Academic Services Committee


April 22, 2008



Members Present:  Margaret Loper (GTRI) (Chair), Jim Sowell (PHYS), Marlit Hayslett (GTRI), Myrtle Turner (GTRI).


Members Not Present: Jess Chandler (SGA), Cam Tyson (CHEM), Jane Weyant (COE), Bill Ballard (Exec. Board), Nancey Green Leigh (CRP), Judith Norback (ISyE)(Secretary).


Visitor:  Betsy Jackson, Government Relations


The meeting came to order at 10 am on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in the Room 1100F of the Molecular Science and Engineering Building. 



The purpose of the meeting was to learn about the Government Relations office and what they do for students.


Detailed Discussion

The Government Relations office is two people: Betsy Jackson and Dene Sheheane.  Their office focuses on two things: government relations and students. 

For government relations Betsy and Dene facilitate interaction between campus and state legislators.  Legislators call their office to request a speaker on a particular topic.  They also bring legislators to campus to visit.  And they are a voice at the capital that lets legislators know about campus needs.  For example, Betsy and Dene were actively involved in getting the $6.4M for renovations to the Henman Building and the $10M for the ILRS put into next year’s budget.   Five legislators are GT alumni and 5 of 19 regents are GT alumni; this office works with them to provide a voice for GT. 

To support students, they have several activities.  They teach the “State and Local Government” course in the fall semester and bring in lobbyist and legislators to give talks.  They also act as a liaison with the Student Lobby Board for GT students.  This board has tackled issues like no tax on textbooks and diversity on campus.  The biggest activity they support on behalf of students is the Legislative Intern Program.  Details of this program include:

·         Open to any resident of GA attending a GA university

·         Work 40 hours and earn $300/week

·         Must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify; junior or senior preferred

·         Receive 3 hours of course credit for interning

·         Receive 6 hours of course credit for writing a 20 page research report (optional)

·         GT has the most students of any university in GA: 7 in formal program and 3 sought other type of employment (10 students total)

·         Ivan Allen has a web page on internships available; many open opportunities

The office generates a newsletter during the legislative session (Jan 2 - April 4) to provide updates to alumni and request their help with legislators.  If you would like to be added to the newsletter, send Betsy email.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.


Respectfully submitted,

Margaret Loper