Student Senate Chair

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=Current and Past Senate Chairs=
[[Jed Bradley|Jed Bradley, 2009-2019]]
[[Jed Bradley|Jed Bradley, 2009-2010]] - Session 16
[[Jon Solomon|Jon Solomon, 2008-2009]]
[[Jon Solomon|Jon Solomon, 2008-2009]] - Session 15
[[Shawn Fisher|Shawn Fisher, 2007-2008]]
[[Shawn Fisher|Shawn Fisher, 2007-2008]] - Session 14
[[Haleh Dilsi|Haleh Dilsi, 2006-2007]]
[[Hala Dilsi|Hala Dilsi, 2006-2007]] - Session 13
[[Alex Kim|Alex Kim, 2005-2006]] - Session 12
[[Zachary Tobin|Zachary Tobin, 2004-2005]] - Session 11
[[Cammie L. Croft|Cammie L. Croft, 2003-2004]] - Session 10
[[Sean Kellogg|Sean Kellogg, 2002-2003]] - Session 9

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Job Description

The Chair oversees all functions of the Senate and chairs meetings of the Senate and Senate Steering Committee.

Session XVI Student Senate Chair

Jed Bradley

Goals for 2009-2010

  • Increase relevancy of resolutions by increasing follow up. Sponsor and/or Senate leadership would present the legislation or more personally deliver it to the administration/student groups affected. It is the responsibility of the aforementioned parties to ensure that a passed resolution achieves the change it seeks.
  • Increase relevancy by ensuring the Vice Chair effectively communicates all legislation to the Board of Directors, and that the BOD follows through with legislation they chose to affirm. This will be achieved by establishing and maintaining a good rapport with the BOD.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to implement positive changes to Senate and the rest of the ASUW to make the organization more effective in advocacy and more relevant to the students.
  • Work with the Membership Coordinator to implement retention strategies to decrease turn-over of Senators. I will continue forums on how to write legislation and implement new forums to teach Parliamentary Procedure. I will also implement an optional t-shirt and/or business card package for Senators. The t-shirt will serve as an advertisement for Senate, not a sign of membership.
  • Bring together Senators from various backgrounds to discuss and implement strategies to increase the efficiency of Senate meetings and passage of legislation. Through Senate Steering and the Oversight Committee, we will look at the way resolutions are written, put through committee and to the floor and establish ways to streamline and simplify the process.
  • Work closely with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) to ensure that all legislation dealing with important issues is passed by both bodies, and that the intent of the resolutions is consistent. To do this I will maintain a good working relationship with GPSS and our representatives.
  • Increase campus involvement in Senate by better advertising meetings and resolutions through the use of The Daily and other outreach entities. Having weekly reports in The Daily about what Senate has passed or failed would increase transparency to students and provide incentive to get involved. This used to happen, we just need to bring it back.
  • Set new guidelines for Senators so that they are more accountable and representative of their given RSO, Commission, or living community. This would be accomplished by utilizing email lists and RSO, Commission, and Hall Council meetings: possibly requiring a certain amount of contact between Senators and the groups they are representing.
  • Create an effective, approachable, and resourceful Senate Leadership.
  • Maintain a diverse, welcoming, and open forum at Senate meetings for all students to speak for and against issues they are passionate about.
  • Become extremely well versed in Sturgis Parliamentary Procedure, Senate Rules and Bylaws, and the ASUW Constitution.
  • Provide information, support, and guidance on legislation and other Senate issues.
  • Maintain an unbiased Senate, free from political agenda.
  • Represent and promote Senate views and standing opinion passionately and effectively across campus and in Olympia.

Student Senate Bylaws Article III: Officers


A. Compensation
1. No stipend shall be drawn during the Summer Quarter.
2. During Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, the Chair shall draw a stipend totaling $4,403.
B. Duties & Responsibilities
1. The Chair shall complete the following tasks on a weekly basis:
(i) hold a minimum of seven (7) office hours outside of meetings;
(ii) convene and chair meetings of the Senate;
(iii) convene and chair meetings of the Steering Committee;
(iv) establish the agenda for each Senate meeting, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee;
(v) notify all Senators of meetings and other relevant information through the use of the Senate e-mail list;
(vi) prepare and deliver a weekly Chair's report to the Senate; and
(vii) appoint Senators to Standing Committees, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee.
2. The Chair shall complete the following tasks at least twice per quarter:
(i) meet with each Standing Committee Chair to discuss responsibilities and evaluate performance;
(ii) conduct Senate Officer reviews; and
(iii) maintain budget records.
3. The Chair shall complete the following tasks on a quarterly basis:
(i) prepare an Entity Report for the ASUW Board of Directors ("Board");
(ii) schedule a regular time and day for Steering Committee meetings;
(iii) coordinate efforts to maintain the Senate website;
(iv) meet with each Senate liaison to discuss responsibilities and evaluate performance; and
(v) conduct goal-setting sessions with other Senate Officers.
4. The Chair shall attend to the following general responsibilities during the entire term:
(i) follow all Senate Bylaws and Rules;
(ii) seek effective follow-through on Resolutions that have been approved by the Senate;
(iii) ensure and assist in the completion of all Senate responsibilities;
(iv) ensure the general fairness of Senate;
(v) serve as the primary spokesperson for the Senate;
(vi) schedule all Senate meetings before the start of Fall Quarter for the upcoming session;
(vii) update the Senate Handbook over the summer for the upcoming session;
(viii) train Committee Chairs as necessary;
(ix) train the incoming officers following their election; and
(x) attend ASUW training and orientation.

Current and Past Senate Chairs

Jed Bradley, 2009-2010 - Session 16

Jon Solomon, 2008-2009 - Session 15

Shawn Fisher, 2007-2008 - Session 14

Hala Dilsi, 2006-2007 - Session 13

Alex Kim, 2005-2006 - Session 12

Zachary Tobin, 2004-2005 - Session 11

Cammie L. Croft, 2003-2004 - Session 10

Sean Kellogg, 2002-2003 - Session 9

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