On September 14th & 15th from 11:30am-4:00pm, members of your SRC were in the SUB Lobby introducing themselves, answering questions, handing out yearbooks, and taking comments & suggestions. Your DCM did some (super fun!) data entry work and then your SRC Executive team answered or responded to many of the questions, comments and suggestions! They are listed below :)
These past few months, your SRC has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. We've all collectively been getting a head start on this year's projects in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly when everyone is back at Bishop's and the fun really begins.
This year, we've strived for transparency in everything that we do. From informing students of General Assembly (GA) dates in the Dish to posting updates throughout the semester about what the execs are up to. In transitioning the incoming execs, we have decided to make this even more of a priority in the coming year.
At General Assembly on February 7th 2016, a variety of amendments to the Bishop's University Students' Representative Council Constitution were presented. As per the procedure of amending the constitution, these changes must be presented two weeks before any voting on the changes can take place. We want to ensure open and collaborative communication on this process by sharing these amendments with you today, in the spirit of transparency with these decisions. An outline of these changes and amendments can be found at the link below.
It's a new year and the SRC has some exciting new projects in the pipeline! Following our January General Assemblies, we have compiled this departmental update which details the executives' current projects and involvements. We will be publishing a new February departmental update in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our blog for this post which will discuss elections and new projects. As always, we encourage feedback or questions from students about the SRC's current portfolios! Don't hesitate to contact any of our members through the Contact Us page.
Moodle. We all use it. Some love it, some hate it, but it's an undeniably useful tool for teachers to communicate and share files with students. However, if you've been at Bishop's for several years, you'll begin to realize how tedious it is to scroll through all those courses you took three years ago. Don't fret! There is a solution.
On the 18th and 19th of November, the SRC held a forum in the Student Union Building to encourage students to ask questions, make comments, and bring forward concerns about their Bishop's experience. In an effort to keep students informed about important issues, our President, our VP Social, and our VP Student Affairs have responded to some of their most frequently asked questions here. See Part 1: You Asked, We Answered for more questions and answers. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact us or drop by our offices in the SUB!
This year, the SRC General Assembly passed a motion to create an Internal Review Committee, tasked with the evaluation of the SRC's functions and operations. The goal of the committee was to focus on representation, departmental structure, and reassess response to student needs. The committee did research on best practices across Canadian universities, and reached out to our U4 partners for advice. In a presentation to the General Assembly on November 22nd, the Internal Review Committee outlined changes to the representative roles at both the executive and general assembly levels.
On the 18th and 19th of November, the SRC held a forum in the Student Union Building to encourage students to ask questions, make comments, and bring forward concerns about their Bishop's experience. In an effort to keep students informed about important issues, our Director of Finance and Operations, our Director of Communications and Marketing, and our VP Academic have responded to some of their most frequently asked questions. In the coming month we will be releasing a follow-up article responding to more of your post-it notes. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact us or drop by our offices in the SUB!
The committee was organized to evaluate a variety of areas of the SRC’s departments and structure in efforts of improving our efficiency, productivity, inclusivity, legitimacy, transparency, and overall representation.
Key areas of focus for the committee were the composition of the General Assembly, the roles of executives and the departmental breakdown, as well as research into the function of the SRC as an association, a union, or otherwise.
As your representatives, we sometimes spend so much time in meetings, and planning sessions that we forget to inform you about about our current projects! This year, we will be working to change that by posting monthly updates from inside the SRC. As 2015 comes to a close, here is a brief report from each executive detailing their current projects and involvements. As always, we encourage feedback or questions from students about the SRC's current portfolios! Don't hesitate to contact any of our members through the Contact Us page.
We've had a busy start to the 2015-2016 academic year. Below, you will find a brief report from each executive detailing their current projects and involvements. As always, we encourage feedback or questions from students about the SRC's current portfolios!
Bishop’s University will nominate one student for the 3M National Student Fellowship in 2016. This is the highest recognition of educational leadership for undergraduate students in Canada, and we believe that the students at Bishop’s University have a distinct advantage in this competition.
The Student Representatives Council (SRC) holds General Assembly (GA) meetings every second Sunday at 6 pm in McGreer 101; the first meeting was September 13 and the following will be September 27. All students are welcome to observe the meetings, although seating is somewhat limited. This Sunday was the first time I had been to an SRC meeting.
Calling all west-coast Gaiters! If you’re around the Vancouver area you might run into some familiar faces this weekend. The SRC has sent a delegation of representatives to the 2015 Student Union Development Summit (SUDS) taking place at the University of British Colombia. Your VP Academic Chelsea McLellan, VP Student Affairs Heather Barlow, and Director of Communications and Marketing Benjamin Tracy, are representing our small students’ association amongst others from across the country.
The SRC Mobile App is a one-stop shop for all Bishop’s-related events. Browse a list of upcoming events and keep updated on both social and academic opportunities. Whether it’s upcoming Gait Nights, Winterfest, Frosh-in-a-Can, special Academic Lectures, Club events, or drama productions, it’s never been easier or faster to find what’s important to you.
In the fall of 2013, Bishop’s students were surveyed about their interest in health and dental insurance. 88% of respondents were in favour of a group insurance plan, so the SRC decided to offer this service to Bishop’s students.
The Sustainable Development Committee ensures that policies are in place regarding the sustainable use and development of the campus, as well as standards for the construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and restoration of the University’s facilities.
Back when I first heard about Orientation Week, I didn’t really know what it meant and even though a few examples of activities were given, I couldn’t actually imagine what it was like. So here is Orientation Week, the good and bad, the myth and reality.