Student Affairs Committee
Report to the Senate
December 7-8, 2006

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) held its in-person meeting in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 and a conference call on Tuesday, November 21, 2006. Upon the resignation of Anna Bates (HVC) as Faculty/Staff Co-Chair on November 21, Karen LaBarge (CDL)was elected as the new Faculty/Staff Co-Chair. (Student Co-Chair Mary Refermat (CDL)will be unable to attend the December Senate meeting; the committee elected Lore Westcott (GVC) to attend in her place.)

SAC welcomed four new student representatives to the committee: Sharon Cyrus-Savary (LIC), Kimberly Heilmann (HVC), Elizabeth McGregor (VCC) and Jaime Sanders (MC).

SAC discussed the fact that the college currently has no way to establish and/or recognize student organizations/clubs, and would like to put forth the following motion for a vote by the Senate:

Motion SAC requests that the college administration provide procedures to recognize student organizations/clubs.

Regarding the Senate’s passing of a resolution stating that the college will financially support student members of SAC to attend the annual Student All College Conference, “SAC would like to report to the Senate that scholarship funding and college support for students has been very generous and we are very thankful.”

The Student All College Subcommittee posted the Student All College Conference registration information and conference schedule at http://www.esc.edu/studentallcollege. The conference was held on November 3-4, 2006 and was a success. Approximately 100 students, faculty and staff participated (an increase of about 30 people) in the event held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs. The next conference is scheduled for October 19-20, 2007 (location to be announced).

The Students Assisting Students Subcommittee, on behalf of all members of SAC, wishes to put forth the following information and motion for a vote by the Senate:

“The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) enthusiastically and unanimously endorses the creation of an online student community for our student body.

The characteristics of our nontraditional nature allow our students the opportunity to pursue their college educations even with their busy adult lives. However, this flexibility and uniqueness also creates isolation. Our students and alumni are missing opportunities for interaction and interchange. There are currently very few dedicated spaces, either physical or virtual, for students to meet and dialogue, and we are far behind other colleges in this endeavor. With the advent of online registration and more and more of our support services moving to online locations, there is the potential for even more isolation from one another.

An online community will greatly enhance the college experience for our students. It will be a place where all of our students, from any location, can go to connect with one another, to find friends, support and solutions. The college will benefit from the ability to gain feedback, to identify and address commonly voiced problems, and to provide clear and accurate information in a timely fashion. The online community is an inexpensive alternative to the physical spaces available at traditional colleges and its time at Empire State College has arrived.

We unanimously support the creation of a college-wide online student community.”

Motion SAC requests that the college create a college-wide student online community.

The Newsletter Subcommittee shared a draft of the fall SAC Newsletter. The newsletter was later approved and prepared for mailing to students and centers.

The Web Site Subcommittee shared proposed SAC web site edits with the group, and submitted final updates to Linda Bubniak for posting.

SAC representation on ETC: SAC student representative, Penny Baker (CGS), agreed to serve as the SAC representative to ETC and attended her first meeting in November.

SAC also discussed issues regarding online registration, the coordination of new June graduation ceremonies, working with the Student Information Center (SIC), the ANGEL course management system transition, improving electronic communication to our students, and increasing member participation in SAC.

Respectfully submitted by,

Karen LaBarge (CDL) and Mary Refermat (CDL)
Faculty/Staff Co-Chair and Student Co-Chair