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September 11, 2017 Minutes

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Monday, Sept 11, 2017 4:00 PM

Student Life

Order of Business

  1. Call to Order: 4:02 PM
  2. Roll Call
    1. Welcome to Student Life!
    2. Present: Sara O’Kane, Olivia George, Megan Jones, Sam Kulifay, Jenna Roesch, Nina Frattaroli, Marcia Dinkins, Allen Metz
    3. Absent: Evan Mallone
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. Old Business
    1. Welcome Week
      1. Team Tressel Football Toss
      2. SGA Ice Cream giveaway
    2. Hurricane Harvey Collection
    3. Katie Koestner Talk
  5. New Business
    1. Fall Fire Fest-September 23 @ lot behind McDonalds
      1. Partnering with Penguin Productions for an activity
      2. Providing chips and dip for students
      3. Volunteers needed from 6pm-11pm day of
        1. Send sign-up sheet around at body meeting
    2. SGA Retreat-September 29 from 5-7pm @ V2 downtown
      1. Pizza, pasta, apps
      2. Game/Icebreaker ideas?
        1. Candy bars to organize and meet new people with
        2. Board games
    3. Homecoming-October 28
      1. Tailgate space is booked
        1. Corn hole – borrow from Honors College or Rec Center
        2. Service project??
        3. Potential partnership with other organizations
      2. Cater:
        1. MVR
        2. Approved catering list? Check with Rick Love about logistics/permission for ordering from somewhere else. Potentially somewhere that will give a discount to YSU groups.
      3. Giveaway ideas?
        1. tshirts
    4. Long Night Against Procrastination-November 30 from 7-10pm @ Library
      1. Cookies & coffee
    5. Goals for committee this year
      1. Get SGA members to know each other outside of the Ohio Room
      2. Increased student involvement – free stuff; making sure giveaways have a tangible impact on the population we are giving them to
      3. Do we have a department or support system for nontraditional students?
      4. Removing barriers to communication with the generation gap in order to make sure SGA is as inclusive as possible.
  6. Ideas/Discussion
    1. How big is our budget? Potential expansion? – check with Lori Graneto
    2. Later hours for food?
    3. Café in Bliss Hall – initiative spearheaded by Megan Jones
    4. Printing for student organizations
    5. Possible participation in/sponsorship of First Year Student Services’ efforts to break a Guinness World Record
    6. Campus-wide “Bring your child to work day”
      1. Piggy back off Family Day?
      2. Smaller scale event for this year?
    7. Open forum with students to hear what they want as far as involvement opportunities are concerned
  7. Adjournment: 4:57 PM

Student Government Association

 

Monday, Sept. 11th, 2017 4:00 PM

Assessment & Enrichment

Order of Business

Call to Order: 4:02

  1. Roll Call: Korinne Sackela, Lindsay Heldreth, Isabel Stoeber, Alicia Herman, Kenna Rearick, Emma Kovacs, Dominic Lattanzio, Teddy Everett
    1. Absent:
    2. WELCOME & Introductions
      1. Download GroupMe App
  2. Old Business
  3. New business
    1. Little Free Library
      1. Contact Elayne Bozick with the Youngstown Rotary
      2. Reach out to student organizations that previously expressed interest in sponsoring a library
        1. Kappa Delta Pi
        2. Greek Life
      3. Upkeep? Who is responsible for this?
    2. Parking Survey
      1. Parking passes
        1. Cost (University Courtyard Apt. & University Edge)
      2. Parking space/lots
      3. Putting out questionnaire about parking. Starting to develop questions.
    3. Informal questionnaires
      1. Lower arcade of Kilcawley? Academic buildings?
      2. Name/catch phrase
      3. Bi-Weekly
    4. YSU/Student ID Deals and Discounts
      1. Find out if discounts are still valid in local businesses
      2. Add any new discounts
      3. Website layout: new ideas
      4. App Layout: new ideas
        1. Joy Polkabla Byers
        2. SGA section of the app changes
  4. Ideas/Discussion?
    1. Retreat @ V² Friday, September 29th from 5:00-7:00

Adjournment: 5:00

Student Government Association

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Textbook Affordability:

  • Google Doc for textbook affordability committee
  • Targeting general education classes, integrate textbooks, stopping textbook requirements if unnecessary
  • Other ideas: lengthening hours of rental at Maag

Last Lecture:

  • Nominations
  • Work on advertising
  • Possibly expanding who can be nominated to speak

SGA Retreat: September 29, 5-7, @ V2

Goals for the year:

  • YSU being a place for academics
  • Graduate school
  • Academics

Budget Advisory

  • Tuition increasing, simplify the bill

Faculty strike

  • Fact finding delayed by a week
  • Most likely to happen first week of October

Discussion:

  • Essay contests in the past
  • Email Ernie with classes that have required texts that are typically unused by students
  • Funnel people into YSU app
  • Incentivise professors to consider other options for texts, ie online options, powerpoints, etc.

