Off the Hook Archive (Sept. 2010 – Feb. 2011)

June 15, 2010

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February 14, 2011

Through NC State’s awesome student newspaper, Technician, I reached out to members of our campus community in hopes that readers will share information with Student Government, and let us know how we can best assist them – let me know your thoughts!

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February 7, 2011

From “The BIG Event” to lectures from our top professors, there’s a lot going on around campus. Most of us are about to take our first exam of the new semester (or just took it), and now we’re all laying out the best way to finish out the year. Currently, Student Government is preparing for a transition phase, as well as finishing up all projects and continuing to communicate about the budget situation and the strategic planning process. Elections are coming up after Spring Break in March, so get ready for those awesome two weeks of campaigning in the Brickyard! As always, email me with thoughts, questions or suggestions you may have, and stay tuned for future posts!

Money

Academic Stuff

Community Service

Wolfpack Family

Upcoming Events

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January 11, 2011

Want to win awesome prizes like courtside tickets and t-shirts and signed basketballs at Campout Saturday? Check out these competitions sponsored by Student Government.

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The Sustainability Commission has announced the winning proposals for the 2010-2011 Think Outside the Brick Competition!

Check out the University’s future Sustainability plans here.

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December 18, 2010

This semester has been ridiculous! Not to make a list or anything, but we have a new chancellor, athletic director and provost. On top of that, NC State was ranked top 20 by fortune 500 company recruiters for developing top-rated graduates (#1 in North Carolina) and the College of Management Friday received a 37 million dollar endowment as part of a $40 million gift from Lonnie and Carol Poole! There’s definitely a lot that NC State students have to be proud of, and my list doesn’t even skim the surface.

On the same note, I’m extremely proud to be a part of Student Government this year. In April, we set forth the following goals:

As of December 18, many of those projects are completed or almost complete, and quite a few additional projects have been added.

Other projects have surfaced throughout the semester as well, many of which came about because student needs were different then what we originally anticipated. It’s pretty crazy that I’ve only been in this position since last April, because we’ve been able to get so much done.

On that same note though, I’ve learned a lot that would have enabled us to be more productive right out of the gate. I will definitely prepare some notebooks or “things I wish I had known from the start” for next year’s student body president. Three of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far are delegation, time management and communication.

I never realized how difficult it would be to effectively communicate to 34,000 students while going to school and trying to help my team implement projects. I’m lucky I work with so many proactive individuals that are equally as passionate – if not more so – about making NC State the best university for students.

Below are a number of other developments that have come out of Student Government this past semester or ones that are being worked on right now.

Last but not least, long-time SG graphic designer Mack Garrison is leaving us to travel abroad next semester. We are very sad to see him go since he is such an integral part of our team, but Mack did help us find a replacement before he left, Joe Lawson.

With Joe’s design skill and SG Webmaster Stephen Williamson’s coding experience we are redesigning students.ncsu.edu. We want the website to be simpler, more interactive, and easier to manage from the Student Government side.

I sincerely hope that students see SG as an organization that is effectively supporting students’ needs. Feel free to share your thoughts with us here on how we’re doing. I’m looking forward to another great semester when we come back in January. Watch the Champs Sports Bowl if you aren’t planning on going to Florida, and GO WOLFPACK!

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November 30, 2010

One of the ways we reach out to the campus is through The Roundtable. This is a meeting open to any representative from any student organization across campus. We discuss student concerns and develop an agenda to present to administrators at the monthly “Chancellor’s Liaison” meeting.

At our last Chancellor’s Liaison meeting, we discussed academic advising. SG will be taking steps to start addressing some of the academic advising issues. First, we will compile data, in conjunction with University Planning and Analysis, in order to quantify advising concerns. This will include new and existing student surveys, advisor surveys and departmental graduation rates, to name a few.

Once data has been compiled, we will be able to concisely articulate key problem areas and outline this to the provost and college deans. SG, along with the input of our peers, will develop a student charge to the administrators. This charge will strive to place accountability for academic advising at higher levels of the administration, not just at departmental levels. While this is going on, we will be working on some “quick fix” solutions with Dean Ambrose and others. For example, advisors would be required to schedule advising meetings throughout the semester, rather than just around class enrollment time.

We will also be working alongside the Undergraduate Student Success Task Force to determine fundamental, institutional issues that may be creating advising problems.

Speaking of task forces, most students have heard of the Strategic Planning Process. Chancellor Woodson has a vision for N.C. State and nine separate task forces will determine how to turn that vision into a reality. Each task force will attempt to determine game changers for our University while being mindful of limited resources. I strongly encourage everyone to go to the Strategic Planning Web site and let each task force know what your perspective is on the issues presented, especially the Undergraduate Student Success and Campus Culture task forces. These task forces will be submitted their draft proposals very soon.

On another note, SG just finished working with the Athletics Department to provide students with more parking at the RBC center for basketball season. Now that the majority of parking is on the southeast side of the RBC Center, we have worked to move the student gates to the east entrance as well. With N.C. State student ID cards, students can enter parking areas from Gates A, B and F for free. (Check out our parking tutorial video video at GoPack.com) We are also hoping that these added gates will cut down on Trinity Road traffic.

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October 28, 2010

Student Government is committed to enhancing the NC State student experience. We are largely a volunteer organization with over 200 students involved. Below is a list of our main accomplishments thus far as well as other projects we are currently working on for the months of October-November.

