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Trustees to host spring meeting

Katie Kohler | Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees will convene today for their second official meeting of the year. While hearings are confidential, senior and outgoing student trustee, Cate Cetta, said much of the content will include evaluating events that happened this year as well as pertinent issues that are not open to the public until after the proceedings.

“As with every meeting, we will have Standing Committee meetings on Thursday and the full Board business meeting Friday,” Cetta said. “With exception of the summer retreat, no meeting has one particular focus. A wide range of topics are always discussed, however, I can’t enclose that information before the meetings.”

The meetings in October centered around the revisions and acceptance of College President Carol Mooney’s “Strategic Plan” for the College.

“I am excited to discuss all of the events we have had on campus since the last meeting in October,” Cetta said.

As student trustee this year, the student body has used Cetta as a liaison between the Board and the students, she said.

“The students have been very vocal in discussing concerns with me,” she said. “Some have approached me, but I get most of my feedback from attending all the student government board meetings in the weeks before the Trustees are here.”

Cetta will usher in the new student trustee in April, although there is not any official training, she said. “Just like all student government positions, there will be turnover in April.”

The role of the trustee is to communicate student views to the Board, Cetta said.

“I attend [Board of Governance], BOT meetings and events and prepare reports when necessary,” she said. “However, my most important role is bringing a student voice to the Board.”

The application process for the next Student Trustee began a few weeks ago and required a letter of intent, resume and recommendations. Only current juniors may apply.

Within the Board, each Trustee committee has a chair and a vice chair who lead the meeting. The full Board meeting is headed by John O’Connor, the current Chair of the Board.

Since the trustees come to campus infrequently, Cetta hopes they will be pleased by the construction landscape and other campus changes.

“I know [the trustees] will be pleased to see the great progress that has been made to Spes Unica Hall,” she said, referring to the College’s new academic building, scheduled to be completed this fall.

Meetings will continue into tomorrow and information will be available Monday.