DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply to Join New College of the Environment Student Advisory Council May 15th

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council

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The College of the Environment is pleased to announce the launch of a new Student Advisory Council beginning Autumn Quarter 2013. The college invites students to apply to serve on the Council.

The College of the Environment Student Advisory Council advises the Dean and Associate Deans on issues related to students. The council brings issues from the Dean’s Office to the student community and brings issues from the student community to the Dean’s Office. The council also provides input, insight, and perspective on the student experience within the college.

Council Structure & Membership

The College of the Environment Student Advisory Council includes the following members:

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences:
1 undergraduate, 1 graduate

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences:
2 undergraduates (1 from Bioresource Science & Engineering; 1 from Environmental & Terrestrial Resource Management), 1 graduate

School of Marine and Environmental Affairs:
1 graduate

School of Oceanography:
1 undergraduate, 1 graduate

Department of Atmospheric Sciences:
1 undergraduate, 1 graduate

Department of Earth and Space Sciences:
1 undergraduate, 1 graduate

Program on the Environment:
1 undergraduate

Associated Students of UW (ASUW) Student Senate representative:
1 ASUW Student Senate member who is a CoEnv student.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) representative:
1 GPSS member who is a CoEnv student.

At-large representatives:
3 members from Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) affiliated with the College of the Environment.

RSO student members do not have to be in a CoEnv majors/degrees. Affiliation is defined as: CoEnv sponsors the RSO with funding; the RSO has CoEnv staff or faculty as an advisor; or CoEnv students and the RSO collaborate with CoEnv on projects.

Total Members = 18

Council Positions

  • Chair or Co-Chairs: elected by the council members. Chairs/Co-Chairs are responsible for setting the agenda, serving as liaison with Dean’s Office staff, and facilitating meetings.
  • Note-taker: elected by the council members; can be a rotating position; responsible for posting meeting materials on the council’s Catalyst site and taking meeting notes.
  • The Student Advisory Council may create other positions as needed.

To Apply

Complete the online application form, which will ask you to respond to the following questions:

  • Describe why you want to join the CoEnv Student Advisory Council?
  • How will you represent your unit or Registered Student Organization (RSO) on the Council?
  • What skills/experiences do you bring to the Council?
  • What is your vision of what a CoEnv Student Advisory Council would accomplish?

Council members must be making satisfactory progress in their degree program at time of application and throughout their service on the council.


Review Process

In the initial year of the Student Advisory Council, the Dean’s Office senior staff and current student members of the Dean’s Office standing committees (Curriculum Committee; Diversity Committee) will select the Student Advisory Council members. In future years, the council will review applications and select new members. Unfilled seats are possible.

Councilmember Duties

Student Advisory Councilmember Terms of Service:

  • Councilmembers will serve 1-year terms with 1-year reappointment possible.
  • Staggered terms (i.e., some inaugural members will serve only one year; some will proceed for re-appointment at end of first year. The council will ask for volunteers to serve an additional year or end terms as needed for staggered terms.
  • Reappointment does not require a new application.
  • Total annual commitment: minimum 30-35 hours, including meeting time, preparation for meetings, and follow-through work arising from decisions at meetings.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Monthly meetings, except summer quarter (8/year).
  • Standing meeting time set annually (1.5 hours/meeting).
  • Dean’s Office staff will attend meetings depending on agenda.
  • The Dean will attend the first meeting of each quarter to discuss goals for the quarter.

Key topics that may be addressed annually by the Student Advisory Council:

  • Budget issues and planning
  • Student recruitment and retention (focus on increasing diversity)
  • Engaging students in research
  • Course fees
  • Academic Programs (new programs and expansion of existing programs)
  • Graduation gift planning

Questions? Contact coenvaad.

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