS THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE FALL SEMESTER OF THE 2021-22 TERM.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

June 24, 2021

“Special Meeting”

The meeting was called to order via Google Meets Teleconferencing at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Symphony Brown. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Victoria Rideau and the pledge was given by Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Douglas Gilchrist read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present: President Tyler Legnon, Vice President Symphony Brown, Vice President Pro-Tempore Gabrielle Arceneaux, Treasurer Denise Rivera-Alcantar, Director of Public Relations Angela Yanez and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: Director of Student Rights & Grievances Heather LeBouef.

The following Senators were present:  Logan Byars, Jax Badeaux, Meagan Rousse, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau and Gabrielle Arceneaux.

The following Senators were absent:  Ethan Naquin, Cooper Moore, Ethan Henry, Lance Jones and Trent Ledet.

Student Supreme Court was not represented.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Government Association Advisor.

Minutes of March 22, 29, April 12, 19 and 26, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKERS:  

 

No report.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – TYLER LEGNON

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – HEATHER LEBOUEF

 

No report.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – DENISE RIVERA-ALCANTAR

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – ANGELA YANEZ

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

No report.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.  Passed and signed.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10, 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-105

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300 in start-up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls. Funds will be taken from the Student Organizations line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) access tools one hand jack set, (5) RCBM Remote controls, (5) 14” universal lug wrenches, (5) 3-ton jack with quick lift and (5) jump starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the rollover funds of the 2020-2021 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730 (ST) UV-visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase four (4) 4ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all black tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou-side of LA.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity and food literacy efforts.  Passed and signed.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-116

I move that the Senate approve the proposed Summer 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA, from August 22-26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate up to $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.  Passed and signed.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights.  Upon ratification, the Student Bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee: 

 

No report.

 

Judiciary Committee:

 

No report.

 

Community Outreach Committee: Homecoming/Christmas – Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet:

 

No meeting.

 

Campus Affairs Committee:

 

No report.

 

Academic Affairs Committee:  

 

No report.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is for students when they return to campus.  There’s an event going on where students are allowed to meet and know that Dr. Lyn is the new Dean of Students and she’s here for them.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Ethan Naquin

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this is to assist in sending our cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for a cheerleading competition.  It’s not just for the students but also for our university due to the fact that we’re losing cheerleaders on the team and also to other universities.  Assisting these three cheerleaders will help us receive a bid for Nationals and be on the top level of cheering. It would help the university gain more students involved in cheerleading and other sports.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Meagan R. said she cheered at her school and a lot of things they learned was by going to camps.  It not only benefited the student but also the school.  They learn how to practice and boost the school morale. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-003

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2021 budget.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said this is a motion we pass every year.  Its two scholarships that go to one baseball and one softball player.  It’s important we pass this because these scholarships provide important assistance to our athletes. It’s important that we partner with Athletics and work alongside them to provide these scholarships.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said it’s for Greek Day on July 9th to provide sandwiches for incoming Greeks.  They can enjoy lunch while enjoying Greek Day. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Zackary Pitre

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said the entire cost is $4,000 but we’re splitting it with SPA so we’re spending up to $2,000.  This will allow the Nicholls community as well as others in the community to enjoy this presentation on campus.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Victoria R. said this is a great speaker and he has a great presentation. I think this will provide an opportunity for more students to learn about his representation.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For–8      Against-0   Abstained-0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

DISCUSSION PERIOD:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

None.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:12 p.m.

 

 

THIS WAS A “SPECIAL MEETING” CALLED BY PRESIDENT TYLER LEGNON AND THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR.

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2021-22 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 16, 2021 AT 4:00 P.M.

FALL 2021 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 29, 2021

F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update.  This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.

 

Student Activities Fee Proposal

Current Breakdown (4%):

SGA: (.5%)

SPA: (.25%)

Cheer: (.11%)

Band: (.35%)

Veterans: (.13%)

Mosaic: (.03%)

Athletics: (2.63%)

 

Proposed Additions (+1%):

SPA: (+.20%)

Cheer: (+.20%)

Veterans: (+.07%)

Athletics: (+.23%)

Retention-Based Organizations: (+.10%)

Club Sports: (+.15%)

University Police: (+.05%)

 

Breakdown After Revisions (5%):

SGA: (.5%)….. (10% of the total fee)

SPA: (.45%)….. (9% of the total fee)

Cheer: (.31%)….. (6.2% of the total fee)

Band: (.35%)….. (7% of the total fee)

Veterans: (.20%)….. (4% of the total fee)

Mosaic: (.03%)….. (.6% of the total fee)

Athletics: (2.86%)….. (57.2% of the total fee)

Retention-Based Organizations (evenly distributed): (.10%)….. (2% of the total fee)

Club Sports (evenly distributed): (.15%)….. (3% of the total fee)

University Police (fixed line item of the SPA budget): (.05%)….. (1% of the total fee)

 

Passed and signed.

 

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-043

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,332.00 to purchase one table to be placed in front of Gouaux Hall.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  An additional $300.00 will be added for estimated shipping charges for a total of $1,388.00.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-044

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,121.78 for printer poster toner for the Library.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-045

I move that the Senate allocate up to $354.15 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for the Bi-Annual Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-046

I move that the Senate pass the Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss and Lily Dufrene Memorial Proclamation. 

 

Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas,  Michaila Bowling, nursing freshman from Luling, LA,  Hali Coss allied health sciences freshman from Luling, LA and Lily Dufrene nursing major from Luling, LA, and

 

Whereas,   Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene were students of the Nicholls State University family, and

 

Whereas, That on the 20th day of November in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the tragic death of three dear students, and

 

Whereas, We offer our sincerest condolences to Michaila’s, Hali’s and Lily’s families, friends, loved ones and all who knew them.

 

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we, the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students at Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Michaila Bowling, Hali Coss & Lily Dufrene, students of Nicholls State University. 

    __________________________         ______________________________

     President Tyler Legnon,            Vice-President Symphony Brown

   Student Government Association       Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University           Nicholls State University

_________________________

Senator Douglas Gilchrist

Student Government Association

Nicholls State University

Passed and signed.

 

F2122-047

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working additional two hours on December 13, 14 and 15, 2021.  Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 22, 2021

 

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-039

I move that the Senate accept the Student body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Rodrigo Barragan for the position of Multicultural Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-040

I move that the Senate approve the attached referendum requesting a self-assessed fee for student activities self-assessment fee update.  This Referendum will require the approval of the administration, the Board of Supervisors and the student body.

 

Student Activities Fee Proposal

Current Breakdown (4%):

SGA: (.5%)

SPA: (.25%)

Cheer: (.11%)

Band: (.35%)

Veterans: (.13%)

Mosaic: (.03%)

Athletics: (2.63%)

 

Proposed Additions (+1%):

SPA: (+.20%)

Cheer: (+.20%)

Veterans: (+.07%)

Athletics: (+.23%)

Retention-Based Organizations: (+.10%)

Club Sports: (+.15%)

University Police: (+.05%)

 

 

Breakdown After Revisions (5%):

SGA: (.5%)….. (10% of the total fee)

SPA: (.45%)….. (9% of the total fee)

Cheer: (.31%)….. (6.2% of the total fee)

Band: (.35%)….. (7% of the total fee)

Veterans: (.20%)….. (4% of the total fee)

Mosaic: (.03%)….. (.6% of the total fee)

Athletics: (2.86%)….. (57.2% of the total fee)

Retention-Based Organizations (evenly distributed): (.10%)….. (2% of the total fee)

Club Sports (evenly distributed): (.15%)….. (3% of the total fee)

University Police (fixed line item of the SPA budget): (.05%)….. (1% of the total fee)

 

Tabled.

 

F2122-041

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Alec Sergent for the position of Senator of Veterans Affairs.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-042

I move that the Senate provide three entry fees for role play competitor’s registration at $100 each and to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 15, 2021

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High-Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.   Passed and signed.

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate votes to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-035

I move that the Senate allocate $1,817.00 to purchase 1 picnic table to place by the softball field.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-036

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Victoria Rideau for the position of Director of Student Rights & Grievances for the remainder of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-037

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the Stopher Gym area.  The cost will be $1,668.00 and taken from unallocated funds. Tabled.

 

F2122-038

I move to purchase one personal protective equipment cart for up to $1,905.00 to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 8, 2021

 F2122-030

I move that the Senate purchase 150 Check-fil-A Sandwiches for the 50th Anniversary football game for $1,073.25 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-031

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,533 to work on the High-Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC) instrument.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.   Tabled.

 

F2122-032

I move that the Senate purchase 100 tickets for the SELU football game at $8.00 each totaling $800 to be taken from the Tailgating line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

F2122-033

I move that per the suggestion of President Legnon and Dr. Caruso, leading into the Spring semester, the Senate votes to waive the GPA requirements for all SGA officers currently serving for the Fall semester of 2021.  Tabled.

 

F2122-034

I move that the Senate allocate $2,500 for overall student awards to assist in co-sponsoring Expeaux ’22, the Student Research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University. Funds will be taken from the Expeaux 2022 Scholarship line item of the budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

November 1, 2021

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN
October 25, 2021

F2122-022

I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-023

I move that the Senate provide one entry fee for role play competitor’s registration at $125 and it’s to be taken out of the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-024

I move that the Senate allocate up to $200.00 for 4 history majors to attend the WWII Conference in New Orleans.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-025

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History Month line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-026

I move that the Senate purchase 28 stools ($1,909.04), 7 adjustable chairs ($825.16), 4 HP Pavilions ($2,799.96), 4 Macs ($5,596.00), and 10 mouse pads ($109.90).  $8,395.96 will be taken from Campus Improvements line item and $2,844.10 will be taken from Senator Projects line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-027

I move that the Senate purchase 1 micro-centrifuge for $1,842.89 and 1 general purpose centrifuge for $7,908.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

F2122-028

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Leah Strange for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and technology.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-029

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Tyler Legnon’s, appointment of Devontre’ Parker for the position of Senator of Graduate Studies.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN
October 4, 2021


F2122-017
I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center. Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021. The total number of student towels will be 250. Passed and signed.

F2122-020
I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall at a cost of up to $510. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

F2122-022
I move that the Senate allocate up to $13,000 to help cover the costs of students attending the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando, Florida from November 19 – 20, 2021. Funds will be taken from the Executive Travel Line Item of the Budget. Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN
September 27, 2021


F2122-017
I move that the Senate allocate up to $507.14 to purchase student towels for Harold J. Callais Recreation Center. Funds will be taken out of Senator Projects line item of the budget for Fall 2021. The total number of student towels will be 250. Tabled.

F2122-018
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Joshua Scioneaux for the position of Senator of the College of Nursing. Passed and signed.

F2122-019
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Tamara Hopkins for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology. Passed and signed.

F2122-020
I move that the Senate purchase two dog waste stations for the area around Babington Hall at a cost of up to $510. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget. Tabled.

F2122-021
I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Grant Rebstock for the position of Senator of the College of Sciences and Technology. Passed and signed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

September 13, 2021

NO ACTIONS TAKEN DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 30, 2021

NO ACTIONS TAKEN DUE TO HURRICANE IDA

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 16, 2021

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Remained Tabled.

 

F2122-012

I move that the Senate approve the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget.  Tabled.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

August 16, 2021

F2122-006

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Angela Yanez for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-007

I move that the Senate allocate up to $312.04 to purchase Scantron forms from the Senator Projects line item of the Fall Budget.  Tabled.

 

F2122-008

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President Tyler Legnon’s appointment of Denise Rivera-Alcantar for the position of Treasurer.  Passed and signed.

 

F2122-009

I move that the Senate renew the Tillou’s Emergency Meal Plan Line Item of the budget whereby allocating $5,000 for the Fall Semester, $5,00 for the Spring Semester and $1,000 for the Summer Session to said line item.  Tabled.

 

F2122-010

I move that the Senate accept “The Legnon Corollary”.  Tabled.

 

F2122-011

I move that the Senate allocate $15,000 for the purchase of personalized 50th Anniversary football jerseys from Adidas for the 50th Anniversary football game.  Funds will be taken from the Unallocated Funds line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

June 24, 2021

U2122-001

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,398.63 to fund the back-to-school Bracelets for the back-to-school event that is being held on campus when students return.  The funds will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget. Passed and signed.

 

U2122-002

I move that the Senate send 3 Nicholls State University Cheerleaders to Dallas, Texas for NCA Cheer Camp.  The 1,000 cost is not exceeded and will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-003

I move that the Senate allocate $1,000 to renew the Athletic Billboard Scholarship.  The funds will be taken from the Billboard Scholarship line item of the Fall 2021 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-004

I move that the Senate allocate up to $430 to purchase sandwiches for the attendees of the current and incoming Greeks on July 9th for Greek Day.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

U2122-005

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,000.00 to sponsor the Saul Flores speaker to bring to campus.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

SPRING 2021 MINUTES

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

April 26, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Logan Byars and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Trent Ledet and Senator Madison Liner read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Ana Garcia and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Icy Abraham.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Marilyn Gonzales, Director of International Student Services, Chief Alex Barnes of University Police, Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff and Loryn Manceaux.

 

The Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

We have 43 people signed up to take the vaccine this week.  Only 10% to 20% of the student body is vaccinated.  We have a long way to go.  Everybody wants normalcy in the Fall.  We want normal meetings, normal football games and events.  We need the Student Government Association, the Student Programming Association, Greek Life and other student organizations on campus to step up and get vaccinated so we can have a normal Fall.  I encourage you to get vaccinated Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Stopher Gym.  Do what you can as leaders to get people signed up.  It’s a situation where even students that will not be here for the second dose will be able to get their vaccine wherever they are.  They’ve changed the rules now.  If you’re not here for both doses, you can get your secondary at your home location.  If you have any ideas on how to help us get that done, we’re all in this together and need everybody to get vaccinated.

 

The Maker Space is wrapping up.  If any of you as SGA leaders would like to see Mr. Jeremiah Johnson over there, he’ll give you a tour.  It’s coming together very nicely.  The coffee shop will start right after the Maker Space.  Both will be fully up and running for the Fall semester.  The gaming space will be completed by July and will be up and running for the Fall semester as well.  For Talbot Hall, they’ve been painting the last week or so, depending on the weather, and the fence will be up next week behind there. 

 

Mr. Steven Kenney, Jr. will not only be our Chief Diversity Officer but will also be our Title IX Coordinator.  It’s been in the news a lot lately and we’re going to address Title IX with additional training.  This month is Sexual Assault Month so this is the right month to get that up and do the right things here.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Stopher Gymnasium will be undergoing major renovations between now and the next basketball season.  There’s going to be changes as far as the lobby, the entryway, the concessions, tickets, restrooms as well as the seat backs on the lower level. Dr. Caruso will be heading this effort so you’ll see improvements with the Residence Hall renovations.  Maintenance and housekeeping we’re centralizing around campus to make sure we’re getting the best services we possibly can. 

 

We’re encouraged by the conversations we’ve been having this week about outdoor classrooms and the mural on Free Speech Alley.  The Leadership Suite we have another $4,500 so that puts us at $9,000 to work with SGA on that to get to Tier I. 

 

The Engagement Suite – I’ll let Dr. Caruso handle that – We’ve been in conversations with President Ethan N. and others about improving that engagement space for Student Affairs that has become a hub for students. 

 

Also, we had a communication today from community leaders about the streets we’re renaming, where we can find common ground.  How we can move forward on that.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance L. asked about the gaming equipment.  Dr. Clune said we have about $50,000 and we’ll buy ten or twelve full gaming consoles which will go in the back where Ocean Blue was.  Where the tables were, there will be video screens and less formal games.  We are investing a lot of money.  Right now we have about $50,000 and have more sponsors coming forward to buy furniture, gaming consoles and lighting for that space.  I think they’ll be games you can play on the computer, keyboard games and possibly develop other games like air hockey and things like that.  You’ll be able to bring your own laptop in and play a game with a full console.  That’s a new sports venue for training.  This is a gaming lounge for all students.

 

Thank you and the only way we can have a normal Fall is if we take that number 43 and get it up to about 430, then we’ll be in pretty good shape for the Fall semester.

 

Vice President Brady L. said on behalf of the Student Government Association, Happy Birthday.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

I just want to re-enforce everything Dr. Clune said about the vaccine to make sure students make an informed decision about it.  We’re beginning to allow some off-campus activities and if we want to continue in that direction and become the new normal in the Fall, we’ll have to continue to progress with the decisions we’re making and what the COVID-19 numbers look like.  That will be impacted again by testing, our behavior, following the regulations and the vaccine itself.  We’re excited about it.  A number of organizations have put a lot of work into proposals to make that happen early in the summer.  We’re very excited about it and have to keep moving in that direction.  We all take a responsibility in that.  We’re excited about those things because those are the type of things that make a difference for students to feel that they’re a part of the campus.  Students feeling the energy and a sense of belonging and wanting to be where people want them to be.  It’s important for your peers now and for several generations that will come up behind you so thank you for that.  Great job – great year for everybody.  You’ve worked really hard.  I’ve really enjoyed working with all of you.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Last week we discussed the Barnes & Noble’s new Program.  The UL System Board approved it so it’ll be started in the Fall.
  • This is my last meeting as President and you’ve definitely done so much over the last year with COVID around and all the tragedies.  I think you have shown how SGA can adapt to adversity and your responsibility to other students.  I know that President-Elect Tyler L. and you will do a great job. 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

I want to thank you so much for this semester.  I want to give a shout out to the Campus Improvements Committee who stepped it up.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget for the Spring has not changed.
  • There is a motion to approve the Summer 2021 Budget that will go through today, so that is complete.
  • The Financial Statement is up to date as is the Google Sheets Financial Statement.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Hey you, we have two giveaways coming up next week, one on May 3rd and the other on May 5th. We’ll need lots of help next week.
  • Don’t forget about our banquet next Monday May 3rd. It’s from 4-6 in Danos Theater. We’ll have refreshments afterwards.
  • I have a sign-up sheet for Orientations for the summer. We’ll need people to work those days.
  • Hope you have a good week and good luck with finals. Send me any ideas/pictures.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

For myself, four years in SGA, we say how much it means to the students and things like that but now I think I’m just recognizing how much I’ve learned about myself through this organization, how much SGA develops you as an individual. The past year has been so very difficult for so many people across campus and for myself, I don’t think I necessarily would have come out as positive if I hadn’t been part of this organization.  It’s because I’ve been able to learn so much about myself through here so I really want to take this time to thank all of you for the work that you do and thank you for helping me find my ability to lead.  Being a student leader across campus is not always easy but definitely rewarding in the things you learn about yourself.  So I want to encourage all of you to continue to work for the students through your four years at this university.  It’s really immensely rewarding.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Tabled.

 

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Icy Abraham

 

SPA Reporting:

  • Crawfish Day is happening this week.  Drive through will be available.
  • Volunteer link still open for volunteers
  • Promote volunteers for movie on the field tomorrow.
  • Volunteers are needed for the joint giveaway on Monday, May 3rd.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever

 

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be announced at Crawfish Day between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. so be looking for that announcement.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

 

Guest:      Dr. Theodore Alivio and Assistant, Marilyn Gonzales, Director of International Student Services and Officer Christopher Tate of University Police.

 

We discussed the following:

 

  • Three Unfinished Business Motions which passed.
  • Fourteen motions in New Business which passed.  Good discussion and Suspension of Rules will be needed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Jason Spell, Ana Garcia.

 

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Dr. Michele Caruso.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Repeal Code of Dress which passed.
  • Motion to Impeach Senator-at-Large, Jason Spell, which passed.
  • Motion to Remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz which passed.
  • Motion to Student Bill of Rights which passed.
  • Motion to Amend Bylaws Re: Decorum which failed.
  • Motion to Amend Code of Ethics which failed.
  • Motion to Amend Bylaws (Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 5) which passed.
  • Excuse from Reona Octave which passed.
  • Excuse from Miranda Danos which passed.
  • Excuse from Lance Jones which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

Director Meagan R. covered most of the information in her report. 

 

I had an awesome time being the Public Relations Committee Chair.  The conversations we had this semester, not only the giveaways, but the expectations of what Public Relations really is and how we can get more people to build up SGA. I’m very excited about the future. 

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Miranda Danos, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Reona Octave and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We didn’t have a meeting today but I want you to know that I’m always here is you need me. 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-102a

I move to take the motion for charging stations from the table.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said we want to purchase these to put in the Student Union.  The ones there now have only one or two wires on them and since COVID, I don’t personally want to go by someone to charge my phone.  These charging stations are not only to charge phones but to sanitize them as well. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-100a

I move to take the motion for the International Display from the table.

 

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. defers to President Ethan N. who said this display was discussed last week.  It’s to replace the flags for the International students that were previously in the Union. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-101a

I move to take the motion for the Hairspray Musical tickets from the table.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-2021 budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said we’re purchasing these tickets for students to attend the play.  It was originally scheduled for Black History Month but had to be postponed due to the virus.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-103a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation of Article VIII, Letter B., Number 6 of the Rules of Procedures (The motion is over $1,000.00).

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 to the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said one will probably be mostly used for separating components of a fluid. This will be used by everyone and is open for everyone to use.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10, 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.

 

  1. Anjeinay Johnson
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Anjeinay J. said this motion is something SGA funds every semester.  It helps students.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-105a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-105

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this Article presently states that there is a Code of Dress that should reflect the gravity of the Senate proceedings.  We’re going to strike that and replace it with a group of diversified students representing all student backgrounds, shall not impose a Code of Dress for any SGA meeting or function.  Because we represent all students, many of them cannot afford dress clothes.  This does not mean that business attire is not acceptable, it just means that it’s not required. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-1   Abstained-3

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300 in start-up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls. Funds will be taken from the Student Organizations line item of the budget.

 

  1. Cooper Moore
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Cooper M. said this is the first Latino student organization and will also be co-ed.  We thought this would be a great organization for student life in general.  It includes diversity.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think it’s a great addition to Greek Life.  I’d like groups to be more diverse.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–1

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) access tools one hand jack set, (5) RCBM Remote controls, (5) 14” universal lug wrenches, (5) 3-ton jack with quick lift and (5) jump starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Project line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Jax Badeaux

 

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said I think it’s important that we have good equipment for the officers.  This will allow the officers to have an opportunity to help people.  I defer the discussion to Chief Alex Barnes.

