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Agenda for November 9, 2009

Order of Business

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of the Minutes & Agenda
  4. Executive Business
    1. President’s Report
    2. VP for Financial Affair’s Report
    3. Committee Chairs’ Reports
      1. i.      Chair of Student Life Committee
      2. ii.      Chair of Academic Affairs Committee
      3. iii.      Chair of University Affairs Committee
      4. iv.      Chair of Financial Appropriations Committee
  5. Unfinished Business
    1. Budget and Appropriations Restructuralization Committee
      1. i.      Proposal – Final Draft
    2. Presidential Climate Commitment (University Affairs)
    3. Winter Break Retreat (Student Life)
    4. Gmail Project (University Affairs & Mr. Mesik)
  6. New Business
    1. A Bill (SB F 2009-06) Appropriations
  7. Advisors’ and Members’ Remarks
  8. Announcements
  9. Gallery Remarks
  10. Adjournment

President’s Report

Budget and Appropriations Restructuralization Committee

The committee met on this past Thursday night to discuss the final details of the proposal. The current “final’ draft of the proposal has been made available to all of you. Please look it over, as we will be discussing it at this meeting and it will be up for recommendation at the following meeting.

Student Area Enhancement Committee

Abbie and I have been working with this committee throughout the year to remodel two of the largest lounges on campus, the first floor DeBartolo lounge and the first floor atrium Cushwa lounge. The details of the remodeling have been finalized and the lounges will be completely remodeled over winter break. The committee is also currently looking at remodeling a third lounge during the spring semester.

Health Care Reform Panel Discussion

Student Government will be hosting a panel discussion for students on American health care reform in the Ohio Room on Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00 am. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bill Binning, Chair of Political Science and the panel will include Dr. Terry Riley, professor of Economics, Dr. Keith Lepak, professor of Political Science, Max Blachman, community liason for Senator Sherrod Brown, Rep. Robert Hagan, Ohio state representative for the 60th district, and Bob Schroeder, CEO of Humility of Mary Health Systems. It should be a fun and informative event for students to come to if you are interested in the topic. Students will be permitted to ask questions to panelists for the majority of the time.

Homecoming Re-cap

“Meet the Reps” at Buffalo Wild Wings was a success. Many people showed up for food, drink, and merriment. The tailgate and homecoming weekend were also a success. All 200 t-shirts were given away.

VP for Financial Affair’s Report

Student Life Committee Report

Present:

Marissa Cullen

Emily Frank

Elyse Gessler

Anthony Berdis

Absent:

John Brkic

Derek DeMaiolo

Daniel DeMaiolo

Future Meet the Representative events

– the BW3 event was fun

– going to try to do one there during November

– will need to advertise more for the event

Dining Services/Transportation

– Still working on the transportation survey

– Going to set up a meeting with dining services / parking services

Academic Affairs Committee Report

November 2, 2009

Absent: Jason Steffler, Michael Bollas

Start time: 4:03pm

  • Discussed new project involving the General Education model.
    • General Education committee plans on revising it.
    • Discussed the current model and some of the problems associated with it.
    • Agreed to research other models and brainstorm.
    • Determined to invite Dr. Julia Gergits, Director of General Education, to our next committee meeting.
  • Further discussed proposed student handbook.
    • Went over topics that should be included and worked on organizing them within categories.
    • Discussed the possibility of inviting a representative from Student Affairs to speak to the committee about the current “Penguin Connection” publication and what steps would need to be taken to produce a new handbook.

University Affairs Committee Report

I. Attendance

Present

A. Nicole Peterson-Chair

B. Tabitha Boyd

C. Charles Mankey

D. Genna Notareschi

E.  Roy Johnson

Absent

  1. Jack Daughtery
  2. Steve Mesik
  3. Lindsay Lipp

II. Americans with Disabilities Initiative

  1. Each committee member reviewed assigned buildings for ADA requirements.
  2. Nicole is working on putting the committee’s reports into one document.

III. Climate Commitment

  1. The committee and looking up what the requirements are
  2. Tabitha is collaborating with a professor to find out which requirements YSU is already fulfilling.
  3. If there are requirements not being met the committee will research the cost if any of fulfilling those requirements.

IV. G-mail

  1. Jack and Steve are working on putting a write-up together.
  2. Members of the university will be attending an upcoming committee meeting to learn about G-mail.

Financial Appropriations Committee Report

4:00

Organization Name: Indian International Student Organization

Total Number of Members: 40

Contact Person: Sumedha Sethi
Contact Phone Number: 330 518 3666
Contact Email: sethisumedha@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Ram Kasuganti
Advisor’s Phone Number: 330 941 3070
Advisor’s Email: rrkasuganti@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: Indian Cultural night held on November 21st, 2008. We are planning to hold The Indian Cultural Night on November 20th, 2009.

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 great American smoke out in Fall 2008, gave a speech about history and situation of Women of India for UNA/AAUW in Spring 2009, Helping new Indian and International students to adjust in the beginning of the semester by helping them find accommodation and YSU orientation services, Helped in the Women in Science workshop @ YSU in Summer 2009, Attended meetings for the Neighborhood Youngstown for improving the surrounding Youngstown neighborhood conditions, We are planning to start a routine of serving food at the homeless shelter (downtown, Youngstown) every month starting from Nov 1st, we are planning to organize a fund raiser for the American cancer society and organize small awareness events for woman upliftment and issues like global warming.