SGA: Financial Affairs Committee

Meeting Agenda

September 11th, 2017

Opening Remarks/Committee Updates:

  • Vice Chair Appointment
  • Questions/Concerns from committee members
  • Attendance

Meeting with Organizations:

Event Appropriation Applications

Zeta Tau Alpha

Name of Event: The Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic

Event Date: 10/22/2017 Application Date: 09/05/2017

Location: Beeghly Gym

Total Cost of Event: $3,000 – most items are donated

Description of Event: The Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic, which is being held at YSU’s Beeghly Center on October 22, 2017, was started sixteen years ago as a way for our organization to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, awareness, and education, which is our national philanthropy. It is a day-long cheer and dance exhibition in which more than ninety squads are invited to pay a registration fee to perform a three to five-minute routine and dedicate it to women who have survived breast cancer or live on in their memory. Squads are awarded based on the following: team spirit, bringing the most spectators to the event, and raising money for our cause in their communities. Individual cheerleaders may enter a jump-off or tumble-off competition in which other prizes are awarded for the best cheerleading jumps and tumbling passes. Also included in the day are apparel sales, a concession stand, raffle baskets, and recognition of high school seniors and breast cancer survivors. In the past, 95.9 KISS-FM has hosted the event and also did a live broadcast part of the day. One hundred percent of the money raised through the Cheer Classic is donated to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation which then distributes the money to our partnering organizations. Since its inception in 2001, the event has raised over $1,000,000 for the cause. Last year we raised over $120,000.00! We are taking great strides in making this event an even bigger success this year. As this is our seventeenth event, we have truly made a mark in the community.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: Not only is an event of this caliber beneficial to those who have been affected by breast cancer, but it also holds many benefits for its host school, Youngstown State University. Since we recruit cheerleading squads from all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the Midwest, and even Canada, it gives YSU excellent publicity to those who attend the event. Those not attending the event will still be reached through various local television and radio shows, as well as through our various social media pages. Over half of our participants are high school students, which gives them the opportunity to see a potential college they may want to attend. This alone makes it an excellent recruitment tool for YSU. Anyone belonging to the University community is invited and encouraged to attend this remarkable event.

