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Agenda for April 4, 2011

Order of Business

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of the Minutes & Agenda
  4. Executive Business
    1. President’s Report
    2. Executive Vice President’s Report
    3. Vice President for Financial Affairs’ Report
    4. Committee Chairs’ Reports
      1. Chair of Student Life Committee
      2. Chair of Academic Affairs Committee
      3. Chair of University Affairs Committee
      4. Chair of Financial Appropriations Committee
  5. Unfinished Business
    1. A Resolution (SR S 2011-03)
    2. YSU Alert System Update
  6. New Business
    1. A Bill (SB S 2011-04) Appropriations
    2. A Bill (SB S 2011-05) Martin T. “Marty” Manning Award
    3. A letter to Dr. Anderson
  7. Gallery Remarks
  8. Advisors’ Remarks
  9. Members’ Remarks
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

President’s Report:

 

Oral report will be given on Monday.

Executive Vice President’s Report:

 

Mr. Mesik will give an oral report at Legislative Assembly.

Vice President for Financial Affairs’ Report:



Student Life Committee Report:

 

  1. Roll Call- 4:06pm
    1. Carissa Benchwick
    2. Aseel Ramahi
    3. Travis Battiest
    4. Taylor Clark
    5. Patrick Gessler
    6. Alexandira Hatosky
    7. Celeste Popio
    8. Jessica Sarich
    9. Levant Miller
    10. Elyse Gessler
    11. Absent- Alexandira Hatosky

 

  1. Special Guest- Jacob McIntyre
    1. Fundraiser idea- Japan Tsunami/Earthquake
      1. He made a quilt and jewelry to raise money for relief fund
        1. SGA will give Jacob a booth at the diversity fair
  2. Old Business
    1. Diversity Fair
      1. We have 5 groups so far committed, a few more maybes.
      2. The entertainment is still up in the air.
      3. We have ordered 2 sheet cakes and punch
    2. Mayday Tailgate
      1. Sending a campus announcement and putting up flyers
      2. Pete’s Place 4-6:30pm
        1. Set up at 3pm
      3. Giveaways- ordered 600 glow in the dark bracelets
      4. Music will be just the radio/Ipod
    3. Meet the Reps night
      1. No date set for sure yet
  3. New Business
    1. Food Service meeting
      1. 3/28/11 at 5:30pm
        1. Had a pizza party
        2. Took ideas for food and addressed concerns
      2. Next meeting 4/11/11 at 5:15pm in Pete’s Place
    2. Round-table for Student Organizations
      1. Designed to be a wrap up for the year and set up for next year
      2. Allow any SO ask questions and present suggestions
      3. Will be most likely the last week of the semester
  4. Adjournment

Academic Affairs Committee:

  • List of Committee Members in Attendance: Steve Mesik, Alyssa DiBernardi, Kelli Bryan, Lillian Justice, Jason Anderson, James Jarvis, Terrell Wesley, Molly Toth, Nicole Pavlichich, Damian Scott

Guest: Sarah Lowry, Academic Senate, General Education Committee

Excused: Diane Stahl and Ryan Beil

  • Call to order: 4:06
  • Last Lecture Series Update:
    • There was some conflict with the dates proposed because of other SGA events however, the two dates Steve will be taking to Jack Fahey are April 19 and 21.
  • New Business
    • FYE Update
      • Goals: Create a sample syllabus and schedule meeting with those who are interested:
        • As a committee we need to show some kind of progress, it has been suggested to create a sample syllabus prior to next committee meeting
      • Issues:
        • Are we willing to cut funding and possibly jobs in other similar departments to get FYE on the map?
        • Are we willing to tailor FYE to each individual college?
      • Things to Investigate
        • How other schools have implemented the program
        • How new programs have been started on this campus
        • How do we get backing?
        • Is it possible for grants to fund this course?
  • Adjournment 5:11

University Affairs Committee Report:

Call to Order: 4:00

List of Committee Members:

  1. Gary Davenport – Present

  2. Robert DeVita – Present

  3. Kelly Mehalco – Present

  4. Melania Vlad – Present

  5. Zachary White – Present

  6. Brianna Wise – Present

  7. Troy Adamson – Absent

  8. Anthony Nuzzi – Absent

  9. Andrew Smith – Absent

  10. DeAndre Radcliffe (Guest) – Absent

YSU Text Alert:

  • YSU Alert System Report

– Text alerts only go out when there is imminent danger

– Bomb threat call was not credible

– Some phone carriers may have spam protection for YSU number. This can be handled by asking them to remove YSU from the spam list.

