This week, student groups are sponsoring Heritage Week, and students are encouraged to rediscover the campus’s history. The theme of the week is “The Avenue Always Leads You Home.” According to Student Activities Board (SAB) chief of staff Kelly Zenere, the Avenue is a universal symbol of Saint Mary’s. It sends students on new journeys, and welcomes them home, she said. The groups sponsoring the weeklong celebration include Campus Ministry, Resident Hall Association, SAB, Student Diversity Board and Student Government Association. Cassandra Palmer, SAB’s mission commissioner, said this week is all about remembering the history of Saint Mary’s. Palmer said the college stemmed from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and it is important to keep them in mind when students think of Saint Mary’s heritage. “[The Saint Mary’s students] are the ones who keep our heritage alive,” Palmer said. Zenere said Heritage Week is held so the students don’t forget where they come from. For these reasons, each day’s events are centered on educating the students about Saint Mary’s rich history. On Monday the college archives will be on display in the Student Center. According to Palmer, there will be 24 large poster frames of photos from past to present, including a photo of the class of 1907. There will be a long sleeve T-shirt give-away on Monday in the Student Center, and archivist John Kovach will give a talk in the lounge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to Zenere, Kovach will be hosting a questions and answers session. “[Bring] your ghost story questions,” she said. The Reidenger House will be open for tours and tea from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited, so students must sign up for times in the Student Center. On Wednesday, Sister Mary Louise “ML” Gude will be hosting three tours of the convent, and providing information on the history of the Sisters and the College, according to the schedule. Thursday, students are invited to share a meal with the nuns at the Heritage Dinner at 6:30 in Stapleton Lounge. At the dinner students are encouraged to ask questions, and listen to the stories of the Sisters themselves, Zenere said. Heritage Week will wind down with a S’more Meet and Greet with the Nuns in the Lillie O’Grady Room at 2 p.m. Friday. Zenere said this event is special because they are taking the event to the nuns. Since so many nuns are unable to leave the convent due to health issues, SAB thought it was important to move an event to a location the nuns could attend. “After all, they are the reason for the week,” Zenere said. Zenere and Palmer could not stress enough the importance of the week. “We are trying to, in a sense, abridge the ignorance of our heritage,” Zenere said. “We have such a rich history that we should be aware of.” “Saint Mary’s prides itself in forming strong, independent women … without these past strong, independent women, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” Palmer said.
10* 9 9 7 3 34 2002 Members Affected by Term Limits 37 Code & Rules of Evidence 9 1 CLE Tax Certification 45 6 BLSE City, County & Local Government Certification 9 Student Ed. & Admissions to Bar 17 24 21 14 61 Traffic Court Rules 4 4 17 39 Judicial Nominating Procedures Federal Court Practice 14 Prepaid Legal Services 14 16 15 1 51 17 9 5 3 4 4 4 21 Quality of Life/ Stress Management 44 58 Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification 8 5 11 Total Current Members Criminal Procedure Rules 9 46 Judicial Evaluation 2 Long Range Planning 23 2 34 11 53 9 10 9 4 46 45 3 Criminal Law Certification Workers’ Compensation Rules 71 Appellate Court Rules 16 38 18 6 2 2 Family Law Rules 44 51 16 3 Clients’ Security Fund 40 21 25 10 3 Term limits on most Bar committees kick in Senior Editor A policy adopted six years ago setting term limits on all but substantive law Bar committees will go into effect next year as scheduled. The Board of Governors rejected a motion to delay Standing Board Policy 5.20(c) for a year while its impact is studied. That left standing the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee that no change be made in the term limit policy, which limits service to six consecutive years. The policy was adopted almost six years ago, and all existing committee members were grandfathered in. The action came at the board’s October 19 meeting and after representatives from four rules committees asked for a postponement or exemption from the policy. Those committee representatives said their panels faced a damaging loss of experience and talent if the policy was enforced. “We should wait a year and see if any of the problems develop, and give the policy as passed an opportunity to work,” said PEC Chair Michele Cummings. Board member Mike Kranz, referring to the rules committee members who spoke, made a motion to postpone enforcing the policy for a year. “These are the people in the trenches, these are the people doing all of the work,” he said. “They know how valuable it is to keep people on for more than six years.” Board member Dude Phelan agreed. “This is one that’s really important to people who give of their time and effort to serve the Bar,” he said. “It seems to me putting this off a year costs us very little and gives us a chance to craft a solution more acceptable to everyone.” But other board members disagreed and said they were reluctant to second-guess what the board did six years ago under then-President John DeVault. Board member Mike Glazer said many see the Bar still as a “good ol’ boy” network where it’s hard for outsiders to get involved. “There are a lot of very, very talented people out there who are not getting an opportunity to serve on these committees,” he said. “It’s particularly important that we have term limits,” said YLD President Liz Rice. “It helps committees get newer and younger blood. The committees have had five years to get new people on [to minimize the impact of term limits].” President-elect Tod Aronovitz, who will make the committee appointments early next year, said he’s ready to enforce the term limit policy. “There was a six-year window,” he said. “The time has come for us to comply with that policy,and unless this board votes otherwise, I’m going to send out the letters advising those affected members.” Those Bar members will also be encouraged to seek service on other committees of their choice. He said those who are term-limited would still be able to attend the meetings and participate as observers, space permitting. The board rejected Kranz’s motion by voice vote. Earlier in the meeting, the board heard from four rules committee chairs or vice chairs who said the policy will adversely affect their panels. Joel Silvershein, Juvenile Court Rules Committee chair, said with term limits the committee will lose all its subcommittee chairs and many other senior members. “Juvenile law is an area which is a very narrow area,” he said. “We have been in a consistent emergency situation for the past 15 years. That is not going to change.. . . This is a hardworking committee, this is a committee that needs the institutional knowledge these people have.” Judy Hodor, vice chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, agreed. “What we do in the Family Law Rules Committee would be devastated with the term limits,” she said. In the next couple of years, “it would affect over half the members of our committee, many who have been involved since the inception in 1992.” Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Winifred Sharp, chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, said her group would also lose more than half its members in the next two years, including all its subcommittee chairs. “The reason we’ve been able to work so well is we’ve had people on long-term,” she said. “Six years isn’t enough, and I think if you do this with the rules committees, you will have a rules committee that will not function nearly as well as it has in the past.” Sharp said the committee is averaging about 10 new members each year “and that’s the way it ought to be.” Michael Udell, vice chair of the Traffic Court Rules Committee, said that panel has a narrow, specialized focus and needs experienced people to serve. Under the term limit policy, committee members who have served for six continuous years must wait three years before seeking another appointment to that committee. Committees affected by the term limit policy in 2002 20 8 Real Estate Certification 4 7 17 22 4 Health Law Certification 28 16 Term limits on most Bar committees kick in 14 45 Rules of Judicial Administration 26 2 3 6 22 43 23 Law Related Education Family Law Certification 4 1 Professional Ethics 3 15 3 2 15 Small Claims Rules 34 Florida Probate Rules 16 Florida Bar Journal & News 42 22 Civil Procedure Rules 9 9 Members in 2002 Term Juvenile Court Rules 26 Military Affairs 12 50 Aviation Law Certification Appellate Practice Certification 9 December 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News 4 4 Judicial Administration, Selection & Tenure 7 6 Commission on Professionalism 35 Consumer Protection Law 10 3 10 39 3 Workers’ Compensation Certification 9 Name of Committee Fee Arbitration * excludes representative members which are one-year terms