Itemized Cost: YSU Police Department Security & Traffic Control Officers: $1,850 (estimate from YSU PD)
YSU Parking: $500 (rough estimate of parking for volunteers and coaches)
Concessions cost: $650
Fundraising: For the past 16 years, we have had a great partnership with Clear Channel (95.9 and 98.9) and Panera Bread. Panera Bread has a special Pink Ribbon Bagel Day in which they donate 100% of the profits to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center right here in Youngstown. They also donate a portion of the proceeds from the bagel sales for the remainder of October. ZTA has teamed up with Panera Bread to advertise Bagel Day, as well as spread awareness at the local locations. The day of the Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic, ZTA matches Panera Bread’s donation to the Joanie Abdu Center. At our event last year, we presented the Joanie Abdu Center a check for $25,000!
As in previous years, we will be setting up a table at the Boardman Rotary Oktoberfest to promote our event in the community, and also to raise money through donations. At Oktoberfest, we will be painting faces for the children in attendance, selling t-shirts, and raffling off a basket. This is also an opportunity for our members to pass out pink ribbons, and spread awareness.
In previous years, we have held two “Pink Out Games” with YSU Athletics, the last one being held in 2014. In 2013 and 2014, we walked around the tailgate lot passing out pink ribbons and spreading awareness. YSU fans were encouraged to wear pink in honor of all breast cancer patients. The football team even participated by adding a little pink to their uniforms! During the tailgate, we advertised the game through a radio telecast in order to promote the event throughout the Youngstown area. This past year, the very first “Think Pink Game” was held on Saturday, October 1st, and though it sounds similar, the new name of the event allowed us to do more programming for the event, which we are hoping will allow us to make it bigger and better than before!
At the beginning of October, we will be hosting our “Pink Out Week” on campus to help kick off breast cancer awareness month. We will be selling t-shirts, painting people’s faces with pink ribbons, and asking the fraternity houses on campus to participate in our “Pink Out” house competition. The weekend before the event, we will decorate the campus with all pink decorations, with the hope of promoting our events on campus. We will be taking donations at this event as well.
Our organization is also currently pursuing donations, both monetary and non-monetary such as raffles and concessions, from local businesses and community members to help defray the cost of putting on this significant fundraising event.
Community Service: Our chapter is very service-oriented and participates in many local and national service projects each year to support not only our philanthropy but others as well.  Below is a description of some of these events and the participation of our chapter.
• Adopt-a-Nursing Home:  For the past few years we have adopted Park Vista Retirement Community and plan an event with them each semester. Each spring semester, we host our Annual “Senior Prom.” During this event, we will be treating the residents to an exciting night of dancing and socializing.  We will decorate the dining room, supply cookies and punch, and entertain each of the residents.
• Beatitude House: Our chapter donates various items to this local shelter for women and children in the valley. We collected school supplies and various other supplies throughout the semester. We also put on an Easter Egg Hunt for the children during the Easter season. In addition, we will be making baskets for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with various items for the families at the shelter.
• Oktoberfest: Our chapter has volunteered for the local event as a way to promote the upcoming Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic. Each year we pay for the booth in the nonprofit section, and we hand out pink ribbons, as well as shower cards (that have information about self-breast examinations) to all the spectators. This year we will be having children’s face painting, as well as selling t-shirts and raffle basket tickets. All of the money that we earn here is used to help fund up-front costs for the Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic. We also use this event to provide more information about the event, as well as get the community involved in awareness efforts.
• THINKPINK! ®: THINKPINK! ® is an idea that we promote various times throughout the year by passing out THINKPINK!® cards and ribbons, shower cards, and other information regarding breast cancer awareness and self-exams. Typically, we set up a table in Kilcawley Center in which all of our sisters take turns handing out this information. We will pass it out at the Oktoberfest as well.
• Panera-thon: This is an annual event held at the Covelli Center here in Youngstown that raises money for the Joanie Abdu Breast Cancer Center, which is located in Youngstown, Ohio. It consists of a 2-mile walk/ run, a kid’s run, and a 10k run. We participate as both volunteers and racers for the day.
• American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: In 2015, ZTA took on two new sponsors, one being the American Cancer Society. As a collegiate chapter, we began to volunteer our time, as well as participate in, the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October 2015. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight. It also is a celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century, and we are glad to be a part of it. This coming year, we will be participating and volunteering in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 7, 2017.
Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: No

Contact Person: Corrin Regginello

Total Number of Members: 40

NO SHOW

Chi Alpha

Name of Event: Fall Breakaway

Event Date: 10/06/2017-10/08/2017 Application Date: 09/05/2017

Location: Heartland Conference And Retreat Center Marengo, Ohio

Total Cost of Event: $2,000

Description of Event: It is a gathering of all Campus Chi Alpha ministries in Ohio. It will give students the opportunity to grow in their faith and grow together as an organization.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: It gives the students opportunities to connect with students and staff of other universities in Ohio. It also allows us to get YSU’s name out there and talk about our experience here as a student.

Itemized Cost: 20 people x $100 per person = $2000

(did not purchase anything yet)

(amount covers lodging)

Fundraising: Cookie sale, Scrip card sale, Support letters

Community Service: Volunteering at Heart reach afterschool program (6 students)
Free cookie give away on campus (10 students)
Mission trip to Estonia (12 students)
Planning another mission trip for summer 2018

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: No

Contact Person: Leah McConnell

Total Number of Members: 28

Suggestions:

Montana suggested $1,500 from the general fund.