Volunteer Work for YSU:

  • Wick Park Cleanup: Saturday, April 16th, 10 AM

*Location – TBA

*100 people expected

*Possible BBQ afterwards?

* Mr. Davenport brought to attention routing so that the cleanup does not end up in a bad neighborhood

  • Wick-Pollock Garden Planting: Saturday, April 23rd, 10 AM

*Parking at the Rose Melnick Medical Museum at 655 Wick Ave.

  • Campus Safety Panel: Wednesday, March 30th, 2PM in Tod 105

*Discuss with members of housing and police department on practices to prevent dangerous situations and what to do if in one

Paper Drive:

  • About 6 or 7 boxes, 200 lbs., collected so far

  • Greek Community Sorority ZTA’s Paper Sorting Party – Thursday, March 31st

Butt-Out:

  • Roots and Shoots – Moser

  • TKE – Cushwa

*Dates TBA

Smoke-Free Environment:

  • Review of completed letter based on various feedback

  • Regarding and Suggesting –

*Signage

*Police Citation

*Add designated smoking areas

  • Decision – To present the letter as a committee to President Anderson

Other Business:

Miss Vlad motioned to open the floor for discussion

Mr. Davenport announced: Rally for Education & Community, April 18th at 5:30 PM Beeghly Center

*Event is to protest SB5 and the Jobs Budgets effect on education.

Adjourned at 4:23

Financial Appropriations Committee Report:

4:00pm

Attendance: Absent: Sanaz Jalali (excused), Nicole Horvath (excused), Ryan Meditz (unexcused)

4:00

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Student Recreation Advisory Committee

Total Number of Members: 120

Contact Person: Kelly Chaffee Contact Phone Number: 330-774-1610 Contact Email: knchaffee@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Joy Polkabla Byers Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-2242 Advisor’s Email: jlbyers@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: In the past, we have conducted clothing sales to increase our budget. We plan to continue these sales for each semester.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: This year, we raised money and competed in the ZTA Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic. We also raised money and participated in the annual American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Members from our committee planned and recruited staff members to get involved with these events. This April, we are holding Shake It Up for the Kids. This event is a Zumba dance class where participants register to raise money for the kids of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Name of Event: National Intramural Sports and Recreation Association (NIRSA) Date of Event: April 13, 2011 – April 17, 2011 Location: New Orleans, LA Expected Participation: Two Members Total Cost of Event: $4,500

Description of Event: The NIRSA conference is an annual gathering of professional and student members. This is a conference for collegiate recreation in which YSU is a member. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals and students from around the country who are involved in the field of recreation. There are opportunities for students to apply for graduate assistantships and interview for job opportunities. The two students who are attending are looking to further their career in recreation upon graduation.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: This is a very large and major networking opportunity for those attending and for our institution. YSU will be hosting the ORSA Conference (the state level association) in the fall of 2011 and this is a major opportunity to find sponsors and to market for schools to attend. Also, one of the students attending is the ORSA Student State Representative, as well as the student lead for the ORSA Conference 2011 at YSU. This will also provide more exposure for YSU to prospective students looking to pursue graduate assistantships in Higher Education.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Plane Tickets (Pan Atlas) – $330 x 2 $660
Registration Fees – $425 x 2 $850
Lodging – 2 Rooms – One Male One Female for 4 nights at $100 $800
Meals $240
Total $2530

