SUUSA Senate Meeting 11/26

On Nov. 26 during the weekly senate meeting at 11:30 a.m., the Southern Utah University Student Association met to discuss a variety of topics concerning the students and faculty.

Brandon Payne, Vice President of Academics discussed the SUUSA endowment. It is currently sitting at $29,000 and currently generates enough interest to support a $450 scholarship each year.

They are hoping to push the endowment up to $40,000 which would generate enough interest to support a $750 scholarship every year. This scholarship is designed for a highly involved student nominated by advisors and other faculty on an as-needed basis.

Vice President of Clubs Austin Johnson discussed high auditorium usage fees. Currently, student clubs pay $1000 and they are looking for ways to lower the cost.

The Student Life and Enhancement committee is launching a Random Acts of Kindness campaign. Students submit a video of themselves performing random acts of kindness. 

There are major incentives available with several prizes being given away including airpods, a Brian Head season pass and Disneyland tickets to some of the lucky participants.

The campaign runs Mon. Dec. 2 to Fri. Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. To enter, film yourself and tag @suusatbirds on Instagram.

“As we get people committed to doing it, other people will see and they will commit to doing it as well,” said Brandon Payne, Vice President of Academics and member of the Student Life and Enhancement committee, “and we’re hoping for a huge turnout that honestly starts a movement on campus to do these kinds of things more often.”

Senator Stewart of the College of Science and Engineering proposed creating a committee with SUUSA and the Sustainability Club to allow the club to have more power in policy and access to finances. After much debate Senator Stewart decided to withdraw his motion until further notice. 

The senate meetings are open to the public and accessible on the SUUSA Facebook page.

Story and photos by Morgan Crookston