Bama Dining was presented with a framed copy of SGA resolution 39-09, which thanked Bama Dining for its go green initiatives on campus at the SGA Senate meeting Thursday.
The resolution thanked Bama Dining for its environmental contributions to the University, citing the tray-less dining initiative, the purchasing of locally grown food and the new reusable clam-shell to-go box initiatives.
The resolution stated these "progressive" environmental initiatives were a beneficial selling point for the University.
SGA President Steven Oliver, as well as other executive members of the SGA, including James Fowler, vice president of student affairs, was present at the meeting for the presentation. These members of the SGA are not normally required to be present for weekly Senate meetings.
Oliver signed the resolution after being approved by the Senate, and Meg McCrummen, executive vice president, presented the award.
The parliamentary rules were temporarily suspended in order tp present the award to Bama Dining.
Several Bama Dining staff members were present to accept the award including Kris Craver, AJ DeFalco, Matthew Mackey, Derrick Seay and others.
McCrummen said a few words as she presented the award.
"Thank you for helping our campus in all the ways the resolution said," McCrummen said. "Thank you for being responsive to students and putting in so many hours for us and doing things that affect us. We thank you."
DeFalco, director of Bama Dining, accepted the award on behalf of Bama Dining.
"I have been around for a couple of years and I have traveled to a lot of university campuses, over 250," DeFalco said. "This student body is special. It is this student body that makes it an honor. We're honored to be here working for you. We do this for you."
The SGA's operating budget was also approved at the meeting.
Oliver and Vice President of Financial Affairs Chris Vinson stayed to answer any questions about the budget. Vinson briefly explained the operating budget to SGA senators. He said the Senate is allotted a certain amount of money every year, and the budget presented was shown without the revenue SGA receives from certain events.
The operating budget was approved for the 2010 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Resolutions introduced at the meeting included a resolution supporting domestic partner benefits for UA faculty and staff, a resolution encouraging students to participate in the second annual Hydrocephalus Association Alabama Walk for Awareness, a resolution establishing Veterans Appreciation Week and a resolution to implement a campus safety survey.
A resolution was also introduced and passed that encouraged students to vote for Alabama running back Mark Ingram for Heisman.
McCrummen said resolution was especially met with excitement.
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