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Loyola Society for Civic Engagement

Editorial Statement

The Loyola Society of Civic Engagement was chartered in the fall of 2003. We are a bi-partisan voice on campus that organizes debates and symposiums between experts, scholars, and other academic notables, but unique to LSCE, we select student respondents to speak alongside experts. The LSCE gives Loyola students a forum to voice their concerns and prove they are leaders in the academic world. The LSCE is inspired by "a love for truth, the critical intelligence to attain it, and the eloquence to articulate it" as stated in the “Character and Commitment Statement” of Loyola University. Our goal is to engage students, faculty, and community in constructive debate. The LSCE promotes the dialectic method as a function of civil discourse to achieve results.

Elicia Huffaker
Communications Director LSCE ‘04

The LSCE Executive Board

The Executive Board of LSCE for the 2004-2005 Academic Year

  • Patrick Enloe, Co-Chair
  • Tina Cordova, Co-Chair
  • Allison Thompson, Recording Secretary
  • Julie Green, Treasure
  • Elicia Huffaker, Director of Communications

The Executive Board of LSCE for the 2003-2004 Academic year

  • Patrick Enloe, Co-Chair
  • Sarah Roy, Co-Chair
  • Coby Nathanson, Recording Secretary
  • Mirya Holman, Treasurer
  • Elicia Huffaker, Director of Communications

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LSCE Constitution

Article I. (Name)

The organization shall be known as the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement (LSCE)

Article II. (Purpose)

The LSCE shall be composed of and directed by Students. The LSCE’s purpose on campus is to, the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement (LSCE) is a campus organization having a primary mission: to facilitate and arrange the interaction of Students, Faculty, Community Members and the Academic Community in civic, fair, and bipartisan debate on issues deemed important, controversial, and political. In order to facilitate this mission, the LSCE will arrange forums and debates and other events involving not only Loyola Students and Faculty, but also Community Members and nationally recognized scholars and experts, while continuing to abide with the Character and Commitment Statement of Loyola University, in promoting the development of "a love for truth, the critical intelligence to attain it, and the eloquence to articulate it." In addition Additional, in order to promote further academic discourse, LSCE will maintain an online journal of a bipartisan nature, containing papers and articles written by those engaged in the LSCE's events.

Article III. (Members)

Membership on the LSCE General Board is open to any Loyola student, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical impairment, national or ethnic origin, or age, who has joined in order to assist in the planning, or participation in any of the LSCE events.

Article IV. (Officers and Boards)

Section I Members of the LSCE shall be all person who have signed on as members on the official role of the LSCE.

Section II. The General Board is composed of all those Loyola Students who are members of the have joined in order to assist in planning or participated in any LSCE, and have participated in any aspect of planning for a LSCE event. The General Board's responsibilities shall include but not be limited to: election of Co-Chairs of LSCE and Confirmation of Executive Board Officers' appointments. In addition, General Board members can, if they should so wish, act as a resource for future LSCE activities and events, and advise the Executive Board on proposals for future LSCE activities and events.

Section III. The Executive Board is composed of any Loyola Student who has participated any two LSCE and has been appointed by the Co-Chairs to a position, or any Loyola Student that has been designated as an official representative from an affiliated organization. The Executive Board's responsibilities shall include: assisting in the planning of debates and forums; choosing nationally renowned speakers and intellectuals for academic debates and forums; and eliciting funds. Any member of the Executive Board can choose to act as a resource for future LSCE activities and events.

Section IV. The Executive Board shall consist of two Co-Chairs, a treasurer, a secretary, a public relations officer, and representatives from affiliated organizations.

Section V. The Co-Chairs of LSCE will be elected by the General Board of LSCE by secret ballot; any LSCE member that has participated in any two LSCE events is eligible for election. The chairs shall be from opposite political dogmas, for example, if one is "liberal" than the other shall be "conservative." The Co-Chairs responsibilities shall include: appointment of officers of the Executive Board; maintain a strong relationship with all affiliated campus and community organizations; facilitate interaction and communication between LSCE and the University President, Provosts, Deans, and Administration; figurehead the contact and recruitment of possible members, participants and academics for LSCE events and Activities; and maintain a strong commitment to the LSCE vision and mission.

Section VI. The Treasurer shall be responsible to act as the Chief Financial Officer of LSCE, and shall act as a liaison with the Student Government Association in order to solicit funds for LSCE activities. In addition, the Treasurer will maintain the financial records of the Organization, and insure that funds are collected and dispersed at the will of the Organization.

Section VII. The Secretary shall maintain and publish accurate records of all proceedings of both the LSCE Executive and General Boards, and perform as the official correspondent for the Organization. The Secretary shall also maintain an up to date list of members of the General Board.

Section VIII. The Communications Director shall advertise all LSCE events, including meetings, forums and debates on the Loyola Campus, and the wider community.

Section IX. The Parliamentarian shall be the keeper of Rogers Rules in all meetings of the LSCE. The Parliamentarian will have the final say on interpretation, and execution of Rogers Rules. The Parliamentarian will be required to moderate all LSCE debates, forums, discussions, or other events requiring such duties or to find and train a replacement for said events

Article V. (Meetings)

Section I. The regular meetings of the LSCE Executive board will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from September to May, unless otherwise ordered by the executive board.

Section II. The General Board of the LSCE will meet on the second Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise ordered by the Executive board.

Section III. The regular meeting on the second Tuesday of April will be known as The Annual Meeting and shall be for the purpose of electing officers and confirming appointments.

Section IV. One half of the active membership will be considered a quorum for conducting official organization business.

Article VI. (Relationship)

The Loyola Society for Civic Engagement will support through its actions and programs the goals, purposes and values of Loyola University, which include the Loyola Goals Statement and the Character and Commitment Statement. LSCE will abide by all University policies and procedures that are outlines in the Student Handbook.

Article VII. (Activities)

Section I. The organization shall invite Loyola Students and Faculty, Community Members and nationally recognized scholars and experts to participate in forums and debates and other events of a bipartisan and political nature.

Section II. LSCE will maintain an online journal of a bipartisan nature, containing papers and articles written by those engaged in LSCE's events.

Article VIII. (Committees)

Section I. The Executive Board shall include the officers of the organization. They shall supervise affairs of the organization between its business meetings, make recommendations to the organization and perform other duties as specified in this constitution. The Executive committee shall be subject to the orders of the organization and none of its acts shall conflict with actions taken by the organization. This goes some where else

Section II. Other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President as the organization or the Executive board deem necessary to carry on the work of the organization.

Article IX. (Advisor)

The advisor shall be chosen, with the approval of Loyola University Student Activities, by majority vote and shall hold a term of five years. Upon completion of each term the organization may choose by majority vote to give the advisor a new term or vote on a new advisor. Need to add qualifications, and number of advisors

Article X. (Parliamentary Authority)

The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the organization in all cases in which they are applicable. This constitution is the supreme authority of the organization, it will supercede Roberts rule in all cases of conflict. and in which they are now inconsistent with this constitution and special rules of order the organization may adopt.

Article XI. (Amendments)

This constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of the organization by two-thirds vote of all active members, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting. (WE might want this to read 2/3’s of the quorom present, for purposes of being able to make changes.)

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Updated October 9, 2008