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SRC Executive Summer Update 2019

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Mar: President

Hello all, I write this to you on a hot and sunny July day hoping you are as thrilled as I am with the summer we are having thus far. Here is an update on what I’ve been working on since May 1st if you have any questions feel free to enjoy but for now enjoy! 

Before beginning my term as President on May 1st, I was tasked with the selection of our 2019 valedictorian’s selection. By the end of May, both of our valedictorians, Molly Sweeny and Tyler Jensen Smith were selected and proudly addressed our students June 8th. 

Throughout this selection, the executive cabinet reviewed and presented an official feedback document on the proposed smoke-free campus policy. Our main recommendation being that the Gait have its own designated smoking area for our events; which as you know are crucial to our extraordinary Bishop’s experience. This was a process that lasted a few weeks and required a lot of collaboration with the Bishop’s administration in order to finally be successful in guaranteeing a location for our students during Gait events. 

In the same period of time, the SRC board of student representatives or BSR for short held a meeting which led to two unanimous votes. The first being that the SRC oppose Bill 21 based on specific recommendations for modifications to the Bill. The second aimed to implement a benefit to reduce the cost of mobile plan costs incurred by 3 executive positions which either need to be available at all times, require excessive data usage, the use of both local and long-distance minutes and or a combination of many factors. 

Furthermore, as mandated by the SRC bylaws I attended three external conferences. The first was a special QSU caucus to prepare recommendations to Bill 21. The second was the annual StudentCare stakeholder meeting where we added legal aid to the student insurance dental portion of the plan for greater accessibility. The Third was the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations or CASA Foundations conference where we discussed many student concerns and priorities for the year to come as well as the Federal elections. 

On another note, a few months ago, I applied to a program which was focused on preventing alcohol harms on campuses across the world. I was selected as one of 3 representatives for our country and the Quebec provincial representative. This meant I had the privilege of attending a week-long conference in Slovenia from June 16-24th which was funded through a governmental grant. There I drafted a project proposal with the help of experts from across the globe and have begun working on it in order to hopefully launch in the fall. This project is basically a guide outlining event planning and student union and or university bars best practices. (Fear not! More details will come shortly.)

Finally, I am beyond thrilled to announce that after four years of SRC efforts and advocacy for a safer crosswalk between little forks and college street, the MTQ has finally announced its plans to put in a stop light for our community. (P.S We are stoked; we hope you are too!)

Anyhow, see you all soon.

Lots of love,

Mar


Aunika: VP Academic

Hey Gaiters! I’m so glad to have this chance to tell you about my work thus far as the SRC Vice President of Academic Affairs. Even before my term officially started, I began meeting with certain administration members and getting integrated into the SRC. This gave me and the rest of the team a chance to get to know each other and understand how the SRC functions so we could hit the ground running once our terms commenced. One of the first committees I sat on was the Valedictorian selection committee which was a wonderful way to start the summer and get ready for convocation! 

Since our first official day, May 1st, I have begun doing more hands-on committee work, and long-term prep for the year to come. Some initial projects included hiring our Academic Affairs Manager, Marta Matuzonyte, and the Head Academic Peer Mentor of the Student Success Centre, Alanna Devenny. These two individuals will be responsible for coordinating the various academic support systems and events throughout the year, as we work with our team of Senators, Representatives, 

Counsellors, and Academic Peer Mentors to give the best possible university experience to our students. 

Additionally, I have been working on a project to expand the Student Success Centre alongside our VPSL, Emil Lamontagne, and participating in policy reviews with our President, Marilyn Hardy. Significantly, Mar and I have been reviewing the current Teaching Evaluation Survey with an ad hoc committee of professors and administrators at the university; the format of the tool is being assessed, and a re-structuring is under consideration to make the student-teacher evaluation process more efficient. In addition to this work, I have lent support in the review of the Campus Smoking Policy, wherein the SRC fought to maintain a semi-permanent smoking area on campus (near The Gait during all operating hours) in the wake of the Smoke-Free Campus referendum and subsequent changes to university policies. 

This is just a brief summary of some of the major projects and changes underway for next year, not to mention the daily work of the VPAA on other committees and directly aiding students in their academic careers! I am so grateful to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of our student body, and I welcome any suggestions or criticisms you might have. Feel free to reach out at the srcacad@ubihops.ca email, or contact me over social media. Raise a Toast! 

