Senate meets over provost search

Amanda Betts – Staff Writer

CLARION, Pa.- The Clarion University Student Senate met Monday to discuss the search for new candidates for provost, their recent mission to make more of a connection between Clarion’s campus and Venango College’s campus and the Senate’s upcoming fundraisers and activities.

Senate Faculty Advisor Sean Hoke discussed the search for a new provost for Clarion University and the plans to interview each candidate on Clarion’s campus.  According to Hoke, President Karen Whitney will be meeting with each candidate to discuss plans they may have if given the position.

One of the potential candidates, Bryan DePoy, is in the process of being interviewed this week, and others will be interviewed in the coming weeks.

According to the Student Trustee Edward Green, there was a meeting to discuss outreach for the Clarion University Venango campus.  The committee feels that there is not much connection between Clarion’s campus and the Venango campus, and the committee are brainstorming ideas to remedy that.

It was suggested that the campus names should be rebranded to better suit what they offer to students.  There will be a vote on the recommendations at some point in the near future.

Faculty Senate held their first meeting of the semester and also discussed the provost search and renaming of Clarion’s Venango campus.

The Clarion University Suites on Main North Theater re-opened for the semester this past weekend with the showings of Oscar-nominated Arrival and the animated Disney movie, Moana, for which attendance was higher than usual.

Also according to Hoke, the budget process will begin this month, and organizations that wish to receive funds from the Clarion Students’ Association should see communication from them within the next few weeks.

At this point in the year, the overall Senate budget is $17,987.93, and the contingency fund  stands at  13,690.67.  The capital fund is currently $265,703.13, and the large item capital is $184,537.46.

Senate will be hosting the bingo event with chicken wings called Wingo again this semester on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Gemmell Food Court.  Students should take note of the fact that the location has been moved from its usual location of the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room, as the MPR has another event scheduled for that evening.

According to Senate President Devon Vallies, construction  at Tippin Gymnasium will begin this summer, starting soon after graduation, and the Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center will be getting a new roof this summer as well.

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