Order of Business
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- Approval of the Minutes & Agenda
- Executive Business
- Speaker – Student Internet Radio, Adam Earnheardt
- President’s Report
- VP for Financial Affair’s Report
- Committee Chairs’ Reports
- i. Chair of University Affairs Committee
- ii. Chair of Academic Affairs Committee
- Last Lecture Series
- iii. Chair of Student Life Committee
- iv. Chair of Financial Appropriations Committee
- Unfinished Business
- Haiti Benefit ad hoc Committee
- New Business
- Charter and By-laws ad hoc Committee
- A Bill (SB S 2010-04) Appropriations
- Gallery Remarks
- Advisors’ and Members’ Remarks
I recently met with the rest of the executive committee to discuss progress reports which were given to me by the chairs of each committee. The following are the recommendations for the committees:
University Affairs Committee
Continue on your assessment of the campus’ disability friendliness and implement a plan to see through the adoption of a third-party email server for YSU by the end of next Spring semester.
Academic Affairs Committee
Focus your efforts for the remainder of this semester on creating a potentially annual or “Last Lecture Series” as described in your chair’s proposal. Also, with fall scheduling right around the corner, create a “grassroots” campaign to publicize the use of the Degree Audit Request System (DARS) for student scheduling. Meet with Director of Degree Audit, Marie Cullen if necessary.
Student Life Committee
Plan and execute a second (possibly on-campus) “Meet the Reps” event. Also, begin thinking about a potential “gift to students” incase that we have enough money at the end of this semester to purchase one. This could be anything that would benefit a large number of students. For example, in 2003-2004 they had ATM’s put in the dorms.
I recently also met with two successful YSU alumni who are looking to make life in Youngstown a little better for YSU students. The following is the result of these discussions:
Legal Services for Students
Attorney Joshua Hiznay, former Vice President of Financial Affairs for SGA, has ffered a multitude of various (very) discounted legal services for student’s with a YSU ID. Check out the SGA website for rates. He guaranteed us that we will not find cheaper legal services anywhere else, and consultation is always free.
The Lemon Grove
Jacob Harver, owner of the downtown restaurant, is now offering discounts to students with a YSU ID. This includes free and discounted coffee products on Mondays as well as a daily 10% discount.
Election petitions for the 2010-2011 school year are now out. They are due March 1st at 5:00 pm and elections will be held April 7th and 8th. Please start getting the word out and get your friends involved in SGA!
|VP for Financial Affairs Report|
|Full Budget||Total Appropriated||Returned||Unappropriated Balance|
|Approved Requests, Fall|
|Organization||Appropriated||Date Allocated||Returned||Notes||% of Funds Unobligated|
|Scholar Trustees||800.00||9/14/2009||conference registration||30.90%|
|Student Nurses Association||350.00||9/14/2009||hotel and gas|
|YSU College Republicans||100.00||9/14/2009||100.00||security fee||Organizations Funded|
|Dance Club||800.00||9/28/2009||instructor fee||44|
|University Scholar Trustees||545.64||9/28/2009||Shantytown|
|Western Reserve Batallion Society||447.00||9/28/2009||447.00||no contact, unregistered||Mean Appropriation|
|Ulitmate Frisbee Club||500.00||9/28/2009||entry fee and uniforms||$519.29|
|Alpha Lambda Delta||200.00||9/28/2009||registration and airfare|
|Society of Women Engineers||250.00||9/28/2009||hotel|
|YSU Extramural Sports Club||500.00||9/28/2009||registration|
|Zeta Tau Alpha||1,400.00||9/28/2009||146.44||pink ribbon cheer classic|
|YSU Student Education Association||400.00||10/12/2009||parking|
|African Student Union||550.00||10/12/2009||food|
|Rugby Club||400.00||10/12/2009||union fees|
|Dental Hygientists||375.00||10/12/2009||lodging and brochures|
|Catholic Student Association||776.00||10/12/2009||pancake study breaks|
|Institute of Mgmt.Accountants||325.00||10/26/2009||lodging|
|Early Childhood Student Association||400.00||10/26/2009||conference fees|
|Dana Research Society||340.00||10/26/2009||registration and event fees|
|American Marketing Association||500.00||10/26/2009||registration fees|
|Greek Campus Life||500.00||10/26/2009||food- Up til Dawn|
|OMCEA||1,000.00||10/26/2009||lodging – conferences|
|Institute of Industrial Engineers||500.00||10/26/2009||registration|
|Indian International Student Org.||500.00||11/9/2009||food|
|Campus Crusade for Christ||400.00||11/9/2009||conference|
|YSU Philosphy and Religious Studies||650.00||11/9/2009||venue and food|
|Dana Guitar Association||700.00||11/23/2009||recital fee|
|Moonbuggy Society||500.00||11/23/2009||gas, lodging|
|Youngstown Percussion Collective||700.00||11/23/2009||700.00||cancelled event|
|Society of Automotive Engineers||550.00||11/23/2009||gas, lodging|
|National Panhellenic Council||600.00||1/11/2009||registration|
|NAMI on Campus||100.00||1/25/2010||national registration|
|Physical Education Majors Club||440.00||1/25/2010||convention registration|
|Sigma Tau Gamma||600.00||2/8/2010||registration|
|Gerontological Society||300.00||2/8/2010||advertising and refreshments|
|YSU Lacrosse||600.00||2/8/2010||referee fees|
|Dana Flute Society||425.00||2/8/2010||parking and security|
|Catholic Student Association||300.00||2/8/2010||registration|
|YSU Gospel Choir||400.00||2/8/2010||artist fees|
University Affairs Committee Report
Americans with Disabilities Initiative-
*The committee is going to invite a representative from Facilities and Disability Services
to discuss our findings.
