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Minutes for October 14, 2014

Minutes for SGA Meeting

October 13, 2014

President Slavens called the meeting to order at 4:01 pm.

Theresa took roll call. There are 39 voting members present at the start of the meeting.

The minutes from the previous meeting and agenda were approved with no objections.

Motion to approve minutes from last meeting: Anderson first, Phillips second.

Executive Business

President’s Report:

People don’t know what the Student One Stop offers; it makes things more efficient. If you’d be willing to go on below dates, look out for an email. There will be a Doodle. This will help better the understanding of how you are utilizing these sites and your overall perception of them to implement improvements.

Tuesday, October 28 or Wednesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm in the conference room on the fourth floor of Meshel Hall

Executive Vice President’s Report:

We need t-shirts sizes (we’ll send an email if we need your size). We have a design and need new people’s shirt sizes.

There is a future By-Law revisions/discussion on the horizon, we will have to move into Elections Procedure for that.

VP for Financial Affairs Report:

We have funded 46 events after this bill and 35 organizations. A total of 36 organizations have worked with for 46 total events. We’ve used a total of 36% of the Chartwells budget. The question we want to ask now is what events are organizations coming to SGA for? We’ve received and appropriated 4 academic events, 5 guest speakers, 4 philanthropic events, 25 social events, and 7 sporting events.

Committee Chair Reports

Chair of Student Life

We now have confirmed Homecoming week events. Monday 13th from 7:30-10:00 Coffee Giveaway, Thursday 16th 10:00-2:00 there will be a Raffle table (Kilcawley campus core), Thursday 16th 7:00-11:00 pm is the Fall Fire Fest. Hot apple Cider and Caramel Corn will be from Saturday 18th 11:00-2:00. Penguin Pride Tailgate is open to all students, sign-up sheets were sent around.

We talked with Brandy Schumaker about water bottle giveaway. The dates are Monday 20th from 11-1 (Andrews) and Friday 24th from 11-1 (Andrews).

For service project ideas we could have a holiday book drive, one warm coat, and two smaller service projects. Sign-up sheets will go around for all upcoming events.

Chair of Academic Affairs

In Senate they discussed President Tressel’s take on the provost appointment, in particular the selection process. The co-chairing issue of Standards Committee by Slavens was also brought up. Plus/minus grading was another issue. We’re wondering if we should push for Interim Provost Open Forum- Questions from students since he didn’t go through the election process. Also, there may be changes in scholarships; there’s an increase of faculty program due to an increase in students.

Ron Shacklee accepted to speak at Last Lecture. It’s on Nov. 19th at 2pm. Annaliza is reserving the room (Cushwa B112), and Elyse is creating signage (graphics after finished).

Student Academic Success Initiative (ALL TENTATIVE): There will be a Pre-Registration Survey to find time blocks that work best, a gage demand before offering classes to students a month before scheduling, emphasis on PRE-registration- not actual registration, and a requirement to take a survey from the review board. A con to this operation is the chairs preset schedule, requiring advisement. Scheduling for a year causes big retention issue between freshmen year fall to spring. There is the possibility of not meeting requirements for the next course (failing). Changing majors? Will the payment method stay the same?

Ohio mandated 120 requirements (maybe) to help students get out quicker than 124 averages. It’s covered in with other proposed changes to take out a general education as opposed to over division.

The general education model reform needs, according to board of regents, English, Math, Arts and Humanities, Social science, natural physical science. To help clarify this to students: At first Stem electives and Class, now: Rename domains of General-education classes. The Gen- Ed redo would be on the website, have no overlay for classes in 2 domains, no clearly defined domains, a balanced number of classes per domain, would grandfather students using old domain course listing requirements, and would cut the extra Gen- Ed requirement.

Faculty mentors give career advice while professional advisors give meeting requirements. Picking as opposed to them choosing means that there will be a listed possible candidate for each mentor, thresholds on each advisor and ranking may come into play.

Sliding Bulk rate Tuition Rate could save money. People attend 12 hours per semester and are not graduating in 4 years. If attending 14 hours they would probably graduate sooner. A student is full time at 12 hours. We could try to offer an annual/ Bi-Annual “Criteria Completion Incentive”. Something like a book voucher/ rebate; just to acknowledge and incentivize students that are following the plan.

Chair of University Affairs

Scott Smith from Housing and Urban Development previously discussed Kent and its revitalization. We need communication with the city of Youngstown to do something similar here. “Way signage” – Chuck Sasho, proposed a letter from Nick and WBCA reps to city engineer to show support for a crosswalk to Williamson and other locations (Commerce, Hazel) to help students get downtown. This could expand to the entire SGA body and downtown businesses for support. Sean and others will track how many students cross Rayen during a certain time interval.

