Undergrad health fee may rise in fall ’12

Malinda Cowles, director of Health and Well-Being

By Tammy Stonecypher

INDIANA, Pa. — Most Indiana University of Pennsylvania students may see an increase in the wellness fee for the next academic year.

Malinda M. Cowles, Center for Health and Well-Being director, reported the increase for full-time students at the Student Government Association meeting Thursday at the HUB Susquehanna Room.  The fee would rise to $162 from $160, a 1.25 percent increase.  Part-time and graduate students would see no increase.

Cowles said expiration of a federal grant was the reason for the fee hike.

“A grant from the Justice Department that paid for half a psychologist will end in September,” Cowles said. “The increase will help offset that, and we hope to add another psychologist and a case manager.”

Cowles reported that students made more than 12,000 visits to the center last year.

In other business, Zachary J. Stayman, SGA president, recounted a recent meeting with the dean of libraries.  A soon-to-be-vacant staff position at the library cannot be filled because of budget cuts proposed by the state’s governor, Stayman said.

He asked for suggestions to reduce library hours with the least inconvenience to students. Members suggested reducing weekend hours but did not vote. They postponed discussion until the next SGA meeting.

Stayman reported that the IUP chapter of the NAACP wants SGA to co-sponsor a revival of Speak-Up IUP, a forum for students to speak directly to administrators. Most of the 17 SGA members present tentatively favored the venture.  But members postponed further discussion until the NAACP provides more information.

Stayman reported the Student Cooperative Association had approved most campus organization budgets for next year.  Those not approved may appeal.

Rules, internal-affairs and public-relations committee chairs reported on upcoming SGA elections, freshman orientations and advertisements for SGA events.

Megan A. Florez, internal affairs chairwoman, introduced Jessica L. Fagan, liaison and executive board member of Respect the Hawk, a new confidential support organization.

“We are completely confidential,” Fagan said.  “A person can come to us with any problem they are having.”

The organization’s next meeting is scheduled for March 8.

The final order of business was the swearing-in of David DiLouie as SGA senator.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

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