MADISON COLLEGE STUDENT SENATE

Executive Council

Vice President of Public Relations

Vice President of Legislative Affairs

President

Vice President of Administration & Finance

Vice President of Team Development

Advisor

Senate Committee on Public Relations

Senate Committee on Legislative Affairs

Senate Committee on Rules

Senate Committee on Finance

Senate Committee on Team Development

Senators

Senate Committee on Transportation & Commuter Services

The Constitution & ByLaws of the Student Senate are the rules, guideless, and laws of operation. Any Senate member can propose a change to the bylaws, but it's very hard to change the constitution. To view the laws and constitution of the Student Senate, click on the button to the right.

WHO WE ARE

The Student Senate are the elected representatives of all students at Madison College. It is the student government of the College, coordinating services for students, advocating for students, and more. The Senate is empowered by State Law (Wisconsin State Statute 38.145) to be the main voice of students and to have primary responsibility for the formulation and review of policies concerning student life and services.

 

The Senate operates in this manner:

 

  1. Executive Council - Consists of the 5 Executive Officers (the four Vice Presidents and the President) and the Advisor. It provides leadership and guidance for the Senate.

  2. General Assembly - This is the main Assembly where all Senators and Executive Officers meet. It is here where decisions are made, student voices are heard, bills & resolutions are presented, policies and finanaces are reviewed and general voting takes place. Any student is welcome to attend this meeting.

  3. Committees - There are currently 8 standing committees, where all planning about a certain subject is done. This is the nuts and bolts of the Senate. Committees are Chaired by an Officer or by a Senator. Committees can be created at the Assembly to accomodate a certain issue of a certain academic year (e.g., if there's a huge safety concern on campus, the Senate Committee on Safety can be formed). Subcommittes can also be formed.

 

The purpose of the Senate is to:

 

  • Represent the voice of all students in all Madison College campuses.

  • Provide a liason between the administration and the students.

  • Encourage improvement of the college and its surroundings by the student body.

  • Acquire and disseminate accurate information to the student body.

  • Communicate accurate information to the student body concerning the promotion of vocational and adult education within the community.

  • To formulate services for students.

  • To review and engage in the formulation process of policies that affect students.

  • To review, oversee and approve the budget of the Student Activities Board (SAB).

  • Coordinate services for students.

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS & BODIES AFFILIATED WITH THE SENATE

Madison College District Board - The role of the Madison College District Board is to function as a collective body that is the official link between the College and the community it serves, and to represent the community to the college by determining and assuring appropriate organizational performance, enacting policies on governance issues and executive limitations, monitoring college effectiveness, and assessing the College President's performance. They are the supreme leaders of the College and govern the whole college. As of 2013, the Board also included a non-voting Student Representative, currently Alex Hipler. For more information, click here.

 

Student Activities Board - They are the represenatives of the student organizations of the College, and each member has 1 vote. They act as an appropiations board. They allocate and administrate the incidental fees of students, which is about $2 million dollars. The Student Senate President Chairs this board. The Student Senate is in charge of overseeing and reviewing the budget (and its allocations) of this organization, and can request reports from SAB. For more information, click here.

 

Wisconsin Student Government - This state-wide organization represents 400,000 students across all the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. They advocate for students at the Wisconsin State Legislature, and come together to review and discuss policies that affect the lives of students they represent. The Vice President of Legislative Affairs is the Governor for Madison College in the Wisconsin Student Government, along with an appointed Lieutenant Governor. For more information, click here.

THE STUDENT SENATE

President

The President is the head of the Student Senate, and also serves as official spokesperson of the Senate. The President is in charge of leading the vision and operations of the Student Senate. The President meets with the College administrators in a regular basis, such as the College President. The President Chairs the General Assembly, The Student Acitvity Board, and the Executive Council. He also  appoints Senate Committee Chairs, college committee members and panels. The President is also tasked with planning the agenda of the Senate.  He is also the ceremonial student leader of the College.

Vice President of Public Relations

The Vice President of Public Relations acts as communcations director, press secretary and spokesperson for the Senate. The Vice President is tasked with promoting the face of the Senate on the Madison College community. The Vice President is also tasked with promoting Senate services and coordinating Senate events. The Vice Presidents is the Chair of the Student Senate Committee on Public Relations.

Vice President of Administration & Finance

The Vice President of Administration & Finance is the chief financial officer and secretary of the Senate. The Vice President is tasked with writing minutes of meetings, planning events and functions, tracking down attendance and keeping up to date with schedules and rosters, and monitoring the Senate budget. The Vice President also serves as the Senate Representative at the Student Activities Board. The Vice President serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. 

Vice President of Team Development

The Vice President of Team Development is the officer in charge of training new Senate members, coordinating team-building activites for the development of team dynamic, and to work with the Office Manager to manage the office. The Vice President plans, coordinates and leads team building acitivites, trips and promotes the development of Senate team work. The Vice President is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Team Development.

Vice President of Legislative Affairs

The Vice President of Legislative Affairs is the chief law enforcer of the Senate, enforcing the constitution and bylaws of the senate and all policies. The Vice President serves as Governor for Madison College in the Wisconsin Student Government. The Vice President is also the Parliamentarian of the Senate. The Vice President is tasked with arranging the meetings, leading elections, swearing in new Senators and Officers, to inform Students of state legislation that affect the lives of students, preside over Senate Elections, and act as Senate legislation clerk. The Vice President serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and the Senate Committee on Legislative Affairs.

Advisor

The Advisor is a staff appointed by Student Life and serves as the Time Keeper of the Senate, making sure the Senate runs smoothly and continuously. The Advisor is the chief logistic of Senate services. The Advisor is not a voting member of the Senate, but advises and voices opinions on the decisions of the Senate. The advisor is not elected, therefore they do not hold Office. The Advisor is a non-voting member of the Executive Council. The current Advisor is Ellie Rome. 

Senator

The Student Senators make up the majority of the Senate. Each member is an independent representative of students, usually representing an aspect of the college academic school or campus. They are tasked with being members of Senate Commitees (and sometimes Chairing), act as majority voting members of the General Assembly, and be the overall  eyes, ears and voice of the Senate. They are the individual leaders and representatives of Students.

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  • Represent the interests of all students

  • Promote student/faculty understanding

  • Participate in community affairs that concern, involve, or affect the Madison College student body

  • Ensure all students have a voice in the governance of Madison College

  • Listen to and voice the needs, wants, and concerns of all students at Madison College

  • Above all, encourage students to become involved in the educational activities and social community of Madison College

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