The Wartburg College Student Senate held a weekly general meeting at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Whitehouse Business Center (WBC).

The meeting began with Michael Gleason, professor leadership and director of the institute for leadership education, who spoke of the importance of Wartburg’s leadership minor and the new graduate leadership certificate.

“Leadership has been around for a long time and saw great success, but one of the things that I think is really exciting that can further the work of the college that was approved this summer,” Gleason said. “We’re actively recruiting participants for [what] right now is called the Graduate Leadership Certificate.”

The graduate leadership certificate allows additional leadership opportunities to graduate students. This cohort program is project-based and will begin on April 27. The focus of the program is thinking about what individuals bring to the leadership experience that they can use to improve their communities.

One issue presented at the meeting was not having meal transfers available on weekends. This is because of staffing issues and that the Mensa is available at more times during the weekends. Other issues brought up were about hot water in showers and heating in rooms, which can both be fixed with a maintenance request.

A general meeting also includes reports from everyone on the Student Senate board, including president, vice president, treasurer, recorder, academic ombudsperson, administrative ombudsperson, executive assistant for diversity and public relations director. This meeting concluded with reminders of upcoming events.

There is a spring celebration at Sasquatch Jacks at 10 p.m., March 13, which will be an informal karaoke night. The event has a $5 charge. According to the Liaison report, There will be various activities throughout the month of February for Black History Month, according to the liaison report.

The next event will be a “Does My Black Life Really Matter?” discussion at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 in WBC 214. Open Senate reminders included the University of Iowa graduate school visit. The event is open to anyone who is interested in political science. Other reminders included drag show applications coming up and reminding students to empty their mailboxes so housing cards can be sent out.

To learn more about Student Senate and their meetings, go to Student-Senate



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