Émil: VP Student Life

Hey Gaiters,

The last couple of months have been extremely busy, once the elections were completed I was immediately thrown into the hiring panel for other positions within the SRC such as the Director of Communications and Marketing and the Director of Events. Additionally, we were working extremely hard to choosing and interviewing Judges and Leaders for the 2019 Orientation Week. Once summer started I got a chance to settle into the new position but I was still taking two spring classes. Now, I am very excited to say that I have been working hard alongside student services but more importantly Jordi Hepburn who is a counselor on campus, on a new mental health initiative. Our project is to build a Peer Support Center. We’re currently figuring out the logistics of the project, the placement of the room, building the training and making sure that this project is launched at the best of its ability. This will allow Bishop’s to grow its sense of community even more by allowing trained students in active listening to be a resource on campus but also having space where students can go, relax and simply be together in a positive atmosphere. Additionally, I am working with Aunika Braun, the VP Academics, on renewing our tutoring system on campus, we aim to have a more efficient and simple tutoring system that will allow students to pick and chose the tutors they want, you can think of it as an “Uber Eats” but for Tutoring. I am also working on planning activities for the course of the year such as a Tailgate at an Alouettes Football Game, puppy days, as well as exciting new activities.  For the upcoming orientation week, I am also working closely with Véronic St-Cyr, the Director of Events, on creating exciting activities for the week such as Let Go like Apollo, which is karaoke night. We are also building a new initiative focused on responsible drinking. It will create a conversation between peers about the risks of overconsumption and about following your own limits when it comes to alcohol, rather than a lesson from a superior. Also, I’ve had the chance to sit on different committees and have meetings with faculty members from the university discussing different changes to campus such as our new Smoking Policy. Finally, I also had the chance to represent the BUSRC alongside Marilyn Hardy, the President, at a conference in Montreal held by Student Care and learn some fascinating insight from great guest speakers and learn about new coverage that will be included for students through the Student Care insurance.

If you have any questions about any of the projects mentioned above please do not hesitate to contact me at srcstu@ubishops.ca.

Sincerely,

Émil Lamontagne, Vice President Student Life.

Naomie: VP External

Howdy Gaiters,

We’ve been in office for 2 months now but it feels like so much more. We’ve accomplished so much and this is just the beginning! The week I was elected I had the chance to go to a Quebec Student Union Caucus with the outgoing VP External Marilyn Hardy. It was also their general meeting and they had lots of things planned for us including a blanket exercise which is an exercise to bring awareness about the indigenous peoples of Canada and their past and current suffrage. It was truly eye opening and as soon as my mandate started on May 1st, 2019 we got in contact with Melissa Poirier our Indigenous student support coordinator to establish a better connection and see what our students needed from us. One of our missions this year is to make sure that our student body at large feels represented by their SRC. On the third day in I had the opportunity to attend the launching of Honourable Mme. Bibeau’s “Parlons Environment” Project, for better sustainable living. I then attended a special Caucus with the Quebec Student Union about Bill 21 and our position on it. Our President Marilyn Hardy drafted document about our stance on it and it was voted on at our special summer BSR. Later in the month of May, I travelled to Ottawa along with Marilyn to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Foundations conference. It’s a conference to establish our goals for the year, we came back from this conference with a lot of new innovative ideas for Bishop’s as well as a better idea of how to be culturally competent in the workplace and at school. This was important to us as we are looking at adding an Indigenous Students’ Representative as well as a Cultural Diversity Representative to our board.

The month of June was also very busy I went to a lot of Quebec Student Union events including the board meeting, a caucus, and the training camp which they hold each year for newly elected students. Finally, I went to the Lennoxville borough town hall which was held on June 25th to making sure that you were all well represented there.

This next month I will be away but still working on quite a few projects including a new sexual violence prevention initiative, as well as the SRC’s strategic plan for the year.

That’s all for me, for now. We’ve got a crazy year planned for you all, we’re working hard!

If you have any questions feel free to come by my office or send me an email at srcexternal@ubishops.ca

It’s going to be a good year Gaiters!

