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FALL 2022 SGA MEETING SCHEDULE

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FALL 2022 MINUTES

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.

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