*We would like to compose a letter as a committee to send to City Hall about cross walks.
*We have decided that both services are comparable to each other. The committee has
decided to support Live@edu.
*The committee thinks we need more security in the parking lots and more lighting.
*We would like to see emergency call buttons on campus.
*Committee briefly discuss the parking issue
*Jack is contacting a representative of parking to attend a committee meeting.
Wick Pollock Clean-Up-
*Jack is contacting owner to find a date
*We are aiming for a Saturday in April
*We will conduct a committee meeting at the gardens
Academic Affairs Committee Report
February 15, 2010
Absent: Anna Vietmeier
- Demonstrated current status of the DARs system.
- Discussed current apparent problems with DARs.
- Proposed to contact key persons involved with DARs in order to ascertain whether the problems we perceive are valid.
- Proposed to draft a resolution concerning DARs.
- Discussed new idea: Last Lecture series.
- Please see attachment.
Student Government Association
Last Lecture Series
What is a “Last Lecture”?
A “Last Lecture” is an academic exercise that has been occurring in various university settings for quite some time. It is, as described by Britain’s The Independent newspaper, an “old academic conceit whereby teachers are asked to imagine they’re near death and must therefore sum up the entire collection of wisdom they wish to pass on to their students in a single lecture.” Some “last lectures” are incorporated into larger university lecture series, while others standalone. In short, a “last lecture” is a lecture given by a university faculty member where they answer the hypothetical question: “If this was the last lecture you could give to students, what would you tell them?”
Why does this sound familiar?
You may be thinking of Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor whose 2007 “Last Lecture” was, tragically, not just hypothetical. After Pausch had already agreed to speak as part of Carnegie Mellon’s Last Lecture Series, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His story and lecture, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” became nationally recognized and was turned into a book entitled The Last Lecture that was published before Pausch’s death.
If you are interested in watching Randy Pausch’s entire lecture, you can do so here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
How would the series work?
The tentative plan includes the following:
- Twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, a professor will be selected to present a hypothetical “last lecture” to the university community.
- A process will be put into place for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to nominate professors who they wish to hear speak.
- From the list of nominees, a professor will be chosen.
- Ideally, a “last lecture” should incorporate both facets from the chosen professor’s academic background and universal life lessons that appear to a broad audience.
Why is this a good idea?
- A “Last Lecture” series would enrich student learning and the university community.
- It is inexpensive. In fact, the cost would be virtually nothing.
- It is something that the Student Government Association can host as a way to give back to the university community.
- It will not only introduce students to professors and subjects they may never experience inside the classroom, but will also teach valuable life lessons.
When would this occur?
It is the hope of the Academic Affairs Committee that the inaugural lecture would take place this semester, during the month of April.
At the latest, the series would begin in the Fall 2010 semester.
Student Life Committee Report
Monday February 15, 2010
Those not in attendance: X
? The Student Life committee discussed the possibility of having another Meet the Reps night. Instead of having it at BW3’s, the committee decided it should be located on campus.
? Instead of a traditional Meet the Reps dinner, or social we came up with “Rockin with the Reps”, a concert that would be held in the Chestnut Room featuring local bands from 7 to 10 pm on March 24.
? Another option was sponsoring a Penguin Pre-Party and setting up a table during the event so students could come and talk to their college’s representative.
? During either event, we plan on passing out a Dinning Services/ Transportation Service survey for students to fill out. The survey was completed last semester, anyone interested in seeing a copy see Elyse.
? The Student Life Committee is moving in the direction of favoring a Penguin Pre-Party instead of booking the Chestnut Room.
? A possible Meet Your President Night with Dr. Cynthia Anderson!!!
? Participating in May Day, so students can visit an SGA table and have more opportunities to talk to representatives
Financial Appropriations Committee Report
Organization Name: Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association
Total Number of Members: 4
Contact Person: Ian Chaves
Contact Phone Number: 240-994-8923
Contact Email: email@example.com
Advisor: Dr. John Hazy
Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-1789
Advisor’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: 2 Bake Sales
What community service has your organization participated in recently? What is beingplanned? Please be specific as to how many participate and if it is done on behalf of theorganization.: Akron Childrens HospitalRelay for Life 2010
Name of Event: ACJS Conference
Date of Event: February 23- February 26
Location: San Diego, CA
Expected Participation: Research presentation
Total Cost of Event: $4,960.00
Description of Event: The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference is a collaboration of multiple criminal justice experts from all over the United States. The conference meets once yearly for approximately one week. During this conference, research will be presented for four days on a variety of criminal justice topics. It is an excellent opportunity to hear current research as well as represent Youngstown State University.
How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: Our criminal justice students represent the health and human services of our community. We have spent extensive time researching and understanding these projects in order to further our knowledge as well as implement future research and policies that will help the criminal justice department. We want to show other students that with the right amount of determination and hard work in the academic setting, you can accomplish research that has the ability to benefit our society. YSU and the student body will benefit from our experience as we plan on bringing back information we have learned and experiment with them on our own campus.
|Hotel rooms (2)- 4 nights||1,400.00|
|Air Fare (4)||1,200.00|
|Food (3 meals daily for 4 people)||1,500.00|
|Conference Registration fee (4 @ $90.00)||360.00|
AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $500.00 to defray the cost of lodging.
SB S 2010-04
Making appropriations for one organization.
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, 2010, for the activities of student organizations, namely:
Section 1: Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association is appropriated the sum of $500.00 in order to defray the cost of lodging for the upcoming ACJS Conference held in San Diego, California. Four members are expected to attend on the date of February 23 through February 26.
 Tim Walker, "Randy Pausch: The dying man who taught America how to live," The Independent, March 25, 2008, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/
randy-pausch-the-dying-man-who-taught-america-how-to-live-800182.html (accessed February 16, 2010).