Luminously,

Naomie Mazzola, Vice President External Affairs


Adam: Director of Finance

Hey Gaiters! Since I began my term on May 1st, I have been staying busy working with the rest of my team in preparation for the upcoming awesome school year. The past two months have really flown by and I cannot wait to get the year started with Orientation Week! In the meantime, I am sure all you have been thinking about is what your Director of Finance has been up to over the summer so far. My first week was pretty much encapsulated by a few training sessions, organizing my office space and really just getting accustomed to the new position. After that, I started to get cracking on this year’s Orientation Week budget to help everyone on the team get a better idea of what we were looking at financially. When that was done, the other executives and I came up with an awesome sponsorship package that we then sent out to potentially interested parties. Getting the word out there was a lot of fun and the amount of responses we have been receiving has been really promising. I have also been in contact with a few suppliers for the Orientation Week merchandise and swag. Other than the fun Orientation Week items, I have been working with my colleagues on some of their awesome projects for the year to help make them financially feasible. I also hope to come up with a 2019-2020 budget in the coming weeks, which I will get started on just as soon as last year’s official numbers are finalized. That pretty much summarizes the big ticket items I have been working on over the summer so far.  I just want to finish by saying I am super hyped for this year and what it will bring!


Brooklynn: Director of Communications and Marketing

Hello everyone and welcome to the DCMs summer update! We hit the ground running with the start of the term and it’s been non-stop ever since. It started with assisting in the hiring of all the leaders and judges for oweek, then straight into its planning and marketing. I was also given all the passwords to almost every SRC account ever so I did my snooping trying to see what we can do to improve in the coming years and what we’ve already been rocking in. I’ve also meet up with an old friend, InDesign to create this year's student handbook. The last time I was able to use the program was in my graduation year of high school so there was some catching up to do however, it’s just like riding a bike and I’m so excited for all of you to see it! I’ve also hired my Social Media Manager for the school year and am looking to hire more positions late July and early August so look out for those at busrc.com/jobs. I’m also excited to be revamping the SRC’s social media policies (or lack thereof) and the implementation of an emergency communications protocol that was started with the previous DCM Darcie. In addition, I’m excited to spouse up our website (the one you’re on right now!) as well as see what I can do to make the Bubble better. Let me know if you have any suggestions at src@ubishops.ca. This year is going to be rad as heck, and I can’t wait to see you all again.


V: Director of Events

Hi Gaiters! 

This summer has been incredibly productive and I can’t believe we’re already halfway through. So far as the new Director Of Events I’ve focused all of my attention on planning and organizing Orientation Week - this includes hiring Leaders & Judges, finalizing the O- Week schedule, picking the theme, picking the events and booking the venues. Recently I booked the Concert night artist has worked closely with Adam, our DFO on sponsorships for the events and I’m very excited to meet all the incoming first years and make this O-Week the greatest one yet. 

Apart from O-Week I have finalized a date for Winterfest and began looking at venues to host Grad Formal. 

I’m the coming weeks I’ll be focusing my attention on ironing out all the details for O-Week in order to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible. I also plan on working closely with the executive team, especially our DCM, on the O-Week video and have many ideas that I'm very excited about!

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SRC Executive Campus Articles

SRC Executive Campus Articles

A collection of the articles the 2018-2019 Executive Team wrote for the Campus Newspaper in Fall 2018

SRC Summer 2018 Update

SRC Summer 2018 Update

Alexandra Medalsy - 2018-2019 SRC President

Hey Gaiters,

Welcome or welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed amazing adventures during the summer and that you’re ready for another great year at BU!

While you all had different summer activities, your SRC Executive members have stayed in beautiful Lenoxville getting ready for the coming year. With any new challenge and team, there is always a learning curve and this is how we spent our summer: learning about the job and getting to know each other. This summer I worked hand in hand with the Orientation Week coordinators to make this year’s Orientation Week a welcoming and memorable one. But my daily concerns didn’t stop at O Week;  I also focused my efforts on some new initiatives for international students, planning a few activities for ASAP. ASAP is the academic success archway program that is held for four days before the start of school to help students with the transition from high school and CEGEP. I also spent some time on the launch of a new club, alongside Jessica Caputo and Sydney Brennen, called The Learning Curve club, more details to come soon.  Although this latest club is just in the first phases we hope to get it up and rolling within the year.

I also attended some conferences, the Sexual Violence Symposium in Montreal and Leaders Hall in Niagara Falls. The sexual violence symposium was eye opener and gave me a lot of perspective on certain issues. It made me question further how and what we are doing on policy and prevention and the importance of delivering our Policy sooner than later. From this experience Sydney Brennen and myself have decided to work together on making some changes around campus. We do have a sexual violence policy in the works of being made, but we need more.