Name of Event: Indian Cultural Night ’09
Date of Event: November 20th, 2009
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Wick Ave, Youngstown
Expected Participation: 120
Total Cost of Event: $1250

Description of Event: Talk about the Indian Culture, India and the world, cultural dance and music performances, cultural skit, authentic Indian food. Audience involvement in discussions and facts about the Indian culture, Indian dances, Indian fashion show and games.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: This event will be taking place close to campus and will be open to all YSU students at a discounted rate and will also be open to the public. This event will bring an insight to the Indian culture to YSU and also give the audience a chance to experience authentic Indian cuisine. Since a very high percentage of international students is Indian, therefore, a better knowledge about India would help YSU to bridge the gap between the two cultures.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Authentic Indian Food $1,100
Decorations $75
Pop $30
Rent for the venue $100
Tickets $40
Total $1245

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $500 to defray the cost of food.

4:20

Organization Name: Campus Crusade for Christ

Total Number of Members: 20
Contact Person: Rachael Tax
Contact Phone Number: (216) 870-2928
Contact Email: rctax@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Dr. Oder
Advisor’s Phone Number: (330) 941-2086
Advisor’s Email: tnoder@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: We have recently participated in a golf outing fundraiser.

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.: Indy Christmas Conference 2008-passed out boxes of food to an Indianapolis community. We participated in the no smoking week where we helped clean up campus of cigarette butts.

Name of Event: Indy Christmas Conference 2009
Date of Event: December 28th, 2009- January 1st, 2010
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Expected Participation: 8
Total Cost of Event: $1,992

Description of Event: IndyCC is the annual winter conference for college students hosted by the Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ from December 28 to January 1. Students from campuses from Indiana, Illinios, Ohio, and Michigan come together for a few days of seminars and community service.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: The seminars are uplifting and help students with leadership skills which could be helpful for our campus. The community service will motivate students to do the same here is Youngstown.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Conference Cost $199 per person = $1,592
transportation (gas for 2 15-gallon vehicles, 4 fill-ups each $240
food expenses (about $20 per person) $160
Total $1,992

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $400 to defray the conference cost.

4:30

Organization Name: YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Club

Total Number of Members: 23

Contact Person: Zachary Robbins
Contact Phone Number: 330-540-2304
Contact Email: disarray0123@yahoo.com

Advisor: Deborah Mower
Advisor’s Phone Number: (330) 941-3449
Advisor’s Email: dsmower@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: Wine Tasting, Poker Fun, 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.: Eco-Clean Up- 15

Name of Event: YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Wine Tasting
Date of Event: 12-04-09
Location: Youngstown Club
Expected Participation: 50
Total Cost of Event: 800.00

Description of Event: We are going to run a wine tasting fundraiser with a keynote address on Sufi poetry.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: This event is meant to raise funds for YSU Philosophy Club as well as supplying us with funds to donate to worthy charitable causes. With these extra monies our club will be able to bring more excellent speakers to campus to help expand our students academic horizon. This event also features a world expert on Sufi poetry which will hopefully spark an interest in different cultures. All our club events are always open to the public and by allocating funds for us to run this fundraiser we will be able to run more and better events for the greater good.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Youngstown Club (food, venue, wine) 800.00
Total 800.00

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $650.00 to defray the cost of the event.

4:40
Organization Name: Dance Ensemble

Total Number of Members: 25                  (come at 4:20)

Contact Person: Mandi Fetty
Contact Phone Number: 330-565-7427
Contact Email: affetty@student.ysu.edu

Advisor: Christine Cobb
Advisor’s Phone Number: 330-941-1890
Advisor’s Email: ccobb@ysu.edu

What fundraising efforts has your organization recently put forth? What is being planned?: So far this semester we have hosted the Dance Festival, planned a bake sale, and are currently selling candy bars. We are looking into a fundraising night at local restaurants. Next semster we plan to host another bake sale, as well. All members are required to pay a $5 membership fee and raise a total of $90 through candy bars, bake sales, patron ads, etc.

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 plan to make a donation to the Dancing for Others fundraiser. It is a local charity that benefits terminally ill children.

Name of Event: Dance Ensemble Student Concert
Date of Event: April 30, May 1 & 2, 2009
Location: Bliss Hall, Ford Theatre
Expected Participation: all members
Total Cost of Event: undetermined

Description of Event: Our annual student concert is a collaboration of efforts from the members and our advisor, Christine Cobb. Memebers perform student and professionally choreographed material.

How will this event benefit YSU and the student body?: Members of the Dance Ensemble are given the chance to learn about the dynamics of putting together a theatre event and choreogrpahers are given leadership responsibilities. All members benefit from performing in the show. Exposing dance to YSU gives the student body an opportunity to experience an alternative form of art. Youngstown’s community can also experience a professional level dance show without the drive to Cleveland or Pittsburg.

Itemized Cost:

Description Amount Requested
Theatre Lighting $1000
Costumes $2500
Guest Artists (4 total) $400
Adjudication Guests (2 total) $200
ACDF convention ($100 per dancer, $200 registration fee) $800
Total $4900

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $750.00 to defray the cost of theatre lighting for their Student Concert.

SB F 2009-06
A BILL

Making appropriations for four 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, 2010, for the activities of student organizations, namely:

Section 1: Indian International Student Organization is appropriated the sum of $500.00 to defray the cost of food,

Section 2:  Campus Crusade for Christ is appropriated the sum of $400.00 to defray the cost of conference fees,

Section 3: YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Club is appropriated the sum of $650.00 to defray the cost of their event,

Section 4: Dance Ensemble is appropriated the sum of $750.00 to defray the cost of theatre lighting.

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