Wednesday, November 25

We Stand as One Voice

Members of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center's newly formed Faculty and Staff Senate, from left are, Dr. Kit Chin; Dr. Janana Snowden; Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin; De'Shoin York; Gabe Gilbeaux and LaKeeshia Lusk. Senate members not pictured are Carol Sensley, Antonio Harris, and Dr. Ben O. Lukongo.

Southern University Ag Center’s Faculty and Staff Senate host a “Meet and Greet”                

Baton Rouge, La. –Southern University Ag Center faculty and staff members met in Room 191 of A.O. Williams Hall on November 16 at noon to discuss the Center’s newly formed Faculty and Staff Senate.

The new organization was established to represent every entity of the SU Ag Center in all of its separate categories: Research, Extension, and support units (Communications / Technology and Finance).

There are eight members of the board which includes: Dr. Dawn A. Mellion-Patin (President), De’Shoin York (Vice President), Dr. Janana Snowden (Secretary), Dr. Kit L. Chin (Parliamentarian) and senators LaKeeshia Giddens Lusk, Carol Sensley, Antonio Harris, Gabe Gilbeaux and Dr. Ben O. Lukongo.  

During the event, Dr. Patin stated that the Senate was created to allow all members of the SU Ag Center to have a voice in decision-making according to the rules and regulations of the Ag Center’s Handbook.

“The main goal of this meeting is to be a transparent organization and become a single voice,” said Patin.

All faculty and staff members employed at the SU Ag Center who hold professional rank, at least 75% appointment, in a full time positions; who do not hold a temporary position; and who do not hold an administrative position higher than program leader or director were able to vote on the Senate’s Constitution and By-laws, using Election Buddy online software. There only needed to be an overruling majority from the 59 Ag Center full time faculty and staff members to approve the documents.

The Senate’s documentation will be submitted to the Southern University Board of Supervisors before the next board meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, November 27 to be officially recognized by the board.

“This is your organization and it is as strong as you are in this organization,” finished Patin.

(Article written by Felix Cunningham III, SU Ag Center Intern.)

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