 

Chief Alex Barnes said there are several services we provide that are of no cost to the students such as assisting them with changing a tire, jump starting a vehicle, unlocking their vehicles and things of that nature.  This equipment is all the tools we need and currently have to do these services, however the equipment that we have, for example, changing tires, has not been updated since I was a student here and are falling apart.  Some equipment needs to be replaced every two years or so and it hasn’t happened.  The battery pack that we use to jump start cars, we recently purchased two of those and are looking for three more simply because we’d like to have a set of equipment in each vehicle we use so that the officer doesn’t have to waste time coming back to the office to switch out the equipment.  Whatever call they get, they respond.  They’re ready to assist the student at that time.  It would cut down on the wait time to assist a student.  This is a service we offer for free.  If you called Pop-a-Lock for these services, you’d be paying $40 to $50 each time.  We have 276 unlocks per semester.  It’s something we do daily and is needed.  This equipment would help us as far as helping you also.  Thank you for your time and we appreciate anything you can help us.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the rollover funds of the 2020-2021 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Lance Jones

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said we’ve been working on the Library green space.  This money would be used to construct a sidewalk. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730 (ST) UV-visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Logan B. said this machine will be used by the Chemistry Dept. by possibly one hundred students per semester.  They already have one at the moment but it’s 20 years old and run down.  It’s not performing at the best of its ability.  With the increase in the number of students enrolling, we’re going to need a more up-to-date, more proper one so instructors can get their points across. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. said this bench is to be placed near Ayo Hall by the parking lot.  Students will benefit from it and can sit outside to study. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase four (4) 4ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all black tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou-side of LA.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Tyler Legnon
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Tyler L. said this is something that came from Dr. Clune to replace the tables on the bayou side.  The ones we have are the old wooden picnic tables. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is a program where local pharmacies will partner with us to give discounts to students.  It’s our understanding that over the counter medication applies.  I have a pharmacy that is offering the discount but I wanted the Resolution to have more pharmacies respond.  I have a couple of pharmacies like People’s Drugs in Houma and Wolfe’s Pharmacy in Chauvin participating.  As more pharmacies agree, we can add them to documents to publicize which pharmacies are participating. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if there would be selective prescriptions.  Senator Heather L. said not everything will be included. Let’s say someone is approved for Medicaid.  If you get a prescription from your doctor for something that is a prescription version of Zyrtec, Medicaid will often not cover it and tell you it’s available over the counter.  So it kind of helps you ease that burden because if Zyrtec is $12 over the counter, you’ll get a discount with the program.  It kind of promotes good health. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-fil-A Sandwich Combos for Stress-Less Fest.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said we are expecting about 300 students for Stress Fest.  We are not the only ones that will be providing food.  This is only half the food that will be provided.  I was told that it was the Thibodaux Prevention Team that will be providing some of the options like breakfast bars, cereal bars and yogurt, some things like fruit cups and water.  I think we can co-sponsor food like the Chick-fil-A Combos.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said we’re adding a large section of the Bylaws.  I’m talking about the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and it’s make up.  We’re also striking the part that says no vote will be taken in Executive Session and other sections.  We’re adding that motions over $1,000 goes to the Finance Committee but motions for less than $1,000 will go to Campus Affairs or Public Relations, whichever is more applicable. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-13     Against-1   Abstained–1

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity and food literacy efforts.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said I wanted to put this line item in the budget because when we asked students what they wanted, some of them are struggling with food insecurity.  We have Tillou’s Table which is a food insecurity program where students can get hot meals at the cafeteria.  We also have Beyond the Pantry which is a program conducted by a grant.  I think twice a semester they have Beyond the Pantry meals.  It’s a literacy program also.  That grant will be retiring and we may be able to renew the grant.  I chose $5,000 per semester because if we’re not able to renew Beyond the Pantry or something like that as planned this will give us another source of money to create comparable programs that would address food insecurity.  Perhaps food giveaways and things like that can be incorporated in that.  The $5,000 would be every semester and would remain every semester just like Campus Improvements and Senator Projects line items. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-116

I move that the Senate approve the proposed Summer 2021 budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Logan Byars

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. defers to Treasurer Ethan H. who said as you know, there are a number of motions coming through today.  Perhaps some of these items will be purchased in July so we decided to put $20,000 each in Campus Improvements and Senator Projects.  It’s something we don’t usually do but because we had an influx of motions, we decided to do that.  We also may need a student worker this summer.  That’s basically it.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA, from August 22-26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said they’re going to the American Chemical Society Conference and they’re asking for the registration, lodging and other travel cost for $800 which is what we’re allowed to provide.  At this conference, they present their research.  A lot of people from all over the world attend and this provides an opportunity to network with others and to present their research on a larger scale.  I believe awards are presented at this conference.  Usually departments send students to big conferences like this.  They usually work really hard and bring home awards.  It helps to build skills in presenting on a larger scale.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

S2021-118a

I move to amend the motion to change $5,000 to $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Vice President Brady L. said first we’ll have discussion on the amendment and vote on the amendment.  Then we’ll vote on the bill.

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said the amendment will be exactly the same as the motion except the amount will change.  Instead of allocating $5,000, we found that we actually want to allocate $10,000 for the purpose of all the information.  I defer to Dr. Caruso for discussion. 

 

Dr. Caruso said the Student Engagement Center is where Greek Life and Student Activities are located.  It got away from its original ambiance for campus students through the years and now we’re reverting back to that.  There’s a lot of painting, spackling, flooring, ceiling tiles and things like that needed to make it presentable.  It’s going to be a collaborative effort with innovative ideas.  The estimate came out at $45,000 so we think we can get that down further.  The university would put up $10,000 and the Foundation also. 

 

Move into vote on the amending the motion:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-118b

I move to amend the motion to change $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-2021 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

No further discussion on the motion was held.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Tyler Legnon

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said registration for the event is full.  We’re purchasing 30 lunches for students.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights.  Upon ratification, the Student Bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Victoria Rideau

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is to ratify the Bill of Rights which outlines what Nicholls Students are entitled to.  I defer to President Ethan N. to clarify one part.  President Ethan H. said the only part is the Finals Preparation Period.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

Senator Heather L. moves to go into Executive Session.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-15     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Hunter Legnon

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-8      Against-3   Abstained–3

     

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Selection:

Senator Victoria R. nominated Senator Hunter L.; Senator Trent L. nominated Senator Zackary P. and Senator Reona O. nominated Senator Gabrielle A.

 

Senator Hunter L. said I came into SGA because I wanted to make a difference.  I feel that as Vice President Pro-Tempore, if something happens to the Vice President, I would know how to run the meetings.

 

Senator Zackary P. said this year I filled that position a couple of times and enjoyed it a lot.  I’ve been in SGA for about two years and looking into moving up to perhaps E-Board one day. 

 

Senator Reona O. read a statement on behalf of Senator Gabrielle A. who wasn’t present.  “I fit best for this position because of my passion and proven abilities since I have become a part of SGA. I pride myself on my character as a person of always helping people if needed.  In my previous role as Chair of Academic/Campus Affairs, I have learned many new things that have prepared me for becoming a stronger voice for the Nicholls Community. I’m excited to hopefully bring my skills to this role.”

 

Secret Ballot Vote was taken and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux was selected Vice President Pro-Tempore for 2021-22 term.

 

Business Attire:

 

Senator Zackary P. said I had this idea to change the name of one of the motions about dressing.  I was thinking about creating a line item in the budget for next semester that would allow any student to improve how they dress by putting aside $250 each semester if we have someone who can’t afford business attire. 

DISCUSSION CONTINUED:

 

Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. said I think the Business Department does something similar but it might be something we could do on our own and partner with them.  We could ask them about it and it would give them a better option because they handle everything when it comes down to a regular student, not just SGA officials.  That way it would benefit everybody. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Meagan R.         Hairspray Musical tickets available so please sign up.

 

Trent L.          Hairspray is going to be a really awesome show.

 

Dolly M.          The Senator Scholarship and Outstanding Senator selection will be conducted through email because so many officers no longer present at this meeting.

 

Cooper M.         Asked about the status of the E-Board applications.  Vice President Tyler L. said technically nobody needs to be appointed until the Fall.  However, the selections are coming.

 

Ethan N.          Thanked Secretary Dolly M. for all she’s done for SGA.  She said this has been such an impressive group.  It’s been a lot of work and really, really good work.  I’ve seen a lot of frivolous work but you were spot on.  You tried to make everything better in such a bad situation that we were in – such a difficult situation we were in this year.  I’m very proud of you and proud to be associated with you because you have your hearts in the right place.  You really want to do a lot for the students and the university and on behalf of them, I appreciate you.  Thank you.

 

Cooper M.         I would like to commend the current E-Board, President Ethan N. and the rest.  You have all done a knock-out job.  This past semester has been pretty bad to say the least.  You overcame so many obstacles and I look forward to working with you next year.

 

Meagan R.         Thank you for giving me an opportunity this semester to serve on the E-Board.  It’s been an amazing semester.

 

     

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

THIS WAS THE LAST SENATE MEETING OF THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL 2021-22 TERM WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 16, 2021 AT 4:00 P.M.

 

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                

April 19, 2021

 

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Cooper Moore and the pledge was given by Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Hunter Legnon read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau and Logan Byars.

 

The following Senators were absent:  Ana Garcia, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Sharmila Hamal.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Chief Alex Barnes of University Police and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

The Minutes of March 15, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

We’re reorganizing our administration.  It won’t affect too much.  As you know Dr. Alex Arceneaux left us to take a job closer to home in Gonzales, Louisiana so we’ll be collapsing that division.  The individuals that reported to Dr. Arceneaux will be reporting to either Dr. Westbrook or Mr. Terry Braud now.  It will be a significant cost savings to us and allow us to put that money into faculty and staff salaries.  We’re not certain but we’re hopeful that with some of the money coming to us we’ll be able to replace faculty and staff computers on campus.  As you know we had trouble doing that because none of the student funds can go to faculty and staff, it must be for student use.  So some of our faculty and staff have computers that are seven or ten years old or maybe more.  We think we’re close to getting the money to replace all those. 

 

We vaccinated a lot of people.  We’re putting about 2,000 needles to accommodate our Nursing faculty, our University Health Services, Louisiana National Guard and on Wednesday, we have another mass vaccination planned on campus by the Louisiana National Guard.  We’re doing another campaign because students who were reluctant the first time believed to be guinea pigs but the more people that are vaccinated, the more normal the Fall will be.  So we’re going to ask your help with that.

 

Thank you as I always do.  We’re going to make it through this semester.  I know it’s going to be a difficult one.  Not only with COVID but the tragedies some of you have experienced.  I did not experience these while I was here.  I feel for you.  We have counseling available and if you’re struggling with anything, be it with COVID or the loss of a friend, you can talk to someone. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

We’re coming to the close of the semester with everything that’s been going on during the academic year, COVID and personal issues and tragedies that we’ve experienced on the campus.  It’s important that you rely on each other, support each other and look after each other but also understand that when the time comes, professional staff is available and can provide support for you.  The Counseling Center is still doing virtual counseling so you don’t have to attend in person.  They’re very well versed and good at therapy so you have these options on campus.  I think the SGA is doing a vaccine education program so encourage as many students to attend that.  We want everyone to be able to make an informed decision for themselves as we move forward with getting more people vaccinated.

 

We have advertised and are in the process of searching for our next Coordinator of Student Activities and Advisor for SPA.  I feel really excited about that.  Rodney Woods will be serving as the SGA student committee representative.  If you have any contributions you want to make, you’ll have that chance at the end of the semester as student leaders to provide feedback for this very important position. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Vice President Brady L. and I met with Dr. Clune last week regarding all the issues for remaining safe on campus.  Some of us in the Senate want to discuss things to improve safety on campus. 
  • This Thursday, I’ll be attending the UL System Board Meeting to discuss the Diversity and Inclusion Program with the Board.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Please get the WID/WIH by the end of the day today.
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Senators Victoria R. and Lance J. on the Library Green Space Project. They’ll need help with that.
  • Help with any last minute motions just let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget is still the same, but we will be working on the future budget in the coming days and weeks.
  • On the Financial Statement, salaries are the only things that need to be updated. Otherwise, everything is up to date including the Google Spread Sheets.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to everyone who worked the giveaway today. We still have Koozies left so we will find some way to give them out like Orientations.
  • Our next giveaway will be May 5th with SPA from 10-2 in the union for the Do Nut Stress event. They’ll be giving out donuts and we’ll be giving out coffee and scantrons. I will be posting a sign-up sheet.
  • Our banquet will be May 3rd from 4-6, please RSVP to me as soon as possible. It will be in Danos Theater and there will be refreshments afterwards.
  • As always, hope you have a great week and send me any ideas/pictures.
  • We’re partnering with SPA on a Finals Care package to provide totes on May 3rd.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • The end of the semester is fast approaching so with one meeting left, make sure you get your motions in that you’d like to be heard for the end of the semester.
  • Clune mentioned the picnic tables last week on the Bayou Side that are falling apart. I’m looking for one Senator to provide funding to replace those items.  (Senator Jason S. volunteered.)

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Clune mentioned that he knows a number of motions you’re working on but he also talked about how he wants to be able to help you in certain aspects. So if you run into a roadblock when planning your motions or trying to get something to happen, send him an email and he’ll make sure you are provided the resources you need to get these projects done.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase of one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

                                     

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Sharmila Hamal

 

SPA Reporting:

 

  • Volunteers are needed for Crawfish Day.
  • Stress Less Fest is being organized by the University Counseling Center on May 5th. SPA is giving away donuts.
  • Their next evet if Finals Care Package.  SGA is supporting the event by giving away bags.  SPA is giving away t-shirts, etc.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon and Tyler Legnon. (Unexcused)

 

Guest:      Senator Miranda Danos.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund Hairspray Musical tickets which passed. (Senator Octave)
  • Purchasing tickets for 15 students for each of the 5 performances May 28-30 and June 4-5.
  • Motion to create Education building line item which passed.  (Senator Danos)
  • Lots of discussion about where funds are coming from but Treasurer Ethan H. explained.
  • Charging Stations for the Student Union which passed.
  • Concern about stolen phones.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Ana Garcia and Miranda Danos.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Trent Ledet and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Amend SA 2020-2021 Bylaws which passed.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Thank you to the Senators who participated in the giveaway today.
  • Committee members will serve on the committee for the SGA Newsletter.  We plan to have a rough draft by next week and will present them to the Student Body the following week.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Miranda Danos, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Reona Octave and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the motions everyone is working on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said a lot of this is just to provide some consistency between the Constitution and Bylaws.  I updated it regarding absences that were not consistent.  I edited a lot of the wording to make it easier to read.  Most of the language is making it consistent throughout.  Motions submitted to the SGA office was also edited for consistency.  Basically when you submit your motions, everything should be there or it may not be accepted.  Financial Statement language was also edited regarding funding form.  Travel cost section was also edited.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-10     Against-0   Abstained-4

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building.

  1. Miranda Danos
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Miranda D. said this is creating a line item in the budget for some revisions that are going to be done for the first floor of the Education building.  If you enter the first floor of the building you’ll see some conference tables by the stairs and kind of looks like a meeting room rather than a place for students.  We do have a study space on the second floor but it’s a small area.  With COVID restrictions in place, only two students can use it.  I spoke with the Dean several times about this and he said it would be definitely a more likely space on the first floor.  This is just going to create a line item in the budget for the next year where if we have a project for it, it can come from this line item. 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked if this like a first step.  What would be the next?  Senator Miranda D. said after we have this line item in place, I’m going to talk to the Dean about what I’d like to purchase for the study space.  If he approves it, then I’ll talk with Dr. Clune to see how much can be spent on it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Madison L. said she’s done some extended research on this.  Can we create a line item for every single thing that we want?  Although I’m a Math Education Major, I happen to go into the building a lot and that space is very, very dry.  We can get tables but we don’t want to get tables that won’t last a long time.  Comfortable searing and everything a student may use in that space.  I feel it’s important.  I know $10,000 seems like a lot for this one space but we’ve allocated $15,000 for Gouaux Hall and Peltier Hall.  It’s really important that the space is sustainable and that it lasts for a long time.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained-0

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K interactive touch monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken out of Unallocated Funds.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Miranda Danos

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. defers to Director Marilyn Gonzales who said some of you may remember that in the Student Union, prior to the renovation, we had flags that hung from the ceiling representing all the countries of students who attended Nicholls.  There were 70 plus.  They were very attractive but when the renovation happened, they were removed and no plans were made to replace them.  Different discussions took place and this is first concrete item that I feel is really exciting and the students will be very grateful to have this timely.  The display will be interactive to show where the students come from in the world.  There will be a large world map and also it would be helpful for discussions, Alumni and that everyone will take an interest in.  So we appreciate this proposal very much. 

 

      COMMENT:    Some of these motions have to be tabled this week because they’re over $1,000 but I just want to say that this initiative has been handed down from previous administrations and SGA to try to find some sort of middle ground to where we can still honor the International Students.  These monitors will go on the wall near the Grid.  They’re mobile so in the future whenever International Services will have to relocate to their other building in the 25-year plan, this will follow them wherever they go.  This is just the corroboration of Dr. Clune, Ms. Marilyn Gonzales and K.T. in Marketing to develop software. The monitors are very sustainable.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”. Funds will be taken from the Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.

 

  1. Reona Octave
  2. Brandon Katz

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said the musical was originally scheduled for last February.  There are five performances. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said he’s going to be in it and it’s an awesome show for students to attend.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-102a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures. (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said the charging stations we have in the Union right now if one person is using them, they’re taking up space.  With COVID, I really want to make people safe.  They’re able to be locked with a keypad and can create your own code every single time you want to use them.  It is also a sanitizer.  I want to purchase one for the Union, one for the Library and one for the Rec Center but first we want to see how much the students like them.  We’ll have our SGA logo on it and all the funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion will be tabled.

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

Senator Heather L. said we’re going to get together to vote on the Rubrics and then I’ll report back to you.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Campus Safety – Chief Alex Barnes

 

I heard you had some questions so I’ll open the floor for discussion.

 

Vice President Brady L. addresses the Senate:  A lot of you had much discussion in the Senator Group Chat about things that you’d like to see University Police implement across campus to ensure the safety of our students.  A lot of you had questions about police patrolling at night on campus so this is your opportunity to ask Chief Barnes these questions. 

 

Senator Trent L. asked what protocol do you have in place for patrolling around campus.  Chief Barnes asked what do you mean about protocol.  Senator Trent L. said do you have one person to patrol at night?  Chief Barnes said yes.  When I came in I restructured the department.  Before we had four sergeants and four patrolmen.  However, we were short staffed and didn’t have more than six police officers employed as University Police.  Now we’re fully staffed for the first time in years with a total of fifteen officers, including myself.  I restructured it to where we have three sergeants, two of them overseeing each shift A-B, one for A and one for B.  A will work the day shift. B will work the night shift.  They rotate the schedule.  Sergeants now come in and overlap on both shifts so they work from noon to midnight.  Our highest call volume is the afternoon until around 10:00 p.m.  Now that adds an additional officer on top of that, one patrolling during that time frame.  We’ve also partnered with Thibodaux Police Dept. to increase patrols on campus and approve the shift we have now.  The Thibodaux Sheriff’s Office and State Police so we regularly have all three of those agencies on campus.  State Police regularly parks and reports on campus now. Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, State Police were actually on campus for six hours a day.

 

 

DISCUSSION CONTINUED:

 

Senator Cooper M. said I understand that there were no criminal activities on campus but I think you did some investigations.  What was that for?  Chief Barnes said you’re referring to the Facebook post last week.  Nothing was reported to us.  No one made a complaint to us whatsoever.  We just saw the post online and reached out.  We contacted those individuals and started an investigation anyway.  That investigation led to a warning about being followed.  As of now, it’s still under investigation.  There are people running around campus trying to pick up students that were identified as a black male in a vehicle.  Literally, that’s what happened with that. Lieutenant Gilmore acts sometimes on his own, riding around in his personal vehicle to be less conspicuous, to different apartment complexes and things like that trying to locate those two vehicles that we might be able to identify in the video.

 

Senator Miranda D. said thank you for coming out today.  Everyone appreciates it.  With the passing of several young women around the State, I feel that as a university we need to have serious protocol in protecting students in the student body, especially women.  Women have more crimes against them.  Would it be possible to have more self-defense courses hosted by University Police?  Chief Barnes said actually we did one last week with Delta Zeta and Phi Mu.  We hold the class upon request.  Whenever you want it, let us know and we’ll facilitate it.  We have the equipment, actually thanks to SGA who purchased it for us about two years ago.  We’ve done several classes.  The students enjoyed it and appreciated it so just put the word out there.  Any time anyone wants a class, we can do an organization together that wants to co-host it with us.  We’ve done self-defense at the Rec Center.  This last class was here in the Ballroom.  Just let us know and we’ll facilitate it.  Also we offer Auto 101 which is an auto class where we teach you how to change a tire, how to change windshield wipers, check the tire pressure, your oil and things like that.  We’re also working on a grant to get first aid supplies.  We’re partnering with the Student Fire Fighter Association and for the basic first aid class with the Fire Department as well.  If there’s anything else you can think of or have a suggestion whatsoever, please reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.

 

Senator Miranda D. asked if it would be possible to do classes on how to use pepper spray and things like that.  I know a lot of women that carry it around.  Chief Barnes said yes, it’s more dangerous for you to carry it and not know how to use it.  What we can do is try to get those training items and we can incorporate that.

 

Chief Barnes said if you think of anything later or have any questions, stop by the office or send me an email to let me know what you need.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Madison L.        For the Mentor-Mentee Program, everything will be due on Monday.  The only thing that’s missing is the meeting.  If you haven’t met with Vice President Brody L. yet, please do so. 

 

                  Also, the Tutoring Center is so grateful that we funded them the white board.  They thank you.

 

Heather L.        Just a reminder that we’re have the Virus & Vaccination Seminar this Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Try to spread the word.  Dr. Nathaniel is very knowledgeable.  Director Meagan R. is preparing a graphic for the SGA website.

 

Dolly M.          This Friday is the second event for the follow-up vaccination for students.  We need more volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:52 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

                                

April 12, 2021

 

 

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Brandon Katz and the pledge was given by Senator Trent Ledet.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Reona Octave read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present:  Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon and Logan Byars.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Madison Liner, Mar’Yeala Jones and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

 

Election Commission was not represented.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Mr. Francis Plaisance, Representative of The Blood Center and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

The Minutes of March 1, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Good afternoon.  I know it’s been a difficult time for a lot of you.  It’s been a difficult semester in a lot of ways with the student tragedies.  Make sure that if you’re a part of this suffering that you talk to someone.  The Counseling Center was at the vigil the other night for Layne so they’re always available to you.  Make sure you take advantage of that and talk to someone.  This is a small community and when somebody is lost, a lot of people are affected so please reach out.

 

We’re probably going to be issuing an apology.  If you remained for the post game activities at the Southeastern-Nicholls game, there will probably a statement from both schools about what happened after the game after one of our fans ran onto the field and the things that transpired after that.

 

We’re going to change the roof on two buildings.  They’re leaking and we need to repair that immediately.  They’re painting Talbot Hall.  We’ve also funded something to hide the back of it so it should be beautiful.  We’re finishing up the Maker Space. We’ll have a soft opening during the summer so you can experience that.  We’re also opening the gaming lounge during the summer.  All of that is paid for by donors or by money that has been set aside from operating funds.  Student fees have not been used for any of that so we’re very excited about those things.

 

The End Zone Complex is on path to be finished June 1st.  They’ll start the new practice facility immediately thereafter.  I think some of you have probably seen that the Wellness Center’s Phase II is now up and running so that will be our tennis facilities, our soccer competition field, our beach volleyball and our track and field.  So you’ll see over the next year that we’ll begin to take out some of our tennis courts.  We might leave probably four for students and the community.  The truth is that they’re very expensive to maintain.  Every couple of years we have to resurface them because they crack and it’s just too much to maintain so what I’d like to do is to keep one with the lights on them, take out the other ones and create a beautiful green space that looks out onto Acadian. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

In terms of street names, you’ll hear more about that.  We’re meeting with people in the community and in the city, parish and elsewhere.  Where we have something in common, we can start there then move forward.  You’ll continue to see progress on those fronts.