Leaders Hall in Niagara Falls gave us the opportunities to meet with other student unions and hear about their projects. We met with schools that have approximately the same number of students to come together and see how we are doing things differently and the same. To share our processes and guide each other in new projects and answer questions that sometimes only people in the same situation as you can answer. Mental health was also at the forefront of our discussions during the conference and brought forward some new ideas. I am excited to bring those new ideas to student services and work together on improving our services.

I have also been involved with the SUB renovations, contributing some input with the architects and the stakeholders involved. Just to list a few more of my summer projects, I sat on the steering committee for the English Speaking Forum, worked with Student-Care on our insurance coverage for the year, participated on the Donald Lecture Series selection committee, worked on an Orientation Week survey, as well participated on a hiring committee for the director of communications for the University. I also had the privilege of attending the Bishops University’s Board of Governor’s retreat and chaired the Board of student representatives retreat.

But mainly I have been lucky to work alongside the amazing executive team and support all their projects and endeavours.

But fear not! My summer wasn’t all work. As we were a new group of leaders coming in, and not knowing each other, we took a day to learn more about each other and work on our team bonding. WE also did a sun rise hike up Pinnacle just to realize, once there, that the sun rose on the other side of the mountain. Finally we also spent some time getting to know the QSU (Quebec student union), and I can truly say that they are an amazing group of people.

On that note I wish you all the best of luck with your semester and remember my door is always open for you! If only to tell me a joke!

Jessica Caputo - 2018-2019 VP Academic Affairs

Hi everyone! Jess, your Vice President of Academic Affairs here! I hope you all had an incredible summer!

I wanted to take a moment and catch you all up on a few really exciting projects that I worked on over the summer. The incredible team and I got the chance to attend a wonderful leadership conference in Niagara Falls. We interacted with so many different student council executives from other universities across Canada. It was such an incredible experience to discuss strategies and potential collaboration partnerships that can better help the student body.

Upon our return, I started to piece together a few other projects, below is a bullet point of a few projects that I started and completed.

Projects:

- Gathered research to propose changing the Professor Evaluation form

- Developed a crash course review session to be in full swing for Midterms and Finals
- Taking over and revamping the Peer Mentor program
- Created a Student Success Center committee to help provide resources for the Mentor program
- Beta testing a live platform called “ acad talks” where students can receive information on academic events, policies, how toos, snap take overs, motivational talks
- Providing the right resources for students who are trying to write an appeal letter
- Completed Athletic Orientation
- Orchestrating O week Acad workshops and tour
- Academic Fair ( ex, science fair )
- Working with Dobson Legasse to create a networking liaison to provide students with internships and job opportunities
- Working with key faculty members to provide additional academic events on campus
- Collaborating with StartUp fest and Princeton Review to provide networking opportunities to the students and help build their resumes while attending BU ( We’ve already managed to get students jobs!)
- Edit the professor expectation document
- Provide resources from TLC
Team collaboration on a new committee called The Learning Curve

Events to look forward to:
1. “A day in the life of…” I will be hosting an event in the gait where many different professionals will be invited to come and give a brief talk and just have a wine and cheese/casual chat with the students from all departments

2. Organize Bishops speaks
3. Host a Failure panel
4. Host Academic completion, Academic Debate
5. We hosted How to School workshops during Orientation week
6. Having monthly gatherings to give students a chance to bring up academic concerns so that we can work together to enhance the current procedures
7. Plan the Wine and Cheese events
8. Provide support for all of my senators and peer mentors on their incredible projects and goals

Sydney Brennen - 2018-2019 VP Student Life

Hi Gaiters! Welcome back, I hope that everyone is settling back into the Bishop’s community!

The summer months were comprised of plans for the academic year ahead, and many conferences. The latter included the annual Studentcare Stakeholder meeting in Montreal, the Canadian Symposium Sexual Violence in Post-Secondary Institutions, and the Leaders Hall conference held in Niagara Falls. Studentcare is the health insurance provider that Bishop’s makes available to it’s students.  The Leaders Hall conference focussed on skill-building, leadership develop and networking. It allowed for the opportunity to network with many student leaders from different institutions of higher learning from across the Canada. Our team attended a dinner hosted by the Quebec Student Union (UEQ). The UEQ represents seventeen (17) Quebecois universities, in partnership with CASA (Canadian Alliance Student Association). The Student Representative Council (SRC) Retreat at Jouvence recently took place and sought to prepare the General Councillors and the named representatives for their roles within the SRC. 

