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Agenda for November 22, 2010

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
  6. New Business
    1. A Bill (SB F 2010-07) Appropriations
  7. Gallery Remarks
  8. Advisors’ Remarks
  9. Members’ Remarks
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

President’s Report:

Oral report will be given at Legislative Assembly.

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
    1. Carissa Benchwick
    2. Aseel Ramahi
    3. Travis Battiest
    4. Taylor Clark
    5. Patrick Gessler
    6. Alexandria Hatosky
    7. Celeste Popio
    8. Jessica Sarich
    9. Levant Miller (excused)
    10. Elyse Gessler
  2. Extended Library Hours
    1. What are we serving?
      1. Hot chocolate
      2. Possibly tag team this with Student Activities and they can buy the cookies.
  3. Exam Jam Bags
    1. We need 300 assorted SGA items to put into the bags.
      1. We made a trip to the SGA office to do this during our meeting.
      2. The items were delivered to Carrie Anderson.
  4. Welcome Back Week Meet the Reps
    1. Wednesday of WBW.
      1. 6PM-8PM
    2. Incentive for filling out survey
      1. Bookstore gift card for raffle. Filling out the survey gets tickets for the raffle.
  • Aseel will be contacting the bookstore once Elyse talks to Nick and gives the okay.
  1. Intramural
    1. Committee
      1. Carissa and Patrick will be heading this committee.
      2. The planning of this will begin at the end of this semester.
    2. Speak to Joe Conroy about dates in February
  2. Formal
    1. A lot of people were interested.
    2. We will be talking more about this at our next committee meeting.

Academic Affairs Committee:

  • List of Attendees: Attendees: Steve Mesik, Kelli Bryan, Lillian Justice, Jason Anderson, James Jarvis, Ryan Beil, Diane Stahl
    Excused: Alyssa DiBernardi, Terrell Wesley
  • Call to Order 4:08
  • Last Lecture Series Update:
    • Committee members will think of a speaker for the next Last lecture Series over winter break. We will begin planning for the next Last Lecture after break.
  • New Business
    • It was noted that we have stirred up interest with different groups. In order to discuss other committees’ interest in our proposal invitations will be sent out for our next committee meeting on 11/29
    • Invitations sent to: Student Senators from Academic Senate, Jack Fahey, Dr. Porter (current chair of the General Education Committee), and Dr. Gergits (former chair of the General Education Committee).
    • Committee members will send points of interest that they would be wanting to in discuss to Steve before the next committee meeting.
    • Steve will also look for information from other schools that have implemented first year programs to get an idea of the financial impact and the impact on retention.
  • Adjournment 4:29

University Affairs Committee Report:

Committee members present/absent


  1. Anthony Nuzzi Chair of University Affairs
  2. Troy Adamson
  3. Jenna Hallapy
  4. Lindsay Lipp
  5. Kelly Mehalco
  6. Melania Vlad
  7. Zach White


  1. Gary Davenport VP of University Affairs (excused absents)
  2. Lashanda Richardson
  3. Melania Vlad


  1. Melvin Lomax
  2. Sara Post
  3. Deondle Redcliff

Issues Discussed

  1. Accessibility & Disability
  2. Traffic (Andrew Smith Report)
  3. Smoke Free Environment
  4. Vendors
  5. New Business


Accessibility & Disability

  1. Talked to committee about the date in which University Affairs will be talking to students about different situations at YSU
    1. Took a head count on who would show
      1. At least 5 students might be able to attend

Traffic (4:04-4:28)

  1. Committee discussed about the report by Andrew Smith
  2. Try a COTA system that Columbus uses for bussing
  3. The topics discussed are as follows
    1. Increase ease of parking
      1. Committee liked the idea of one ID for everything. This would save materials and money
    2. Consider arranging a tiered parking system (3 tier)
      1. Committee was split on the idea. Most members did not like it and some members did.
        1. Committee was not sure on how the pricing would work
    3. Future parking and living facilities
      1. Committee was unsure how there would be more living areas, unless apartments were put by YSU
      2. More living areas downtown would mean more bussing at more times

Ride Board (4:28-4:33)

  1. Online site that will give students (with proper ID) the ability to put up information regarding where they will be driving and if anyone would like to carpool
    1. Committee thought it would be a fine idea since the service is would be free and located on the YSU website

Smoke-Free Environment (4:33-4:37)

  1. Committee quickly discussed what spots we were happy with and why
    1. Spots are still being determined

Vendors (4:37-4:38)

  1. AVI food systems was contacted about sleeves for coffee cups
    1. They will return our phone call shortly in the future

Other Business/New Business (4:38-4:52)

  1. Representation came to gives us a idea for Roots & Shoots with Earth day on April 20th 2011
    1. Ideas consisted of:
      1. Drum circle
      2. Potentially a movie being shown on how the earth operates
      3. Vegan dinner
      4. Plant trees
      5. Represent companies that are environmentally safe
  2. The representation that was present suggested more involvement with SGA
    1. Possibly have some funding also, if needed by SGA

Outstanding issues sent to the committee yet to be resolved


Financial Appropriations Committee Report:


Absent: Nicole Peterson, Bill Masters

Submitted form for Financial Appropriations:

Organization Name: Chi Sigmi Iota

Total Number of Members: 72

Contact Person: Emily Herman?Contact Phone Number: 330-540-9163?Contact Email:

Advisor: Dr. Jake Protivnak?Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-1936?Advisor’s Email:

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?:

This fall, CSI held a successful workshop on working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse. We have also held two bake sales and have one more scheduled. Program tee shirts have been sold throughout the semester, and new shirts have been designed to sell in the spring.?Also in the spring, we are preparing to hold another workshop and continuing with three more bake sales. A raffle is also used for fund-raising at the CSI Induction Banquet.?CSI also raises money each semester by proctoring the comprehensive exams for counseling students from other programs, selling honors cords for graduates, and yearly memberships dues.

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.: CSI recently had eight of its members participate in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk at the Canfield Fairgrounds. We have also conducted monthly table talks at YSU’s Rec Center on topics such as healthy relationships, addictions, and eating disorders. Three CSI members have worked as camp counselors for PANDA Camp, which promotes youth leadership, conducted through Meridian Community Solutions. CSI’s largest community service project this year is our annual Pajama Program. This year, our chapter has partnered with Kent and Akron’s CSI chapters to provide the Emmanuel Community Care Center pajamas for children and adults during the holiday season.

Name of Event:

Chi Sigma Iota Induction Banquet?Date of Event: 04/07/10?Location: Debartolo Stadium Club?Expected Participation: 95?Total Cost of Event: 2745

Description of Event:

Counseling students are recommended each year to be inducted into Chi Sigma Iota based on academic and professional attributes. These students and their families are then invited to attend the induction banquet to hear from speakers, receive their certificates, and initiate new CSI officers.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?:

Chi Sigma Iota is the counseling professions international honor society. Since 1985, 271 chapters have developed to promote student and counselor scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling. This event benefits YSU by allowing counseling students to become members of this honor society and to recognize their achievements and accomplishments in their academic and clinical experiences.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Food 2000
Security 245
Photographer 100
Speaker 400
Total 2745

Amount Recommended: $350 to fully fund the cost of security and to defray the cost of food.

SB F 2010-07

A Bill

Making Appropriations for one organizations

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: Chi Sigma Iota is appropriated the sum of $350.00 to defray the cost of the Chi Sigma Iota Induction Banquet which will occur on April 7th.