 

We had discussed moving the Police Station to Babington Hall.  That creates a lot of challenges on the first floor of Babington.  We already told you that all of the bathrooms will be changed out.  If you know someone who is living in Babington next semester, the second and third floors will look new.  Everything will be new.  All of it paid with donor money or FEMA provided money to renovate all of those spaces, all the common rooms, all the restrooms and all bathrooms will look brand new. 

 

The coffee shop will be completely up and running when you guys come back from the break.  You walk into what is the Ellender Computer lab now.  All of those computers will be in a glassed in classroom.  We’ll change all the floors in there.  They’ll be beautiful gray tile.  The ceiling tiles will be black.  There will be lower lights and there’ll be a full-service coffee shop.  All of the student services, Tutoring, Advising, the Testing Center and Writing Lab, everything should be moved into the back of Ellender Library so everything will be a one-stop shop. 

 

What I do need your help with is beautification of the campus.  We want to plant a lot of bushes, a lot of trees in the back of the Union and in other places throughout campus.  We’re going to ask SPA for $2,500 to redo the Leadership Suite.  The SGA has offered $2,500.  We’ll match the $4,500 to get what we call Tier 1 which is nice but not fancy.  When it goes to a donor, we’ll ask for Tier II which will be much fancier.  Hopefully, when we come back after the Fall semester, that renovation will be well underway.  Remember that we’re also renovating the bathrooms here over the summer and in the Fall so all the Student Union bathrooms will be renovated.  Also, some of those picnic benches on the bayou side are in really bad condition.  We need to find a solution.  Either repair them or replace them.  We could use your help with that. 

 

We’re also committed to making a Quad on the side of the Library.  It might mean cleaning out the concrete and moving some benches in.  So if there’s anyone in SGA, President Naquin offered to appoint someone to help us with facilities, we’d like to start talking about some of those things on campus.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked about the coffee shop.  President Clune said they didn’t want to open the coffee shop until they completed the Maker Space so they wouldn’t track things back and forth through there.  The idea is to drop this idea that we need a computer lab with three people watching two people working on computers in there.  We’ll move computers in that glass classroom as you enter and then that will all be a coffee shop with lower lights, coffee counter and full service.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked who will run the coffee shop.  President Clune said probably Sodexo and probably serve Starbucks type items without having an official Starbucks franchise.  It will be full service with baked goods and other things.  It’s really good because on the other side of the wall is the self-serve Starbucks where all the water and everything is already run.  We removed a counter from Ocean Blue and put it there.  We’re going to refinish those counters and paint them.  Ocean Blue will be a fabulous gaming space. We’re up to $50,000 to redo that space.  It’s going to be beautiful.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. asked about the mural idea that was planned for the Library.  President Clune said we talked about rounding that corner so you’d be entering Free Speech Alley.  I think we have enough money for fencing.  If we could start that conversation to get that mural maybe we could make Free Speech Alley a Mezzanine area.  I know Kristen Anselmi always talks about other places people can take pictures than the fountain in front of Elkins.  So I think now is the time to completely hide all the chiller stuff.  We have the budget.  You can help us with the mural in Free Speech Alley.  The Fire Department said they don’t need the entrance down there so we can start closing that

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

                  street off and put lights above.  We had other plans for our future post office and a future packing store so that might open that up as well.  If we could do the mural on Free Speech Alley, that would be fantastic. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said students are asking about masking.  Are there stricter policies on masking?  President Clune said we don’t create any policies that are restrictive unless the State requires it.  I hope it’s completely open with no masks but my gut tells me it could be more like churches and places of worship right now where you’re required to wear masks because there’s no spacing and rules other than wearing a mask.  In my mind, that might be more realistic to start indoors.  Outdoors I don’t think they’ll have that requirement anymore.  We expect a completely normal semester.  We’re scheduling all classes like we did in Fall 2019.  I don’t know if we’ll still have to do rapid testing or not before you play Intramurals.  I would love to release those restrictions because they’ve been vaccinated.  Right now the vaccine is a personal choice.  We will have one big vaccination effort going on probably in the next month or two.  I think if a lot of students get it, some of their friends who are a little reluctant will come in and get it. 

 

I want to thank you.  You have my admiration for all you do on campus as leaders.  You have my empathy and sympathy for all the losses you’ve experienced.  You have experienced more tragedies than I did at your age.  If I can do anything, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thank you for all you’re doing.  Also, the Greenhouse is almost through completion.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Mr. Francis Plaisance

 

Tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll be here for a blood drive and we need all the help we can get to put the word out.  We’re right back where we were when we started one year ago.  We were down and then everything went back up because all of the elective surgeries were cancelled.  So naturally the supply came up with the fact that we had to control the amount coming in.  That changed after February.  We’re letting everyone know they’re needed.  If you have any doubt in your mind whether you can give, just come and see us because we have the answer.  You can save three lives with that one donation of blood. 

 

Some of the things we’ll offer you is the opportunity to cover yourself.  If you come in and donate, you’ll cover somebody, like Mom, Dad, brother, sister, anybody in the United States.  We’re the only one that does this, you can do that.  If anything was to happen between now and next year, they’d be covered.  It’s like an insurance.  We write the check.  It’s the blood insurance program.  The idea is to get the word out there.  There is a QR code.  If your camera on your phone will pick it up, scan it and it’ll take you to us.  You put your information in and tell us the time you want to come in. This way we have an idea of who’s coming and when but you can also just walk in.  I also have an e-flyer that I send out that has a site to make an appointment to come in.  We have a lot of people on this campus but we normally do 25 to 30.  Thank you for the opportunity. 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • I want to echo what Dr. Clune said, if anyone needs it, please use the Counseling Center.  Please make sure you use these resources.
  • This past Saturday I attended the last meeting of the Council of Student Body Presidents.  The next meeting with be May 7th and President-Elect Tyler L. will be attending that.
  • This week I’ll be part of the Diversity Sub-Committee for the UL System.
  • Vice President Brady L. and I have a meeting with Dr. Clune this Thursday so if you want us to bring up anything or ideas at this meeting, just let me know.
  • On Wednesday we have the UL System Day at the Capitol.
  • We also have a freeze on spending this coming Friday but after this meeting all purchases won’t go through until after the fiscal year of June 30th.  It doesn’t mean you can’t spend it, it just means it will be delayed.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Just four weeks left.
  • Made the google doc for suggestions and concerns QR Code (potential motion ideas go look at it.
  • Thursday before break – Senators Gabrielle A, Jason S. and myself attended the Parking Policy Committee meeting; Discussed Senator Madison L.’s mirror idea by Shaver Gym (we’ll try to do compact cars first and then go from there).
  • Thanks to everyone who replied to my text message about the WID/WIH.
  • April WID/WIH due April 16th – last one.
  • Anything I can do for you let me know.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • The budget has not changed.
  • I am in the process of updating the Financial Statement and will get that to you all soon.
  • We are allowed to purchase only certain things before the end of the semester, things that we’ll need before the 16th.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to those who came to the soccer game during the break. It was a great game. Looking forward to doing more like this next season.
  • Thanks for all who helped with the ticket giveaway. Our next giveaway will be next Monday April 19th. The sign-up sheet has been posted.
  • I’m working on some fun things to possibly do for finals week.
  • Hope you have a great week. Send me any pictures and giveaway ideas.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • To put it into perspective, we have two meetings left so this semester is really coming down to a close. That might be a scary thing or a good thing for some of you but the end is near so persevere.  Two things about the mentorship program, if you haven’t had your meeting with me yet and your mentor, please schedule that this week and also your second meeting with your mentor is due by the end of this week.  Make sure you’re getting that done this week and send the report to me and Senator Madison L. so we can monitor the progress of the program.
  • Also, the E-Board is in discussion about when we’re going to have the banquet, when we’re going to have the banquet, how it’s going to look so be on the look-out for dates and how that’s going to look this year.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from “Senator Projects”.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

SPA Reporting:

   Crawfish week in progress.  Crawfish Day is April 29th.

   Succulent Giveaway tomorrow in the Union at 11:00 a.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

No report.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund Little Free Library which passed.

– discussed saving money on post by using old one from Suggestion Box.

  • Library will begin first stock.
  • Motion to purchases lunches for Vaccine Seminar which passed.
  • Provide lunches to attract students to attend seminar.
  • Will better educate students on what a virus is, what a vaccine is, etc.
  • Will cover about 60 lunches.
  • Purchasing deadline.   

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Director Meagan Rousse’s excuse which failed.
  • Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon’s excuse which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Koozie/Sticker giveaway on April 19th
  • Newsletter – Working in groups and I assigned motions that really affected the student body the most.  Once we compile all of this, we’ll make a newsletter and send it to the Senate first for your feedback before we send it out to the student body.  If you have any suggestions or questions about that, let me know.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hinter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Mar’Yeala Jones, Tyler Legnon and Victoria Rideau.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Updates on partner projects.
  • Open discussions on what everyone is working on.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase of one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds to be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Jax Badeaux
  2. Douglas Gilchrist

 

Discussion:  Senator Jax B. said this is a cool way to share books on campus.  It looks like an oversized bird house.  You can grab a book that you like.  In the motion we had that we would purchase the post but Secretary Dolly M. found an alternative to that.  There is a suggestion box in the Quad that isn’t being used so we could put it on the post there and save some money. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think it’s a really cut idea for someone who likes to read.  I think it’s creative.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-097a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedure to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Zackary Pitre

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.

 

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Zackary Pitre

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said I organized this with Dr. Raj Nathaniel.  This is going to take place on April 22nd from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom.  Dr. Nathaniel is going to be the speaker from the Biology Department and will talk about vaccines.  This seminar is not at any point pushing the vaccine, it’s just providing the students with education on what the virus is and viruses in general.  It will also be on the vaccine and how it works.  The students will get that information and be able to make an educated decision for themselves.  It means whatever decision they make, they can be confident that they’re not making the decision out of ignorance.  This motion is to purchase lunches and drinks for around 60 or so. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Dolly M.          Reminded everyone that there are two more meetings.  We’re also going to be voting on two Senators that will be receiving the Senator Scholarship and voting on the Outstanding Senator Award. Also, don’t forget your grades.  To continue in SGA you have to maintain a 2.0 semester grade and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Continue working on your grades so you can remain in SGA.

 

Brady L.          Don’t forget that scheduling opens tomorrow.  Since you’re an SGA officer, you have priority scheduling at 6:00 a.m.

 

Dolly M.          Check your Banner account.  If there are any “holds” on your account, you won’t be able to schedule.  If you have any trouble scheduling whatsoever, give me a call first thing in the morning or send me an email and I’ll follow up with the Office of Records & Registration to clear it.

 

Meagan R.         Jambalaya meal available.

 

Jason S.          Starting next week, I won’t be missing any SGA meetings for this, but I’ll be starting a role as a Legislative Aide to a State Senator.

 

Zackary P.        Registration for a Race on April 17.  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:00 a.m.

 

Miranda D.        Gamma Phi Beta is having a Give Back Night on Wednesday.  Our philanthropy is the Shelter in Houma.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 29, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Jax Badeaux and the pledge was given by Senator Ana Garcia.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Zackary Pitre and Senator Douglas Gilchrist read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Gabrielle Arceneaux, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef and Tyler Legnon.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Connor Hebert.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Darcey Wayment and Dr. Uttam Pokharel and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER: 

 

None.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Be sure to tell your peers that we’re having the COVID vaccine at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow and to sign up.  There are 357 students who have signed up so far. 
  • We don’t have another meeting until we return from Spring Break on April 12th.  We have only two or three meetings left so make sure you get your motions turned in.
  • In April, during the Break, I’ll attend my last Council of Student Body President’s meeting as SGA President.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • I’ll be sorting through WID/WIH this week. Keep up the good work.
  • 364 responses from the t-shirt give away!!! I’ll go through them and share a doc with you so you can pick something to work on.
  • Encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated!!!!
  • Student Advisory Board meeting last Thursday went well.
  • Parking Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.
  • Enjoy spring break!!!!

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • I’m reviewing some of the line items that aren’t being used at the moment in the event some line items are being exhausted.
  • Our deadline of April 16th approaches for purchasing.
  • The Financial Statement is up-to-date at the moment. Today I’ll create it on Google Sheets so it’ll be a lot more accessible to each of you.
  • As always, let me know if you need anything.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks for all who worked the giveaway today! We had a great turnout! Our next one is Monday, April 19th, for the Koozies!
  • We also have a Football ticket giveaway on Wednesday and Thursday. Sign-up sheets are in the google drive!
  • This Saturday is the Women’s Senior Soccer game. We were asked to attend. The game is at 3:00 p.m. against Houston Baptist, so please try and attend! We’ll be making posters for the seniors.
  • Hope you have a great week and a safe spring break! Send me any Red Out Friday pictures and any giveaway ideas.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • I know this week is probably very hectic for you with last minute tests but I’d still like to meet with you to conduct the second round of meetings to see where you are and to help you with your projects. We can do this via Zoom or Google Meets, whichever meets your time availability better.  Let me know when you have time and we’ll set the meeting up.
  • Have a great and healthy Spring Break.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Connor Hebert

 

SPA has the following event:

Crawfish Week coming up April 26th to 30th

Crawfish Day is on a Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help run the event.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Results of the 2021 Spring Election:

 

6,004 Eligible Voters  

1,260 Actual Voters

 

SPA PRESDIENT                       SPA VICE PRESIDENT

Taylor Roussel = 665                Taylen Daigle = 738

Angela Yanez = 595                  Trevor Tabor = 522

 

All five Amendments passed.

 

2021 Mr. & Ms. Nicholls will be announced at Crawfish Day.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon and Jason Spell.

 

Absent:     Senator Tyler Legnon (unexcused).

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry, Senator Logan Byars and Cooper Moore, Dr. Uttam Pokharel.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Stickers for a giveaway which passed.
  • Motion for Spectrometer for Chemistry Labs/classes which passed.
  • White Board for Tutoring Center which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Lance Jones and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed a motion to remove Ethan Vickery which passed unanimously.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senators Cooper Moore and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break T-shirt Giveaway was a success.  We gave away all 400 t-shirts which is amazing. 
  • Starting a monthly newsletter summarizing what we do as an SGA (motions, giveaways, campus updates).
  • Ticket giveaway is Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Having our Koozie/Sticker giveaway on April 19th.  (Received about 350 amazing responses from the giveaway.  This submission will help to improve campus life).
  • Starting to discuss a Finals Week t-shirt and a possible Finals essential giveaway as our final giveaway if the year.
  • One thing we’ll start working on is getting to know what we do.  We’ll send it out to the Senate for your thoughts.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hinter Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

Absent:     Senators Heather LeBouef, Mar’Yeala Jones and Tyler Legnon.

 

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

 

We discussed the partner motions as well as where they stand with those.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-091a

I move to take the motion to purchase Bench and Table from the table.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the Budget.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Reona O. defers to Senator Madison L. said these items are to provide a more seating at the tennis courts and the gym.  Both areas are available at this time and can provide more seating.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.

 

  1. Trent Ledet
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Trent L. said we’re already having a giveaway for the koozies.  We thought it would be good to have an additional items.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said Senator Ethan V. has missed eight meetings since he’s been sworn in.  According to the Constitution, any Senator having up to three unexcused absences is to be removed.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-094a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is it is violation of Article VIII, Letter B, Number 6 of the Constitution.  (The motion is over $1,000.)

 

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.

  1. Logan Byars
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Logan B. said the main reason for this is that there’s a company going out of business on Wednesday.  This equipment is originally $20,000 and they’re giving it to us for $4,000.  There are approximately 180 students that use this machine.  I defer to Drs. Wayment and Pokharel for further discussion. 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Dr. Pokharel said every student taking Chemistry courses will use this.  Dr. Wayment said we actually have three courses that need this instrument and they’re often running into each other.  So this will help with the back log of people trying to use it.  We think this will help solve the problem.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from “Senator Projects”.

 

  1. Madison Liner
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. said since they moved to the Library, they don’t have a lot to work with.  The Board they have now is stained from writing so much on it over the years so this is very beneficial for all students using the Tutoring Center or even students using the Writing Center.  We have about 40 to 50 students come in to work with tutors and it will help them to see what’s on the board and understand everything better.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Dr. Michele Caruso – Vaccination:

Dr. Clune wanted to make sure that all of you were aware of the vaccine coming on campus tomorrow – free vaccines for anyone 16 and older.  The QR Codes that went out are to help you make an informed decision for yourself.  There’s also information from the CDC.  We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers if you have any questions.  You can also use the healthcare providers we have on campus.  Please encourage your friends.  Let them know what’s going on tomorrow.  The second one will be April 23rd. Remember that it does require both shots.  We will continue to do testing on campus and social distancing still applies.  The group met today to discuss the State guidelines that we’re required to follow and how it impacts your events and activities on campus.  We’re waiting to hear something after the Governor announces tomorrow.  For those of you who play Intramurals, you will no longer be required to wear a mask on the court or field.  You’ll only need to wear a mask on the sidelines. We need to continue to encourage each other.  We’re almost there – at the end of the semester. 

 

The Student Advisory Council was very productive so we’ll pull it together and see what we can do with the suggestions and advice that came from there.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Jason S.          Congratulations to Vice President Brady Levron for being awarded the Hall of Fame Honor.

 

Zackary P.        He was in the meeting with Director Symphony B. and one of the things he believes the Senate can do is just knowing that things are getting better, take it upon the Senate to let everyone one that COVID will be over and we’ll be back to normal.

 

Lance J.          I talked to Campus Affairs and Academic Affairs but I need a little help putting together another Town Hall Meeting like last semester.  It’s to talk about things we can change academically and things we want fixed around campus.  Dr. Hollander is going to be sending out a questionnaire in about a week.  I need questions to bounce around for the Town Hall. I just want to know if they have any concerns.   Perhaps right after Spring Break when we come back, two or three of us can get together to get this going.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Meagan R.         Jambalaya Plate on April 16th – $10.00 per plate.

 

Miranda D.        Gamma Phi Beta is having a Give Back Night at Big Mike’s on April 13th.

 

Dolly M.          Remember that Early Registration is scheduled for the first day we return from Spring Break on Tuesday, April 13th. Meet with your Advisors and keep in mind that our meetings are on Monday afternoon when you’re scheduling your classes.  President Ethan N. said registration begins at 6:00 a.m. instead of midnight the night before which was done in the past. There’s greater WiFi bandwidth that the University has available as compared to a number of years ago.  Also, if students are having a problem registering, the IT Dept. can handle it earlier. 

 

                  We’re providing refreshments at the Vaccination Event tomorrow.  We need your help from 10:00 to 12:00 in Shaver.

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 22, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Lance Jones and the pledge was given by Senator Heather LeBouef.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and Senator Ana Garcia read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board members were absent:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron and Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse.

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senator was absent:   Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justices Icy Abraham and William Lanier (appointed).

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor. Bridge to Independence Student with Staff and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

 

Just as a reminder, we have another vaccination today and tomorrow at Thibodaux Regional Health System.  At this point, all faculty and staff are eligible and that includes the graduate students who work in Residential Life and other students.  If you think you might be eligible, you can reach out to me directly.  We do need ideas from Student Government Association on how to get people registered for the vaccine on how do we dispel the rumors and how do we get education out to the student organizations.  We are a higher education institution.  We should focus on the science and facts and we need your help on how we get that out there to dispel the rumors and cut into the hesitancy of getting the vaccine.  We thought about bringing in health educators and sign them up on the spot to give students a slot.  If they know they have to be somewhere, they are more than likely to show up.  I’ve also asked President Ethan N. to send me names of individuals who might want to walk around and see some of the projects we have going on.  I’m going to make sure we have student involvement whether it’s the gaming lounge which is now up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of Lafourche Parish.  They came through with $30,000 to help us set up the gaming lounge.  So we now have $50,000 to buy the furniture, to repaint the space and make the gaming lounge very nice.  We do believe it will attract a lot of traffic in the Union at night. 

 

We’re also putting in a coffee shop on the first floor of the Library.  As you go in, you turn left.  The computer lab will be repainted with one wall navy blue, the ceiling tiles will be black and new lighting.  All the equipment we used for Jazzman’s when it was open will be used and all the furniture from Ocean Blue as well.  It’s going to be a very nice space. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

The Maker’s Space is going to be finished in the next month or so and is going really quickly now.  It will be completely transformed.

 

We’re repainting Talbot next week to take the yellow off of the building.  We’ll paint the back shed yellow.  We need SGA’s help on how to mask those chillers in the back that are an eye sore.  We may come to you for help with that and also Free Speech Alley.  We have some architectural renderings that and we want to begin to approve that.  We’ll make it more pedestrian instead of a mail truck delivery area.  We’ve also had some interest in past years about making a second Quad next to the Library.  We have the benches and probably need some help from SGA for putting sidewalks down.  Maybe plant more oak trees where there aren’t any.  That could be a very nice Quad as well. 

 

Senator Heather L. asked me about the Sustainability Committee.  I think we meet tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. It’s starting up again.  Dr. Mitzi Jackson is pulling that group together on campus.  We have to do a much better job with sustainability, recycling and other things.

 

Some really good news.  We’ll complete the Babington Complex.  As you know, we redid the second and third floors of both of those.  We’ll go in with another $200,000 and redo all the bathrooms in both of those buildings.  All new bathrooms, new floors and new ceiling tiles.  We’ll also take University Police and move them to the first floor of South Babington so that the front end of Calecas can become the club house, locker rooms and offices for Softball.  Softball members dress in Shaver in a locker room.  It’s not practical.

 

If you’re watching the end-zone complex go up.  The other part, the covered practice facility, is right on track.  We’ll need a small group of SGA Senators to show things to in order to keep you apprised and ask you questions about colors for floors and things of that sort.  Things you can go back to your group and ask about those questions.  We want to make sure we involve students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked if the National Guard would be involved in giving vaccinations.  Dr. Clune said yes.  They’ll come on campus as they do now for testing. 

 

If a student feels they’re eligible now, they can go to Thibodaux Regional.  Remember that if you get vaccinated, you can meet with other vaccinated people indoors without your mask on. We have lost people to COVID-19.  We have not lost anyone with the vaccines.  There is no evidence that it effects fertility in any way whatsoever.  That’s a false rumor on social media.  We need your help in getting the word out that vaccines are safe and smart.  It allows us have a full stadium in the Fall semester.  If you have your own doubts, contact your healthcare provider.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked if there’s going to be a follow-up day for a second shot.  Dr. Clune said yes.  If you take the Pfizer or Moderna, you’ll need a follow up.  They always schedule it when you arrive for your first one.  We’ve done over 1,000 on campus.  We have 6,700 students, we need your help.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked about how late the Student Union would stay open.  Dr. Clune said my belief it’s whatever activities Student Affairs has going on.  Certainly the gaming lounge will stay open later.