Ross suggested $2,000 from the general fund

Carson suggested $1,800 from the general fund

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $2,000 from the general fund to defray the cost of their conference

Delta Sigma Theta

Name of Event: Training in Michigan for Delta Sigma Theta

Event Date: 10/06/2017-10/07/2017 Application Date: 09/07/2017

Location: Novi, Michigan

Total Cost of Event: $735

Description of Event: The MI/OH Cluster for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a 2-day event that will be held for the sorority sisters, in Michigan. During these two days, there will be a series of trainings and workshops coaching our chapter (Zeta Gamma), to become more proficient in conducting programs and promoting unity on our campus of Youngstown State University. It is imperative that we attend these trainings so that we may be better educated on how to operate our student organization in an efficient manner. Being that our chapter is newly reactivated, we are low on funds and would greatly appreciate the assistance of SGA.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: If the Zeta Gamma chapter attends this cluster, we will come back with an expanded knowledge on how to plan and execute beneficial programming for the students on campus. This will assist us in building a community within our student body as well as the faculty.

Itemized Cost: Lodging: $135, Transportation: $60, Registration fee: 4 people x $90 per person = $360, Meals Per Diem(2), Per Person($25): 4 people x $50 = $200

Fundraising: Being planned: Bake sales, Tele-Thon, partnerships with businesses ie: Chipotle, Chic-fil-a

Community Service: AHA Heart Walk on September 30
Dorothy Day House- Kitchen
Rescue Mission
All 5 members of Zeta Gamma will be involved and present on behalf of the chapter

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Unsure

Contact Person: Jennifer Zamis

Total Number of Members: 4

No Show

Club Sport Event Appropriation Applications

Men’s Lacrosse Club

Name of Event: national lacrosse league association

Event Date: 10/09/2017 Application Date: 09/05/2017

Location: maryland

Total Cost of Event: 925

Description of Event: league dues

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: Knowing that we can compete for a championship every year can benefit students and people knowing the sport of lacrosse and showing them that they have another team to support and we will support them

Itemized Cost: 925

Fundraising: yes

Community Service: volunteer coaching

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Yes

Contact Person: gordon ngo

Total Number of Members: 20-25

NO SHOW

YSU Equestrian Team

Name of Event: Tiffin Horse Show

Event Date: 09/22/2017-09/23/2017 Application Date: 09/05/2017

Location: Seneca County Fairgrounds

Total Cost of Event: $1,550

Description of Event: We will be taking a total of 11 members to the show. The team members will be showing in horsemanship and we will have two of the team members compete in reining. They will be riding unfamiliar horses and competing against top equine schools including University of Findlay, Tiffin University, Lake Eric College, The University of Akron, Kent State University, and many more. They will have the opportunity to compete for individual and team awards bit at the competition and for the overall season.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: Knowing that we can compete for a championship every year can benefit students and people knowing the sport of lacrosse and showing them that they have another team to support and we will support them

Itemized Cost: Coach Fees: $ 150 per coach x 2 coaches = $ 300
Class fees: 9 people x $70 per person = $ 770
Reining fee: 2 people x $140 per person = $ 280
Hotel fees: 2 rooms x $ 100 per room = $ 200
Fundraising: We are hosting a basket raffle and planning on doing a restaurant takeover.

Community Service: We are in the middle of planning community service hours.

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Yes

Contact Person: Jessica Flynn

Total Number of Members: 20-25

Suggestions:

Montana suggested $775.00 from the general fund.

Blake suggested $1,100 for reining fees, class, and hotel.

Final Decision

The suggested appropriation is $1,100 from the general fund to defray the cost of the reining, class, and hotel fees.

YSU Equestrian Team

Name of Event: Youngstown State Horse Show

Event Date: 09/29/2017-09/30/2017 Application Date: 09/10/2017

Location: Painsville, Ohio

Total Cost of Event: 1,380

Description of Event: Team members will compete on unfamiliar horses in Horsemanship and reining against many other colleges and universities in the region. For example, YSU will be competing against the University of Findlay, Tiffin University, Lake Erie College, the University of Akron and many more. They will have the opportunity to compete for individual and team awards both at the competition and for the overall season

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: It will benefit both the University and the student body by giving the students an opportunity to ride competitively at a collegiate level with all different experienced backgrounds. The university benefits by drawing potential students to enroll based on having the competitive equestrian team.

Itemized Cost: Entry Fees: $70 per rider x 10 people = $700
Reining Fees: $140 per rider x 2 people = $280
Coach fees: $150 per coach x 2 coaches = $300
Hotel room: $ 100
Fundraising: We are d The team is in the middle of planning a volunteer day.