Over the summer, I remained very involved in the preparation and planning which ensured that Orientation Week was an inclusive and organized success. 

I strive to ensure that Student Life events remain positive and memorable for every member of the Bishop’s community. It is my goal to enhance the student experience for fellow Gaiters. My colleague Darcie Danesh (Director of Communications and Marketing) and I planned and executed a special happy hour at the Gait during the spring semester; which included pizza, popcorn, and frozen treats.  

Last weekend Bishop’s students travelled to watch the Montreal Alouettes take on the BC Lions in Montreal. This acted as an excellent opportunity for students to travel to Montreal and take part in an activity outside the ‘BUbble.’ 

I intend on encouraging, furthering, and advocating for dialogue to increase awareness and fostering support as it concerns mental health and wellness.  I am in the process of bringing a campaign called Keep It Social to Quebec. Keep It Social is an alcohol harms reduction campaign which focuses on social and non-social drinking habits. Furthermore, Alex Medalsy, Jessica Caputo and I are working on a bringing the Learning Curve Club  to Bishop’s. Its main objective will be to foster growth and encompass strengths in unity and diversity through open communication among members of the Bishop’s community and to make different resources available in order to do so. 

When I wasn’t working I returned home to the 6ix to spend time out with my sister and friends. We made a lot of great memories up North in Muskoka. I even made it to the Boots & Hearts festival and fell in love with Florida Georgia Line all over again with Bishop’s family by my side!

I hope you are all just as excited as I am for the start of a great Fall semester! We have a lot of big things planned!

Marilyn Hardy - 2018-2019 VP External Affairs

Returning for a second year but now in a different and brand new position, I am thrilled to share my spring and summer with you all.

I worked a lot on conference preparation which led to our first conference attendance; the Student Care Stakeholder Meeting followed by the Sexual Violence Symposium both taking place in Montreal. In June attended Leaders Hall in Niagara Falls which included many sessions, workshops and keynote speakers focused on developing our team into better leaders. 

Throughout the summer, I attended a multitude of Quebec Student Union (QSU) duties such as the mental health committee in order to create a province wide mental health survey and the back to school committee in order to prepare for the provincial elections and more. I attended two caucuses in which the main topics where research, international students, Mental Health and more.

Committees:

·       I then joined the Student Success Center Committee to develop our spot in the library.

·       I joined the Jarislowsky Advisory Council.

·       I joined the Maple League Committee.

Internally, I helped on the revamping of our alcohol policy, the development of the strategic plan, sat on the hiring committee for the VP Government Relations and Secretary General. I gave an off-campus information session during orientation week.  I then invited all candidates running in the provincial elections from the Saint-Francois riding to BU to have a booth day where students could get informed. I am now planning the November QSU caucus that will take place here.

For more information and details feel free to reach out by email at srcexternal@ubishops.ca or simply drop by during my office hours for a chat.

Joshua Metcalfe Hurst - 2018-2019 Director of Finance

Hey guys, I’m going to take you through my summer so that you all have an idea of what my time was spent doing!

Much of my time starting off in the spring was spent understanding my role and sifting through documents and emails to find out what needed to be done for the upcoming year. I looked through a lot of Hunter’s past reports and overviews of events. I looked through his budgets and his suggestions for this year, which helped me build a strong foundation going forward.

I built a budget for Orientation Week so that our whole team had a guideline to follow in terms of money spent for our week-long fiesta in September. This was important in order to keep us all in check throughout the summer, and to have a plan of where we needed to allocate our funds. From there, I started reaching out to sponsors to get support for O-Week. This consisted of a lot of emails, phone calls and following up to establish which sponsorship option they were looking for. I came up with an official contract template and proposed a new sponsorship option, which we will look to use for the upcoming years. Much of my time was dedicated to communicating back and forth with sponsors throughout the summer to ensure their needs and our needs were met throughout the week.

I also worked quite rigorously with the O-Week Coordinators to plan many of the events that we hosted. The two big ones that I worked on were Gaiter Gardens and the Concert. I did the booking for the tent, the artists and sound company. I communicated a lot of the information of what we were planning with the Gait Managers, as well as any stakeholders. For such big events like these, many people have to be a part of the conversation, in order to get the go ahead and to make sure everything runs smoothly.

I sat on the stakeholders meetings for the upcoming SUB renovations. This included everyone who has a say in these renovations, but mostly meeting a lot with the engineers and design team. I pushed for a patio at the Gait, as well as much better spaces for our clubs. I’m really looking forward to see how it all comes together.

