Malone University’s Student Senate had a very busy first semester in the 2013-2014 academic year. But that semester doesn’t even compare to the second semester. We are busy with proposals, committee meetings, initiatives, policy changes, elections, workshops, fundraisers, and councils. You name it, and we are involved in it on our beloved campus.
While I think the hectic nature of Senate can be a very positive thing that shows that we are attempting to put our best foot forward at every turn, I sometimes worry that in the midst of all of our projects we can potentially forget what our role is as student leaders. That is why I have been very encouraged this year on Student Senate. I really believe that this group has maintained the vision and philosophy that we are here to serve. As leaders, our ultimate goal is to be a Christ-like example of humble service to each and every person we come in contact with within and outside of the Malone Community.
We on Student Senate do our best not to be motivated by our scholarships, our deadlines, or our “To-Do” lists; instead, we strive to be motivated by a love for God and a love for others. The great thing about that kind of motivation is that it is inexhaustible. When you are motivated by something eternal you have a constant source of life and love that you can and should always return to. Granted, it can be hard to keep the motivation aflame during a cold and long winter, but I have been encouraged by the community on Senate. There are so many leaders who bring joy, creativity, and an attitude of willingness that I am constantly being reminded of how I need to approach my own work on Senate.
With all of that being said, I will do a general overview of all of the initiative/projects we are working on just this semester. Here it goes:
- Elections in March
- Student Leadership Workshop in February
- Student Senate Day Retreat in February
- Senior Class Fundraiser in January
- Junior Class Fundraiser (Date TBD)
- Freshman Class Fundraiser in February
- Organizational Council (Date TBD)
- Potential changes in Visitation Policy
- Proposal for the University Collegium regarding Housing Policy Change
- Sophomore Class Not So Newlywed Game
- Appreciation Initiative (ongoing)
- Blood Drives
These are just a fraction of the projects Student Senate is involved in this semester. Needless to say, we are very busy and often burdened. But despite our packed schedules I remain confident that this infectious group of Student Leaders will continue to embrace our collective role as humble servants to the Malone Community.
President of the Student Body