NomCom nominates student members of MIT committeesBy Kyle G. Peltonen
The Undergraduate Association's (UA) Nominations Committee (NomComm) will soon nominate MIT students to 27 Institute committees.
The Committee on Academic Performance, the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and the Harvard Cooperative Society's Board of Directors are among the bodies with positions available for student representatives.
NomComm selected students to fill many committee vacancies last spring. Committee members worked five hours per week for nearly two months in an attempt to reduce this term's workload, according to Walter Rho '87, NomComm publicity director. The committee will follow this procedure again this term, he added.
Positions that will be filled this term include: four positions on the IAP Policy Committee; two positions each on the Committee on Library Systems, the Committee on the Undergraduate Program and the Advisory Committee on Women Students' Interests; and one position each on the Committee on Curricula, the Dining Advisory Board and the Pornography Committee.
The nomination process consists primarily of an interview, during which members of NomComm evaluate the candidate's speaking ability, commitment and poise, according to Rho.
Committee members discuss and rank applicants behind closed doors after the interviews are completed. Nominated students must then be approved by the UA before they can actually serve on a committee. UA approval is seldom denied, according to Rho.
NomComm specifically searches for students who will "represent the entire student body," Rho said. The 15 NomComm members themselves are chosen to represent many sectors of the student body.
Yet certain committees draw students with specific interests. The Committee on Visual Arts' members tend to have experience in the arts and the Medical Advisory Board's (MAB) members are generally pre-medical students.attribution
NomComm was mostly concerned with nominating students to committees in the past, Rho said. This year, NomComm will concentrate on student/representative relations after the fall nominations process is complete.
Rho said that he would like to see greater emphasis on the accessibility of student representatives to the student body.
Students interested in being appointed to an Institute Committee should contact NomComm within the next week.