 

I had a chance to visit Northwestern State University and it is a very busy place.  The students were in and out.  I don’t think it’s the end of this semester but the end of next semester that you’ll see the Student Union stay open later and later.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said regarding the Sustainability Committee. It was my understanding that they had one a few years ago but it became inactive.  Dr. Clune said we’re behind it on whatever we need to do.  Senator Heather L. said I looked at other universities and I’d like us to be up there with other universities.  Dr. Clune said yes.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Again, thank you for your leadership.  We have a big football game this weekend with 50% in the stadium.  We still need to be safe.  You go in with the mask.  Try to keep the mask on.  We get calls from the community so people are watching you.  Just be mindful of that.  We have all the sports that day, softball, baseball, etc.  I hope you can get out and enjoy it.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due March 26th.
  • Student Advisory Board meeting this Wednesday.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting is this Friday.
  • I’ll reach out to some of you about some Infrastructure items that have been mentioned in the WID/WIH.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • Nothing really has changed with the budget.
  • The financial statement is up to date and I appreciate everyone who is taking initiative in motion writing. I’ll be putting it on the Google Drive so you can have easy access to it.
  • Keep up the great work, and I’m always open to meeting with you! Have a great day!

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

No report.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

No report.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and vetoed.

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-088

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Abby Talbot for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089a

I move to suspend the rules to allow the motion to be heard. The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-090

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of William Lanier for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Icy Abraham

 

SPA is planning the Festival of Colors.

Volunteers are needed for the Fun Run Tuesday.

They have a Trivia Night at 7:00 p.m.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Interim Election Commissioner Keilan Kiger would like you to encourage your friends and classmates to vote as well as join us for the Election Results in the Union on Thursday around 1:00 p.m.  More information regarding the candidates for SPA President and Vice President and Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists can be found on the SGA home page.  Remember to vote!!

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for one six-foot bench and four-foot table which passed.
  • iPads for SPSP which passed.
  • Peltier Smart Computers which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

No meeting held today but everyone was reminded that they have five days to turn in an excuse for any absences.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Spring Break T-shirt Giveaway is Monday, March 29th from 10:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.  Sign-up sheet will be saved on the Google Drive. 
  • QR Code!
  • Giveaways are only for students. 
  • Koozie Giveaway is April 19th from 10:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • Two Football Ticket Giveaways are this Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on current motions.
  • Potential ways to get students to express concerns/suggestions for campus improvements.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-087a

I move to take the motion for Smart Podiums from the table.

 

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Cooper Moore

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.

  1. Victoria Rideau
  2. Cooper Moore

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said these are needed by the History Department. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she thinks it’s a great motion.  A lot of the departments don’t have a lot of good technology.  Seeing that if this motion is passed today, it will help to update our technology.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089a

I move to take the iPads motion from the table.

 

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Heather LeBouef

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare+ for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.

  1. Zackary Pitre
  2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this request originally went to the Tech Fee and they didn’t have enough money to fund for this specific project.  This is to benefit the students in the Psychology Prep Program, the School Psychologist Program. It’s going to provide them with new upgraded technology to be more successful in their field.

 

Move into vote:

Passed For-16     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

 

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is a motion to place a bench outside of the tennis courts and a round table by the Shaver locker rooms.  This is going to provide more seating for students there. 

 

Vice President Tyler L. said since this motion is over $1,000, it will be tabled.

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

Senator Heather L. said to follow up on what I spoke to you about voting on removing the requirements, roughly we’re moving forward with creating a blueprint for departments to select courses that would satisfy the requirements.  We have separated the committee into sub-committees.  We now have a sub-committee chair person for each requirement. So oral communication has someone who is working with that sub-committee.   Each person will have to pick two sub-committees.  I’ll work on all of them because I’m always available for those committees.  If at any time, anyone has some great idea for what they think should absolutely be in the rubrics for certain requirements, for Oral Communication, there is Freshman Study and Intensive Writing, I’ll be glad to present your concerns or suggestions to the committees. 

DISCUSSION:

 

Senator Heather L. said I’m working on a Resolution and will be getting with Dr. Caruso to see about getting more info from students to back up my request with the Faculty Senate regarding timing of posting grades.  Also, the use of Moodle with Dr. Hollander.  I’m going to finish the draft and send it to you to review to ensure everyone has agreed with it.  I want to get everyone’s opinion or approval first and then we can have a discussion to present to the Faculty Senate.  I’m trying to avoid the back and forth that went on when we tried to approve the Finals Prep Program. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said not all students participate in surveys.  Senator Heather L. said she’d like to see if she can offer items such as coupons as giveaways so they might want to get more involved.  It would be something like “How would you rate your professors overall on Moodle.  Would you be more successful if professors used Moodle more”? or something like that. 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Tyler L.          For anyone applying for E-Board next year, we’re extending the deadline to Friday at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Justice Icy Abraham:

William Lanier – Supreme Court Justice

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 15, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

 

The prayer was led by Senator Trent Ledet and the pledge was given by Senator Lance Jones.

 

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Victoria Rideau and Senator Logan Byars read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

 

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

 

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

The following Senators were absent:   Ethan Vickrey and Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Sharmila Hamal.

 

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio.

 

Guests present were Dr. Alex Arceneaux, Executive Vice President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Carmen Broussard and Dr. Kelli Henson of the Dept. of Psychology and Counselor Education, Mr. Jared Wells, Instructor of History and Geography, Ms. Margo Badeaux, Interim Auxiliary Services Director, Ms. Beth Johnson, Bookstore Manager and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

 

Minutes were not presented at this meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Alex Arceneaux

 

Dr. Clune had a tight schedule today so he asked me to come in his place.  There are a few things he wanted to go over and then if you have any questions, I’ll try to field those questions for him.

 

Today there was an email that went out to students, faculty and staff regarding Thibodaux Regional Health System that will have a vaccine clinic tomorrow from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.  This is one other opportunity for students, faculty and staff to take advantage of getting vaccinated.  Dr. Clune really wanted to convey a message that this is one way we can get back to some type of normalcy for moving forward. The CDC has provided guidance relative to individuals who participate in the vaccine and how a household say for instance, wants to visit another family that would be vaccinated.  They can be in the company of each other no longer with masks.  I think something we have to remember is that we have to make a decision to lead and do what’s right for us but also for our community.  We would like to remind you to be vigilant about the masking program.  At Thibodaux Regional, you just call and make an appointment.  There’s no cost.  The Louisiana National Guard will also be here in coming weeks.  We’ll get those dates so we’ll have more opportunities to receive the vaccine on campus but also through these partners. 

 

For graduation this Spring, we’ll have an in-person graduation with a total of eight ceremonies over three days to accommodate that in-person graduation.  There’s something about walking across the stage and being there in person that virtual will never replace that type of ceremony.  We wanted to let you know that we’re making plans for those in-person commencements.  What that looks like for the number of guests that you’ll be able to invite is being determined.  It’s roughly two per person because there are constraints about a total number of people.  So we’re working through that. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

For Fall, it will even look more normal, like the course schedule and classes face-to-face versus Hybrid or online.  We’re rounding the corner to near normalcy with respect to what Fall will look like.

 

We’re looking at what the next football game will look like to you on campus.  There will be a capacity on what the ticket number will be.  The ticket distribution conversations are starting today and we’ll get that information to you.  

 

      COMMENT:    Director Meagan R. asked about the Cares Act funding.  Dr. Arceneaux said The university will receive $2.5 million in Cares Act funding designated to students with the caveat that we had to prioritize student needs. 

 

Every eligible student if you had a FAFSA on file and a current student, regardless if you’re part-time or full-time or even if you’re an online student, you still qualify.  If you did not have a FAFSA on file, that’s a regulation we have to follow with the Feds.  If you’re not a U. S. citizen or a documented resident, you do not quality.  Basically, if you’re an eligible student and you filled out your FAFSA, you will receive a letter.  Roughly 4,800 students will receive a notice today or in the coming days that you’ll receive Cares Act funding.  It is the tiered approach that we took.  The first tier is for the neediest individuals.  If you’re a part-time student, the highest eligible level, you’ll receive $400 if you’re full-time, you’ll receive $900.  Then if your contribution was $10,000 or above, if part-time, you’ll receive $200 and full-time will receive a $400 pay out.  Literally, every student that is eligible to receive aid will receive some type of Cares Act.  The caveat that we had for the first time, we as an institution could not ask the student if they wanted to use that money to pay for applying to the debt they might have with the institution.  This time, they allow that.  Some students might have a balance from this semester.  If they’re doing a payment plan or something of that sort, they’ll receive an email from the Controller’s office that they’re eligible for $500 and would they like to apply any or all to they’re outstanding balance.  They would basically reply to that email saying yes or no.  If they apply no, then in the coming two weeks or so, they’ll either get a direct deposit or cut a check.  However,  they normally get a refund. That’s how we’ll take care of that funding.  Students that owe a balance will be contacted with one letter giving them the option to acknowledge yes to pay it on the outstanding balance or no, they’d like to have it all.  Students that don’t have a balance due to the university will just be notified of their award.  We believe those awards will start being processed toward the end of March.  As far as dollars in the pocket for our students, the potential is to get it at the end of March or the beginning of April coming out of Nicholls and into the bank account.

 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said for the first time of the Cares Act Funding, the Nicholls online students were actually left out.  Are we sure that the funds will be applied?  Dr. Arceneaux said yes.  They were left out because several guidelines required us to exclude them.  The way education looked at it, their education experience wasn’t changed by going remote.  But this one allows us to include online students.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said for the vaccine, is everyone allowed to get the vaccine.  Dr. Arceneaux said the Louisiana Department basically set out the guidelines for the Tiers.  So it’s anyone from 16 years old to 30.  Pfizer vaccine is basically eligible for 16 year old and 18 years old for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. That’s what they’re approved of. 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Ms. Margo Badeaux

 

I am Margo Badeaux. I was previously the Director of Business Services for the Administration and was also in charge of the COVID Testing stations.  Currently I am the Interim Director of Auxiliary Services.  Auxiliary Services oversees the Bookstore, Colonel Card, Student Union, the Ballroom, Sodexo and the Post Office.  Today we’re going to talk about the Bookstore side of things.  We have some exciting news that we’re looking into.  We’d like to get some good feedback from you, some positive reaction to what we want to present to you today.  This is called the Barnes & Noble First Day Complete Program. This all pertains to ordering your books, whether online or print book. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

This is an all-inclusive model where you order your books.  The Bookstore gathers all this material for you and have it ready either for delivery or for pick up.  This will all be in place by the first day of class. Typically, in the past we may have had to wait a week when they had to order a book or wait for books to come in from somewhere else.  The way this plan works is it’s a simple step process where you don’t have to worry about scrambling to borrow somebody’s books.  This is all in place for you.

 

The cost is a flat rate of $25 per credit hour.  I’ll later show you the benefits that you would appreciate with this program.  It’s a more affordable way to rent and possibly purchase your books.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said if the specific course doesn’t have a requirement, is it per credit hour on your whole schedule or is it per credit hour for that course.  Ms. Badeaux said it’s on your whole schedule but I’ll get to that in a minute.  You have an option with that. 

 

Of course, the materials will be ready for the first day of class so that’s a benefit right there.  All the materials are required to be returned to the Bookstore by the end of the term.  It’s like a rental program.  Whenever you brought the book back in the past, you always had the option.  You will have the buy-back option at the end of the semester and it’ll be based on the standard marketing price.  Like in the past, that could change in that regard.

 

This is how it works.  First, you register for your classes then it goes into the system.  Barnes & Noble pulls everything for you, all your books, and packs them in a neat box ready to go.  You can have it delivered to a certain location or you can go to the Bookstore and pick it up.  It’s a seamless access of exchange of course materials and everything is ready for the first day of class.  There will be exceptions of course.  Some things as an instructor who may change the book he wants to use at the last minute.  Then we might have extenuating circumstances but for the most part, this will all be ready for you before the first day of class.

 

All eligible students receive all required course materials on a charge per credit hour enrolled, including the courses without books.  The program cost for students will be included in the tuition but the kick here is you have the option to opt out.  As a scenario, suppose you have five classes and four of those classes do not require a book, only one does and the book is $50.  This is where you would probably choose to opt out of this program.  It’s either all in or all out.  If you have three classes that have books and two classes that do not have books, you have to make that decision.  You either pay for these books somewhere else where it’s more beneficial to opt out or opt in because more than likely you’re going to see a savings.  I have a scenario to show you that it’s a savings of potential $300 per semester.  Just realize that at any semester, you can opt out.  We didn’t want to get too far into this without seeing how you felt about it first. 

 

This scenario is for 15 credit hours.  Normally, the cost on average per semester would have been $650 which is $1,300 each year.  With the First Day Complete Program, you have 15 credit hours at $25 per credit hour which equals $375 versus $650 that you’re paying on average.  That’s $275 per semester that you’re saving.  For a year, it would be $550 per semester that you’re saving.  It’s a savings for you.  The numbers prove that.  You know what you’ve paid for books in the past.  It still has to go before the Board.  We have to get Board approval from the State in order to be able to implement this program.  I’d like any kind of feedback from you, questions or concerns.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked of they’ve learned if other colleges have done this and were successful.  Ms. Badeaux said yes.  We have spoken to UNO and Northwestern.  They’ve been doing it for five years now and a 98% participation.  The first semester was the most difficult to sell because people didn’t really understand it.  I guess that’s the biggest hurdle, educating students and faculty on how this is a savings to the students in the long run.  We have talked to other universities for their processes in finding the most effective ways to do this.


GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Brady L. asked how long is the grace period to opt out.  Ms. Badeaux said we haven’t come up with a concrete number but along with that, we’re considering students may want to do a payment plan.  We want to make sure that it follows in line with our payment plan.  We’re thinking five days which is the first drop date and then you have the fourteenth. We’re trying to figure out which time would be most beneficial.  Within five days, you should know what your instructor requires.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Mar’Yeala J. asked how does it work if your books are already bundled.  Ms. Badeaux said this might be an unusual circumstance.  I think the Nursing Department has some agreement with some book company.  Typically Nursing Department purchases their books.  They use their books throughout their term of being here so that’s something we’d have to work out.  We have been talking to Dr. Lyons about it and trying to figure out the most beneficial way for the students.

 

      COMMENT:    Vice President Brady L. said many times you purchase books for the access codes.  Would that be included in this program?  Ms. Badeaux said yes and every year they reevaluate the cost of books and come up with a dollar amount. It doesn’t fluctuate very much from that $25 amount.  I’m not sure if you’re familiar with OER’s which (Open Education Resource) which are materials that are licensed to be available for free.  AER is Affordable Cost Materials so it’s four payments of about $30.  Those bring down the cost of textbooks overall.  As those costs go down, the cost per hour should eventually level out as well.  Ms. Badeaux said those fewer cost items are included when they come up with an average.  So the more OER and AER are implemented, the lower that cost will become.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she is an English Major and my books aren’t really that expensive.  Per semester, I pay maybe $150 so is it possible to have specific plans such as for those majors that are bundled or for those that aren’t that expensive?  Ms. Badeaux said it would probably be more beneficial for you to opt out.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I think the thought behind this is excellent in theory.  My only concern is the semester for Summer and Fall enrollment, you can see on the class schedule, a lot of them have no textbook required.  So I feel that this might not be as popular.  I know you mentioned UNO and Northwestern did this.  How long did they implement this?  Ms. Badeaux said three to five years ago.  If we do this, I feel it needs to be publicized enough to the students.  Not only will the students not know about it, but students will not know to opt out.  All of my classes are low cost or no cost.  I feel that more and more the professors are trying to find resources that are cheaper. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. said it’s important to implement that students know what it is and whether they want to stay in the program or opt out.  Ms. Badeaux said we’ve already provided the info to the Deans so they’re already aware of it.  So it will already be on their Syllabus. We’re educating the faculty as much as we’re educating you so they can be ahead of the game and know what books they want in place so you can get your first package by the first day of class.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said it will be added to our tuition after we start the program Ms. Badeaux said it’s automatically added until you opt out.  Then we will remove those fees if you opt out but remember that participation rate is very high.  As people start to realize the savings, they participate more and more.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

 

Ms. Badeaux said part of the Marketing that we’ll send out is on different scenarios.  If you’re a Freshman majoring in Biology, we’ll show what that cost would have been without this program so you can compare to see what kind of savings you’ll receive.  I think it’s a great program for students.  Any time you can realize a savings, it’s a great thing.  If you have any suggestions on how we can market this, we’re open to it.

 

Vice President Brady L. said it might be something to include in the Orientation program because a lot of parents attend those.  Ms. Badeaux said that’s a good idea.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

I want to congratulate next year’s SGA President and Vice President, Senator Tyler Legnon and Director Symphony Brown.
The Tech Fee request we had last week is on track as planned.
 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

·       Last Dean of Students on campus interview today.

·       Academic integrity meeting today at 1:00 p.m.

·       WID/WIH due March 26 – update me on the projects you reported on in February.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

·       Nothing has changed with the budget.

·       For the Financial Statement, I have to put one purchase order into the Financial Statement and then it will be up to date.

·       I want to commend everyone for working so hard!  As well, we do have a lot of different line items that are freed up because of the current situation we’re in, so we’re in a good position to get more things done.   

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

·       Thank you to all who helped with the St. Patrick’s t-shirt giveaway! We had an amazing turnout and I’m looking forward to our next giveaway.

·       The women’s soccer coach is asking if we can have a strong presence for their Senior Night game on April 3rd. My committee and I are working on posters and other goodies to help support them.

·       Our spring break t-shirts have been finalized and should be on their way here. I am super excited for them. Senator Trent L. did an amazing job on the design.

·       Our koozies came in and we’re looking at giveaway dates for that as well.

·       Our next ticket giveaway is coming up, I’ll be making a signup sheet soon!

·       QR Code for Giveaways.

·       Student Representation (We are PR, More than Social Media)

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

·       Definitely a big congratulations to Senator Tyler L. and Director Symphony B.  I think you’ll do a great job. 

·       Moving forward since we made it through mid-terms, I’d like to start conducting the second round of meetings with you just to see where you are and what projects you need help with.  In these meetings we’ll also discuss your “What I’ve Done/Heard.” submissions from your first round.  Please send me an email with your availability either this week or next week as soon as you have a time.  We can even meet through Google Zoom or Google Meets if that meets your availability better. 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

·       I also want to touch on discussions in committee and discussions in general.  The discussions in committee are very fruitful but it seems that the discussion on motions being presented in the general Senate are kind of lacking in expressing opposition or support.  Not everybody is in these committee meetings and we love to hear what you have to say about these motions.  Whenever they’re presented in front of the full Senate, don’t be afraid to stand up and speak, whether it’s for or against.  We’d like to hear what you have to say. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

 

S2021-085

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,700.00 from the Campus Safety Line Item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Sharmila Hamal

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

Congratulations to Tyler Legnon, SGA President-Elect and Symphony Brown, SGA Vice President-Elect who were unopposed.

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS – MARCH 23 to 25, 2021

RESULTS ANNOUNCED AT 1:00 P.M. IN STUDENT UNION

 

ON THE BALLOT:

 

SPA President: 

Taylor Roussel          Angela Yanez

 

SPA Vice President:

Taylen Daigle           Trevor Tabor

 

Congratulations to the Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists:

 

Mr. Nicholls:

Ethan Henry             Remy Lodrigues

Tyler Legnon            Ethan Naquin

 

Ms. Nicholls:

Kirsten Angelette       Kayla Freemon

Gracie Bellanger        Madison Liner

Tamera Castle           Tabitha Tabb

 

Please join us for the Presentation of Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Finalists and Candidate’s Forum on Thursday, March 18 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union.  Please attend if you’re available.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

 

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry, Senators Victoria Rideau and Zackary Pitre, Representative from SPSP Program.

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to fund bench and table for Shaver Gym and Tennis Court which passed.
Motion to fund SPSP Program for iPads for up to $15,000 which was tabled.
Motion for Peltier Hall Smart computers for up to $6,000 which was tabled.
 

 


SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos and Anjeinay Johnson.

 

Absent:     Senator Mar’Yeala Jones.

 

We discussed the following:

Motion to appoint Abby Talbot to Election Commission which passed.
Motion to appoint William Lanier to Supreme Court which passed.
Reviewed excuse from Brandon Katz which failed.
Reviewed excuse from Reona Octave which passed.
 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

 

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

 

We discussed the following:

Thanks to all who came to the St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway.  It was very successful.
Spring Break T-shirts have been finalized and have been ordered.
Really excited about Koozies – they finally came in.
QR Code.
Football ticket giveaway March 24th & 25th.
 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

 

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

 

We discussed the following:

Officers did a walk through with partners.
 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.

1. Gabrielle Arceneaux

2. Reona Octave

 

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is equipment for students to rest and relax.  The bench will be located by the tennis courts.  The table will be placed near Shaver Gym where they plan to remove the shrubs. 

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.

1. Victoria Rideau

2. Cooper Moore

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Discussion:  Senator Victoria R. said it would be beneficial for students and faculty to improve learning and the students in Peltier 233 and 239.  Whenever students are on Zoom, they can’t see what’s written on the board so it would be beneficial for them to see that.  Classrooms hold up to 1,000 students every semester and will provide better quality of learning in the Hy-Flex environment. 

 

      COMMENT:    Dr. Jared Wells said thank you for having me today.  In general, we’re looking to improve some areas in Peltier.  The total cost right now is $5,712.42.  Peltier 233 and 239 are large rooms so this would help any time, especially in a Hy-Flex position.  Even when we get the classrooms back to normal, it will still be very helpful. As previously stated, there are approximately 1,000 students that would benefit from this. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. said I really approve of this motion because I was in one of the classes and it was very hard to see everything.

 

Vice President Brady L. said since the motion is over $5,000, it will be tabled for further consideration by the Finance Committee.

 

S2021-088

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Abby Talbot for the position of Election Commission Member.

                                                1. Brandon Katz

                                                2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089a

I move to suspend the rules to allow the motion to be heard. The reason for the suspension is it is in violation of Article IV, Letter D of the Rules of Procedures (The motion was not previously distributed to the Senators 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

1. Zackary Pitre

2. Heather LeBouef

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.

1. Zackary Pitre

2. Heather LeBouef

 

Discussion:  Senator Zackary P. said the reason for that is it’s a Specialist Program, a Graduate Program.  It’s all their 500 level classes.  It provides new software needed for testing and for field-based experiences anywhere from questionnaires, surveys and things like that.  I defer to Dr. Carmen Broussard for further discussion.  Dr. Broussard said the Specialist Program is for Psychology.  We’re training Psychologists who will be working in this program.  The practice now is to use new technology to do most of our work.  Up until now, our students are going into business and learning new technology there rather than here.  It’s to perform testing, activities in our classrooms, our contributions and different types of situations.  With this new technology, the number of devices will allow us to keep up with training.  We’ve tried purchasing items but our budget is really limited for purchasing electronic materials. 

 

      COMMENTS:   Senator Heather L. said they did approach Tech Fee for the funds but didn’t have enough funding to approve it.  They asked somewhere else first before coming to us.

 

     


NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I think this is a very important motion.  It’s highly beneficial for Graduate students in the Psychology Program and teacher education.  I feel it’s very important for Psychologists that come into these schools to be well trained and be prepared.  When it comes to mental issues with elementary and secondary students, we need to amend this Program as well as a lot of programs at Nicholls.

