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97th General Assembly Conclusion

2012-2013 Summary

In the past year, the Associated Students of the University of Missouri has experienced many exciting changes and accomplished a great deal. In fall 2012, ASUM was tasked with implementing a revised constitution, both system wide and on each individual campus. This reorganization has led to a successful year. Significant progress has been made towards educating, representing, and communicating with the 75,044 students of the UM System. These accomplishments promise to further develop the organization’s leadership role in higher education across the state of Missouri.In addition to the new organizational structure that ASUM has incorporated, ASUM has played a large role in encouraging students to vote. This year, Get Out the Vote events were held on each UM Campus, 6000+ students were registered to vote and transportation was provided on election day.On the legislative front, ASUM obtained sponsors in each area of the ASUM legislative platform. Also, alternative avenues were developed and promoted to file complaints regarding 
security deposit disputes. Federal legislators were contacted regarding sequestration, student loan interest 
rates, and immigration reform. Additionally, ASUM was instrumental in securing increased appropriations for the UM-System.

What’s Next?

Under this new direction, ASUM has placed an increased focus on campus programming and student events. Campus engagement remains a central part of the organization’s mission. Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, ASUM was able to host numerous events on each campus and at the state capitol.Next year, we plan to increase the number of these events. Events for the 2013-2014 academic year are being planned, including a series of town hall style informational sessions designed to educate students on current legislative affairs. These gatherings will provide students with an outlet to voice their concerns and/or questions in an informal environment. Campus presidents will also play a more important role in the coming year, acting as liaisons between the Legislative Internship program and their respective student bodies. ASUM continues to help bridge the gap between Jefferson City and each campus. Through our “Make a Stand” rally and ASUM Board of Directors Lobby Day, we were successful in giving students from each campus the opportunity to personally interact with Missouri legislators.

Introducing the 2013-2014 Legislative and Assistant Legislative Directors

Left: Kaitlin Steen, 2013-2014 Assistant Legislative Director
Right: Rachel Jag, 2013-2014 Legislative Director

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