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Student Issues Committee working towards healthier on-campus dining; Event Management System coming to Southeast

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Student Government Association (SGA) discussed Chartwells dining options and a future Event Management System at its meeting Monday, Oct. 26.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Midwest held the highest prevalence of obesity in 2019. The CDC said this prevalence is often driven by unhealthy dietary choices and can lead to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke.

The Student Issues Committee announced plans to bring healthier dining experiences to campus. Student Issues Committee chair Heather Hoffman said the committee will meet with Alicia Ticer, director of marketing and student engagement at Chartwells, in the coming weeks.

“We are focusing on searching for healthier campus options students can enjoy. We [Student Issues Committee] are meeting with Chartwells soon to get an idea of how the process works,” Hoffman said.

SGA President Logan Phillips and Vice President Annie Martin updated student leaders on plans to engage students through an on-campus event notification system.

Martin and Phillips said they met with Assistant Vice President of Information Technology Floyd Davenport and found the Information Technology department does not have capabilities of sending out mass event reminders via text message.

Both leaders told SGA members a new Event Management System (EMS) is in the works.

Meeting participants were reminded the Southeast mobile app currently provides event listings by searching for specific organization or group calendars.

This new system will combine all on-campus events into one calendar, “making things more efficient,” Phillips said.

He said the EMS will have mass text messaging capabilities.

Minutes and agendas for SGA meetings can be found on their webpage. The Arrow streams every SGA meeting, Mondays at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live.