 

Vice President Brady L. said this motion is over $1,000 and will be tabled for further discussion in the Finance Committee.

 

S2021-090

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of William Lanier for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

                                                1. Brandon Katz

                                                2. Madison Liner

 

Discussion:  Senator Madison L. defers to Senators Heather L. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–1

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

 

We had a meeting and discussed whether we would continue to keep the University Required Education, or choose to get rid of the university requirements or leave it to the department because the departments know what’s best for the students.  The university requirements require that you have to take an oral presentation course.  I was the only one who voted to get rid of the requirements so I wanted to know what you thought before moving forward.  I wanted to know if you feel that the departments know best for the curriculum or if you think the university should still mandate the requirements.  Do you think the departments know best or do you feel the university should still have that requirement and how firm should the requirement should be. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said for his first year he had to take Speech 101 class.  It was annoying that I had to take it because I don’t think  it was beneficial to my degree.  I believe you should take it if it’s beneficial to you graduating.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said Liberal Arts majors should be required to take it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said I know you need to get over your fear of talking. I think that because of social media and emails, you don’t have to know how to talk in front of people.  For Liberal Arts, it would be good to keep it but for somebody else I don’t think it’s necessary. 

 

Senator Heather L. said one of the things that was talked about was the writing requirements.  You should know how to write a memo, resume, cover letter and things like that.  I take Biology and my argument was that I feel most of the upper level Biology courses deal with an oral presentation. 

 

Senator Heather L. said the professors also wanted to get rid of University 101 but in the end, they voted the other way.  I know we’ll have this conversation again so I wanted to know what your thoughts were.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said nobody wants to take Speech 101 classes but I think it’s one of the stepping stones of how to talk to people in a crowd.  It gives you an understanding.


UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said she feels University 101 is more or less useless.  It’s more like an adulting 101 class.  They basically taught us time management, budgeting, things that hopefully our parents taught us or older friends of ours, or some things that we’ve learned as we go through life.  I feel this is something that shouldn’t be necessary.  At my high school, I had to take an introduction to business applications.  I had to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Just doing a basic essay in high school, etc. you have to use some type of basic application.  Through your own experiences, you figure out how to do it yourself. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. said I like the idea that if the majors require it, then I think you should take it.  However, I think it’s redundant if the university makes you take it and you don’t need it.

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Logan B. said instead of Speech 101 perhaps we could have Speech for Science Majors, etc.

 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. said there are some things about University 101 that are important such as knowing your Advisor, how to schedule classes, etc.  The good thing about University Prep classes is it gets you involved on campus such as where Student Services is, etc.  It’s more of a university’s responsibility to develop the student. 

 

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said going off of what he said, I was blessed to have my Godmother’s son help me who graduated a couple of years before I enrolled.  I was reaching out to others for resources.  I feel that University 101 is something university Advisors can do.  It would be more one on one and a personal experience instead of sitting in a classroom.

 

Senator Heather L. said another thing is the survey that went out, we had about 5400 students on campus and only 600 responded.  I’m not sure how reliable the survey is because this is only 10% of the students.

 

Senator Heather L. said if you have any other comments, let me know.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

None.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Tyler L.          The E-Board applications are now open.  Anybody who would like to apply for the Director of Rights & Grievances, Public Relations or Treasurer, see Secretary Dolly M. for them.  The deadline is next Wednesday.

 

Madison L.        Last week the Mentor/Mentee report was due but I only received one.  Be sure you’ve met with your mentor and provide Vice President Brady L. and myself a small statement of what you discussed.  Today, the email to your Dean is due.  We went over this at the Mentee Workshop so if you haven’t done this, please do so.  The next thing is due in the next two weeks which is to meet with Vice President Brady L. and myself. 

 

Cooper M.         Kappa Sigma is having a Give Back Night on Wednesday.

 

Zackary P.        Sigma Alpha Epsilon is having a Give Back Night at Big Mike’s.

 

Heather L.        I volunteered for this organization about mentorship for fatherless boys. They were also looking for volunteers for the Food Bank.  If you can make it, it’s 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28th.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

 

Miranda D.        I received an email from Ascension Public Schools that they’re holding a special future excellence series for the Nicholls State University Education students on March 24th at 5:00 p.m. at Donaldsonville Primary School.  It seems interesting to learn more about teaching as a profession. 

 

The following officer was sworn in by Justice Sharmila Hamal:

 

Abby Talbot – Election Commission Member

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:17 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

March 1, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Trent Ledet and the pledge was given by Senator Reona Octave.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Douglas Gilchrist and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce, Ethan Vickrey and Brandon Katz.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was not represented.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, John Schwarz, Veterans Navigator and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes of February 1, 8 and 22, 2021 were approved as printed.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

Our next home game is not until March 27th.  We have several away games in the interim.  We’ve decided it’s hard to police the masks because once you walk away its easy for them to slip off their mask.  We don’t think that works. Perhaps you can help us with education and talk to different organizations to encourage them to talk to their members.  We have only two more home games.  We’re doing a lot better at our university and a lot better in our region with transmission so we still have to keep our guard up.  I think we’ve managed to live with the virus.  We’ve had a very vibrant semester in terms of being on campus and participating in intramural events as well as sustaining extracurricular activities.  So let’s figure out ways to stay on campus and keep everything open. 

We had 250 fans at that football game and a lot more want to come in.  It’s a very popular venue.  We have to split the audience, 1,500 and 1,500.  There are student tickets on the home side so that is pretty full and there’s a lot of excitement.  We’re ranked first in the Conference in football and first in the Conference in Basketball.  All sports are playing right now.  If you can, get out there and show your face.  I know you have a lot of studying to do.  It might not be a whole game, but just attend for a few minutes. 

We will continue to work on all the facilities on campus, trying to get all those completed.  The Makerspace is now being painted.  We hope that will be online very quickly.  All of the equipment is purchased and I think you will see it come together very quickly and up and running asap.  Also, the coffee shop right outside the Makerspace as well.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Other projects I’ve asked help with is the back of Talbot.  I know at one point we were talking about putting some benches around the green space by the Library.  That would be very nice if we could work on that.  The gaming lounge here is planned so ten people can be there at once with a lobby area.  I know Dr. Caruso is also working on more programming to get more students back into the Union. 

Again, I want to thank you for being leaders.  I think this has been a stellar semester given everything we faced.  This campus feels very different than other campuses I’ve visited.  It feels very vibrant.  I think there’s a lot of envy from others in our System. We have such a vibrant student life through all this and I want to thank you for that.  Don’t hesitate to email me or call me if you have any questions.  President Ethan Naquin and Vice President Brady Levron have my cell phone number.

GUEST SPEAKER:  John Schwarz, Veteran Navigator Program

Hello, my name is John Schwarz.  I’m the Nicholls State Veterans Navigator.  I work for an organization called LaVetCorps which is a sub-organization for the bigger organization that you know as Americorps.  I’m here to help Veteran students with benefits, any issues they have with classes, scheduling or anything that I can help them with.  I’m also here to help other students so if any student needs help, if I can help them, I’m always here to help.  I’ve had students who need help with printing issues, some of them needing help with classes, etc.  I can help with anything they need, anything at all.  I’m located in Shaver Gym.

I provide referrals for Veterans Affairs.  I can help them with any claims, if they need scholarships or tuition help.  I’m a dependent of my Dad.  He served 20 years in the Air Force and I plan to go there after I graduate.  If students are dependents and have questions, I can’t help them or my boss, Gilberto Burbante, can help them.

LaVetCorps is the first organization run through Louisiana.  There are others.  We’re at Tulane, LSU and all the other schools.  Our Mission Statement is to help our Veteran Families and to help Veterans leaving active duty to become more acclimated to school and civilian life.  Some of them have trouble studying.  Some of them don’t have a place to go.  We’re always here to help with anything like that.  We have the Veterans Lounge in Shaver Gym with offices where Veterans can come in and relax.

To contact me, use my school email address or my cell phone number.  If you text me, I’ll ask you who you are and how I met you. My office hours reflect around my school schedule.  If you have any questions you can come to Shaver Gym to meet with me or if you don’t like being around people and prefer meeting in a small office, I’m o.k. with that or an online meeting.  Whatever makes you comfortable. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Trent L. asked what is a way to get the word out? Mr. Schwarz said we have Instagram and I think we have Facebook.  It’s perfect talking to you about this because you have the most influence in marketing.  I can bring some of the LaVetCorps cards to the SGA office so you can have some available in case someone is interested.

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. said one of my classes has a Veteran attending and I think this is a great idea.  Having these services available is incredible.  I know some Veterans want to come back to school and get their education so I’m glad you’re here.  Mr. Schwarz said it’s a program that helps Veterans graduate because a lot of them drop out. 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

I wanted to answer a question you asked a few weeks ago about Intramurals if you’ve already been vaccinated.  We spoke to Dr. Falcon, our physician on campus who has been leading the COVID charge.  She said you would still have to be tested because once you’re immunized or have the vaccine, you can still carry the virus. The Governor is going to speak this week.  Once we get that announcement, if that statement has changed and they go back to the committee that interprets the guidelines, that will tell us what we then can start allowing.  We’ll keep you up to date on how that’s going to work.  Remind your friends that we still need to mask up. 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • I want to remind you that we’re not having a meeting next week due to midterms.  Take that time to study to keep your grades up.
  • The UL System Day at the Capitol is set for April 14th.  Usually the UL System has representatives from all nine institutions in the System. They have the opportunity to talk to the State Representatives, to be our voice in higher education at the State level.  This year, it’s going to be virtual and no information has been released yet so I’ll keep you updated.  As that continues, I’d like to see a few people from SGA attend.  It’s virtual so it should be easy.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

  • WID/WIH – keep up the good work on all those motions. If you need anything come see me.
  • I’m still doing Dean of Student interviews and its going pretty well.
  • Give-N-Day is tomorrow so please donate to your student organizations.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Budget hasn’t changed yet but we’re thinking about moving funds around from line items that we aren’t going to be able to use in order to free up more funds for activities we can do. If this happens, then someone will have to write a motion for this because the budget has already been approved.  We will let you know if this occurs.
  • The Financial Statement was emailed to each of you and it’s also on the Google Drive. Basically, we’ll have almost $300,000.  That’s the money we have to work with.  If you look at tailgating, we probably won’t use that line item so we can perhaps move those funds elsewhere.  In unallocated funds, we have about $30,000 so it’s good to know we have that as well.  In the budget versus expenses section at the bottom, that balance is if we spend every single line item which almost never happens. Right now we have spent about $5,000 out of $200,000.  This statement gives you an opportunity to see what we’re doing all the time. 

      COMMENT:     Senator Heather L. asked about the motions that were passed, are they included in this statement.  Treasurer Ethan H. said those figures comes to us in Purchase Orders and we can’t put it in the Financial Statement until we confirm they’ve been ordered.

      COMMENT:     Senator Heather L. suggested putting the motion information in a Google Doc.  Treasurer Ethan H. said we’ll get together and try that.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thank you to everyone who helped with the ticket giveaway! We had an awesome turn out. Our next ticket give away will be the last week in March for the game on the 27th.
  • Patrick’s shirts are in. The giveaway date is Monday, March 15th from 10:40-12:50. I will be posting a sign-up sheet to work the table.
  • This Thursday is SPA’s Colonel Gras. As of now we only have one person signed up. I cannot make it due to a previous engagement so please consider signing up to work that as well.
  • I emailed all the coaches to see what we can do for the remainder of games other than football this semester. Still waiting to hear back from them but I have some ideas on how. Any other ideas please send my way.
  • As always, please send Red Out Friday pictures, and hope you all have a great week!

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Today I sat in on a Student Organizations Committee meeting which was very productive. The eSports Club and Future Farmers of America Alumni and Supporters both received their probationary status and the Turning Point GSA organization was tabled for further discussion.  We also discussed a lot of organizations who are on their probationary period regarding where they are as an organization, making sure they’re following all the rules.  We’ll have another meeting within the next two weeks to continue that discussion. 

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justices Remy Lodrigues & Morgan Levron

 

SPA info:

March 3 – next SPA meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.

March 4 – Colonel Gras is will 6:00 p.m. in the Tailgating parking lot.

SGA Info:

The Senate was reapportioned.  One Senate Seat represents 300 students.

Liberal Arts:  4

Sciences & Technology:  5

Business Administration:  5 (Plus 1)

Education:  3

Nursing:  4 (Plus 1)

Culinary:  1

Veterans Affairs:  1

Graduate Studies:  3 (Plus 1)

Senate seats were added in Business Administration, Nursing and Graduate Students which indicates an increase in enrollment.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­

 

None.

 

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • In Unfinished Business – BCM Wood funding of over $1,000 passed.
  • In New Business – Benches by the gym and tennis courts were tabled due to dollar amount of $1,000.
  • Available financial resources.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Jason Spell, Zackary Pitre, Trent Ledet, Ana Garcia, Miranda Danos, Anjeinay Johnson and Julia Pierce.

We discussed the following:

  • Ana Garcia had two excuses which passed.
  • Julia Pierce had three excuses which failed.
  • Victoria Rideau has one excuse that passed.
  • Officers have five full days to turn in excuses ending Monday at the end of the day. 

Vice President Brady L. reminded everyone that the excuse forms can be found on the Moodle Page.  Once COVID started, we moved it virtual so it’s available in a Google form that you can fill out.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Victoria Rideau, Logan Byars, Anjeinay Johnson and Ana Garcia.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

We discussed the following:

  • For Colonel Gras, make sure you go to the SGA website and select your time slot.  We plan to have a really cool table. 
  • We’re also working on a Spring Break t-shirt.  I’ll show you the design next Monday.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau, Anjeinay Johnson and Logan Byars.

Absent:     Senator Ana Garcia.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • We did some brainstorming from last week’s meeting. 
  • Pairing up and trying to write motions.
  • As a group, we kind of brought back the idea of the middle of Peltier Hall area.  If you have any ideas, please let us know.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

S2021-085

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,700.00 from the Campus Safety Line Item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Anjeinay Johnson

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said in the back of the BCM building, the wood on the deck needs to be repaired in some places.  It’s also old and dingy, almost rotten basically.  They’ve tried some fundraising and reaching out to other organizations for help.  This is their last resort to help them.

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

COMMENT:   Senator Lance J. asked if this is to replace only the wood being walked on or sitting.  Senator Gabrielle A. said it is to replace the entire wood.  The best thing is it saves us money because Mr. Conan Shirlin will repair it so we don’t have to pay for labor. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

General Education & Assessment Committee – Madison Liner

They basically approved different courses to be added to the General Education courses like your Histories, Sciences and things like that.  They added two new ones which are Physics 161 and 171.  Those are going to be Physics of the Universe which is really cool.  It’s going to add more classes that will be available to anybody in General Education now.

University Required Education Committee – Heather LeBouef

Had our first meeting.  That’s the survey we really need to fill out.

Student Affairs Advisory Board – Miranda Danos

We’re going to have our first meeting on March 24th.  I know some of you have signed up for that committee, so please attend.  It’s going to be on Google Meets. 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Vice President Brady L. mentioned that midterms are coming up and that’s a good time for self-evaluation, especially in the goals that you wrote down at the beginning of the semester.  I know that for a lot of you, your personal goal was academic based.  This is really a good time to crack down and make sure that you’re fulfilling the objectives that you set for yourself as well as both your SGA goals.  You’re half way through the semester so where are you on your projects?  These are all internal questions that you probably should be asking yourself.  Am I going to achieve this goal or what do I need to change and ensure I get where I want to be.  I know all of you, in the meetings we had, you had great ideas and you’re all capable of achieving them.  I think this is a time for self-evaluation and figure out where we are.  As always, my door is always open if you want to come in and talk about that.  Towards the end of this semester or in the next couple of weeks, we’ll have our second round of our meetings.  We’re going to discuss your “What I’ve done.” “What I’ve heard.” information and how that incorporates into the goals you had for your position.

Senator Miranda D. said she wants to report on a motion she authored previously, the Gamma Phi Beta Diversity Conference that we funded. For that meeting we had a keynote speaker talking about what’s going on in Greek Life.  We had a great discussion about that and learned a lot from it.  So on behalf of the Executive Board, I want to say thank you for considering funding this Conference. 

Senator Heather L. said we had a talk about this in Judiciary.  As student leaders, we have to hold ourselves accountable.  I want to remind everyone that we’re not only holding ourselves accountable here but also hold ourselves accountable to students and committees for SGA and really support the students.  It’s really kind of difficult sometimes to tell your friend that you really don’t think they’re doing their best but that’s what makes a great friend.  Not just for SGA but for anything.  Especially when we have to uphold the Mission of SGA.  Sometimes we have to make tough decisions but that’s part of being a leader.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          Next week we don’t meet for our regular meeting but it’s a day that we reserve to have your photos taken for the SGA composite. We had a composite taken in the Fall and lot of you were added at the end of the semester and also at the beginning of this semester.  I’m making arrangements to try to have our photos taken next Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Leaders Suite when we’d normally meet.  I’ll send an email to everybody in the event you want to have your photo retaken because our website has to be updated with those photos also.  We’ll also be taking photos of those running for office also to use on the ballot. 

                  Notices of the Apple Awards have gone out.  We ask that you really participate in this. A lot of our faculty have worked really hard and would appreciate a nomination.  Please review that information.  The deadline is March 26th.

Meagan R.         Tomorrow, Phi Mu is having a Give-Back-Night at Big Mike’s from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  We also have a cookie campaign going on.

Madison L.        Reminder to meet with your mentor.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 22, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Lance Jones and the pledge was given by Senator Madison Liner.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon and Senator Hunter Legnon read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present: Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Julia Pierce, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Ana Garcia and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux (appointed) and Justice Connor Hebert.

Election Commission was represented by Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Dr. Aimee Hollander, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes of January 25, 2021 were approved as printed.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

Just a few quick things I want to go over.  For vaccines, today we probably vaccinated close to 700 so we’ve vaccinated all Allied Health, faculty, students and staff for the first round and gave them subsequent chances to get that vaccine.  We have vaccinated all 65 and older faculty and their spouses as well as retirees and their spouses.  We have a lot of vaccines and not enough customers.  The System office telling the university to vaccinate 65 and over is like telling the Nursing Homes to vaccinate 22 and under.  Our population will not fit the demographics.  This week we’re going to 55 and over, pregnant women who are students, faculty or staff.  Anyone with Down Syndrome, any student teachers in the College of Education that are going out to the high schools, middle schools or elementary schools, we can vaccinate now.  You should be getting the information soon through an email from Mr. Brian Clausen. 

Testing. We continue to rely on testing, masking and distancing.  Students do a better job of masking than the general population that comes to our campus.  We’re going to try to approach it with education rather than policing.  If you police the public, the minute they walk away, they pull the mask down.  We’re going to try education and perhaps you can help us with that.

The ticket distribution has gone well. I hope we can continue to increase those numbers.  Remember if the visiting team does not use their full allotment, it allows us to distribute more tickets to students.  All of the games are going to be on ESPN+.  We’ll try to do some end zone suites for this game.  We have a lot of people who buy very expensive tickets in the press box suites and that number has been cut about half.  We’re trying to find another place in the stadium so you might see some seats going up in the end zone. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Couple of projects.  We’re renovating the restrooms in the next six months or so in the Student Union.  Talbot Hall.  We’re going to ask you for some help.  I spoke to President Ethan Naquin and Vice President Brady Levron about the back of Talbot Hall.  We’ll get rid of that eye sore.  On Free Speech Alley, we’re going to make that a pedestrian way and make it a really student friendly area.  You might also hear some rumors that we continue to try to promote Greek housing on campus.  When I came here, that was one of the first questions we received.  We’ve been meeting on it for about a year.  We’ve met with the sororities and we’ll be meeting with the architectural group to get a rendering.  We’ll bring that to the public as soon as we do our background work with some of the Advisors involved.  I continue to work on that with the idea that Greek housing for fraternities will follow.  In the end, it may or may not become a reality but we want to give the Greeks every opportunity since they asked us for it.  We’ll give them the rendering, we’ll give them the land and see if we can continue to do this.  Since 1982 we’ve been talking about Greek housing. It can be 2052 and we’ll still be talking about Greek housing if we don’t do something about it so we’re going to take a chance.  That’s all Greeks both the Panhellenic and the NPHC’s. 

This last round of going remote wasn’t what we wanted to do but we have students coming from almost every parish in the state.  We have some coming from out of state, including Texas, Mississippi and elsewhere.  As of this date, they still have ice in North Louisiana so it was too great a road hazard for our students.  That’s why we had to stay remote and I want to thank you for your patience with that.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Aimee Hollander

I am a professor in the College of Education and also the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.  The Center was started because faculty noted that they really wanted to improve their ability to teach so that you all can learn.  It’s part of our economic plan.  We provide Webinars for faculty members and a faculty book club.  What we do want to understand is what we can do to improve our teaching so you can get a better learning experience here at Nicholls.  What we’d like to know is what we do well and what you want us to never, ever do again.  I tried to do focus groups in the Fall with first year students and everyone under the sun.  Unfortunately, I found that a lot of people don’t know who I am so when they receive my email, they don’t really want to talk to me and I think students are more comfortable talking to their peers in general.  So I wanted to see if you’re interested in partnering with me to get a focus group or perhaps you can get a group of students together and have a forum.  We’d like to know how to improve courses for the next Fall and Spring.  If we can do this by the end of the semester, that would be really helpful.  For faculty, what we do is go over things in the summer.  I know it’s tough with graduation and finals but we’d like to a collective group of students with different majors, Freshmen, Juniors, everyone under the sun to talk about this.  I can be the logistic person but I need you to provide the students and get the word out. 

Second thing is how are you doing?  Are you doing o.k.?  We’d like students to let faculty know that you appreciate them.  Faculty have been running non-stop since COVID hit. This university provided training for faculty and they have been running non-stop.  What I’d like to do is have SGA partner with me to provide some sort of Google form for students to let faculty know how much they are appreciated.  We’d like to have this done right at the finish line in May.

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked how would we partner with her.  Dr. Hollander said for the student Focus Group, I’ll let you guys lead us in what is the best way to recruit students.  Do we have a Zoom meeting or do we have an open forum with faculty.  As a faculty member, I would ask you to fill out a Google form or hand a form out to volunteers and copy and paste those responses. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I think both ideas are great.  I was going to be meeting with faculty next week to discuss some things students would like to see like more Moodle or better Moodle.  Another thing students would like to see is have their grades posted in a timely manner.  Dr. Hollander said we should definitely talk.  If you’re having a very specific issue with faculty, that’s why I’m here.  I can send out a reminder email that mid-term grades are due.  I’ve seen some faculty Moodle pages that are wonderful and

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

                  some that are awful.  Some faculty may not be using Moodle correctly. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. asked if it is for incoming students.  Dr. Hollander said she would really like to do this before classes head out for summer.  Senator Zackary P. said since SGA represents the student body, perhaps we can do a survey between us.  I know that I don’t personally have a lot of concerns about teachers but perhaps if it’s just us, it may be more efficient.  Dr. Hollander said the thing about SGA is that each of you represent a group.  Eventually, I would like to have a monthly focus group and have students come in.  I’d like athletes to come in and tell faculty what to improve.  Right now, I think faculty would really like to interact with students.  We’re getting a lot of information from other schools on what we should be doing.

