Northern State University Student Association Update

My fellow students,

   As I am sure you all know, March brings with it not only spring-like weather but also a multitude of tasks to complete. This could not be more true for Student Association.
   This week marks the beginning of the annual SBAC hearings. Luckily, your dedicated Finance and SBAC Chair, Kamie Wagar, has been working diligently to organize everything, from the scheduling of presentations to the coordinating of food options for those sitting on the committee.
   These hearings determine the amount that each organization on campus is allocated from the student activity fees. Large and small organizations on campus receive and utilize these funds: fine arts, athletics, student clubs, and even Student Association.
   This year’s hearings began on March 22 and will potentially continue through March 29 so as to avoid conflicts with the many breaks, activities, competitions, and conferences held during the month of March.
   There are no official documents to fill out for the SBAC hearings. Instead, organizations wishing to acquire funding are to create a presentation and submit a request that provides the following information per the SA Constitution: “all income from all sources, a year-end financing report from the past fiscal year (consisting of financial transactions and the budget of the past fiscal year), a list of goals for the upcoming years, and any other information required by the SBAC.”
   Also, petitions for the executive positions on SA have gone out and have been returned. After our election committee reviews the signatures to make sure they are valid, the voting process will begin. Be sure to check your email for that link! Also in the coming weeks, senator positions will be circulating around campus. If you have any interest in running for senator, feel free to email me at I would love to answer any questions you have about the positions!
   Currently, we still have one seat available on Student Association for this semester — graduate school. Therefore, if you have an interest in making a difference on campus and in the lives of your fellow students, consider applying for the position.
   We are here to serve you, the students, and, if we aren’t properly serving the students, then we are not doing our job. So come join us  for a meeting and don’t be afraid to give us your input.
   We are your voice in the world of higher education. Not only do your senators represent you in Student Association, but every senator also serves on a number of campus-wide committees that affect all areas of campus life.
   We would greatly appreciate your input at our meetings, which are open to the public. It’s your opportunity to be heard, so take advantage of it and stop by!


Brooke Nelson
SA Vice President