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Yes

Contact Person: Jessica Flynn

Total Number of Members: 20-25

Suggestions:

Ross and Blake suggested $1,280 for everything except the hotel fee.

 

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $1,280 from the general fund to defray the cost of their hosting event.

 

Men’s Soccer Club

Name of Event: Soccer game

Event Date: 10/15/2017 Application Date: 09/06/2017

Location: YSU

Total Cost of Event: Friendly game

Description of Event: Officials 150$

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: Bringing more fans to YSU and will improve our players skills and abilities.

Itemized Cost: Officials 150$

Fundraising: 800$ to buy balls and uniforms

Community Service: Volunteering in Akron’s food bank

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Unsure

Contact Person: Aziz Alshammari

Total Number of Members: 46

Suggestions:

Blake $150 from the general fun

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $150 from the general fund to defray the cost of the officials.

Men’s Soccer Club

Name of Event: Soccer game

Event Date: 10/07/2017 Application Date: 09/06/2017

Location: Columbus

Total Cost of Event: 1,200$

Description of Event: a friendly game that makes us qualifying to Midwest Alliance League

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: improve our players skills and experience, and attract more people to apply to YSU to play soccer.

Itemized Cost: Breakfast + Lunch =35$ per person, 2 vans+ Gasoline =400$

Fundraising: 800$ to buy balls and uniforms

Community Service: Volunteering in Akron’s food bank

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Unsure

Contact Person: Aziz Alshammari

Total Number of Members: 46

Suggestions:

Carson $400 from the general fund for gas.

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $400 from the general fund to defray the cost of gas.

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Name of Event: North Coast Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Event Date: 10/07/2017-10/08/2017 Application Date: 09/08/2017

Location: Nathen Hale Park, Parma heights, OH 44130

Total Cost of Event: $655

Description of Event: This event is an ultimate frisbee tournament. On both days we will compete against other schools in the sport of ultimate frisbee. Saturday we will play 4 games to decide our spot in the tournament bracket. On Sunday we will play in a double elimination tournament until we are knocked out or we win the tournament.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: Attending this tournament allows us to represent YSU and club sports in a positive manner. We do this by showing pride in our school and holding ourselves in a positive manner on and off the field.

Itemized Cost: bid fee= $215
hotel $60 X 3 rooms X 2 nights= $360
travel 4 cars X $20 gas= 80$

Fundraising: So far we are planning on doing tee shirt/jersey sale and a restaurant take over to help fund future tournaments.

Community Service: We plan on volunteering at a red cross event for blood donation and possibly hosting a clinic with nearby high schools to teach kids the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Yes

Contact Person: Michael Toppi

Total Number of Members: 16

Suggestions:

Montana suggested $575.00 from the general fund for hotel and registration.

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $575.00 from the general fund to defray the hotel and r registration costs.

Women’s Lacrosse

Name of Event: W&J Lacrosse Round Robin

Event Date: 10/07/2017 Application Date: 09/08/2017

Location: Washington and Jefferson University, Pitt

Total Cost of Event: $580

Description of Event: Round robin tournament competing against Ohio and Pennsylvania DIII teams.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body: This event will bring exposure to other institutions and prospective students of YSU women’s lacrosse, as well as, serve as an educational opportunity for newer players. Lacrosse is growing in the immediate area and by participating in this event it will bring more awareness to YSU and allow the club to educate local high schools on the game and interact within the community. In addition physical activity and team involvement is proven to increase student retention, increased academic performance and greater focus.

Itemized Cost: Van Rental- $180, Entry- $400

Fundraising: For the 2017-2018 academic year there have not been fundraising efforts currently however, we have planned three dates this fall to work concessions at the Pitt and Steeler’s games. As well as, a clinic with local high schools.

Community Service: HOBY- 2 students
Campus Rec Promotion of Events- 7 students
Recruit hosting/tours- 8 students
Heart Walk- 2 Students
Club Sports Day of Caring (October 21) -19 students

Applying for future appropriations within this academic year: Yes

Contact Person: Anna Rashid

Total Number of Members: 19

Suggestions:

Josh suggested $500 from the general fund

Montana suggested $580.00 from the general fund.

Final Decision:

The suggested appropriation is $580.00 from the general fund to defray the costs of vans and entry fees.

ATTENDANCE: Everyone accounted for  🙂