Dr. Green answers student concerns at town hall meeting

Holly Gilvary, News Writer

This year’s student town hall meeting was held on Nov. 15 in Reeve Memorial Union from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. where Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cheryl Green, stepping in for Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, was present to answer any questions students had regarding UW Oshkosh.

Green said Leavitt was not feeling well and asked her to present to the students on his behalf.

“As vice chancellor of student affairs, addressing the needs of the student body and representing the chancellor in this area is a primary duty and responsibility for me,” Green said. “I was glad to step in and had planned to be there anyway.”

The Oshkosh chief of police, the lieutenant and a few on-campus police officers were at the student town hall as well to answer any safety-related questions.

Additionally, the event was sponsored by the Oshkosh Student Association, which did promotions for the student town hall and provided pizza for students there.

According to Green, students asked a variety of questions regarding topics such as the recent armed robbery on campus, focusing on the decision to notify the campus of the robbery status and outcome through a Titan Alert and whether to institute a campus lockdown process. The decoupling of the interim and concerns regarding budget cuts and their impact on students and faculty were also discussed.

OSA President Ronisha Howard said there was a good turnout for the student town hall this year.

“It was maybe 30 people in and out,” Howard said, “I believe it’s important for students to attend the student town hall if they have any questions about the campus that they want answered.”

OSA Chief of Staff Alex Novak said he attended the student town hall to ask questions, have his voice heard and hear from University leadership about the current state of the University.

Novak said he encourages fellow students to attend student town hall meetings in the future as well.

“I would hope to see students take advantage of their opportunities to have their voices heard,” Novak said. “The more important students take these issues, the more important administration will take them and be able to provide the students with insight and answers.”

Green said she always appreciates having the opportunity to discuss campus matters with the student body.

“I am here to listen to their concerns and serve as an advocate for their best interests and for the best interests of the campus overall,” Green said.