Amount Recommended: $400.00 to defray the cost of lodging

4:10

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Greek Campus Life

Total Number of Members: 203

Contact Person: Jared Buker Contact Phone Number: 3307200774 Contact Email: jlbuker@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Greg Gulas Advisor’s Phone Number: 3309413580 Advisor’s Email: gmgulas@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: This year, Greek Campus Life held a fund raiser during a Phantom’s hockey game at the Covelli Center on the 25th of February in which we had a greek life night. We sold tickets in which we made a certain profit of each. We had a successful night, raising just under 800 dollars for our cause. We also have a candy bar sale in the works. Most of our time goes toward philanthropic work within our organizations. Each of our chapters are very successful and work very hard to do so. Zeta Tau Alpha raises money each year for breast cancer, and it is currently one of the biggest and most lucrative fund raisers that exists at YSU. They were also the most successful in selling tickets for the aforementioned hockey game, selling 51 tickets, or $510 worth.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: Greek campus life annually is involved with writing letters that are sent through our communities in an effort to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s medical hospital. We also participate in Stuff The Bus annually. This event is involved in our Greek week, in which each chapter competes to bring in toys, and clothes for the less fortunate of our Mahoning valley. We have recently sponsored some events in an effort to make Ribbons for Jamail Johnson. Some of our biggest philanthropic achievements happen through our chapters. Each year the Zeta Tau Alpha sorotiy raises no less then 100 thousand dollars for the fight against breast cancer. Alpha Phi Delta participates in habitat for humanity. The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta each year have what is called the Jail-N-Bail, and the Xi-Man competition. These efforts go to support the fight against Autism. Phi Kappa Tau host the game of hope each year in an effort to raise money for their ”Hole in the wall” campaign. Our local chapter Alpha Omega Pi throws semester events in their personal efforts to support the Easter Seals Programs. We are in the pursuit of helping to raise money for a local girl who will be representing Youngstown in a triathlon on California.

Name of Event: Greek Sing Date of Event: April 9, 2011 Location: US Expected Participation: 1000 Total Cost of Event: 4000

Description of Event: Greek sing is an annual event in which each organization is put forth against one another in a themed styled sing and dance competition. The scores count towards things like Greek week, fraternity of the year and sorority of the year. Greek sing each year is a way that the Greek populous here at YSU can come together and have fun as well as show off to our audience how successful our organizations are, as well as to show how successful YSU has become each year. This year our event is themed ”One Hit Wonders.” It is, in part, a benefit for the aunt of Michael Koziorynsky and mother of Chad Gibson, both brothers of Alpha Phi Delta, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. We also plan to have a canned food drive and donations, as was the case last year.

With the utmost respect for what SGA has done and certainly will continue to do with its resources, we are requesting $1800 in grant appropriated funds. The cost to rent out Stambaugh Auditorium has increased, and our efforts in fund raising have brought us close to our mark, but not all the way. We will respect and appreciate anything we are granted. Thank you for your consideration of our request.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: For over 50 years we have continued this tradition of greek sing and all that goes into it. Of coarse planning the event as well as hard work to fundraise and advertise it have always been the challenge for greek campus life. This event has always been a great way the students and faculty have been involved in this campus and make their marks here at Youngstown State. Annually, we practice and involve ourselves in more activities into our already busy schedules in order to help fund and participate in the event. This event each year has been a way we have structured our lives to hard work and success rather than disorganization and failure. Each year many people attend our event including parents, alumni, the president of our college and many more come out to see the hard work we put together in a years time. We give away awards and have a presentation to show the audience what we do at YSU and how we are our representing it in positives manners in our communities. This year we will be doing a benefit for two of our Greek members family. Robin Gibson, a recently diagnosed breast cancer patient, will have Greek sing sponsored in her name this year. Youngstown State University Greek Life will be having small fundraisers during the coarse of the evening in which we will help to defray her medical costs. She is due to have surgery around the time of our event. Our annual event has always been a way to keep the students involved in Greek life, busy and on point as well as helping them to spread their individual messages to the public in positive and supportive ways. Each of our more then 50 plus years has been successful, in showing how YSU is achieving, and reaching new bounds as a campus community each year. This event is a major reason the community knows about the success of Youngstown State and the limitless possibilities we can/will achieve and experience at our great university.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Stanbuagh Auditorium Rental 900
Rising Sun Productions 1100
Judges/Host/Awards 1200
Security 500
Advertisements 300
Total 4000

