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ODU SGA Update: Feb 24

ODU SGA Update: Feb 24
Jason Kazi
Staff Writer

The Student Government Association inducted six new campus organizations on Tuesday at their weekly senate meeting. Inducted organizations included ODU’s chapter of the Virginia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Track and Field Club, Autism SpeaksU ODU, Rocket Team, Physics Graduate Students Association and Sickle Cell Awareness Association.

As a running club, the Track and Field Club encourages students at Old Dominion University to get active and strive to improve the health and physical fitness among their membership, while setting a good example of health and fitness to the general public. Club dues are $30 and the group meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the ODU Quad.

Autism Speaks U ODU is a student organization with the purpose of raising awareness, as well as fundraising, for autism. The group meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Virginia Beach room of the Webb University Center.

The Old Dominion University Rocket Team allows students to learn more about and design high-powered rockets. Students represent ODU by testing their designs in HPR competitions. Members have the opportunity to work individually or as a group to assist the senior design project through the engineering department. The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. in Room 147 of Kaufman Hall.

The Physics Graduate Students Association provides the opportunity to voice and seek resolution of concerns and suggestions regarding students’ position as physics grad students, and provides opportunities for social involvement and professional advancement. The group meets on Mondays at 12 p.m. in room 303 of the Oceanography and Physical Sciences building.

Sickle Cell Disease is the No. 1 genetic blood disorder, not only in America, but in other countries as well. As of now, there is no official cure, and awareness of this disease is insufficient. The mission of the Sickle Cell Awareness Association is to spread awareness of the disease through education programs, events and activties. They will also strive to raise money to fund research. The group meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cape Charles Room of the Webb University Center

Dr. James Shaeffer, dean of the college of continuing education and professional development, was this week’s special guest at the SGA senate meeting. The college was formed in mid-2014 as part of ODU’s strategic plan to engage with the community to try and understand their needs. The college has adopted the formation of the Executive Development Center, Office of Prior Learning Assessment and School of Dental Hygiene. Programs that are currently in the planning stages include: a partnership between Newport News Shipbuilding and ODU’s engineering master’s program, graduate certificates in project management, public sector leadership, an interdisciplinary studies major in leadership, an English language center, a test prep center (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT) and contract training. Certificates and certain programs are offered to students not in the college.

New senators inducted into the SGA cabinet included Saadman Alam, Muna Muhidin, Chris Bos and Mohamed Fidail.

Brittan Robinson, director of wellness and sustainability, mentioned that an alcohol awareness event will be held at the South Mall of the Webb Center on March 3 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Clara Hernandez, director of safety and transportation, mentioned that the annual Bikeathon will be held on April 22. An entire day of events is being planned in collaboration with the ODU police department, Parking and Transportation Services and Recreation and Wellness.

Brandon Ballard, director of student life, mentioned that his committee is working to make sure that the quad P.O.D. starts selling pizza and potentially changing hours of select dining locations.

Justin McLawhorn, director of administrative affairs, mentioned that his committee is assessing different, cheaper options to traditional textbooks including Z Degree and Open Education Resources.