 

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • According to the Constitution, the President is required to inform the Senate whenever he does a Presidential veto.  So last week I vetoed the motion to Amend Article 3, Section C of the SGA Bylaws.  Whenever it’s in conflict or redundant with Roberts Rules of Order, they’re already pre-existing Bylaws.  The minutes state that for the Committee Chairs to remain ineffective when sharing objective facts resulting in the inability for the Chair to steer discussion as appropriate. 
  • Also, impartiality doesn’t always fit in that context.  With Roberts Rules of Order and in the cases of secret ballot voting or breaking tie votes.  The redundancy in the legislation is that the Chair can already vote in the case of a tie but Roberts Rules of Order also outline that the Chair can vote to create a tie to prevent any piece of legislation from passing.  In the end, as a Senator very capable of forming your opinion and expressing yourself, while it’s not permitted in any way or shape to actually force things to go a certain way, they’re not always bound in partiality in every scenario.  Then partiality under this standard doesn’t really exist in Roberts Rules. 
  • Last year Jade Williams had done Colonels With Heart which is an organ donation association.  It’s a lot of outreaching events for students for organ donation as well as for people who can become donors.  [I’m looking for someone who would be interested in taking this organization since Jade will be graduating.  If anyone is interested in helping, let me know.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH-due by the end of day!! Will be individually meeting with you.
  • Finalized the Google Form for suggestions and concerns (need to figure out how to get it out there)
  • Dean of Student Search Committee Meeting today. Interviews start on Wednesday.
  • Maxient training release next Monday!!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Financial Statement is up-to-date and will be coming to you soon.
  • You are doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the Football Ticket Giveaway. We have another ticket giveaway this Thursday and Friday. Please sign up.
  • Patrick’s Day shirts have shipped so we’ll be receiving that soon.
  • For Colonel Gras, the theme is “The Princess and the Frog”. We’ll be picking up items to decorate.  If any of you would like to join, that would be great.

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • In the Group Me, I’ve posted the list of all the Department Heads and Deans. I encourage you to schedule a meeting with your Department Head or Dean.  We’re almost at the mid-point of the semester and I know there are a lot of needs of departments.  This is a great opportunity to develop motions that fit the needs of the department you represent.
  • We’re going to start the Mentorship Program next Monday after the General Meeting. We’ll have the Mentors and Mentees remain and have a short Orientation.  Your Mentor should have reached out to you over the past week.
  • One of Sydney’s big initiatives she took care of as Senator and even through her Vice Presidency was the Finals Preparation Period. I’ll be meeting with Dr. Sue Westbrook sometime this week to ensure it’s still going smoothly, to see if there are any kinks in it and if we need to address anything.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.  Passed and signed.

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Tabled.

 

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.  Passed but Vetoed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Dolly McGeever, Ex-Officio

 

  • Encouraged officers to remind their other student organizations to nominate for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor.
  • Reminded officers to complete a Petition to serve in SGA next Fall prior to the March 11 deadline.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      President Ethan Naquin and Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to fund the Wood for BCM was tabled, over $1,000.
  • Motion to purchase freezer/refrigerator.
  • President Ethan N. presented requests from Department Heads.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to appoint Matthew Badeaux as Chief Justice which passed.
  • Motion for Neal Swanner Proclamation which passed.
  • Motion to appoint Director Social Media Engagement Director Kayla Freemon which failed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

Absent:     Senator Ana Garcia (unexcused).

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • St. Patrick Day’s shirts have shipped.
  • Football Ticket Giveaway is Thursday and Friday.
  • Please send in polo sizes to Group Me.
  • Working on finalizing design for Spring Break t-shirt.
  • Colonel Gras is next Thursday.  Our theme is “Princess and the Frog”.
  • Please complete the form sent to you in Group Me.
  • Requested SGA photos be sent to Director Meagan R. or myself if anyone has any available.
  • Encouraged anyone with ideas to reach out.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Partnering up with someone new to work on motions and report on a fun fact about that person.
  • Program for some departments taking trips pertaining to their major.
  • Discussed with President Ethan Naquin regarding recycling bins around campus.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

S2021-081

I move to take the motion to purchase the refrigerator/freezer for the Immunology Lab from the table.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said this is for a refrigerator because the one we have is broken and it’s too expensive to repair it.  The freezer that we have is too small.  Both of them have lasted about fifteen years so far.  They’re used by core courses, used by Biology and Chemistry classes and also for the undergraduate curricular.  This would impact the course of about fifteen years so this is not something that is short term but tangible.  It’ll cost about $2,500.  Students will benefit from this.  We’ll be able to do more research.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation.

  1. Douglas Gilchrist
  2. Jax Badeaux

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

Mr. Neal Swanner Memorial Proclamation

 

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a great and gracious supporter of Nicholls State University, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a native of Waggaman, Louisiana and resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a role model and great friend of the Nicholls family for all students to follow, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was part of the Nicholls community and a great contributor to Nicholls State University.

Whereas, Mr. Swanner unfortunately passed away on January 28, 2021 at the age of 69 due to complications from Covid-19, and

Whereas, that on the 28th day of January in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret to announce the death of a dear friend, colleague, and member of the Nicholls Family, and

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students of Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Mr. Neal Swanner, owner of Bubba’s II Restaurant.

    ______________________________       ___­_­­­__________________________             

       Ethan Naquin, President              Brady Levron, Vice President

    Student Government Association         Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University              Nicholls State University

_______________________________

             Senator Douglas Gilchrist                        

Student Government Association         

  Nicholls State University

Discussion:  Senator Douglas G. said this Proclamation is for somebody who is very important to the Nicholls Community, Mr. Neal Swanner.  He owned Bubba’s II Restaurant and was involved with the women’s softball field, the Swanner Field.  I hope this passes because he’s been a big influence at Nicholls.  He was a super nice man.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Senator Heather L. said you should have received an email from Dr. Caruso, please complete the survey on courses and spread the word.  We can also make a post about it because the more students that respond, the better.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Selection:

Senators Madison L. and Julia P. distributed ballots of eligible SGA officers for selecting SGA’s nominees for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls Honor.  Secretary Dolly M. explained that the criteria are that a student must have earned 85 credit hours and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Madison L.        We had an influx of Mentors and a handful of Mentees so whoever applied first was assigned someone.  The next thing we have is the workshop on March 1st.  

The following officers were sworn in by Vice President Brady Levron and Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Matthew Badeaux – Supreme Court Chief Justice

Connor Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Corey Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 8, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Jax Badeaux and the pledge was given by Senator Jason Spell.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Lance Jones and Senator Heather LeBouef read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux, Connor Hebert (appointed), Icy Abraham (appointed), Gavin Wisdom (appointed), Corey Hebert (appointed) and Sharmila Jones (appointed).

Election Commission was represented by Interim Commissioner Tabitha Tabb (appointed), Commission Member Carson Duet (appointed).

Guests present were Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth staff.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

Dr. Clune sends his regrets.  He’s out of town today and asked me to cover a few things.  First, the vaccine.  It’s open for 65 and older up to 70 so we’re working to get a count of our faculty, staff and others who would qualify for that not only for our campus but for Fletcher as well.  Higher Education faculty and staff have been added to the Tier so all of your employees here at Nicholls should have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.  We anticipate higher education students being added which we totally anticipate will be prior to the summer.  We’ll keep you up-to-date as we get more details and what that timeline looks like.

Enrollment is up overall which is good news but we have noted that we have some areas of retention that are down.  We’ll be digging deep into that to see what specific areas of groups of students and what we might do about that.  We’ll keep you updated as we get that data. 

The Fall schedule of classes as of now is going to be considered face-to-face.  It will be posted as such and if we have to make adjustments based on COVID as we approach the Fall, we’ll keep you updated on what that’s going to look like for faculty, Hyflex and things like that. 

Ticket distribution for football. We’re having sessions on how to efficiently distribute the tickets.  We have 500 tickets per football game.  Football will be the only sport where we’ll have to deal with tickets in advance.  The other sports such as basketball and baseball, it will be a little different.  We’re in discussions as to what it will look like and whether perhaps SGA will be taking the lead on the distribution.  I’ll get you an update later in the week of exactly what that might look like.  The three home games we still anticipate and will be televised.  We’re still working on getting the February 19th game live streamed for you. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Last week, COVID numbers for the campus.  We had 20 new student COVID cases and 4 employee COVID cases.  We’re keeping the Residence Halls open next week.  Typically, they’re closed for Mardi Gras because the university shuts down.  We’re going to leave them open because of COVID because Mardi Gras is pretty much cancelled everywhere.  We want to make sure you have the opportunity to stay on campus.  Some people feel safer there than going home since there were no parades.  The Rec Center, which is typically closed when the university closes, will open for some windows of time so that people have something to do as well as maintaining your health and wellness.

As a reminder, there are satellite test sites around campus that are open every day.  If you or any of your peers are exposed to COVID and test positive, please fill out the form to make sure we’re doing all the contact tracing we need to do to stay safe.

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. said today one of my friends went to get tested at 3:25 and he missed it because they closed early.  Dr. Caruso said what they should do is cut the testing fifteen minutes or stop doing new testing around 3:15 or 3:20 p.m. Health Services closes at 4:00 p.m. so there won’t be an opportunity to go there for his test.  The Intramural people.  We ask that they go to the site.  If necessary you can make an appointment at Health Services.  We’re training staff to do this as well. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said for students for Intramural Sports, if they’ve been vaccinated, do they show their vaccination card.  Dr. Caruso said we’ll talk to Dr. Falconer to see if there’s a wait for full immunity. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said with Intramural Sports, I’m seeing how we can do it efficiently.  If we have two different teams, fraternities and sororities, which have to play so you should try to get the Rapid test.  Is there a way that we can make a schedule so we don’t have so many people at one time to get the Rapid Test?  What if they test positive and someone else tests negative?  Dr. Caruso said that’s a good idea.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

  • Reminded everyone about the ongoing Emergency Supply Drive.  We have a table set up in the Union for students and faculty to drop off donations to the family who lost their home.
  • If anyone is looking for motions to write this week, I’ve received a few emails from various Department Heads requesting items.  Stop by my office or email me.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due February 26th.
  • Working on a way to electronically ask about concerns because of COVID. I’m thinking about a Google form but if you have any ideas, please send them to me.
  • Donate to Emergency Supply.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • Budget: One of the motion’s coming through today is going to be the approval of the 2021 Spring Budget.  Let me know if you have any questions.
  • Financial Statement:
  • Once we have the budget approved, then we will be able to put together the financial statement for the semester and start inputting data into it.
  • Great job on all if the motions!

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • We finalized the St. Patrick’s Day shirts and it reads “Lucky to be a Colonel”.
  • Finalized the Koozie order also.
  • Talked about SPA’s Colonel Gras today and some ideas for what we can do for a float. I’ll let you know what it is so you can start working on it.
  • Senator Trent L. and I will be creating a Google form to fill out with birthdays and have other guidelines to social media pages on what SGA does. Some people don’t know what we do.   

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Thanks for meeting with me as scheduled. It’s been really productive.  You all have great ideas and high goals and I look forward to working with you throughout the semester.  I’ll probably just reach out to you every so often at different times throughout the semester to ensure you’re being productive with these ideas.  Some of you wanted to schedule a meeting with your Department Head which is a good idea.  I have a list of all the Department Head contact information so I’ll send it to the Senate and post it in the Group Me so you can have access to it all the time.
  • We’ll be starting the Mentor Program again this week. Senator Madison L. and I will meet on Friday to set up the pairings.  It’s for the new Senators and Senators from last semester who didn’t have a mentor.  If you want to be a mentor, reach out to us before the end of the week.
  • I’m bringing back the Senate Leadership Committee. It’s the committee heads and two Senators that don’t hold a position.  If you’re interested in that, it’s just to give you an opportunity to have a little more leadership in the Senate.  I’ll be picking two of you who are not a committee head.  If you’re interested, send me an email and let me know why you want to do this.  We’ll meet once every week and talk about things we can do to be more productive in the Senate.
  • We’re heading to Mardi Gras Break. Please keep in mind that COVID doesn’t take vacations or breaks.  We’re going back to our respective houses and then returning to campus.  The biggest thing is just to be vigilant and cautious about the things you’re doing and your friends so we can stay safe.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-066

I move that Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.  Passed and signed.

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator.  Passed and signed.

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

 

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Interim Commissioner Tabitha Tabb

 

If you’re in another organization on campus, please spread the word about the positions for SGA and SPA officers, SGA Senators and Mr. & Ms. Nicholls.  The deadline is March 5th for Mr. & Ms. Nicholls and the deadline for SGA & SPA is March 11th.  Remember that the Election is going to be March 23rd, 24th and 25th.

 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Gamma Phi Beta BEDI Virtual Summit which passed.
  • 2021 Spring Budget which passed.
  • Motion for refrigerator and freezer for Gouaux Hall for $1,000 was tabled.
  • Motion for Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance Team which passed. 

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre and Jason Spell.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for 2020-21 Bylaws Amendment which passed.
  • Appointment of Kayla Freemon as Director of Social Media Engagement was tabled.
  • Appointment of Carson Duet for Election Commission Member which passed.
  • Appointment of Icy Abraham for Supreme Court Justice which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre, Logan Byars and Anjeinay Johnson.

Absent:     Senator Lance Jones and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

We discussed the following:

  • St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt giveaway tentative date of March 15th.
  • Voted on color of the Koozies.
  • Posting Emergency Supply Drive so look out for that.
  • If you want to do a Red Out Friday, send that to me or Director Meagan.
  • Collecting polo sizes in the Group Meet reminded everyone that women’s sizes run small and men’s run big.
  • Working on a Spring Break tank tops.
  • Colonel Gras which is March 4th.  We’ll be making a float.

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Ana Garcia, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Progress on motions and new ideas.
  • Assisting anyone who is working on motions who doesn’t know who to speak to.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Lance Jones

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said this is a motion we have to do every semester authorizing us to spend the money correctly on projects we support.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of

Election Commission Member.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. who spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.

  1. Miranda Danos
  2. Heather LeBouef

Discussion:  Senator Miranda S. said this conference is going to be for eight members of our Executive Board to attend a Virtual Summit Conference talking about diversity and inclusion among other sorority chapters.  We are not allowed to do fundraising events. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.

  1. Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Brandon Katz

Discussion:  Senator Gabrielle A. said this is the start-up funds of $300 that goes to new organizations.  The money will be for the outfits they’ll need.  Whatever we don’t fund, will come out of their pockets. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Lance Jones

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Reona Octave

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of

Election Commissioner.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Victoria Rideau

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said there is an Immunology Lab in Gouaux Hall.  We use it every single time for Biology.  We use it for Micro-Lab.  We use it for any class.  The freezer that we have is too small.  It’s completely full of our samples and anything we will need to freeze so we need a new freezer and we need a new refrigerator.  The one we have is about fifteen years old.  The repairs would cost more than the refrigerator.  We don’t have that time to wait so we’re asking for a refrigerator which is $1,500 and we’re also asking for a new, bigger freezer.  It’s a very small price to pay.

Vice President Brady L. said the motion is over $1,000 and will be tabled for further discussion.

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.

  1. Heather LeBouef
  2. Madison Liner

Discussion:  Senator Heather L. said in the committee, we discussed that the chairperson should remain objective and impartial.  It wasn’t actually in the Bylaws so this is to add it to the Bylaws, that the Chairman should remain impartial when discussing legislation.  Basically, the Chair will not vote unless there is a tie.  It says the Chair should guide the discussion that is not misleading.  They should not be taking sides.  They should not say they support things or that something isn’t right. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-21     Against-0   Abstained–0

Vetoed by President Ethan Naquin

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

None.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Miranda D.        Last semester, I helped pass a motion to help fund some items for the Counseling Center.  It was a printer, an iPad and other items that would help over the years.  I contacted Ms. Adrienne Bolton who is the Director of Student Services to ask her how things were going.  She said they have been a tremendous help in setting up videos for outreach and Zoom.  They’re also in the process of working to create a podcast for mental health.  The T.V. is being used regularly for professional development by interns and the printer is serving its purpose.  They would like to thank us again for assisting them.

Madison L.        I have a Google Form to get your opinion on the Mentor Program used previously to learn what you like or what you don’t like.  I’d like to also know what you enjoyed. Please complete it by the end of the week.

Heather L.        If you miss a meeting, the Bylaws state that you have five school days to turn in an excuse.  If you miss a committee meeting, it’s half an absence and if can’t have more than 3 unexcused absences.

Dolly M.          We’ve started receiving Petitions for the Senate but some of you are inquiring about E-Board positions.  Those applications will be available after the new President is elected.  You should be trying to secure a place on the Senate first.

                  All of you who were appointed, I’ll send you my contact information to schedule your Orientation.  You have mailboxes and other resources available to you. 

The following officers were sworn in by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Tabitha Tabb – Election Commissioner

Carson Duet – Election Commission Member

Connor Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Corey Hebert – Supreme Court Justice

Gavin Wisdom – Supreme Court Justice

Sharmila Hamal – Supreme Court Justice

Icy Abraham – Supreme Court Justice

Miranda Danos – Education Senator

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:47 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

February 1, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

The prayer was led by Senator Zackary Pitre and the pledge was given by Senator Douglas Gilchrist.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Mar’Yeala Jones and Senator Gavin Wisdom read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  President Ethan Naquin, Vice President Brady Levron, Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler Legnon, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Ana Garcia, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave, Tyler Legnon, Logan Byars (appointed) and Anjeinay Johnson (appointed).

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor and Jade Williams, Nicholls Worth Editor.

Minutes were not presented for approval.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

We had a rough week.  The quarantined space is filling on campus and that’s 22 spaces more or less in that area.  Vaccines are rolling out, slowly. We’re probably just about 300, still vaccinating 70 and over, Allied Health, Nursing faculty, staff and students.  Then those faculty with the last extra vaccines of the day that we didn’t want to dispose of. 

I just got some word on Football.  Three thousand fans in Guidry Stadium.  500 student tickets.  No beer and no tailgating on campus because of the infection increase in numbers.  No one is allowed on the field with the players.  There won’t be people on the sidelines except for key people from the media.  I think the band will be playing after the game.  They’re still working on that. The cheerleaders will be in the end zone along with some people from the press box that we’ve had to move down to the field.  The first game will be February 19th.  They added a game ahead of the schedule.  That day will also be baseball and softball double headers, soccer and there’s a lot going on with volleyball. 

It’s Black History Month.  Make sure you attend and be a part of that as leaders on campus.  That is so important.  There may be another article coming out for the local newspaper about diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.  Where are we?   What are we doing?  Mr. Steven Kenney who is the Chief Diversity Officer did that article.  It went over everything that we’ve accomplished on this campus, including where we are on renaming the buildings and renaming the streets.  I know those things tend to take a life of their own on social media.  As student leaders, I want you to be in the know that we’re still having meetings to come up with names for the buildings to acknowledge those that contributed to Nicholls State University.  Those are two buildings, Beauregard and Polk.  For renaming the streets, we were not approved by the 911 Commission.  That’s an ongoing process and we’re working with the community to come up with a solution that we can move forward with.  If you’re asked about any of these things, you’re our voice.  You can say the university is moving forward with it, understanding that we need to cooperate

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

with the community around us to get this done in a timely fashion.  As leaders, I want you to be in the know. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. asked how many spaces do we have left in quarantine?  Dr. Clune said I think I remember the number 10 but we have a lot more in quarantine than those that are infections.  Senator Jason S. said I’m concerned with March and April in this new pandemic that is going around like crazy.  It’s inevitable that the strain is going to get here.  Have you had discussions about that yet?  Dr. Clune said yes.  That’s why we stress the social distancing, the masking and also the regular testing which we’ll continue to do. Also, the vaccines as soon as possible.  The goal is to do that before you leave for summer vacation.  That indeed is the long-term solution to this.  We operate as though it’s already here with the idea that if we over run quarantine as we almost did this week, we’ll have to face some other measures to adjust.  But I am encouraged and I’ll let Dr. Caruso tell you later where we are with quarantine this week.

Testing has been low.  There’s been about 25 a week.  We’re trying to work on that for the asymptomatic spread.  It’ll be treated as though it is already here.  That’s the best way to go about it.  You did a great job in the Fall.  We’re one of the few universities that had little to none transmission on campus. 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. said I noticed the number of students limited at the football game.  I’m wondering if there’s any way that it would be more accessible to everyone.  Dr. Clune said every university in the Southland Conference is working on streaming and more exciting events. Football is going to be one of them.  We’re exploring a number of ways to stream events so students can partake in them in a safe manner. 

You’ll probably hear that the Conference is undergoing some changes.  Central Arkansas is going to Atlantic Suns?  Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian and Lamar are going to the Western Athletic Conference starting next year.  So we’re going to be inviting other schools to join us in this Conference and I’ll give you more information about that.  A lot of that had to do with having to get up to streaming our games like the other schools are doing in other states.  We’re getting there.  We’ve been working on videography and I think you’ll see a lot more of streaming games that you would at another university.       

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. said there will be only 500 tickets for students for the game.  Is it possible to raise that number or is it the maximum?  Dr. Clune said we’re limited to 25% capacity which is about 3,000 people overall in the stands and serving the teams on the sidelines and everyone else associated with it and the press box.  It’s 25% capacity based on the Phase we’re in.  The only increase we could have would be in the next Phase which would be up to 50% of the stadium.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said so it’s 25% for the 500 students, does that count on all of our students or does it count on the visitor’s side and home.  Dr. Clune said there’s a lot of tickets that will be given to the visiting team.  That number sounds a little low but that does not include students from other teams.

      COMMENT:    Senator Mar’Yeala J. asked if it would be first-come, first-served.  Dr. Clune said we’re going to have to figure out a method of having a system for students to purchase.  Just this week, they fell on a number they can get into different areas of the stadium and how they could stage those individuals.  By next week, I hope to be able to tell you how we’ll go about doing that for the different games.  I know that we can pick certain games in the season where you’re sure to get a ticket and if there’s any extra, you can go to other games as well.  We’re going to have to do something like that.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

      COMMENT:    Treasurer Ethan H. asked if students are going to be required to buy them this year.  Dr. Clune said he’s not sure how that lottery will work in order to be fair to all the students.

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. said regarding the street names, is it a hard no that it’s not going to be changed or is it something we can jump through other obstacles to see if we can get them changed.  Dr. Clune said we’re exploring with our legal counsel whether the 911 Commission has the legal authority to say no or is the 911 System simply a notifying agency where we have to notify that agency when we change the street names.  The next time to notify a change will be in April.  The next time to request a name change will be April as well.  We’re working through a hard no or whether that Commission has the ability to give a hard no. 