Amount Recommended: $500.00 to fully fund security

4:40

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc

Total Number of Members: 7

Contact Person: Anjalia Lyons Contact Phone Number: 2166475235 Contact Email: anlyons@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Sonya Thompkins Advisor’s Phone Number: 3305024307 Advisor’s Email: sthompkins@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority inc, has recently held fund raising for The March of Dimes and the Stork’s Nest. We also held fundraising for the family of Jamail Johnson, the YSU Student that passed away. We held a car wash at McDonald’s in the summer. We had fund raising Be The Match Foundation. And also the Marty Manning Foundation.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: We particapated at The Burgandy and Dandridge Nursing Home. We helped with activites in the African American Festival last summer. We plan to work with the Big Brother and Big Sister Organization. Also the Beatitude House for Battered Women, and also Help tutor middle school student at Wilson Middle School in Youngstown, Ohio

Name of Event: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc Regional Meeting Date of Event: April 28- May 1 Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Expected Participation: 7 Total Cost of Event: 1300

Description of Event: The regional conference consist of a great deal of meetings that helps us come together with memebers of organization from other places. Each meetings consist of different ideas and future goals of Zeta Phi Beta Organization.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: The regional meeting that our sorority provides helps us to bring forth new ideas to our campus. As far a community service, fund raising, and future idea plans. and also bring forth new members in our organizations.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
$140 for each memeber of our organization $980
$320 for transprotation cast rental van $320
Total $1300

Amount Recommended: $420.00 to defray the cost of registration

4:50

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Residence Hall Association

Total Number of Members: 10

Contact Person: Marnie Cram Contact Phone Number: 216-255-7846 Contact Email: mncram@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Brandi Veigh Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-3547 Advisor’s Email: bmveigh@student.ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: We are planning on having a bake sale at the end of March.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: We are planning a trip to nursing home to spend time with the elderly there. We are also planning a recycling competition with the Recycling Program for next year.

Name of Event: NACURH Date of Event: May 27-30 Location: Macomb, Illinois Expected Participation: 6 Total Cost of Event: $1248

Description of Event: NACURH is the largest student run organization in the world and it focuses on leadership development for all participants. Over the course of the conference, delegates and advisors attend programs on leadership, diversity, programming, and personal development. It is also a great way to network with different people and gain their perspectives on their programs and leadership. All that is learned at this conference is not only applied to RHA, but to the other areas of the students’ lives (careers, school, etc…).

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: All that is learned at the conference is brought back and shared with students through discussion and programs. For example, the Wait…He’s Not Gay? He’s Queer? program was initially presented at NACURH and brought back to the YSU campus to help open up the eyes of students.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Delegate Fees $198, 4 delegates $792
Advisor Fees $198, 2 advisors $396
Gas $60
Total $1248

Amount Recommended: $396.00 to defray the cost of delegate fees

5:00

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Student African American Brotherhood

Total Number of Members: 20

Contact Person: Deandre Radcliffe Contact Phone Number: 216.466.4063 Contact Email: deandre276@gmail.com

Advisor: William Blake Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-2086 Advisor’s Email: wjblake@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: put forth….collecting money from local bake sale and and a quarter drive

coming up–spring picnic, movie night(collecting food and clothes), penny and quarter drive for April

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: collecting clothes for local shelter/goodwill Collecting food for food shelter/ food bank Tutoring at risk high school children with Goodwill We go to local highschools every friday in april to talk to the students about higher education and after we do study sessions with them We also sponsor graduating kids from local high school with some fees for applying for college such as application admission penny and quarter drive for April to raise money for either relay for life or cancer foundation

Name of Event: African American Black Summit Date of Event: April 8-9 Location: Akron University Expected Participation: 5 Total Cost of Event: 600

Description of Event: The summit is for students who are involved in African American committees or groups at there school. We will be going through workshops and lectures to better gear ourselves for not only dealing with one another on the black to black level but the members who attend will also get a great insight of how they can organize events and keep being a future leader at there school. We will be hearing from many black leaders in the current world and be getting advice from them of how they did it and what we can do.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: This event will give YSU and the student body leaps forward in the multicultural world. As we return from are trip we will be able to give students and faculty shared knowledge of how they university should approach things such as color and give a good insight if what can be done better.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
ticket/admission 40per person 200
Quaker Square Inn at UA for the rate of $89 per night for a standard single/double room. 175
Total 375

