This Week in Senate: Associate Dean of Student and Title IX coordinator speaks about New Student Orientation

At Senate this week, Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Kathleen Brucato said that based on a recent survey some changes will be made for this year’s New Student Orientation for incoming freshmen:

Dr. Dan Dentino, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Sara Morris, vice president for academic affairs, explained the college is going to implement a real-time link where students and faculty can access the COVID-19 cases in real-time.

Associate Dean of Students and Title IX coordinator Kathleen Brucato spoke about the recent results gathered from an online survey concerning New Student Orientation 2019.

Some recommendations that are being considered are to adjust the New Student Orientation schedule to better fit the program along with more student engagement, rather than just lectures and a new theme for each day.

Other options would be to offer more preview days that would focus more on financial aid and other areas of interest to students. 

Another consideration is to build more of Canisius’ Jesuit values and mission into some sessions such as a values workshop that would be more interactive and involve current students too. 

They’re considering providing more intentional opportunities for engagement throughout the events taking place at New Student Orientation. 

During new business, it was announced that USA will no longer cover individual or organizational dues for Greek life organizations on campus, which will take effect immediately. Senator Ryan Boorum motioned to pass these new regulations, which were passed.

Quidditch Club appealed for $130.30, Little Theater appealed for $750, Unity appealed for $1,600, Afro-American Society appealed for $1,290 and Tri Beta appealed for $1,199.49, which were all motioned for approval by Senator Sydney Carlo and passed.

During liaison reports, Senator Michael Berg said that public safety is looking to bring the missing crosswalk sign back, which has been taking so long because of insurance. They came to a compromise with the City of Buffalo that if Canisius bought the parts that the city would install the crosswalk; Berg said it will hopefully be finished shortly.

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