On behalf of ASUM, I hope everyone is having an excellent break so far. Whether you’re catching up on work that has accumulated over the past weeks (like me) or taking this time to enjoy friends, family and good food, I sincerely hope this week serves whatever purpose you intend it to. Classes will be wrapping up in earnest when we return next week, and that’s the time to study hard and demonstrate what you’ve learned this fall.
While you’re away, the team and I are still hard at work advocating for you. In just over a month the legislature will gavel back into session, meaning it’s crunch time for us to wrap up the planning stages of our work and begin making phone calls and re-establishing relationships from years’ passed. We’ve made earnest progress since our last update—from choosing our intern team to finalizing our budget, STEM, and student voting curator platforms—and are nearly finished with our new mental health platform. We are also in the early stages of preparing for the 2017 Student Lobby Day, in which we will invite everyone from the UM Community to Jefferson City to help us make the students’ case to lawmakers. We can’t wait to advocate for and alongside you.
Wishing you the safest of travels and the best of breaks,
Steven Chaffin, Executive Director
Emily Ross, Legislative Director
Jordan McFarland, Assistant Legislative