On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, I gave the following address to the Class of 2021 at the 2017 Convocation.
Excitement. Passion. Suspense. Intrigue.There are a number of emotions you’re feeling right now. I know; I sat where you're sitting a few years ago. Right now, it may seem like you’ll be here on campus for a long time, but you’re about to kick off what might be the most hectic, fast-paced, and thrilling years you’ve ever experienced.You’ve heard many useful tips and ideas over the past few days—and you even heard from me yesterday at Welcome Fest—but I’m not here today to give you advice. I’ve sat through many great speeches about how to prepare for my four years and how to make the most of my college experience.
I hope you all are finishing strong with your final projects, assignments, and exams! I know I'm excited for summer to finally arrive.
In between studying for finals, I have gone through the petitions that have been brought before the Senate for recognition, and I have added a number of updates on where many of the petitions stand. In the coming months, I will provide more updates on other recognized petitions as they occur.
I'd like to take a moment to thank the many students that have created petitions and worked diligently to pursue resolutions for the benefit of the students. Additionally, thank you to my predecessors, Paul Ilori, Marcus Flowers, and Kyle Keraga, for working over the past few years to ensure that petitions continue to be heard and discussed.
On Monday, the Senate will be meeting in the Shelnutt Gallery in the Union (RU 3606) at 8 pm. This meeting will include discussions and votes on:
The appointments for the Cabinet of the 48th Student Senate are:
The full agenda can be found here!
If you're interested in getting involved with Senate through an appointed officer position, I highly recommend you apply! With GM Week now over, all of the officer positions are open, and, contrary to popular belief, they do not require prior Senate experience!
If you're interested, please fill out this Google form. Interviews will be occurring on a rolling basis, with appointments to be made within the next two weeks.
Additionally, the first Senate meeting of the term will take place tomorrow (Monday, April 10, 2017) at 8 pm in the Shelnutt Gallery (RU 3606). Please feel free to stop by!
If you are interested in running for a Student Government position, please refer to the Elections Schedule below. If you have any further questions, visit the RPI Box Repository for the 2017 Grand Marshal Week Handbook or e-mail RnE at firstname.lastname@example.org!
February 27th at 6pm:Begin Campaigning
Information Sessions (weekdays from February 27th to March 29th, not including Spring Break):
Last night, the Senate heard a presentation about the Formal Snow Day Policy  petition and unanimously passed a resolution in regards to the situation. The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS the Rensselaer community received an email from the administration at 8:08 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, that stated, “The 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. classes are cancelled on the Troy Campus, and normal class schedule will begin at 12 noon on Monday;” and
WHEREAS the Rensselaer community received another email at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, February 13, that stated, “On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Rensselaer Troy and Hartford campuses are open for business with normal class schedules on both campuses;” and
The Student Government Communications Committee is a joint committee between the Student Senate and Union Executive Board. It is tasked with promoting the initiatives and activities of the Senate and Eboard. The chair is tasked with orginizing and directing weekly committee meetings and attending Senate Administrative Group Meetings with other committee chairs and the Grand Marshal. If interested in the position, or if you'd like more information, please contact the Grand Marshal, Paul Ilori at email@example.com