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» By Lauren Cottle

News Editor

Loretta Griffey, representing the APSU Quality Enhancement Plan, spoke to the SGA on Wednesday, Feb. 5, about the main goals of the QEP. Griffey encouraged SGA senators to read more about the program in the official 100-page document on their website.

Griffey has been developing the QEP for the past 15 months with other faculty members and professionals.

The QEP is a push for students on campus to become more engaged in learning activities outside of classes.

One important aspect of the program is an e-portfolio that records students’ activities and experiences throughout their time at APSU to make their résumés worth more to potential employers upon graduation.

Griffey said she wanted senators to be knowledgeable about the program because it is a major push for the university and a “fabulous opportunity” for students at APSU.

Griffey also said she hopes SGA members will be able to articulate the importance of the QEP to officials from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, who are visiting  APSU campus Friday, Feb. 7, to evaluate how many students are aware of the QEP.

SGA Chief Justice Kelsey Smith encouraged senators to apply for the executive committee in charge of planning MudBowl for the fall 2014 semester. Members of this committee will receive a $150 stipend for the APSU bookstore.

Smith also said the SGA spring 2014 election dates will be from Tuesday, Apr. 1 to Thursday, Apr. 3.

SGA President Mike Rainier spoke to senators about the Tennessee Board of Regents Student President’s Council.  The SGA executive council is looking for two APSU students to nominate for the interviewing process.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Rainier said, having participated the program in the past. “It’s also very intense,” he said.

The qualifications for nominees are being a full-time student and being able to either serve a one- or two-year position.

Students from any class can be nominated, as long as they will be in either undergraduate or graduate programs at a local TBR university throughout the duration of the program.

“Nominees should be leaders who are passionate about higher education,” Rainier said. He encouraged senators to tell classmates about the program. If enough people express interest, the SGA will conduct interviews for eligible students.

The SGA executive council hopes to have a nominee by Saturday, March 1.

Dean of Students Gregory Singleton announced to senators nominations for distinguished faculty members are upcoming.

To be eligible, faculty members must have been working for APSU for at least 10 years. They should also not have formerly received this award in the last 20 years.

Singleton issued a list of eligible faculty to senators. According to Singleton, senators will be able to nominate faculty at the next SGA meeting. Senators must be able to articulate their reason for nomination.

Singleton passed out a list of eligible faculty to senators. According to Singleton, senators will be able to nominate faculty at the next SGA meeting. Senators must be able to articulate  reasons for nomination. TAS