Student outreach program announced

Seven people were appointed to the executive branch and a new student outreach program was announced during Monday night’s senate meeting.

Once the Student Government Association president and vice president are chosen each year, they take applications for people who want to be on that administration’s executive branch, said Senate pro-tempore Ebony Ivory, a 20-year-old junior business administrations student from Fort Lauderdale.

After the applications were taken this past spring, Ramon Alexander and Phillip Agnew, SGA president and vice president, interviewed candidates for the open positions.

The Elections and Appointments Committee (EAC) then interviewed and scored the applicants based on experience, group dynamics, enthusiasm and knowledge of duties, amongst other things.

The following people were confirmed for the following positions on Monday: Ashliegh Bolar as the secretary of student welfare, Alesha Carter as the secretary of community affairs, Jocelyn Morris as the comptroller, Chamola Fortenberry as the deputy secretary of community affairs, Alexia Robinson as the secretary of communications, Constance Rush as the secretary of communications and Reynard Allen as the deputy comptroller.

Sen. Tara Crawford, 21, EAC chair, said she was pleased with the candidates for confirmation and has faith that they will do their best to serve FAMU.

“Everyone has been knowledgeable,” said Crawford, a senior political science student from Nashville. “They’re actually for the betterment of the student body.”

During the meeting, senators also announced Rattler Reachout, a group which will join the Student Relations Committee (SRC).

After informing the senate last week that many Carribean students felt uninformed and under-represented, Sen. Monique Gillum,19, announced the establishing of Rattler Reachout.

While delivering her SRC report on Monday, Gillum said she went to the Carribean Student Association meeting after last week’s senate meeting.

While there, she said, she met and talked to many people who she would normally never see on campus.

Rattler Reachout, which Gillum will oversee, is a part of the SRC that will consist of some senators and volunteers from Rattler Storm, a senator volunteer group.

“Rattler Reachout is an initiative that I’m starting because I feel the need that all Rattlers should know what’s going on,” said Gillum, a sophomore political science student from Gainesville.

“The plan right now is to put together a small group of people to inform people off campus,” Gillum said.

One of those groups is the student body at the FAMU College of Law.

“Keeping the law school informed is difficult since they are more than 300 miles away from FAMU’s main campus,” said Ivory.

“(Gillum is) trying to reach out to the Rattlers, hence the name,” Ivory said.

In her efforts to reach out, Gillum plans to send mass e-mails, dorm storm and staff the Caf.

Gillum said the SRC will create more ideas during their Tuesdays meetings in the senate chambers.

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