Senators vote unanimously to support athletic transition

After the second reading of a resolution to endorse Northern Kentucky University’s transition to Division I athletics, the Student Government Association voted unanimously to pass it.

President Dustin Robinson also announced that four new senate appointments will take place at next week’s meeting on Sept. 26.

Now passed at the SGA senate level, the D-I endorsement resolution will move onto the faculty senate for approval.

The resolution, presented by Senator Joseph Fons, states that SGA will support the move because it will “bring increased brand awareness to NKU on the local, regional and national levels, and will align NKU with peer institutions that fit the academic and athletic profiles of the university.”

In addition to the D-I support, Robinson announced that the executive board received eight applications to fill the remaining four senate spots.

According to Robinson, the remaining SGA members will decide on senators via email in the next week.

The applications were due on Sept. 16, and the new senators will be appointed in the next meeting.

To increase SGA involvement, Student Wellness Manager Maggie Gough gave an update on the Wellness Center’s initiatives for the upcoming year.

Gough also presented the findings of Ping My Health survey that took place in the 2011 spring semester.

The Ping My Health survey received 715 responses from students, faculty and staff on questions about various subjects such as smoking, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health and sexual activity.

Gough also presented the Wellness Center’s new Student Wellness Advisory Committee.

The committee will be made up of students from various on-campus organizations that represent the student body, according to Gough.