Archive | January, 2012

SGA Approves Bylaws

27 Jan

By Rick Belbutosk


  On Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 12:05pm in room T205 the Student Government Association, SGA, gathered to approve a set of new bylaws. 

  A bylaw is a standing rule governing the regulation of an organization. Every Student Life organization on campus has either a set bylaws or a constitution. The SGA was operating without a set of bylaws for the 2011 fall semester. 

  “It’s essential to start the new semester with a clear and concise set of guidelines,” Anda Apine, Vice President of SGA said. 

  The set of Bylaws that the SGA was previously operating under was 21 articles long. However, The Communications and Bylaws committee worked to streamline the document down to eight articles. 

  The current set of bylaws begins by documenting something simple, the official title of the SGA. 

  Article two houses the SGA’s mission statement: 

“The SGA shall be to promote the higher educational standards and co-curricular experiences of Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana contiguous to the general welfare of all students. This shall be accomplished through the proper attendance to and legislative discourse of all concerns, viewpoints, and interests regarding issues facing students, at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. Through proper representation of the constituency, the SGA shall do everything within its ability to improve the higher educational standards and co-curricular experiences here at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana.” 

  Other articles continue on to set the standards a student must maintain for membership in the SGA as well as describing the process of how the SGA holds elections as well as removes members. 

  Article six describes the procedure the SGA utilizes to conduct business, such as the vote required to approve the bylaws themselves. *Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised edition are the standard. 

  The new copy of the bylaws was last amended on November 8, 2011. 

  The vote to approve the new set of bylaws passed with the two third’s majority required by the SGA. There were four votes in favor and one abstention. 


*Robert’s Rules is a book of rules for presiding over a meeting; written by Henry M. Martin in 1876 and subsequently updated through many editions. 


Budget Committee to Allocate Rollover Funds

27 Jan

By Kate Metcalf


  The Student Life Budget Committee has begun the allocation of its remaining rollover funds, which total  $100,000. This money is the last of the rollover funding which has been used since 

2008 to fund a variety of projects for Student Life.  The committee has voted unanimously to give funding to the library’s textbook rental program,  the Commencement Committee, student organizations, and towards Indy Go bus pass subsidiaries for students. 

  An allocation of $20,000 was given to the Ivy Tech Library’s text book rental program. In the fall semester of 2011, students rented textbooks over 10,000 times in central Indiana. 

  The money will be used to purchase roughly 160 titles of text books in their latest editions for the fall semester of 2012 through the summer of 2013. The program will serve all of central Indiana, with textbooks offered for 85 percent of the classes available in the region.  

 The Commencement Committee has been granted $2,500 for the purchase of emergency caps and gowns. The caps and gowns are provided to students that could otherwise not afford them for their graduation ceremonies. 

  Student organizations have been allotted $25,000 for their operations.There are between 5-7 student organizations expected to request funding within the remainder of the academic year. Of this money, a total of $8,275 has been given to the Radiology Tech Club to send 15 students on a national conference trip to Atlanta, GA. 

  The committee has also approved $100 for The Campus Insider for the purchase of newsstands. The newsstands will be placed in campuses across the central Indiana region, including the Indianapolis, Lawrence, Avon, Carmel, and Shelbyville campuses. 

  To further Ivy Tech’s IndyGo monthly bus pass subsidiaries, the Student Life Budget Committee has allocated $10,000. However, the exact discount per bus pass has not yet been determined, nor has the length of time that the college will offer the subsidized passes. Members of the committee aim to offer discounted passes for at least one full academic year, 

beginning in fall 2013. 

  With roughly $33,000 in rollover funds remaining, the focus of the committee has shifted to one-time purchases. As the bulk of the rollover funds is exhausted, ongoing programs are now 

largely deemed unsustainable. Clint Whitson, the Director of Student Life, and a member of the committee has encouraged fellow committee members to “hit the streets” and learn the needs 

of the student body. 

Day in the life of Dr. B. Kaye Walter

27 Jan


By Katie Perry 


  Not many students who attend classes at the North Meridian Campus know what goes on behind the double glass doors on the second floor. Yes, the writing on the glass plainly declares that those doors lead strictly to administrative offices. However, what many students

do not realize is that behind those doors is Chancellor Dr. B. Kaye Walter’s office. 

  Once located at the opposite end of the long corridor, Dr. Walter decided   to relocate in the middle of fall semester. She wanted to be closer to thestudents to better interact and listen to their concerns about being a student. She welcomes students’ views and thoughts on their college career at Ivy Tech Community College.  These types of uncertainties students have regarding their college future sits close to home with Dr. Walter. 

  “I was just like you and every student today,” Walter explained. “It doesn’t matter when and where you start your college career path.”    

  “The first steps in achieving your goals, professionally or personally, are always going to be the toughest to take,” she continued. 

   Walter was the first in her family to seek out college life, and ended up changing her major several times. She found a love for music and history, but ended up graduating in chemistry with a doctorate where allowing her to better focus on her creative ideas in the laboratory. Later, she found herself standing in front of a group of students teaching them the beauty of chemistry. 

  “I never thought I’d be an educator,” Walter laughed. She taught chemistry all through graduate school. 

  Dr. Walter has set forth her own personal hopes for Ivy Tech students in 2012. She’d like to see more student interaction with student life and what activities on cam- pus have to offer. 

  One of her biggest dreams is for Student Life to have their own building located in the heart of campus—right where the main parking lot is currently located. In her mind, the Student Life build- ing would hold a gymnasium with an indoor walking/running track, a Health and Wellness center with a clinic, 

and a theatre for Ivy Tech’s drama club productions. 

  Walter understands dreams and goals often seem far out of reach and unachievable, but if you truly believe in yourself and what you’re capable of becoming—then anything is possible. 

  “The first step is to believe in yourself, and never quit until you’ve made it to the top,” Walter said.