SG notes: Oct. 19

Student Government held its seventh meeting of the semester, covering two fund requests and one new club recognition.

First, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI Club, presented again to the council in hopes of being recognized on campus. NAMI, which partners with state organizations and a Wilkes-Barre affiliate, will focus on bringing mental health awareness to Wilkes through events, programs, and services across campus. The group aims to educate about mental health through presentations, guest speakers, and student panels to end the stigma. Any students currently enrolled at Wilkes will be eligible for NAMI membership.

A motion to accept NAMI Club on campus was passed by the council.

Next, the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations proposed to Student Government a fund request and plans to renovate the Henry Student Center Ballroom, honoring Jean C. (‘78) and Paul S. (‘77) Adams. As one of the most popular and community-oriented gathering spaces on campus, the ballroom has not been updated since its opening in 1999. Renovation plans include a handicap accessible ramp, updated and expanded fireplace, new light fixtures, replacement of carpeting and furniture, freshly painted walls and ceiling, and an adjustable curtain for behind the stage.

Fundraising efforts of donations and gifts are being held by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations to support project costs. Another presentation, with more in-depth plans, will take place next week, along with further motions from the council.

Finally, the committee for the 2022 Casino Week presented to the council with fund requests. This year’s theme is James Bond – Casino Royale. Theme nights, which will take place from Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 and will include various games, foods, mocktails, and prizes.

Another presentation and voting will take place next week.

Upcoming events include WUPB Halloween Freak Week, which will take place the week of Oct. 25 and include fall activities such as scavenger hunts, prizes, a hot cider and cocoa bar, escape rooms, pumpkin patch, cider and donuts, bingo, and a drive in movie.

Student Government will meet again Oct. 26 for it eighth meeting of the year.