Academics

Athletics

Campus Safety

Centennial Campus

Community Service

Diversity

Sustainability

Traditions

Transportation

Have feedback? We’d love to know your thoughts.

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October 22, 2010

If you drive to campus, Tuesday’s Installation of Chancellor Woodson (October 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds Coliseum) may affect your parking spot! See below notice from University Transportation:

Traffic and parking questions? Please contact Carl McGill or Christine Klein for more information.

Finally, a big thanks to Union Activities Board, Student Government, and WKNC 88.1 FM who combined resources and efforts to bring the “Whose Rhyme is it Anyway?” tour to campus last weekend. We had a great time, and it was an outstanding example of what can happen when our awesome student groups work together. We hope to bring the “Whose Rhyme” guys back again this spring, so stay tuned! And if you didn’t make it, there’s a highlight video on NC State’s official YouTube channel that one of our students put together… enjoy!

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October 14, 2010

NC State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will make their season debut this Friday at the Red Rally, complete with Julius Hodge, a dunk contest, fan zones, firework displays and more – don’t miss it!

Admission and parking are both FREE. Our Red Rally is so much better than any ol’ Midnight Madness… GO PACKKK!

Make sure you get your tickets for Saturday’s Whose Rhyme is it Anyway? show before they run out! Part hip-hop concert, part freestyle battle and part sketch comedy, this event is like “Whose Line is it Anyway” meets “8 Mile,” and it will be an epic time for sure! Lots of audience participation, too – no two shows are alike! Whose Rhyme will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at Witherspoon Cinema – tickets are free for NC State students with ID, all you have to do is head over to Ticket Central (in Talley) to pick yours up between 10-6!

SG, UAB and WKNC 88.1 have combined efforts in bringing this show to campus, and (knock on wood) we can’t wait for this post-ECU-defeat event!

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October 1, 2010

Just a reminder – a Fee Forum will be held tonight in Witherspoon Student Center (2nd floor) at 6:30. Come out and provide your feedback to the Student Government fee committee on the proposed increases below.

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September 30, 2010

Many of the departments on campus are partially funded by student fees. While we pay tuition to support the academic core of the University, our student fees support things like our gym, the arts program, the bus system, athletics and student organization resources. For example, many programs offered by CSLEPS are largely supported by student fees. Each year, a few departments will ask for an increase in their student fees to support growing needs, new facilities, new employees, student demands and student programs. The departments asking for an increase make presentations to members of student government, administration, faculty and staff. On Friday, Student Government is hosting a forum to get student feedback on the various proposed increases.

The following is a fee-request breakdown across departments. Thank you to Tuition and Fees Committee Chair Patrick Devore for helping to create this post. Note: Information marked with * was derived from each department’s presentation to the Fee Review Committee.

Total fee increase requested for 2011-2012- *$86.90*

BREAKDOWN:

Total Requests = $86.90: 5.2% increase over current amounts

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September 24, 2010

A joint release from the Office of the Provost and Student Government:

The Tuition Review Advisory Committee will be hosting a general campus town hall on tuition next week:

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

7:00-8:30 PM

Talley Student Center

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chancellor Randy Woodson, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Charlie Leffler, Interim Provost Warwick Arden and Student Body President Kelly Hook will be in attendance to participate. The town hall will focus on how funds collected through tuition are used and how decisions regarding tuition increases are made. We will then open the floor to questions and comments from attendees.

We are looking forward to participation from the whole campus.

Warwick A. Arden, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Kelly Hook, Student Body President

Co-chairs, Tuition Review Advisory Committee

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September 22, 2010

It’s Shack-a-Thon season in the Brickyard! Come on out and donate to Habitat for Humanity through our SG/IRC/NRHH Shack! You can also make an online donation to any of the Shack-a-Thon shacks at http://clubs.ncsu.edu/habitat.

Also, if you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out Live It Up!, the grand re-opening of Hillsborough Street. Activities run from 12 noon (with kickoff of the NC State/Georgia Tech football game – to be shown on big screens in the Live It Up! Game Day Zone) until 10 p.m. | Story from NCSU.EDU

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September 21, 2010

Also, the SG Community Service Commission is planning Fall Color Explosion. Volunteers from across our campus will work with the NCSU Grounds Crew to plant flowers in honor of those who have survived or have lost their lives to any form of cancer, especially breastcancer. More than 100 volunteers are needed – please join this cause and volunteer!

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010

Time: 8:30 a.m. -11 a.m.

Location: Meet @ the Bell Tower

*Breakfast & Lunch will be provided*

Rain Date (if applicable): Sunday, October 24, 2010

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September 15, 2010

As I spend time in class, at different organizational meetings and other events on campus, many students have asked, “What exactly do you do as Student Body President?”

So, I wanted to share an outline of my main responsibilities with you – responsibilities that vary each year depending on our University’s circumstance at the time:

Additional areas where the SBP can serve as a representative or make an appointment:

General goals and other responsibilities:

I am passionate about making sure NC State students truly feel they have an effective and efficient support network in Student Government. We are working towards that goal by being collaborative catalysts, messengers and a useful resource for students and student organizations. Each of the commissions in the Executive Branch has a specific goal outline and project breakdown. Those goal outlines will be going online shortly, so stay tuned for that…

Feel free to email me with more questions! GO PACK!

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September 14, 2010

Over the next several months, NC State chancellor Randy Woodson will be engaging the campus community in a number of discussions about issues pertaining to the university and where we’re headed. I wanted to share a couple of them with you, in case you’d like to attend.

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