Spring 2010 Convocation Speech

Dolores Bainter
Staff Representative to the Senate

Spring 2010
January 28, 2010

Spring 2010 Speakers

Ruben Armiñana
President

Eduardo Ochoa
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan Moulton
Chair of the Faculty

Heather Hanson
Associated Students President

Dolores Bainter
Staff Representative to the Academic Senate

Greetings to all in the SSU Community:

As I listened to President Obama give his first State of the Union address, I was struck by his fierce belief in the determination and optimism of the American people. Reflecting on the past six months here at SSU, I can rightfully say that our staff, faculty and students have embodied those very qualities. Coping with salary reductions, and the domino effect that loss has had on our financial stability has wearied us all. Yet, we continue to provide the best education we possibly can to our students. But, severely reduced course offerings deny students the tools they need to complete their majors. We feel the frustration of our students who are trying to achieve their educational goals. And, every day I see faculty and staff going the extra mile to help students through these rough times.

President Obama said that the American people have lost faith in their government, and it is the responsibility of the government to do what they can to regain that trust. Transparency in action, open dialog with constituents, and collaboration are ways in which Congress could improve our government’s standing with the American people. I say what works for our government should work for our university. We all want better and more open communication. We all want a work environment that is collegial and fair.

We all want an end to furloughs. We all want to adhere to SSU’s mission. Preparing students to be learned men and women is our mission. Cutting courses goes against our mission. Rebuilding instructional offerings should be the main focus on this campus.

On another note, I would like to say that sitting in on the Academic Senate meetings has been very enlightening. The senators show a true commitment to making the most informed decisions possible. And I have learned quite a bit about Robert’s Rules of Order!

With Spring approaching, I look forward to better days here at SSU. I know that it will be difficult to face another six months of furloughs. The best way to survive this is to support each other, be kind, and continue to go the extra mile.

Thank you