Student Affairs Committee
The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) had a successful year. SAC held monthly conference calls, two in-person meetings (April and September) and attended the governance retreat in June. Minutes are available at www.esc.edu/SAC. SAC student members represented the college at the SUNY Student Assembly Conferences. Additionally, SAC student members are serving as liaisons with the Educational Technology Committee and the Alumni Federation Board.
The committee is in the process of completing work on the Student Conduct Code so that the proposed changes can be presented to the Senate. SAC continues its work on procedures to recognize student organizations/clubs. The committee presented a resolution to the Senate regarding the registration block placed on students for missing outcomes. The Senate received and discussed the resolution, but since it is not possible to implement, no action was taken.
SAC continues to struggle with member attendance and is now tracking this so that they can work with the centers to ensure that they are represented. The administrative liaison is following up on the possibility of a scholarship for student members. SAC is also moving forward on a certificate of recognition for student members. The committee continues to provide feedback on items such as the Front Porch, Smartthinking, online registration and the Middle States Self-Study.
Honors – Recognition of students continues to be a topic of interest to SAC. A subcommittee was formed to explore this area and to partner with other groups also interested in this topic.
Newsletter – The spring 2007 issue of the SAC Newsletter was sent to all current students and centers. Beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year, the newsletter will be distributed in the winter and summer rather than fall and spring. The winter 2008 newsletter is currently in development. As always, the committee welcomes submissions from the college community.
Student All College Conference, now the Student Academic Conference – The third annual Student All College Conference was held on October 19-20, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The committee continues to be impressed by the quality of the student presentations. In an effort to expand and improve this conference, it has been renamed the Student Academic Conference. The 2008 conference will take place at the Central New York Center in Syracuse and no registration fee will be charged. A half-day of student success workshops will be offered on Friday, October 17. Saturday, October 18, will be devoted to the Student Academic Conference. Complete information is available at www.esc.edu/StudentAcademicConference.
Students Assisting Students – This subcommittee has struggled to move forward this year but is determined to do so. Topics to be discussed include online communities, orientation of SAC student members and communication with students.
Penny Baker, Student Co-Chair
Pat Ryan, Faculty/Staff Co-Chair