Amount Recommended: $200.00 to fully fund the cost of admission

5:10

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Dana Flute Society

Total Number of Members: 16

Contact Person: Sarah Kramer Contact Phone Number: (412) – 418 – 5163 Contact Email: sakramer@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Kathryn Umble Advisor’s Phone Number: (330) – 941 – 1831 Advisor’s Email: kaumble@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: The Dana Flute Society is working on organizing a couple small-scale fundraisers such as a bake sale to aid in the cost of this event. Most of our efforts have actually been in the form of organizing community service performances.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: As a whole, the Dana Flute Society has not gone at once to partake in any community service. However, individual efforts have been made in such forms as playing at nursing homes or performing as chamber groups at various venues in a mission to provide music to the community. The entire Dana Flute Society recently performed at the Jewish Community Center.

Name of Event: 18th Annual Dana Flute Festival Date of Event: April 16, 2011 Location: Bliss Hall, YSU Expected Participation: approximately 100 people Total Cost of Event: $2,105

Description of Event: The Dana Flute Festival is an event where flutists of all ages gather to share in fellowship, education, and a day of great music-making. There are masterclasses for various levels of musicians (from middle school flute players up to professionals), opportunities for a large ensemble to sight-read and make music together, a recital given by the guest artist and the Dana Flute Ensemble, as well as various instrument and music vendors providing a wealth of merchandise for purchase.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: For all of the music students at the Dana school of music and particularly the flute studio, this event is a terrific opportunity for educational growth; we are able to learn from an outside professional and benefit from his/her knowledge. It is also an invaluable opportunity for other flutists to share in the aforementioned experience, not to mention a great day of music-making to share with the community.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Various festival costs – include guest artist fees, masterclass and workshop fees, security and parking fees, etc. $905.00
Total $905.00

Amount Recommended: $200.00 to fully fund the cost of security

5:20

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: YSU College Republicans

Total Number of Members: 10

Contact Person: Joshua Prest Contact Phone Number: (330) 509-3381 Contact Email: jprest91@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. William Binning Advisor’s Phone Number: (330)941-3436 Advisor’s Email: wcbinning@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: Currently, one fundraiser is being coordinated. That is a Final Four Party at the Mahoning County Republican HQ where admission fees and a 50/50 will be held for the club.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: None as of now, but the YSU College Republicans are coordinating with the Mahoning County Young Republicans to get involved with community service around the Mahoning Valley.

Name of Event: National College Republican Federation-National Convention Date of Event: July 27-31 Location: Washington DC Expected Participation: 3 from YSU. Estimated 2,000 other participating from around the country Total Cost of Event: $1,500

Description of Event: Leadership summit with several prominent National Leaders including Senator Scott Brown (MA), Governor Chris Christie (NJ), Former President George Bush, Ohio’s own Senator Portman, and many others. The event will be attended by as many as 2000 people, all interested in the future of the country and leading it into tomorrow. The event will allow the participants to network and increase career opportunities. As many of the participants are in the Political Science program or plan on working in some sort of leadership positions upon graduation. It will give us tools to bring high profile individuals to YSU including 2012 presidential candidates. Presidential rallies are not uncommon on campus and these connections will help bring even more to campus. The YSU chapter of the CR’s has seen high membership in the past, after a few years restructuring we are back and are ready to help make YSU a better and more active place!

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: As stated above, it will allow us to connect with leaders from around the country and open doors for 2012 presidential candidates to come to YSU.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Airfair $250/person=$750 TOTAL
Hotel for four nights $250/night=$1000 TOTAL
Total $1750 asking $1500

Amount Recommended: $500.00 to defray the cost of the hotel

5:30

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of the Gerontological Society of America

Total Number of Members: 20

Contact Person: Sarah Deiger Contact Phone Number: 3307271095 Contact Email: sadeiger@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Van Dussen Advisor’s Phone Number: 3309411683 Advisor’s Email: djvandussen@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: The organization has been soliciting funds from individuals and has been discussing a bake sale.

What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is being planned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of the organization.: The organization participated in the Alzheimers Association Memory Walk with 10 members. We are planning to participate in Senior Olympics at the Area Agency on Aging in the summer. We are also planning to volunteer at holiday parties at the Girard Multi-Generational Center.