I also built an outline with Ashton and Gelsey in regards to what we want for events, entertainment and themes for this upcoming semester. We spent a good amount of time planning the two outdoor happy hours that just took place.

I just recently finished the annual budget and presented it at BSR this past Sunday. Overall, I have some great plans for this upcoming year and I’m looking forward to working closely with the Gait and Doolittle’s managers to bring it all together!

Darcie Danesh - 2018-2019 Director of Communications and Marketing

Once I was hired in May, I wasted no time. Jessica Goodsell, DCM from 2016-2018, left me some really awesome tips and tricks to kick off my first few months. A big project was the Agenda/ Handbooks. The first 80 (or 81) pages all needed to be updated, and any design aspects I wanted to included, also needed to get figured out. It had been a while since I last worked with indesign so, getting used to the application was like learning how to ride a bike after years without practice. I managed. But that was the easy part. The hard part was coordinating with everyone on their summer holidays to send me their information, and also make the cover! 

All it all it ended up looking fantastic and when the print editions came (just in time for the Orientation Week Packs!) everyone loved them. They’re currently on sale at Doolittle’s! 

For the following months, a lot of time was delegated to Orientation Week, planning social media campaigns and other fun things. Once Orientation Week hit, it was incredible. Seeing all the incoming students and returning students who made up the team of volunteers, out and about having fun with everything the O-Week coordinators had planned, enjoying events, and SHARING PICTURES, was just so cool. That was when I got the sense of just what I was part of and how even the small things, like handing out freezies/ Mr. Freezes at the end of Wild Things, impact people and make the Bishop’s Experience worth. 

During the summer, I also hired my Communications Team! We have an amazing team of people who will work hard to get you all the publication, social media, and pictures you need! I am so excited to work with these incredibly talented students. Can’t wait to see where Fall Semester takes us! You can meet the

In between those tasks, I was getting adjusted to a new role and learning literally everything I could. 

A couple of my big goals I established in these few months, to be worked on, and hopefully achieved, during my time as Director of Communication and Marketing are: 

- Transparency 

- Synergy 

Transparency refers to continuing to show you guys how your SRC works, how we do our jobs and, essentially, where the money comes from and where the money goes. A couple of things I have up my sleeves involve showing you guys what we do when we go on retreat (ITS ACTUALLY A LOT OF WORK), doing a couple of day’s in the life of the members of the SRC you might not get to see out and about everyday, and then a couple more cool things. 

Synergy refers to the act of making sure that YOU guys know about everything happening at this amazing university campus, as well as making sure that YOUR initiatives get the platform and recognition they deserve.

I did also have an amazeing summer vacation. My parents came down to Canada from Dubai, as well as my aunt and uncle (who just moved to Ottawa!). It was a great break from the Bishops Bubble but I’m happy to be back and working hard to get my goals sorted and represent you guys at the big game. 

SRC Summer 2017 Update

SRC Summer 2017 Update

Morgan Gagnon -- SRC President

Hey Gaiters!

This summer we've been h a r d at work prepping for your return to campus, and the year ahead.

What does that look like?

WELL, we're working with several different lawyers to ensure the legitimacy of our new constitution. In other words, we're making sure that it's solid as a rock, no loop holes. We'll be voting to implement it in November, so put those November GAs in your calendar!! But don't worry, we'll be sharing the new constitution with everyone before that.

We're ALSO applying for accreditation this year. This means that the university will recognize us as the legal representatives of you, the students. The university is also obligated to collect membership fees from you on our behalf. This allows us to work on all of our various projects, including our advocacy, the Peer Mentorship Program, and Orientation Week. Fun fact: we currently function as if we're accredited, because we (the SRC) are 90 years older than the accreditation process! But we'd like to cross our Ts and dot our Is. Again, stay tuned for more info.

In between chatting with lawyers, we've also been finding apartments for the incoming exchange students who weren't able to be accommodated in res. We collected a bunch of furniture from Kuehner to furnish these apartments. After a few days of manual labour, they're all set up and looking as good as a student apartment can.

FINALLY, we've been building a relationship with the Quebec Student Union and it's member universities. Jess and I attended the August caucus, where we voted to create a mental health survey to be administered across the Quebec universities, as well as a study on student debt, and campus sustainability. That weekend, we also had the opportunity to march in the Montreal Pride Parade. We were jazzed to see a few Bishop's students there as well!

