Student government to give prizes for opinions
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:11
An iPad, iPad mini and flat-screen TV are incentives for students to participate in USU/SA’s myVoice campaign Nov. 4-8.
The campaign is meant to encourage students to get in the habit of using the myVoice feature in communicating with the university when they encounter problems, according to USU student association president Doug Fiefia.
There will be activities throughout the day on campus as well as a prize drawing for students who submit suggestions during the days of the campaign. Officers said they hope communication will continue through the site even after the campaign is over.
“The myVoice feature is a really neat opportunity for students to have a say,” said Casey Saxton, USU/SA public relations and marketing director. “We really encourage them to use it. Hopefully after seeing student leaders advocating on their behalf, they will use that for the rest of their time at Utah State.”
James Morales, vice president of student services, said this program gets to the heart of an issue all administrators face: identifying the needs of students.
“There’s no way that I can possibly know all of the concerns that these 30,000 students have,” Morales said. “Now we have the tools to tap into what our student body is concerned about.”
Daryn Frischknecht, the student advocate vice president, said one objective the website has is to make it easier for students to let leaders know what issues they’re having without physically coming to an office to talk.
“I would still love for students to come into my office and voice their concerns face-to-face, but I can’t expect that from students,” Frischknecht said. “I plan on doing the exact same things this way as I would if a student came into my office. I’m looking at all the concerns the exact same.”
Morales said the online system could also help with reporting issues that often get overlooked.
“For example, a student sitting at home (on campus) at night working on homework, and the wifi keeps dropping them,” Morales said. “They can report it right then instead of waiting until the next day when they might forget about it.”
Morales said he has supported the idea from the beginning. He said he has asked USU/SA officers for copies of emails received through the site so he can be aware of all the issues. He said he values the students’ opinions.