Name of Event: Careers in Aging Day Date of Event: April 13, 2011 Location: Chestnut Room Kilcawley Center Expected Participation: 200 Total Cost of Event: 800

Description of Event: This event will have speakers that will be discussing the different careers available in the aging field. There will also be campus and local aging related agencies displaying information and answering any questions. Some of the different agencies that will be present are Hospice of the Valley, Area Agency on Aging, Celtic Healthcare, Austintown Senior Center, Alzheimers Association and many others. The event is open to the public and we plan to provide refreshments. The organization, along with Career Services, will be providing the speakers and volunteers of the event with a buffet lunch.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: This event will benefit the student body by bringing different employment agencies and older adult advocacy organizations to campus to distribute information. These organizations are also interested in recruiting for job placements and internships.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Publicity and printing 300
Refreshments for attendees 200
Parking fees for speakers and employers 150
Outdoor directional signs 100
Total 750

Amount Recommended: $350.00 to fully fund the cost of refreshments and parking fees

THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

 

SR S 2011-03

The Rally for Education & Community Resolution”

A resolution to approve Student Government Association sponsorship of the Rally for Education & Community to take place Monday, April 18, 2011 in the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.

 

Authors: Gary Davenport, Molly Toth.

Sponsors: Travis Battiest, Carissa Benchwick, Kelli Bryan, Jerod Everly, Andrew Smith.

 

WHEREAS higher education is vital to gainful employment, productive citizenship, and personal well-roundedness and acts as a foundation for healthy communities and thriving economies; and

 

WHEREAS the students of Youngstown State University both expect and require a robust educational experience during their tenure at the University in order that they may become productive, happy citizens by means of an accepting, pragmatic worldview, engagement in their communities, and a viable vocation, profession, or career; and

 

WHEREAS the projected effects of Ohio Senate Bill 5 and the Ohio Jobs Budget include an increase in classroom sizes, an increase in faculty workloads, heavy reliance on part-time instructors, and proposals such as an accelerated baccalaureate program which outline major changes to current curricula without relevant transitional plans, which would negatively effect the quality of education that the student body of Youngstown State University receives, and;

 

WHEREAS the Student Government Association of Youngstown State University, comprised of its Legislative Body of Student Representatives and its Executive Committee, is charged to represent the best interests of the students at the University, desire by that charge to support the best possible educational experience and opportunities for YSU’s student body; and

 

WHEREAS the Rally for Education & Community will gather up to 2,000 participants, drawing from the student body, faculty, and staff from Youngstown State University as well as educators, civil servants, workers from the public sector, and other public- and private-sector union members as well as other individuals, to be addressed by public figures including members of the aforementioned groups as well as our elected officials, regarding measures as proposed by Senate Bill 5 and the Jobs Budget that would weaken educational experiences and public wellbeing and safety throughout the state of Ohio;

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Student Government Association of Youngstown State University act as the official sponsor of the Rally for Community & Education by means of but not limited to advertising, communication, and promotion of the rally; petitioning public leaders for support of the rally in the form of attendance or public address or assignment of a delegate for same, or a letter of support;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this bill are presented to Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President of Youngstown State University; Dr. Chester Cooper, Chair of the Academic Senate of Youngstown State University; Judith Gaines, Executive Director of Student Life at Youngstown State University; and Mr. Scott Schulick, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Youngstown State University.

Report: YSU Alert System

 

Recently, and especially since Sunday, February 6th, when the shooting at 55 Indiana Ave occurred, students have questioned the utility and efficacy of the YSU Alert System. Students voiced concerns at the Student Government Association legislative body meeting on Monday, March 7th and the Q&A forum with President Anderson on Tuesday, March 8th. This report includes general information about the alert system and answers some specific questions.

Several students questioned why they received no text message on 2/6 despite reports that YSU used its alert system to inform students of the tragedy. Kathy Leeper, Coordinator of Graphic Services in Kilcawley Center, is also one of the University’s Alert System contacts and commented that “the Vindicator and anyone else who reported that a YSU Alert message was sent out via text was incorrect.” Instead, an email was sent out at approximately 10:32am. Ms. Leeper said that text message alerts are only used during the monthly test and for when there is imminent danger on campus.

