News Briefs: DACA statements, club budget updates, vice chancellor candidates announced

September 12, 2017

Jasmine Nelson

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Office of the Chancellor

    Chancellor Venkat Reddy affirmed his support for any students who may be affected by the end of federal programs that allow undocumented immigrants to pursue a more affordable college education and legally earn a paycheck.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012, and offers undocumented immigrants, brought to the U.S. as children, to receive a social security card for up to two years without renewal.

    In his announcement, Reddy wrote that DACA students “enrich our university, inspire us with their commitment to their education and to their futures, and enhance the diversity that makes CU strong.”


Student Government Association

    Among announcements made in support of DREAMer students under DACA at UCCS, Joey Vijayam, student body president, emailed UCCS students encouraging respectful dialogue surrounding the issue, and suggesting that all students research the matter.

    “Knowledge brings effective, positive change,” he wrote.

    Vijayam believes that engaging in respectful discussions about DACA will help guide students in shaping the future of UCCS and the students learning here.


Student Senate meeting minutes

    The first student on-campus senate meeting of the semester was held Aug. 31. New and returning discussed current and upcoming projects, approved club funding and heard advice from a previous senator.

    According to Derek Beitle, senator-at-large, the musical group Flobots is interested in playing at UCCS, though nothing has been finalized yet. Senator-at-large Ariel McPherson plans to work with Housing to get a “diversity floor” on campus.

    Senator of Business Shawn Hendrickson introduced the “Never-a-Victim” bill (SB-01), written in conjunction with the UCCS police to educate students on sexual assault. The bill passed unanimously.

    Senate meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.


Budget Advisory Committee recommendations

Men’s Club Rugby – received $2,000 for travel expenses

The Outdoor Club – received $1,377.54 for a birthday bash

The Fencing Club – received $128.85

    UCCS contributed about $593 million to the Colorado economy during the 2016 fiscal year, and the CU system as a whole contributed $12.35 billion. Primary sources of support from the CU campuses were research efforts, direct spending, construction activity and employment.

    The University of Colorado is the third-largest employer in the state, and employed or supported 53,442 workers in the 2016 fiscal year.

    Three final candidates have been named for the position of associate vice chancellor for inclusion and academic affairs. The position was left open by Kee Warner, who has returned to the faculty this fall in the Sociology Department.

    The three candidates are campus members Alex Ilyasova, Jeffrey Montez de Oca and Andrea Herrera.

    Ilyasova currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and teaches in the English Department. Montez de Oca is an associate professor in the sociology department, and Herrera is a professor in the women’s and ethnic studies program.


Academic Advising


    Brett Fugate, director of Academic Advising, notified students of changes for students who wish to meet with their adviser.

    Online scheduling is now available through Starfish, scheduling software accessible on the UCCS website, but students can still schedule an appointment through the front desk.

    Advisers will be offering walk-in advising on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and advisers will be opening up more time slots to be able to meet with more students each week.