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I'll stop my list here, but believe you me there a lot of other things (did someone say OWeek?), and a zillion emails, as always!

 

Erica Phillips -- VP Academic Affairs

It’s been an amazing summer in the SRC hallway, and despite most of the initial projects on my desk moving to completion (we HAVE added a GRE mock exam to the roster – I repeat, a GRE mock exam will be offered this year!), there are so many cool new opportunities that keep vying for my attention that I can honestly say I’ve never had a boring day of work.
Most recently, myself and Head Peer Academic Mentor Josée have trained an incoming team of Peer Academic Mentors, pictured below with the new SIGN we have on the front of Mackinnon!

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This year, to address the diverse international and intercultural needs of our incoming students, we've added a new role to the team, on top of the 5 divisional mentors: the International Peer Mentor is knowledgeable on all facets of the move into Lennoxville from all far-flung countries, and can help you find the resources that you need immediately after coming onto campus and beyond. Srcmentor@ubishops.ca and srcintlmentor@ubishops.ca are the contacts for questions regarding Peer Academic Mentoring, and appointment bookings can be made at busrc.com/mentorship by any student looking for a little mentorship.

I’m very excited to announce that, for the first time in student memory, the EWP exam has been moved to AFTER of Orientation Week! Now, our incoming class's introduction to BU classrooms will be Academic Orientation and their own chosen classes, rather than an exam – as nature intended. 

Stay tuned for a new academic event coming your way in March: true to my election platform, my event coordinator Gelsey and I have worked to maintain the heavy focus on interdisciplinary teams working together, but sadly that is all I can give away for now 😉

For the semester, I will continue advocating on the topic of teaching excellence, a portfolio which comprises of altering the structure of teaching awards so that they reflect a higher level of prestige at the university and national level, having open conversations about mental health in classrooms, and reviewing the process of teaching evaluation to make sure that students' feedback is being effectively communicated. Cool stuff!
Never a dull moment in the SRC, I swear.

 

Marilyn Hardy -- VP Student Life

This spring and summer was nothing short of spectacular! I was transitioning from a General Councillor role to the Vice President Student Life in a very short period of time. I started off by sitting through numerous hiring committees in which we selected a coordinator of accessibility & accommodations, a new manager of counselling, as well as our wonderful new Dean of Student Affairs.

I also attended the ASEQ Stakeholder Meeting in the spring which was a fantastic opportunity to network with other student union executives across Canada. At the conference I was able to get some ideas from other universities and contribute those towards a long term mental health plan. I then travelled to New Brunswick to exchange with Mount Allison University Student Association (MASU) and discuss potential opportunities of the Maple League Student Unions. The next day I flew to BC to attend the Student Union Development Summit (SUDS) where myself, Erica and 150 other student leaders attended workshops, built on our strengths and improved our weaknesses with another round of productive networking.

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The projects I’ve taken on/worked on this summer involve bringing napping pods to the Learning Commons, then implementation of ordering an Angelot at the Gait, developing a mental health and wellness SRC page, the implementation of EmpowerMe, brainstorming and developing new ways to attract students to the Sportsplex (STAY TUNED!) Other cool projects I’ve been looking deeper into include healthier food options on campus, building a long term mental health plan, testing different mental health and wellness applicationsand more. Lastly, Orientation Week has been another large project throughout the summer in which I have been working on revamping the Student Life Panel, Off-Campus Students Orientation and Judge/Leader Scavenger hunt.

BUT STAY TUNED FELLOW GAITERS BECAUSE THERE’S MORE TOO COME ! CHEEERS !

 

Jessica Goodsell -- Director of Communications & Marketing

In my second summer as DCM, I was able to hit the ground running by creating a (n nearly) exhaustive list of everything that needs to be done in this upcoming year, from major events to hiring periods to general graphic design needs, I’ve got it all planned out. After my initial planning flurry, I set out to hire my team for the upcoming year, consisting of a photographer, a publications coordinator and a social media coordinator, who are all ready to kick off a great year in the communications department.

I have made some modifications to our website to bring it up to date and have been working with the clubs manager in order to have The BUbble ready for our wide launch this semester!

In August (while Erica & Mar were at SUDS in Vancouver), Morgan and I attended the UEQ Caucus (in Laval no less! Vancouver Shmancouver amirite?) and Training Workshops, where we learned a lot about being a student union in Quebec and came away with lots to think about and newly acquired knowledge on best practices for a student association. During that weekend, we also marched in the Montreal Pride Parade, which was a truly incredible experience.