Since the shooting incident took place about a third of a mile away from campus, sending a text message posed an unnecessary risk of confusing students by implying that a threat existed on the YSU campus. Since the media had already mis-reported the incident as having occurred on campus, an email alert seems to this Vice President as having been the best option. According to Ms. Leeper, “this was a decision that was made by the YSU Police.”

Students also expressed frustration over snow days and notifications sent by the University regarding closings. Ms. Leeper said that Inspiron Logistics sends text messages to the different mobile carriers who then send them onto their subscribers. This might account for lag time between, for example, a Sprint user’s phone and an AT&T user’s phone. Sometimes, however, students do not receive text messages at all.

Mobile carriers often try to prevent text-spam from “short codes,” numbers that can send text messages to mobile phone numbers but are not themselves full-length phone numbers. The YSU Alert System’s short code, as many of us may have noticed, is 69310. If a student notices that their friends receive text message alerts or monthly tests but that they do not, calling their carrier and asking that messages from 69310 be allowed through to their phones may correct this issue. Ms. Leeper and Inspiron Logistics are working with carriers to improve this issue.

The President’s Office plans to announce, via e-mail and the Jambar, the next YSU Alert monthly test before it happens so that individuals will be expecting the test and can act if they did not receive it. Those who do not receive the monthly test for April are encouraged to contact Ms. Leeper, who is available at 330-941-3560 (x3560 from campus) or <klleeper@ysu.edu>.

Students can also visit http://alert.ysu.edu/ to read a list of frequently-asked questions and to subscribe or unsubscribe from YSU Alert Systems services.

 

SB S 2011-04

A Bill

Making Appropriations for eight organization(s)

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Youngstown State University Student Government Association assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Appropriations Fund not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, for the activities of student organizations, namely:

Section 1: Student Recreation Advisory Committee is appropriated the sum of $400.00 to defray the lodging cost for their National Intramural Sports and Recreation Association Conference from April 13th – 17th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two (2) members are expected to attend.

Section 2: Greek Campus Life is appropriated the sum of $500.00 to fully fund the cost of security at Greek Sing on April 9th. It will be held in Stambaugh Auditorium and one thousand (1000) people are expected to attend.

Section 3: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc is appropriated the sum of $420.00 defray the lodging for their regional conference, which will be April 28th –May 1st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Seven (7) members are expected to attend.

Section 4: Residence Hall Association is appropriated the sum of $396.00 to defray the cost of delegate fees for their May 27th – 30th conference, NACURH, in Macomb, Illinois. Six (6)people are expected to attend.

Section 5: Student African American Brotherhood is appropriated the sum of $200.00 to fully fund the cost of registration for the African American Black Summit which will be from April 8th – 9th in Akron, Ohio. Five (5) students are expected to attend.

Section 6: Dana Flute Society is appropriated the sum of $200.00 to fully fund the cost of security for the 18th Annual Dana Flute Festival to be held on April 16th in Bliss Hall. One hundred (100) students are expected to attend.

Section 7: YSU College Republicans is appropriated the sum of $500.00 to defray the cost of hotel rooms for the National College Republican Federation – National Convention from July 27-31 in Washington DC. Three (3) students are expected to attend.

Section 8: Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of the Gerontological Society of America is appropriated the sum of $350.00 to fully fund the cost of refreshments and parking for their event, Careers in Aging Day, which will be held April 13th in the Chestnut Room. Two hundred (200) people are expected to attend.

 

SB S 2011-05

A Bill

Meditz, N., Mesik, Meditz, R.

 

To amend Article IX, Section 2, of the By-Laws, to include the Martin T. “Marty” Manning Award.

Be it resolved by the assembled Legislative Assembly of the Youngstown State University Student Government Association, that Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws shall be amended to read as follows:

