INTERESTED IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT?
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS TO CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED IN THE SENATE
1. EXPERIENCE: If elected you’d be a voting member of the NAITSA Senate, which is the “governing body” for a multi-million dollar organization. No matter what career path you choose, being a board member is valuable experience. Aside from the first-hand knowledge of how meetings are conducted, participation on the Senate will promote skills such as accountability, decision-making, communication, teamwork and more. Elected Senators approve NAITSA’s annual budget and bylaws.
2. LEADERSHIP: If elected you’d be a representative for every student in your ‘Program Group’. As a member of the Senate you’ll have the opportunity to be a leader by listening to the needs of students and working with other representatives to address them.
3. IMPROVING YOUR SCHOOL: Every institution has room for improvement. If elected you will be a key person NAIT wants to hear from, to get the students’ perspective. NAIT wants to know what students think and they will come to the Senate to find out.
4. INVOLVEMENT: You’ll find that you automatically have your ear to the ground and that will help you make the most of your NAIT experience.
5. YOUR FUTURE: It’s a safe bet that you want a good job when you leave NAIT. Most students don’t realize how employers make hiring decisions. Here’s a hint: Two NAIT grads… same diploma… same grades… but one was a “Senate Representative” for the School of Business. Guess which one gets the first call for an interview. And your Senate position will appear on your co-curricular transcripts.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SENATE REPRESENTATIVE
• MEETINGS – Attend 1-2 Senate meetings per month on Wednesday’s (dinner at 5:00 pm, meetings at 5:30 pm) for a total of 10 meetings (some exceptions apply)
• TRAINING – Attend 1 mandatory training session October 12 (Thursday)
• ACCOUNTABILITY – Represent the students of NAIT fairly and honestly. You get to ask questions of the student Executive Council on their goals and achievements during their term.
• OTHER – For a complete list of your duties see the attached copy of the NAITSA Bylaws (Section 5, 6 and 7).
SO IF I AM INTERESTED, HOW DO I GET ELECTED?
1. GET NOMINATED: You only need ten students from your ‘Program Group’ to nominate you. Use the Nomination Form (next 2 pages) to collect the signatures required.
2. SUBMIT THE FORM: The deadline is Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:00pm to Leeanne Mills, Administration Director, in the NAIT Students’ Association, Room E-131.
3. START CAMPAIGNING: It’s easier to get votes than you think. Campaigning starts as soon as your nomination form is accepted by NAITSA. A good way to start is by telling your own classmates that you’re running for Senate, and reminding them to vote online October 5-11, 2017.
4. TALK TO STUDENTS: There are no speeches or debates but you can make approved posters and campaign materials. Just get out there and talk to other NAIT students about issues that concern them.