SGA 9/26 | Photo by Bethany Althauser | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State’s Student Government Association had its weekly meeting on Sept. 26 and discussed two resolutions that were tabled from last week.
The loss of Dean Taylor
Chris Taylor, the dean of students, is the faculty advisor for SGA. His resignation on Sept. 21 was mentioned at the meeting. Dean Taylor told SGA that resigning was one of the hardest decisions he has ever had to make but that he did so for personal and family reasons.
“The university losing [Taylor] is a major loss for the university. [Taylor] will be missed,” SGA’s Policy Administrator Ryan Diaz said.
As Brad Kerry brought up at the Sept. 12 SGA meeting, there is a large student population interested in bringing natural beauty back to campus. At the Sept. 26 meeting, SGA put forth resolution 24-02 to help out with Operation ReWild.
The resolution states that SGA will support the operation in any feasible way and that SGA will create a committee to create the formal proposal for the Board of Trustees regarding the budget for the project. SGA agreed to move this resolution to old business to vote on at a future meeting.
Dr. Julie Williams
Resolution 24-03 is about recognizing Dr. Julie Williams, a clinical professor in the School of Professional Psychology, and her efforts to help Wright State’s Counseling and Wellness Center stay afloat during staff changes. Dr. Williams has stepped in to assist CWS during their time of need and helped CWS interns keep their practicum placement.
“Dr. Julie Williams has always been an activist for students and individuals of marginalized identities and has provided a safe and respectful space for student concerns,” SGA Vice President Aliesha Knauer said.
SGA decided to vote on the matter at the Sept. 26 meeting. The vote passed, and Dr. Williams will be given an award for her performance.
Student account holds
Daniel Palmer, the secretary to the Board of Trustees, spoke about the potential for holds on student accounts if the student is late in payment to the university, which was a topic that BOT discussed on Sept. 15.
“It could be something as simple as a traffic citation for students, but it allows them to at least get in contact with the student when they have that hold on their account. Most of the time, we are able to rectify the situation when they call in,” Palmer told SGA.
Palmer said that the current resolution that BOT passed is simply a placeholder to be discussed in more detail at the December meeting.
The next SGA meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Atlantis A/B room. The plan is for university Provost Amy Thompson to speak on first-year seminar courses for Wright State students.