I’ll just tell you some of the suggestions that came back from Parish and City leaders.  If we name some of the streets after individuals, they thought people would rally around those individuals and we may have a better chance of getting those through.  I think you’ll remember the argument. They took all the streets named after plantations and the city and parish said that if we start this process, this is how many we have to rename and here’s the expense of it all.  Can they say yes or no?  Can you pay for it if there’s a cost associated with it?  Then we go back to the committee and say some of the recommendations are coming back that people will rally around individuals if we begin to choose individual names for some of these streets.  What we asked Mr. Kenney to do is to take the Naming Task Force and have a Steering Committee that would work with the Vice Presidents on a regular basis.  That means they choose one individual from each section of students, faculty, staff, alumni and those individuals that work with us and work for the parish and work with the city and try to move forward.  We are committed to do this.  We’re trying to be smart about it.  We have a new Legislative Session coming up and we’re counting on the Legislature to fund this institution.  When we do a call, we want to make sure the people are apprised.  We want to get them on board with us so we don’t have any opposition when it comes to our funding or anything else.  I think we did the right thing when we did it.  When LSU took the Middleton name off the Library, it had a lot of attention and it brought the attention back to our efforts.  It began to be more scrutinized more heavily.  I do think there’s a lot more people in this community that want to help us find a way to move forward and I totally believe we will.  You may see some of the signs go back up for now for safety reasons so first responders can find those buildings.  The thing we want to stress is that they were no longer on the corner they were on.  The signs that say “We are all members of our community.” will stay up and the effort will continue.  I don’t think that will change.  We’ll just have to work through another step and we’re exploring whether that is a hard no. 

Thank you for all you do.  I speak to President Ethan Naquin on a regular basis and Vice President Brady Levron now.  If you have any questions, email me.  If you hear anything in the community that’s alarming, make sure you reach out to me or Dr. Caruso.  If you see anything we should be aware of that you hear or see on social media or anywhere else, be sure to let us know so we can be on the front end of that and help you answer that question.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

 

Dr. Caruso said we had 31 reported last week.  It all happened on campus.  Some people tested positive and haven’t left campus for a while so it might be someone sitting next to you in class.  Like Dr. Clune talked about, we just about reached our limit last weekend for quarantined space and now that some are being released, we’ll have more room now.  But that is also indicative of all the hard work and our quarantined students are doing to contact us for testing.  Most of the people that were in the quarantined space were actually people who had been exposed or presumed positive and had not tested positive. So that’s an important last step of what we’re doing on campus with contact tracing.  We’re asking people who have been exposed to make sure they’re not going around other people and isolate themselves so that we’re not spreading it further. 

As student leaders, this is for your health as well.  If you hear of people talking about the whole contact tracing process and understanding why you have to be isolated for a certain number of days, even from their friends.  They may be quarantined for 10 days but their friend for 7 days, etc.  The

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED: 

CDC Guidelines have a lot of moving parts to it.  There are a lot of variables.  An if/then type of situation that now goes into the whole isolation decision. If people don’t understand it or are frustrated, please encourage them to call us directly.  We’ll walk them through the steps and help them understand.  It is an important part of our effort in reducing the spread on campus. 

Another place we could use your help is we’re getting a lot of telephone calls about the Snack Bar area.  There might be one person eating at the table with five others that aren’t eating.  They don’t have their mask on and putting chairs together.  If you see that going on, you can help us as student leaders by reminding your friends and peers how important it is to put their mask on. It’s especially important when they’re not eating and socializing.  In the cafeteria as well, we could really use the reminder.  We had our first winner last week.  The parking pass was in the drawing being offered for being tested for COVID.  We’ll be raffling off another one next month and some other things.  We’ve been averaging between 20 and 25 a day.  We really want students to get tested because people may be carrying it and not realize it. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Gabrielle A. mentioned that some professors are not wearing masks when teaching and asked how to report it. Dr. Caruso said you can report it to the Department Head so they can address it directly with that faculty member.  Then if you feel you don’t have a resolution, report it to the Academic Dean for that college. Of course, you’re always welcome to call us, the Vice Presidents or any other individual that is working on COVID like our Environmental and Safety Director, etc.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

Last weekend I attended the Council of Student Body Presidents.  At our Student Advisory Council Meeting we discussed the UL System Service Project as well as COVID-19 cases.  We were joined by Senator Bill Cassidy to discuss higher education.  We’ll be seeing a COVID Relief Package coming from Congress soon. He expressed optimism with a quicker roll out that was done originally.  He said that ideally we have 8% vaccination/immunity for things to return to normal.  They swore in a new Board Chairman and also some experts to assist in staff development.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • WID/WIH due Feb 12th. If you’re a new Senator, come to see me.
  • For the T-shirt Giveaway – concerns and suggestion box that will help you find motions.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

  • The Financial Statement that ended on January 18th is being finalized and will be sent out to each of you next week.
  • The new Financial Statement is in the process of being put together.
  • We did get the enrollment numbers in from last semester and the CD Interest amount, so those were also inputted into the Financial Statement.
  • The budget has not really changed at all.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • Congratulations to the new Committee Chairs and those being appointed!
  • Don’t forget, tomorrow is our first giveaway! It’s 10:30-12:30 in the union, the sign-up sheet is on google drive and I’ll send a link to it after the meeting. We can only have 1-2 people there working.
  • We will be ordering polos soon so start messaging me with sizes!
  • The committee and I have a bunch of fun ideas this semester so look forward to more giveaways and other fun items.
  • Any giveaway ideas send to me! (Face Masks, stickers, etc.)

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT CONTINUED:

  • Any Red Out Friday pictures or any other social media things can be sent to me.
  • If you didn’t pick up your shirts from your boxes. Make sure to grab them!!

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Congratulations to Trent Ledet as chairman of the Public Relations Committee.
  • Congratulations to Heather LeBouef Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee.
  • Thank you to everyone who reached out and scheduled your meeting with me to discuss your goals for this semester. I will be having a majority of those meetings this week. If you have not met with me, please email your availability to me today or tomorrow.
  • With the help of Senator Liner who worked closely with Sydney to build the Senator Mentor Program, we will continue that this semester for our new senators. If you would like to help, please speak with me or Senator Madison L.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code.

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

Article IX

Election Code Infractions

Section I

Infractions

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50.

Passed and signed.

S2021-064

I move that the Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

 

S2021-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Matthew Badeaux

 

No report.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Tabitha Tabb

 

SPRING ONLINE ELECTIONS = March 23 to March 25, 2021 TO ELECT:

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls

SGA President, Vice President & Senators

SPA President & Vice President

Mr. & Ms. Nicholls – Nominations

Student Organizations can pick up nomination packets from the SGA office. Please make your selection early due to completed co-curricular form requirements.

Deadline is MARCH 5TH

SGA & SPA Officer Petitions

Student Government President, Vice President & Senator Petitions

Student Programming President & Vice President Petitions

Petitions can be picked up in the SGA office.

Deadline is MARCH 11TH

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon and Tyler Legnon.

Absent:     Senator Jason Spell (class).

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to co-sponsor Financial Literacy Program.  Senator Lance J. shared his motion of funding the Financial Literacy Program with the NAACP at Nicholls which passed.

 

Judiciary Committee – Heather LeBouef, Chair

Present:    Senators Heather LeBouef, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Zackary Pitre, Jason Spell and Ana Garcia.

We discussed the following:

  • Motion on Amended Spring 21 Corollary which passed.
  • Appointment of Anjeinay Johnson for Senator-at-Large which passed.
  • Appointment of Corey Hebert, Connor Hebert, Sharmila Hamal and Gavin Wisdom for Supreme Court Justices which passed.
  • Appointment of Logan Byars for Sciences & Technology Senator which passed.
  • Appointment of Miranda Danos for Education Senator which passed.
  • Appointment of Kayla Freemon for Director of Social Media Engagement which failed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Trent Ledet, Chair

Present:    Senators Trent Ledet, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Meagan Rousse

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Public Relations Committee Report Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Tomorrow is our first giveaway from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union.
  • We may be ordering polos soon so send sizes to me in Group Meet.
  • Senator Cooper M. had an idea for St. Patrick’s Day giveaway,
  • Working on prices for Umbrellas.
  • Make sure to get your shirts from the Senate Room.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Victoria Rideau and Ana Garcia.

Absent:     Senator Brandon Katz.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Went into detail a little more about what each individual is working on.
  • Perhaps pairing up this semester with another person to work on motions.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-066

I move that Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.

  1.   Gabrielle Arceneaux
  2. Brandon Katz

Discussion: Senator Gabrielle A. defers to President Ethan N. who said for the new officers, every semester the Corollary is approved.  We want to amend it to include an Ad Hoc position for Social Media Engagement Director.  We’ve done this in the past but for some reason, it didn’t transfer into the Corollary this semester.  Basically it’s a position that can help with public relations.  The last person who held this position assisted the PR Director with Social Media.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator

.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-20     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. spoke of qualifications and recommended approval. 

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-1   Abstained–1

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.

  1.   Lance Jones
  2. Hunter Legnon

Discussion:  Senator Lance J. said since this is Black History Month, we’re putting on an activity to Dine and Learn about Financial Literacy.  The funds will go towards food.  Family Literacy will be discussed such as credit scores, how to improve it, how it goes down and how you are personally responsible to manage your money as a college student.  You don’t make a lot of money but it encourages you to start a savings account that will help stretch your money as well as how to do the little things that make a difference.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said he thinks it’s a really good idea and fully support it.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-19     Against-0   Abstained–0

 

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

 

DISCUSSION:

Senator Heather L. said you should have received an email regarding the university requirements.  Please fill out the survey.

Senator Jason S. said the Student Union has been a problem in the past.  Students are not wearing masks or using social distancing.  We need to reach out to everyone on campus and let them know we’re all in this together. The only way to do this is to stick together and help each other stay safe.

Senator Zackary P. said I think it’s the responsibility of the past Senators and E-Board members to help new Senators realize what roles you have to fill.  If you have any question of what you’re supposed to do or what the process is to learn your responsibility, let us know.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          It’s time to nominate for Hall of Fame which goes to those graduating in May.  We’re nominating Logan Collins, Brady Levron, Morgan Levron and Julia Pierce.  Our graduates from this past Fall are eligible so we’ve nominated Sydney Matherne, Jennifer Duthu, Emily Bergeron, Cole LeGrange, Saidy Hebert, Daedra Howard and Ethan Adams.  The deadline to submit your co-curricular forms to the Office of Student Affairs is February 18th.

                  It came to our attention that one of our students on campus had a disastrous family house fire and lost everything they own. The E-Board agreed to sponsor a supply drive and we already have people donating furniture for the place they’ll eventually live.  We’re going to have a table set up in the Union for collecting.  Please spread the word because the family is a mother with two daughters. One is the Nicholls student.  I’ll send you more information through emails on that.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED:

                  To explain a little about the election, even if you don’t want to run for office, as a Senator, if you want to serve again next Fall, you have to complete a Petition and submit it to the SGA office by March 11th.  A petition will be placed in everyone’s mailbox.  If you don’t submit this form by the deadline and want to remain on the Senate, you’ll have to reapply and interview with Judiciary again in the Fall.  Those of you who are Freshmen, this is your opportunity to apply as Senator for your respective college or you can serve as Senator-at-Large.  You will still represent Freshman students until the end of the Freshman Election in the Fall.  

Heather L.        Congratulated President Ethan Naquin for being nominated as a Semi-Finalist for the Fulbright Scholar Program.  He’s the first person from Nicholls to accomplish this so it’s awesome. 

The following officers were sworn in by Interim Chief Justice Matthew Badeaux:

Logan Byars – Sciences & Technology Senator

Anjeinay Johnson – Senator-at-Large

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:42 p.m.

S.G.A. SENATE MEETING

January 25, 2021

The meeting was called to order in LeBijou Theatre at 4:00 p.m.  Presiding officer was Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron. The Recording Secretary was Dolly McGeever.

A moment of silence was observed for the passing of two Nicholls students, Etic Thibodaux and Carolyn Johnson, over the semester break.

The prayer was led by Senator Madison Liner and the pledge was given by Senator Cooper Moore.

The Nicholls Student Government Association Mission Statement was read by Senator Jax Badeaux and Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux read the first value of the Nicholls Creed.

The following Executive Board members were present:  Vice President Pro-Tempore Brady Levron, Treasurer Ethan Henry, Director of Student Rights & Grievances Symphony Brown, Director of Public Relations Meagan Rousse (appointed) and Secretary Dolly McGeever.

The following Executive Board member was absent: President Ethan Naquin.

The following Senators were present:  Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Jax Badeaux, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Zackary Pitre, Douglas Gilchrist, Mar’Yeala Jones, Gavin Wisdom, Heather LeBouef, Jason Spell, Miranda Danos, Hunter Legnon, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Victoria Rideau, Reona Octave and Tyler Legnon.

The following Senators were absent:   Julia Pierce, Ana Garcia and Ethan Vickrey.

Student Supreme Court was represented by Justice Remy Lodrigues.

Election Commission was represented by Commission Member Tabitha Tabb.

Guests present were Dr. Jay Clune, University President, Dr. Michele Caruso, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Student Government Association Advisor, Benton Blanchard, Nicholls Worth staff and Josinique Reed.

Minutes of October 12 were approved as printed.

 

Justice Remy Lodrigues swears in Brady Levron as Student Body Vice President.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Jay Clune

I wanted to report on a few things:

              1 – We ordered 21,000 test kits.  That’s why you see so much testing on campus.  That was a recommendation of Higher Ed and CDC.  There will be some opportunities to open up some activities like Basketball with masks and rapid test required first.  Other activities can open up if we do a rapid test when a student is entering the venue.  Those results are available within 15 minutes.

              2 – We vaccinated 267 primarily Nicholls Nursing students, Allied Health Students, as well as faculty and staff, and then another 40 or so from Fletcher.  We also have the ability to vaccinate another 250 this week.  We’re reaching out to Nursing and Allied Health students.  We’re also reaching out to our employees, as well as our retirees that are 70 or over, and their spouses.  At the end of the day if you have extra doses in a vile, not to waste the vaccine, that vaccine can be given to someone out of the tier that we’re currently vaccinating which is 70 and over and Nursing and Allied Health faculty and staff.  We can give that to another faculty member who may not be able to return to campus because they are at risk.  We’re able to administer that final dose to them rather than waste it so we’re hoping that more individuals could get vaccinated and get back to campus.

              3 – The Bayou Side Development is going to have the ribbon cutting on Wednesday.  That’s going to be a small parking lot and kayak boat launch.  SGA is going to be represented there at the ribbon cutting.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

              4 – We had a flood study about Leighton Drive.  The fix is not easy.  It’s $2 or $3 million dollars of drainage pipes underground.  What we’re trying to work on having less pavement where possible and a little more green space.  You’ll see a lot of work behind Talbot Hall.  It was somewhat uninviting with the yellow and peach paint.  That wall will be repainted by a donor, Ms. Renee Danos, who has endowed the Danos Theater for $1 million gave an extra $80,000 to repaint that building and to fix the back.  We have a shed and some fencing back there.  We hope to put more greenery back there.  We can take away concrete, like cutting out areas to plant so we don’t have all that runoff when it rains.  We’re going to start moving on Free Speech Alley to make that a nicer cut through campus, more of a destination spot rather than just a road between two roads. 

              5 – The Wood was repaired by our own Maintenance over the break.  We’ll be looking for volunteer organizations to stain that wood.  Once it completely dries, it will be a dark brown stain that has to be applied to that wood.

              6 – The Parish will help us with lighting improvements on Bowie Road around the apartments and the Recreation Center. 

              7 – You might have noticed we’ve paused on the street names.  We did not get approval from the 911 Commission to move forward so we’re reevaluating how to move forward with that.  It might be a slower process.  We may have to put some signs back up for first responders around campus.

              8 – Basketball is playing again this Wednesday.  If you’re a student, I encourage you to get there early.  We had to turn away about 50 or 75 fans for the UNO game on Saturday.  We’re on a 7-game winning streak, right outside first place in the Conference.  Try to go to the games, both the men’s and women’s.  I encourage you to go. 

              9 – We’ve been talking about ways to get more students in the Union. We’re open to your ideas, particularly at night.  It kind of dies out.  We’re thinking of keeping the Food Court open a little longer, certainly keeping the Wild Blue place longer.  We’re also Esporting with Northwestern State.  They put a gaming lounge with high-end, high-tech games into their Student Union.  We’re exploring the possibility of an Esports/gaming lounge in the Union that would stay open late to keep people coming to the Union and make it a lively place.

These are the updates I have.  I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. what is your message to student leaders particularly about wearing masks and following university procedures regarding COVID prevention.  President Clune said we’re probably a few months away, probably April/May and even after that, we’ll be expected to wear masks.  Masks are still the most effective way of keeping the virus at bay.  We’ve done a very good job on this campus.  When we have visitors from other institutions and they see the students who wear masks, they’re very impressed and complimentary.  When it comes to student leaders like yourself and athletes, we need to be physical individuals out there, putting masks on.  You don’t have to be the mask police but setting an example by keeping the mask on.  Studies have shown that it protects you and the other person.  You get less virus exposed and less sick.  Then social distance of 6 feet is important and practicing good hygiene.  As soon as we can get the vaccines in your arms, we’ll get them.  We were the first school in the system to get the vaccines on our campus that were administered on Saturday and Sunday.  We were the first non-hospital Nursing & Allied Health School to get vaccines and we expect to be the first vaccines for all students.  There’s a lot of vaccine reluctance out there. Terrebonne Parish for example has one of the highest reluctance rates in the country with only 48% of residents that trust the vaccine.  There are counties in Virginia where 87% trust the vaccine.  Those places will open up before us if we don’t get people to trust the vaccine.  That’s why so many people on social media this weekend are posting pictures being vaccinated.  There are a lot of myths.  When you get vaccinated, I encourage you to get that photograph and get that story.  We have to break that stigma about getting the vaccine or we’re going to be opening later than other states. 

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. asked what can we do to get venues like Bayou Pizza to open later.  President Clune said there are two schools of thought.  Someone in food services will tell you that you have to get the right food venues in there to get the crowd.  I believe you have to get the activities in there to get the crowd.  That means this gaming lounge concept is where any student can use gaming computers and high-resolution screens.  It will also be a practice place for our Esports team that participate in gaming leagues that play against other schools in the state.  That combination with keeping that gate up for food services in the Union would create a lively venue.  If you have other ideas of how to make the Union livelier, let us know.  We’ll start keeping venues open until 9:00 p.m.  That will be the first step. 

There will also be a coffee shop going into the Library when you walk in to the left and turn into the Ellender Computer Lab.  That poorly designed space will become a beautiful coffee shop whereby you can watch people in the Makerspace Lab next door.  I believe it will be a great venue for students.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said he knows the furniture in the Union is a little dated.  Have there been any donors that have stepped up to replace the furniture.  President Clune said the donor family, the Bollingers, we had them over for Christmas and we’re going to start talking about what’s next. This furniture is very expensive, much more expensive than it looks.  We want to get newer furniture, more appropriate furniture in that space.  I think the early estimates on cost to refurbish that space is $250,000 with extremely expensive furniture.  We’re looking at an opportunity to do that.  We’re also looking at the Student Leadership Suite where SGA has its offices and Student Affairs has some offices.  That really needs to be opened up and brought back into feeling that it’s part of the Union.  It feels separate and apart over there and near that scary hallway between the SGA offices and the Ballroom.  My top three priorities are something in that space to bring students in, the new furniture and getting that student leadership suite back to being part of the main Student Union.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said I know the gaming computers might take a while to get set up but something as simple as a trivia night would bring students in. You could have it once or twice a month.  You can even do it based on subjects that are taught. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Lance J. suggested that we could perhaps get some watch parties together for events like the Superbowl, NBA Basketball season and things like that.

President Clune said these are great ideas.

      COMMENT:    Senator Miranda D. asked about the status of the Makerspace.  President Clune said if you walk by, you’ll see everything has been gutted and they’re putting up walls for offices and reconfiguring the windows.  They only have a 60-day window to complete that so it’s going to be a fast turnaround.  All the equipment that goes in there has already been ordered.  The furniture that’s going to hold all the equipment is going to be ordered.  When that ends, we’ll quickly jump into that coffee space.  In order to get people into that Makerspace, you have to get people outside of it, looking in so that’s why we’re putting that coffee shop in that location. 

Elsewhere in the Library, you’ll see the Tutoring Center will move on the first floor out of Peltier Hall.  Eventually we hope all the Advisors will be in the Library.  We’d like to see the Writing Center in the Library.  The first floor will be all student activities, all tutoring and all mentoring.  The Archives will eventually get up to the third floor so that will open all that up for students.

GUEST SPEAKER CONTINUED:

Thank you for your commitment, for all you do on this campus and for being good role models.  I need your help with masks, with testing and with vaccinations which is so important.  I don’t know if you realize the influence it has on others when you post a picture of yourself wearing your mask and getting vaccinated. 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. Michele Caruso

As Dr. Clune said, obviously wearing your mask is the singularly most important thing we can do on campus to reduce the spread of COVID.  In addition to that, the testing that he mentioned is another very important program on campus.  As you might have noticed on the email that went out, we have satellite testing going on with rapid testing for people who don’t have symptoms or have not been exposed, to their knowledge.  They’re set up in all of the classroom buildings.  They’ll follow a weekly schedule to make it really easy so we’re asking students as they go to class, either before or after, when they’re entering that building on that day.  It takes 15 minutes to get the results and it gives you that peace of mind.  It helps us to get a little more control of COVID on this campus.  As you probably noticed, since the new year, we’re starting to see a little bit of leveling off on that but there are some new strains that are coming out.  Our team has been working 24/7 to keep up with the reports coming in and helping everybody deal with that. 

As Dr. Clune said, it’s really important as leaders to show people they have to wear masks.  President Ethan Naquin and Director Symphony Brown agreed to have their picture taken at the test site.  If anybody else is willing to do that, go on your own and snap a shot and post it or I can come take it with the PR people from Jerad David’s office.  We’d appreciate that.  It would be really helpful to us. 

As you know, we have several vacant positions in Student Affairs, one being the Dean of Students.  We’re really excited about it.  It’s the first time we’ll have a standalone Dean of Students which will make a huge difference in how we’re able to do things on campus.  A committee is in place that is meeting for the first time this week.  Your SGA representative will be Director Symphony B. as well as two representatives from the SGA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and several others representing areas across campus.  The Greek Life position closes next week so we’ll be looking into hiring someone to pick up where David Ford left off.  The last vacant position will be Student Activities Coordinator/SPA Advisor.  I’ll keep you up to date on those. 

Have a great Fall.  We’re looking forward to another very productive semester.  I’ve seen some of the things President Naquin has lined up for the semester and looking forward to that.  If you need anything, you know where to find me.

OFFICER REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – ETHAN NAQUIN

 

No report.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RIGHTS & GRIEVANCES’ REPORT – SYMPHONY BROWN

 

  • Welcome back.
  • My office hours are posted on my door or you can text or call me.
  • I’ve put the “What I’ve Done”/”What I’ve Heard.” on the Google Drive. They’re due on February 19, March 26 and April 16.
  • Sidewalk is completed – WHOOP WHOOP go walk it!!
  • I’m on the Search Committee for the Dean of Students.
  • I received the COVID vaccine – feel fine – cool to be a part of history.
  • If you have any ideas, come see me and good luck semester.

