Senate receives feedback on trip, conference funding

Clarion, Pa.- Several Clarion University Recognized Student Organizations reported back to Senate during the Monday, March 30 meeting, detailing how their group used their allocated funding and what experience they gained from their attendance of conventions and /or conferences.

Victoria Eisley, president of Circle K International, reported to Senate in regard to the District Circle K Convention that she and several other group members attended this last weekend, March 27 to March 29.

“While we were at the conference, we discussed with other Circle K members from other prestigious schools such as Gannon about fundraising ideas, service project ideas leadership styles and so much more,” said Eisley.

She continued, “Clarion was also awarded the Bi 10 award, which is an award given to a school who had a 10 percent membership and service to the community in comparison to years before.”

Clarion was also awarded the Pennsylvania State Governor’s Distinguished Member Award, which recognizes Circle K members who go above and beyond through service and dedication.

Eisley concluded, “It was more of an experience than ever imagined.”

Koinonia Christian Fellowship advocate DeMarla Eschenbach and historian Kelly Rice also addressed Senate and discussed their late Feburary trip to the Jubilee Conference held in Pittsburgh.

Rice described how she and other members attended workshops that focused on humility and leadership, what it means to serve others.

Eschenbach added, “One idea that I learned in my workshop that I hope to teach to other students is how to keep a Sabbath, how to time manage.”

“Most college kids have trouble with time management, and making time in their life for things that are truly important for them. I plan to use what I learned to help other students,” she said.

Keith Weible, member of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association, briefed Senate on his attendance to the Pennsylvania Speech-Hearing Language Association Convention held March 25 to 28 in Harrisburg.

There he attended seminars on stuttering and swallow management. A speaker on traumatic brain injury also spoke at the convention, and Weible hopes to bring the speaker to campus in the fall.

Members of the National Association for Music Educators were able to attend the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association In Service Conference held in Hershey from March 26 to March 28.

President of Clarion’s National Association of Music Educators, Brian Miller, informed Senate how the conference “was a phenomenal experience. I was able to attend workshops pertaining to special education to how to survive student teaching. There were several performances there that I was also able to attend, and bring back possible musical selections for possible play in the Clarion Bands.”

In other news, History Club was allocated $495 in supplemental funding to help interested students attend and education trip to Gettysburg on April 18 and 19.

History Club president Alexandra Elias explained the trip will include a bus tour of the battlefield, a night tour of the town, museum visits and will allow members of the History Club to look for relics to fill up empty shelving in Founder’s Hall.

“The club was never able to take the trip to Gettysburg before because there never was enough interest. This year, not only was there interest, but there were students who were willing to fundraise to go on the trip.”

She concluded, “And beside hopefully we will be able to return with Civil War relics and souvenirs to add to Founder’s Hall.”

Student Senate meetings are held every Monday in 246 Gemmell at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to students, staff and the local community.

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