Student Senate anticipates orientation, gets refresher

Analicia Haynes, Administration Edtior

Student senators will take an assessment to identify their leadership status and show incoming senators the ropes at their next meeting.

Senators will undergo an orientation process similar to last semester at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the Arcola-Tuscola Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

After a brief icebreaker, senators will take a “True Colors” aptitude test to figure out what type of leader they are.

According to the True Colors website, “True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.”

Orange, gold, blue and green, are used to distinguish the four personality styles of the True Colors assessment.

Maralea Negron, the student speaker of the senate, said she hopes this will be the first step in the senators realizing their potential to be more involved in the organization and on campus as leaders.

Senators will participate in breakout sessions that cover three different areas pertaining to student government: committees, committee chair positions, and rules and expectations, which fall under one area.

Negron said returning senators may be familiar with most of the information and orientation can act as a refresher about the protocols and procedures within student government.

After receiving 15 applications for open senate seats, Negron said returning members will step up and show the newer members what it is like to be on the senate.

Negron said student government is striving for quality over quantity and is looking for students who are dedicated to the organization.

“All the interviews went well, and we do have some exceptional candidates who applied,” Negron said.

Negron said senators will learn of the huge part they can play in transforming Eastern’s campus and the Charleston community.

“I also hope that new senators will learn all the ins and outs of what it takes to become and remain an exceptional student leader in this organization,” she said.

The orientation will be a way for returning senators to get more comfortable and branch out in their leadership roles, Negron said.

Negron said she hopes to see more returning senators apply for one of the eight committee chair positions.

“I am glad to see that returning senators are taking steps forward and growing and learning within their leadership roles,” Negron said.

Negron said this will be a great semester for student government.

She said the returning senators were some of the brightest of the semester, and they were always positive and looking forward to partaking in student government.

“I’m glad to have them back,” Negron said.

Analicia Haynes can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]