TREASURER’S REPORT – ETHAN HENRY

 

  • My office hours will be posted on my door shortly.
  • Financial Statement is on its way.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

TREASURER’S REPORT CONTINUED:

  • I created a Google Sheet because of the very productive semester we had. The only way you were able to find out which line item to take the funds from when you had a motion was to come see me or call Ms. Dolly.  This semester we’ll try to put all our motion ideas on a Google Doc.  At a glance it will give you the motion idea, where you’ll take the funds from and things like that.  You’ll have all the information there and then we can discuss it.  Once we make the decision, you’ll know which line item to take it from.  It’ll be organized.  I can look at it and let you know which line item to take it from on the same day.  That way, things will move a lot faster and I’ll be more accessible to you. 

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS’ REPORT – MEAGAN ROUSSE

 

  • I hope you had a great break.
  • We have the Dri-Fit T-Shirt Giveaway next Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Talked about things from last semester to get more students involved in social media this semester.
  • My office hours are posted on my door or you can give me a call.
  • Keep thinking about ideas for pictures.

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – BRADY LEVRON

 

  • Welcome back. I hope everyone had a good break and a healthy break.
  • We want to make sure we’re wearing our masks while we’re on campus or in this room. I know it’s easy for it to slip down under your nose.  Make sure you’re wearing it properly while you’re here and maintaining 6-foot social distancing as much as possible.  If you’re feeling ill by any means, do not come to the meeting or report to campus.  Call University Health Services or your Healthcare Provider and get checked out.  You will not be counted absent.
  • Attire for the meeting is still business casual.
  • Towards the end of the meeting, we’ll transition to a goal setting period. I think it’s very productive to write down your goals for the semester.  That way you’ll have something to look forward to and something you’re working on.  I created a form that I’ll talk about later.
  • Applications are open for Chair positions for Public Relations and Judiciary Committees. You can pick one up from the SGA office and they’re due on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

ACTIONS TAKEN ON OLD BILLS

F2021-052

I move that the Senate purchase 1 double entry bike rack to be placed in the front of Talbot.  The cost will be $1,499.00 to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-053

I move that Senate allocate $2,000 for overall student awards and $500 for refreshments from Sodexo to assist the co-sponsorship Expeaux 21, the student research and Creative Exposition at Nicholls State University.  Passed and signed.

F2021-054

I move that SGA fund up to $1,500 for Alumni Affairs to purchase personalized yard signs for the upcoming Fall 2020 graduates.  Funding for this would come out of the Senator Projects line item.  Passed and signed.

F2021-055

I move that Senate allocate up to $400 to purchase Boots Clune Koozies for an S.G.A. giveaway.  Funds will be taken from the S.G.A. Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

OFFICER REPORTS CONTINUED:

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED:

F2021-056

I move that Senate allocate up to $4,000 to purchase equipment and software for the University Counseling Center.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-057

I move that the Senate purchase for $220 Push/Pull Decals to be taken out of Nicholls Community Awareness line item of the budget to hang on doors for Houma local businesses.  Passed and signed.

F2021-058

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a vacuum oven for laboratory and research use.  Passed and signed.

F2021-059

I move that the Senate allocate up to $3,500 to purchase a Turbidimeter and electronic pipettors.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

F2021-060

I move that the Senate approve that SGA sponsor an Election Date Bus to bring students registered to vote to the polls.  (No Cost).  Passed and signed.

F2021-061

I move that Senate allocate up to $3,000 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to purchase a hospital bed for the Nursing Department.  Passed and signed.

F2021-062

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,500 to purchase chemicals and supplies for live demonstrations in Chemistry courses.  Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

STUDENT SUPREME COURT REPORT – Justice Remy Lodrigues

 

There are a number of positions open on the Supreme Court and possibly for the Election Commission.  If you are friends of student leaders that want to get involved, have them reach out to me.  A number of officers graduated last semester and a number will be graduating so positions are available.

ELECTION COMMISSION REPORT­­ – Tabitha Tabb

 

Daedra Howard is not on campus this semester so she’ll no longer be Election Commissioner. 

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance Committee – Madison Liner, Chair

Present:    Senators Madison Liner, Jax Badeaux, Douglas Gilchrist, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

Guest:      Treasurer Ethan Henry

We discussed the following:

  • Motion for Black History Month Tour which passed.
  • The new Google Sheet for contacting Treasurer Ethan H. about motions and the line items to be used.
  • Funding for the upcoming semester.  If organizations ask for funding, we should ask about their fundraising efforts. 

 

Judiciary Committee – Zackary Pitre, Co-Chair

Present:    Senators Zackary Pitre, Gabrielle Arceneaux, Jax Badeaux, Miranda Danos, Douglas Gilchrist, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Heather LeBouef, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon and Jason Spell.

SGA SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED:

Judiciary Committee Continued:

We discussed the following:

  • Motion to Amend the 2021 Election Code which passed.
  • Motion to appoint Director of Public Relations which passed.

 

Public Relations Committee: Mr/Ms Nicholls/Banquet – Homecoming/Holiday Social – Meagan Rousse, Chair

Present:    Senators Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Brandon Katz, Trent Ledet, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave, Zackary Pitre and Victoria Rideau.

We discussed the following:

  • PR Committee Chair position is open.  Interested officers should submit applications by January 27 to the SGA office.
  • Dri-Fit t-shirt giveaway is on Tuesday, February 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union.
  • Possible Giveaway ideas: Confused Colonels t-shirts to give away at football game.
  • Red-Out Friday photos.

 

Campus Affairs Committee/Academic Affairs Committee – Gabrielle Arceneaux, Chair; Heather LeBouef, Co-Chair.

Present:    Senators Gabrielle Arceneaux, Heather LeBouef, Miranda Danos, Lance Jones, Mar’Yeala Jones, Brandon Katz, Hunter Legnon, Tyler Legnon, Madison Liner, Cooper Moore, Reona Octave and Victoria Rideau.

Guest:      Director Symphony Brown.

We discussed the following:

  • Trying to become more comfortable in finding Academic Problems on campus.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

S2021-063a

I move to suspend the Rules of Procedures to allow the motion to be heard.  The reason for the suspension is the motion is in violation the Rules of Procedures.  (The amendment was not tabled for one week prior to voting.)

If we want these Rules to be on the books for this election cycle, we have to pass it today. 

  1. Jason Spell
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code.

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

 

NEW BUSINESS CONTINUED:

Article IX

Election Code Infractions

Section I

Infractions

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50. 
  1. Jason Spell
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Jason S. said the previous Article V, Section 1 was struck completely because it was about unlimited spending.  The new Article V, Section 1, Letter A. states that candidates cannot spend in excess of $750, Letter B states all candidates must submit receipts on a weekly basis to the Election Commission and Letter C states it’s subject to oversight by the Election Commission.

Then Article IV, Section 1 states the Infractions for violating Article V and Section II is the Sanctions imposed for the Infractions.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For – 18   Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-064

I move that Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.

  1. Brandon Katz
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Brandon K. said this is something we sponsor every year to commemorate Black History Month.

     COMMENT:     Senator Lance J. asked where the Tour is being held.  Senator Brandon K. said in Donaldsonville.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-18     Against-0   Abstained–0

S2021-065

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations.

  1. Hunter Legnon
  2. Gabrielle Arceneaux

Discussion:  Senator Hunter L. said we interviewed Meagan today in the Judiciary Committee.  We thought she would be a great fit and have her on board of the Executive Board.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said in Judiciary, I adamantly opposed the appointment because I asked Senator Meagan R. in Judiciary several questions regarding whether she understood that the things she posted on social media were not in accordance with university directives.  We have a huge influence when we post on social media. Over the break and throughout last semester, Senator Meagan R. posted several photos of herself at Super-Spreader events without wearing her mask.  I feel that for us to promote someone to the Executive Board when this is the biggest push right

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now, is like a slap in the face to what the administration is expecting from us.  I like Senator Meagan R.  I think she is a good person.  I think she is very positive but I think that would be counterproductive. I don’t think that she should be appointed to the Executive Board. I feel it takes away integrity of our organization for us to promote people to our Executive Board who don’t set an example. I know I always have to wear a mask and very, very careful not to post anything on social media that is questionable because I’m a reflection of SGA, because I’m a Senator on SGA.  Senator Meagan R. was our PR Chair in the Fall.  She wasn’t just a regular Senator.  I feel that as PR Chair, she should have known better and I feel it’s not something small.  It’s something that was very, very big. 

      COMMENT:    Senator Hunter L. said it came to a point where you had to see who was best suited for the job and Senator Meagan R. was the best fit.  I feel that perhaps she broke the rules but we adopted a system where Senator Jason S. said you get one warning.  Senator Meagan R. has one warning so it comes down to do you take that away from her because she messed up one time.  Now she knows and if she continues, then we’ll have a meeting but messing up one time doesn’t mean she shouldn’t get the position.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said in reference to what Senator Jason S. put in place about the warning, I think that was an Election Code thing before.  Anyway, I think it also depends on severity. I think it was what Senator Jason S. explained that if you go over that, you’re automatically disqualified because then that would pertain to fairness.  I think it’s depending on severity and I think that’s pretty severe, especially when that person is a Senator and was already in a higher position as a Chair person.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said we had a big discussion about this in Judiciary but it’s addressed the problem.  You just addressed it about wearing the mask and you talked about Dr. Clune.  Yes, it is an issue but at the same time I’m going to vote yes for Senator Meagan R. because I think she can fill the position the best for SGA. Everything she could bring to the table as a Director is what we’re going to need.  So yes, I do understand she did break protocol and it happens because nobody is perfect.  I’m sure I’ve done the same thing.  I just haven’t posted anything and I got caught.  I just want to say it’s been addressed.  We know what can happen if we don’t follow the rules.  I just want you to take that into consideration.  We’re taking a chance because it’s based on who she is and what she can provide, not what she’s done in the past.

      COMMENT:    Senator Cooper M. said I wasn’t in the Judiciary Committee meeting so I obviously didn’t hear all of the discussion but I do know that in this case, the good outweighs the bad.  Senator Meagan R. has done more than enough.  She and I are the same age and I know she has gone above and beyond as far as the school, the university and the senate. I think we’ve gotten it out of the way and addressed the problem at hand. I think we should not have any more animosity toward each other and the Senate.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said I also feel that in Judiciary, the acting Chairman expressed his opinion which is not allowed so I feel he may have swayed the vote.  I think we should revote.

      COMMENT:    Senator Jason S. said the Chairman of the committee should still be able to voice an opinion.  Because what if it comes down to a tie-breaker.

      COMMENT:    Senator Zackary P. said what I did say in the meeting is the same thing that I said here.  The motion was about the appointment.  If we believe she is a person that can fill the position.  I said that it should address the problem.  I did say that but I was strictly looking at the motion

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                  based on whether she is qualified for the position, not what she has done in the past but what she’s done recently.  If we believe that she is fit or not.

      COMMENT:    Senator Brandon K. said what Senator Zackary P. said is just trying to get the conversation back on track.  That is basically where that came from.

      COMMENT:    Senator Heather L. said his opinion was that she was the best fit for the position and that she should be appointed.  He expressed his support for the motion.

      COMMENT:    Senator Tyler L. suggests that the Chair refer back to the actual topic at hand.

Question:  Move into vote:

Passed For-17     Against-1   Abstained–0

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • University Standing Committee Roster was updated with new officers.
  • Student Affairs Advisory Council Roster was updated with new officers.

 

DISCUSSION:

Vice President Pro-Tempore

Vice President Brady L. opened the floor for nominations for Vice President Pro-Tempore for Spring semester:

Senator Brandon Katz nominated Senator Jason Spell.

Senator Hunter Legnon nominated Senator Tyler Legnon.

Senator Heather LeBouef nominated Senator Gabrielle Arceneaux.

Discussion was held on the qualifications of the nominees.  Nominees left the room for Senators to vote and Senator Tyler Legnon was selected as Vice President Pro-Tempore.

 

Goal Setting Section (Senator Success Sheet):

Vice President Brady L. distributed the Senator Success Sheet to Senators and explained that it’s to write down goals.  Starting this semester, we want to make it a priority so you can outline what you want to do.  Sometimes, we lose sight of what we really want to do to be more productive.  This way it will be in writing.  You’ll notice that the first one is your personal goal.  This is one for yourself for the semester.  It can be something outside of SGA like academics and the second two are SGA related goals.  The biggest thing about this is that I’ll ask each of you to meet with me sometime in the next two weeks to start a dialogue about your projects.  That way you’ll know exactly what’s expected of you to achieve these goals.  Even further, some of the Senators may be working on the same thing but might not know it.  This way I can look at what everyone is working on and pair you up with someone who is doing the same thing. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dolly M.          ID Cards will be placed in your SGA mailbox for editing.  Please indicate any changes and return it to the SGA office.

                  Graduation Stole Program was explained:  Stoles will be awarded to officers graduating in May 2021 and December 2021 at the SGA Banquet.  They are free to charge to officers.  The list of eligible graduates was confirmed.

The following officers were sworn in by Justice Remy Lodrigues:

Meagan Rousse – Director of Public Relations

Tyler Legnon – Vice President Pro-Tempore

Vice President Pro-Tempore Tyler L. congratulated Dr. Caruso on her appointment as Vice President of Student Affairs.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:03 p.m.

SPRING 2021 ACTIONS TAKEN

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 26, 2021

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” Display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-103

I move that the Senate allocate up to $7,000 for the purchase of an Eppendorf 5418-R refrigerated Centrifuge to be used in the Biology Labs.   Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-104

I move that the Senate fund overtime pay for Ellender Library employees for working two additional hours on May 6, 7, 10 and 11, 2021.  Up to $500 will be taken from the Slack/Miscellaneous line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-005

I move that the Senate amend Article XIII, Rule II of the SGA Bylaws to repeal the Code of Dress.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-106

I move that the Senate allocate $300.00 in Start Up funds to be given to the Alpha Psi Lambda Affiliate Chapter at Nicholls.  Funds will be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-107

I move that the Senate purchase (5) Access Tools and one Hand Jack set, (5) VCBM Remote Controls, (5) 14” Universal Lug Wrenches, (5) 3-Ton Jack with Quick Lift and (5) Jump Starters.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget for up to $2,065.35.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-108

I move that the Senate allocate $35,000 from the roll over funds of the 2020-21 budget for a Pathway for the Library Green Space.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

S2021-109

I move that the Senate allocate up to $6,500 to purchase a Jasco V-730(ST) UV-Visible Spectrophotometer for the Chemistry Department. Funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-110

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,318.95 from the Senator Projects line item to purchase a bench for Ayo Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-111

I move that the Senate purchase (4) 4-ft. Round Tables, 4 Seats, Expanded Metal, Free Standing, all Black picnic tables to replace the picnic tables on the bayou side of LA 1.  Costs will not exceed $5,500 and funds will be taken from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-112

I move that the Senate accept the Resolution regarding the creation of the “Healthy Colonel Program”.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-113

I move that the Senate allocate up to $550 to purchase 50 Chick-Fil-A sandwich combos for Stress-Less Fest. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-114

I move that the Senate amend the Bylaws:  Article III, Letter D & Letter E; Article VIII, Letter A, Number 3.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-115

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,000 each semester going forward, starting with the Fall 2021 semester to support a line item dedicated to food insecurity & food literacy efforts.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-116

I move that the Senate approve the Proposed Summer 2021 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-117

I move that the Senate allocate $800 to help cover the costs of students attending the American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, GA from August 22 to 26, 2021.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-118

I move that the Senate allocate $10,000 from the rollover funds from the 2020-21 Budget for the renovation of the Student Engagement Center.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-119

I move that the Senate allocate up to $360 to purchase lunch combos for the University Counseling Center’s event, “Eat, Paint and Love:  A Sexual Assault Awareness Event”. Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-120

I move that the Senate ratify the Student Bill of Rights. Upon ratification, the Student bill of Rights will become an official SGA Governing Document. Passed and signed.

 

S2021-121

I move that the Senate remove Freshman Senator Brandon Katz in accordance with Article II, Section 5, Number 2, Letter A of the SGA Constitution and Article IV, Letter G of the SGA Bylaws for violation of Article IV, Letter F of the SGA Bylaws. Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 19, 2021

 S2021-098

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendments to the SGA Bylaws.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-099

I move that the Senate allocate up to $10,000 to create a line item in the 2021-22 budget for creating a Study Space on the first floor of the Education Building.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-100

I move that the Senate purchase one LG 86” Display for $4,245.00 and one Dell 86” 4K Interactive Touch Monitor for $7,199.99.  Funds will be taken from Unallocated Funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-101

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,125.00 to fund student tickets for the Black History Month Musical “Hairspray”.  Funds will be taken from Black History Month line item of the 2020-21 budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-102

I move that the Senate allocate up to $5,300 for the purchase of two UVC Sanitizing Charging Lockers.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects.  Tabled.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

April 12, 2021

 S2021-096

I move that the Senate allocate up to $600 to fund the purchase one Little Free Library and a post.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-097

I move that the Senate allocate up to $800 to purchase boxed lunches and drinks for attendees for the Virus & Vaccine Education Seminar.  Funds will be taken from the Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 29, 2021

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-092

I move that the Senate allocate up to $238.93 to purchase stickers for a giveaway to be taken from the SGA Promotions line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-093

I move that the Senate relinquish Senator Ethan Vickrey from his duties and title on the grounds of nonfeasance.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-094

I move that the Senate purchase an Infrared Spectrometer for $4,000 for Chemistry Labs. Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-095

I move that the Senate allocate $375 for the purchase of one porcelain dry erase board measuring 72 x 48 inches wide for the Nicholls Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center.  Funds will be taken from Senator Projects line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

 

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 22, 2021

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S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-091

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 to purchase one bench and one table to be taken from Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Tabled.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 15, 2021

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S2021-086

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,665.20 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget.  Passed and vetoed.

 

S2021-087

I move that the Senate purchase three Smart Podiums and Pens for the History Department for up to $6,000 to be taken from Senator Projects line item of the Budget.  Tabled.

 

S2021-088

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of Abby Talbot for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-089

I move that the Senate allocate up to $15,000 for the purchase of 26 10.2-inch iPads Wi-Fi 32GB, and (26) 3-year AppleCare for Schools, with 26 Apple pencils and lastly 26 Logitech Slim BT KYBRD cases for the iPads.  Funds to be taken from unallocated funds.  Tabled.

 

S2021-090

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, and SPA President, Kirsten Angelette’s, appointment of William Lanier for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

March 1, 2021

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S2021-085

I move that the Senate allocate up to $1,700.00 from the Campus Safety Line Item of the budgetPassed and signed.

 

(Note that although this motion was approved by the Senate and signed into law by the Student Body President, the University will be unable to procure these materials as the land is leased for the Baptist Student Union and the building is not a University building.  It is private property constructed by the Lessee and therefore public funds cannot be provided for private property.  Even though these SGA funds are student funds collected from student fees, they are still considered public funds as they are on deposit with the University.)

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 22, 2021

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S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-083

I move that the Senate accept the Neal Swanner Proclamation. 

 

Mr. Neal Swanner Memorial Proclamation

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a great and gracious supporter of Nicholls State University, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a native of Waggaman, Louisiana and resident of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was a role model and great friend of the Nicholls family for all students to follow, and

Whereas, Mr. Neal Swanner was part of the Nicholls community and a great contributor to Nicholls State University.

Whereas, Mr. Swanner unfortunately passed away on January 28, 2021 at the age of 69 due to complications from Covid-19, and

Whereas, that on the 28th day of January in the year Two Thousand –Twenty-One, the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret to announce the death of a dear friend, colleague, and member of the Nicholls Family, and

Therefore, be it proclaimed, that we the Student Government Association, on behalf of the students of Nicholls State University, that when the senate adjourns today, it stands to honor and respect the memory of Mr. Neal Swanner, owner of Bubba’s II Restaurant. 

     _________________________         ___­_­­­____________________             

       Ethan Naquin, President             Brady Levron, Vice President

   Student Government Association       Student Government Association

     Nicholls State University                Nicholls State University

_________________________

           Senator Douglas Gilchrist                        

Student Government Association         

Nicholls State University     

Passed and signed.

 

S2021-084

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin, and Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Matthew Badeaux for the position of Student Supreme Court Chief Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 8, 2021

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S2021-070

I move that the Senate approve the Spring Budget 2021 Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-071

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Carson Duet for the position of Election Commission Member.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-072

I move that the Senate allocate $320 from the Senator Projects line item of the budget to help the executive board members of Gamma Phi Beta Eta Upsilon chapter attend a virtual summit to help promote diversity and inclusion amongst the chapter.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-073

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Connor Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-074

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Icy Abraham for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-075

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Gavin Wisdom for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-076

I move that the Senate allocate up to $300 for the Nicholls Elite Diamonds Dance team.  These items are to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-077

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Corey Hebert for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-078

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin’s appointment of Miranda Danos for the position of Education Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-079

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Sharmila Hamal for the position of Supreme Court Justice.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-080

I move that the Senate accept Student Body President Ethan Naquin and SPA President Kirsten Angelette’s appointment of Tabitha Tabb for the position of Election Commissioner.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-081

I move that the Senate allocate up to $2,500 from the Campus Improvements line item of the budget to purchase a refrigerator and upright freezer for the Immunology laboratory in Gouaux Hall.  Tabled.

 

S2021-082

I move that the Senate accept the proposed Amendment to Article 3 Section C of the 2020-21 SGA Bylaws regarding the duties of a Committee Chairperson.  Passed but Vetoed.

SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

February 1, 2021

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S2021-066

I move that the Senate approve the amended Spring 2021 Naquin Corollary.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-067

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Logan Byars for the position of Sciences & Technology Senator.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-068

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Angeinay Johnson for the position of Senator-at-Large.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-069

I move that Senate co-sponsor a Financial Literacy Program with NAACP student organization at a cost of $150.  Funds to be taken from the Student Organization line item of the budget.  Passed and signed.

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SGA ACTIONS TAKEN

January 25, 2021

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S2021-063

I move that Senate accept the Amended Election Code. 

Article V

Section I

Candidate Expenditures and Ethics

 

  1. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions shall not spend in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. All candidates running for SGA or SPA positions must submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions in the form of a receipt to the Election Commission on a weekly basis.
  3. Article V Section I is subject to oversight by the Election Commission

 

Article IX

Election Code Infractions

 

Section I

Infractions

 

  1. Spending in excess of $750 on campaigning.
  2. Failing to submit all campaign related expenditures and transactions to the Election Commission on a weekly basis as ethics reports in an accurate and timely manner.

 

Section II

Imposable Sanctions

 

  1. The following sanctions will be imposed against a student who has been found guilty of violating the Election Code.
  2. A student that spends in excess of $750 on campaigning will be disqualified.
  3. A student that fails to submit campaign related expenditures in an accurate and timely manner will be fined $50. A student found guilty of a second offense of this kind will be disqualified and fined $50. 

Passed and signed.


S2021-064

I move that Senate sponsor a tour for Black History Month for up to $200 to be taken from the African American History line item of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget.  Passed and signed.

 

S2021-065 

I move that the Senate accept the Student Body President, Ethan Naquin’s, appointment of Meagan Rousse for the position of Director of Public Relations. Passed and signed.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Location:
Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2049
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4557
Fax: 985-493-2631
E-mail: sga.president@nicholls.edu

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