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the gem of Laval and the view from our Hotel

the gem of Laval and the view from our Hotel

Lots of my time has been taken up this summer by fixing little nitty gritty things in our processes and online presence (and many a lunch break spent researching Shrek memes), but this will help keep things running smoothly for the whole SRC team as we move into the year.

 

Hunter Gong -- Director of Finance & Operations

Last year there was a big change on the budget format. The previous DFO, Andrew Morton, has made the budget very accessible and transparent to the students who have no accounting knowledge. Although this is a great format, but I have found some imperfections that need to be improved. This year, the new budget is more organized and reflects realistically how much the SRC actually has in cash. For example, the Green Levy fund account was part of the operation budget last year which is not true since it cannot be used for SRC operations. Now, this will be categorized under restricted asset account which will make the budget reflect more accurately on the real cash that SRC has.

I spent almost the entire summer helping the two amazing OWeek Coordinators to plan the Fall Orientation Week with lots of logistical support. I have recruited the sponsors, putting together the Gaiter Garden and the Concert nights, and also ordered the Orientation Week swag.

With the passionate Doolittle’s and the Gait’s managers, I know we are going to have a great year ahead of us. This summer, we have created a new position at the Gait: Gait Assistant Manager Social Media and Marketing, a.k.a the GAMSMM. She will be mainly in charge of publishing content on social media to better promote the Gait's events. We are also planning to have a concert night at the Gait with a big name DJ and many more surprises. So stay tuned! The new Doolittle’s managers have lots of great ideas already in order to improve profitability for the store. We came up with some more clothing designs and some new products to sell at the store. (You should go check them out!)

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I will finalize the budget over the course of the next couple weeks and will closely monitor both Gait and Doolittle’s operations. I’m really excited to work with my new team to run the operations for our students.

 

Jacob Kaplan -- Director of Human Resources

Since starting my term as Director of Human Resources, I’ve continued to build upon the framework for the SRC’s HR Department established by my predecessor, Dominique. This includes creating clear, but strong employment contracts for all positions within the organization as well as extensive employee tracking information systems such as databases and vacation logs for example. I have organized various workshops for our executive team including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, as well as working closely with Dr. Mike Teed on Professional and Leadership Development. With Dr. Teed, we are creating a book club focusing on ‘soft skills’ and personal development (if you are interested in joining please send me an email at (SRCDHR@ubishops.ca) . Additionally, I have worked on improving the quality and variety of interview questions, updating job descriptions as well as reduced the often intimidatingly large interview panels. With various members of my team, we have interviewed and hired candidates for nearly 20 positions.

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Looking to the future, I’m looking forward to continue working on the development of Human Resource Policies, as well as clarity and transparency of roles, responsibilities and hiring practices within the SRC. I am also working closely with various supervisors on effective training processes and practices, as well as performance appraisals. Lastly, I encourage everyone to regularly visit busrc.com/jobs to stay up to date with current and upcoming availabilities within the SRC.

Raise a Toast!

September SRC Forum Responses

September SRC Forum Responses

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 :)

SRC Summer 2016 Update

SRC Summer 2016 Update

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.

SRC End of Year Reports

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SRC End of Year Reports

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.

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Everything you need to know about the 2016 SRC Constitutional Amendments

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Everything you need to know about the 2016 SRC Constitutional Amendments

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.

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SRC January Update

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SRC January Update

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.

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SRC PRO TIP: Getting rid of old courses on Moodle

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SRC PRO TIP: Getting rid of old courses on Moodle

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.

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Part II: You Asked, We Answered

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Part II: You Asked, We Answered

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!

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SRC General Assembly to Vote on New Executive Position

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SRC General Assembly to Vote on New Executive Position

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.

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Part I: You Asked, We Answered!

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Part I: You Asked, We Answered!

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!

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Report of the SRC Ad-hoc Internal Review Committee

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Report of the SRC Ad-hoc Internal Review Committee

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.

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SRC December Update

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SRC December Update

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.

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SRC November Update

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SRC November Update

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!

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Call for Applications for the 3M National Student Fellowship

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Call for Applications for the 3M National Student Fellowship

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. 

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September 13th General Assembly Recap

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September 13th General Assembly Recap

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.

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The SRC goes to SUDS

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The SRC goes to SUDS

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.

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SRC launches mobile app!

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SRC launches mobile app!

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. 

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