Chair of Financial Affairs

There are 16 (amended to 15) organizations up for appropriations on today’s bill. Representatives are present from: PME Mathematical Honor Society, Youngstown State Ultimate, Interfraternity Council, Model United Nations, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Los Buenos Vecinos Spanish Club and Dance Club, American Marketing Association, Engineers without Borders, Dana Guitar Association.

Unfinished Business

There is no unfinished business.

New Business

A Bill (SB F 2014-04)

Motion to open floor for discussion on new business: Orr first, Anderson second.

Briggs: If you want to abstain you can. We want to fund as many organizations as possible, but we don’t want you to feel uncomfortable if you disagree. Don’t be afraid to vote against or abstain from something. You have the freedom to make that choice.

Motion to close: Yazvac second, Andriko first.

Motion to Amend the bill: Orr first, Briggs second.

Motion to divide the question: Barkett first, Briggs second.

Section 1: Slavic Student Association is appropriated the sum of $150.00 for lumber for their float in the Homecoming parade on October 18th 2014. Nine (9) student members are expected to participate.

YES: 38 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 1

PASSES

Section 2: PME Mathematical Honor Society is appropriated the sum of $250.00 to cover speaker fees for the speaker for YSU Mathfest which will be held October 23rd 2014. This event will be held in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. Five hundred (500) YSU and high school students are expected to attend.

YES: 35 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 4

PASSES

Section 3: Students in Fashion and Interiors is appropriated the sum of $205.00 to cover the cost of registration for the 2014 ITAA Conference which will be held November 12th -16th 2014. This event will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. One (1) student presenter is are expected to attend.

YES: 35 NO: 4 ABSTENTIONS: 0

PASSES

Section 4: Student Physical Therapy Association is appropriated the sum of $750.00 to cover the costs of fees for their Physical Therapy Board Review Course which will be held May 6th and 7th 2015. This event will be held on campus. Eighty (80) students and faculty are expected to attend.

YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0

PASSES

Section 5: Youngstown State Ultimate is appropriated the sum of $150.00 to defray the cost of their tournament entry fee for the Ohio States Fall Brawl 2014 which will be held October 25th and 26th 2014. This event will be held in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty five (25) members are expected to attend.

YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0

PASSES

Section 6: Interfraternity Council is appropriated $530.00 to defray the cost of registration for the American Fraternal Leadership Values Conference which will be held January 29th- February 1st 2015. This event will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Five (5) students are expected to attend.

YES: 31 NO: 2 ABSTENTIONS: 6

PASSES

Section 7: Model United Nations is appropriated the sum of $500.00 to cover the cost of delegate fees for the Lake Erie International Model United Nations which will be held November 6th -9th, 2014. This event will be in West Lake, Ohio. Twenty four (24) students are expected to participate.

YES: 37 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 2

PASSES

Section 8: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is appropriated the sum of $55.00 to defray the cost of registration for the Ohio State Conference which will be held October 23th- 26th, 2014. This event will be in Dayton, Ohio. Three (3) students are expected to attend.

YES: 38 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 1

PASSES

Section 9: Los Buenos Vecinos Spanish Club and Dance Club are appropriated the sum of $150.00 to cover the cost of the venue for their Spanish Dancing Fiesta which will be held November 11th, 2014. This event will be held at Kuzman’s Lounge. One hundred (100) students and community members are expected to attend.

YES: 34 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 5

PASSES

Section 10: American Marketing Association is appropriated the sum of $400.00 to defray the cost of registration for the National AMA conference which will be held March 18th – 22nd 2015. This event will be in held in New Orleans. Twelve (12) attendees are expected.

YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0

Section 12: YSU Chapter of the ADHA is appropriated the sum of $246.89 to cover the cost of lodging for their ODHA Annual Session which will be held November 7-9th, 2014. This event will be in held in Newark, Ohio. Nine (9) students are expected to attend.

YES: 35 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 4

PASSES

Section 13: Engineers without Borders is appropriated $700.00 to defray the cost of registration fees for the EWB-USA 2014 National Conference which will be held October 31st- November 2nd, 2014. This event will be held in Reston, VA. Six (6) students are expected to attend.

YES: 38 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 1

PASSES

Section 14: Dana Guitar Association of YSU is appropriated $350.00 to defray the cost of the Clinic/ Masterclass/ and Performance fees for their guest artist for the Jazz Clinic, Masterclass, and Concert featuring Ben Monder which will be held November 21st, 2014. This event will be held in Bliss Hall in room 2222. One hundred and fifty (150) students are expected to attend.

YES: 39 NO: 0 ABSTENTIONS: 0

PASSES

Section 15: Beta Alpha Psi is appropriated $75.00 to defray the cost of parking for their Cleveland Tour of Financial Firms which will be held November 7th, 2014. This event will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. Twenty (20) students are expected to attend.

YES: 31 NO: 6 ABSTENTIONS: 2

PASSES

Section 16: Helping Others by Providing Encouragement is appropriated the sum of $300.00: $200 to cover the cost of refreshments from the Chartwell’s fund and $100 to cover the cost of security from the general budget for their Words of Hope Day which will be held November 1st, 2014. This event will be

held in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. Two hundred and fifty (250) students are expected to attend.