Section 2: Awards

  1. The Dr. Charles McBriarty Award
    1. This award was established by the Student Government Association during the 1992-1993 school year to recognize and remember the commitment and contributions of Dr. Charles McBriarty to students and Student Services during his tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs. Its intent is to recognize individuals within the university community who have a reputation for being exceptionally student-oriented and who possess the traits, ethics, and friendly style exhibited by Dr. McBriarty.
    2. A maximum of one (1) full-time employee from administration, the professional/administrative staff, and/or the classified staff shall be presented with this award each year.
  2. The Dr. Luke N. Zaccaro Award
    1. This is given each year to a student in memory of the late Luke N. Zaccaro, Chair of the Math Department.
    2. This award is given to a YSU student, who may or may not be a member of the Student Government Association. The individual should have done something exceptional for the university, Student Government Association, or fellow students during the course of the current year.
  3. The Smith-Murphy Award
    1. The award shall be given to one (1) full-time faculty member each year.
    2. The recipient shall possess the qualities of Lester Smith and Gratia Murphy, displaying a genuine concern for the well-being and success of the students s/he teaches.
  4. The Student Government Association Spirit Award
    1. The Student Government Association shall give this award to a member of the campus or Youngstown Metropolitan community who has displayed enthusiasm for the work of the YSU Student Government Association over the past academic year.
    2. A maximum of two (2) awards will be given to a student, staff or faculty member, alumnus, administrator, or private citizen.
  5. The President Cynthia Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award
    1. The recipient of this award shall have exhibited an extended commitment and dedication to serving the student body through various positions in the Student Government Association.
    2. A maximum of one (1) full-time student per year shall be given this award.
  6. The John J. Gocala Sr. Service Award
    1. This award was established by the Student Government Association to recognize the commitment and contributions of John J. Gocala during his tenure as YSU Police Chief. Its intent is to recognize (1) one individual within the university community who has gone and continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the first-class reputations and traditions of Youngstown State University. The individual must truly work to preserve the interests of the YSU campus and community.
  7. Dr. Martin T. “Marty” Manning Award
    1. The Martin T. “Marty” Manning Award, established during the 2010-2011 academic year by the Student Government Association, is in honor of the late Dr. Martin T. “Marty” Manning. The award is in recognition of the superior student-mentoring abilities of Dr. Manning.
    2. The award shall be conferred to a full or part-time student, administrator, faculty or staff member, or alumnus who has exemplified the student-mentoring capacity that Dr. Manning so avidly displayed throughout his Youngstown State University career.
    3. This award shall be conferred no-more than one (1) time per academic year.

A Letter to Dr. Anderson

Apr 4, 2011

Dear President Anderson:

The students that comprise the University Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University have been hard at work this semester and last examining smoking issues on our campus. Of all of the issues that we have heard, smoking is the most consistently complained-about topic. Today we write to you with suggestions because, after our research, we know what must be done but realize that it must be done collaboratively.

First, we need signage around campus regarding the smoking policy. This includes both signage for designated smoking areas, which doesn’t currently exist, and improved signage stating university policy, such as maps outlining designated smoking areas. Without promoting our policies, students smoke wherever they happen to be. Properly-placed signage would reduce this confusion and help students who both smoke and desire to follow our policies.

Last semester, the Student Government experimented by putting up state-issued no-smoking signs alongside YSU smoking-area maps at each of Debartolo Hall’s entrances. Anecdotally, we noticed a slight reduction in smoking. A more robust signage campaign would go a long way to informing students, most of whom want to smoke in the correct spaces, about our campus policy.

Another means to reducing smoking on campus is citation. Currently, it seems that YSU police officers can only report students smoking to the Student Conduct Board on an ad hoc basis. There is no mechanism in their system to create or track citations of individuals for flouting the smoking policy. It is our belief that once a handful of citations have been issued in a particular area smoking will decrease.

Lastly, in analyzing existing designated smoking areas, we realize that there are too few. Of the four ostensibly available to students on campus, only one lies in our campus core, near Cushwa Hall. The others lie on Elm St behind Kilcawley Center and at the Cafaro and Lyden dormitories. Giving students, faculty, and staff who smoke additional areas where they are allowed to smoke in the core of campus will go far to remove smoking from doorways and may elicit adherence to policy by our community members who smoke.

Greater than these detailed suggestions is the fact that they must be part of a conversation with members of the campus community who are empowered to revise campus policy and practice. The University Affairs Committee recommends the establishment of committee comprised of members of facilities, finance, police, and the student body to examine these issues and recommend to the administration changes to 4001.01 that will balance fiscal and administrative concerns against the health and safety of campus.

Dr. Anderson, we invite you and your office to share feedback based on our recommendations with us in the near future.

Sincerely,

 

University Affairs Committee

Student Government Association

Youngstown State University

330-941-1504