YES: 32 NO: 3 ABSTENTIONS: 4

PASSES

Motion to discuss student success: Edgell first, Gessler second.

Slavens: Advisement- having a professional advisor to meet with before every registration period; making sure you know what you’re doing and things are getting done. Faculty mentors aren’t right because things are always changing, but they are good for career advice, however, they’re not obligated or responsible for formal advisement. Key courses information is pushed forward to you during junior year so you can think ahead. The curriculum sheets have required courses that tell you what you should be taking when. You’ll know what your 4 years will look like. Also, departments know when courses should be offered. Scheduling for a year, students won’t drop out as much and it’s less of a thought process. The department will know the demand because it will create a wait list idea for department chair. Gen-Ed requirements are more efficient, name change for the class groupings.

Briggs: I spoke with Alan Tomhave, we’re trying to reorganize things for students, especially the website database for Gen-Ed course domains. Ideally we’d like to change it. Course crossover is applying one course to multiple domains; one course to apply it how you want to. We’re not looking to change the structure, just to make it more understandable for the students.

Slavens: Maybe electronic curriculum sheets tied to banner accounts that fill as you go along. These will take time (money constraints). 120 hour degree programs for all degrees would be difficult. It could help people get out in four years. An incentive program, 4 year guarantee, in theory sounds nice; reward student when they meet criteria so they graduate in 4 years. Some ideas were tuition, book store vouchers. Increasing bulk rate so it’s not a huge burden also sounds nice, but there’s no way to decrease financial burden. This could be a huge benefit.

Shehadi: Is there an example of an academic program that doesn’t have 4 year curriculum sheet?

Evans: Almost all humanities.

Briggs: If you go into departments they have sheets, but don’t lay it out by year. Even more so, we’re advocating for an online- one that can be filled online to be tracked.

Farran: Can we make it mandatory to have forms, curriculum sheet and form, almost too specific, that doesn’t allow for adjustment?

Briggs: Have sheets that give suggestions and tracks?

Farran: Yes.

Phillips: It’s a good idea to have it online. I saved my sheet from freshman year and bring it to my advisor.

Greathouse: Personal programs have multiple hours.

Briggs: Reduction on some hours would unfairly punish students, increase flat bulk rate ideally would be great for student but YSU loses revenue.

Elyse: We need to be mindful of grad students and the lack of major requirements that pushed graduation back an entire year. With a 4 year guarantee plan the majority of students might want to be in virtual classrooms. It would be helpful for all tools to be online.

Olmi: What’s the advisor recommendation now?

Slavens: It’s all over depending on department, but there’s nothing solid.

Briggs: We want students to meet with advisors.

MacGregor: What would we do with students who come in during the spring semester?

Slavens: It’s not like you could only register during one period of time.

Andrews: It’s great to acclimate freshmen and get everyone involved.

Briggs: There’s a program like that, theoretically, in the works.

Barkett: My college is easy to read, but some others are interesting. Especially with the course work. Someone should inspect the accountability.

Slavens: There would be a standard.

Anderson: Once this goes online there has to be a standard to take down all the old ones.

Gordon: With new advisement shouldn’t student still have the option?

Orr: What’s the feasibility with meeting with the chairs?

Malsch: Incentives to reward students isn’t maybe the best, but we can creative incentives to use CSP. We should consider the options we give all students to engage them, it’s a demographic to consider. Forgiveness plans if a student fails/drops a class. Curriculum sheets should also include testing.

Briggs: The reason I’m for bookstore voucher is because the university is saying “good job for meeting these expectations”.

Slavens: Professional advisors for all that could help everybody. I could see positives and negatives for each.

Briggs: Provost said to made it ideally, not thinking about budget.

Edgell: Can you send all this info to us?

Slavens: Yes, we’ll send it out.

Elyse: Because of the poor retention rates, first year course is necessary. I think we need to take on the first year credit hours and lower the Gen-Ed hour requirements.

Evans: I think the limit should come from the general education courses

Slavens: The state is trying to make all courses 120 hours.

Motion to close: Edgell first, MacGregor second.

Gallery Remarks

Thanks for the money appropriated on behave of Bridges out of Poverty.

Thanks from the Spanish Club.

Thanks, the money helped.

Advisors’ Remarks

Driscoll: Shout out for people to make sure people understand what’s going. Thanks for going to Diversity Prom.

Becker: Get to know what’s going on in your colleges. You’re representing them; ask questions. Ask the staff, faculty and students what they’re doing and about upcoming events. Every college is different.

DePoy: ABSENT

Cooper: Dinner is calling.

Members’ Remarks

Announcements:

Motion to adjourn the meeting: Tancabel first, MacGregor second.

Meeting adjourned at 5:10 pm.