Kilcawley Center, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44505


Agenda for October 12, 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
  6. New Business
    1. A Bill (SB F 2009-04) Appropriations
    2. Budget and Appropriations Restructuralization Committee
  7. Advisors’ and Members’ Remarks
  8. Announcements
  9. Gallery Remarks
  10. Adjournment

President’s Report

New Website:

Our wonderful Secretary of Technology, Steve Mesik has finally launched our new website! Steve has many great ideas for the website that I am sure he would love to share with all of you – please, feel free to ask him any questions or offer any help that he may need on the development of this new site. Keep up the great work, Steve!

Budget Project:

The semester is nearly half over and we are yet to complete this project. I will be creating an ad hoc committee at today’s meeting for the purpose of completing this project. I, and the executive committee, will be meeting with some members of the Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet to discuss exactly what they may be looking for in a proposal so that we may offer them exactly what they want/need on our first attempt.

Health Care Discussion:

Senator Sherrod Brown’s office has contacted us to organize and host a non-partisan or poly-partisan directed discussion among the leaders of several organizations and institutions on campus to facilitate informed discussion between students on the controversial health care bill.

VP for Financial Affair’s Report

Student Life Committee Report


Derek DeMaiolo
Daniel DeMaiolo
Emily Frank
Elyse Gessler

Student Tailgate Update

  • 200 T-Shirts will be given away at the tailgate
  • Menu will consist of Burgers, Hotdogs, Potato Salad, Deserts and Water from Dining Services
  • Marissa is looking into getting food donated from local restaurants such as Chik-Fil-A
  • Still trying to contact 95.9 Kiss-FM to see if they would like to be part of the event.
  • Please start marketing the event by word of mouth now.

Meet The Reps Update

  • Wednesday 10/28 from 8PM-1AM at Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown Youngstown
  • Food will be provided for students with their YSU ID
  • This event is required for reps so that people are there to answer questions from any students from your respective colleges.
  • Marketing on Facebook and we will use fliers as well – please also market by word of mouth as well.

Both the tailgate and the meet the reps events will be on the homecoming schedule of events for the week, so let’s make these events a HUGE success.

Dining and Transportation Update

  • Surveys are still being worked on for these events.

Academic Affairs Committee Report

October 5, 2009

Academic Affairs Committee Report

Start Time: 4:05pm

Absent: Jason Steffler, Cassandra Doinoff

  • Abbie briefed on her meeting with Dr. Stringer and Dr. Gergits.
    • Addressed the status of the YSU 101 Ad Hoc committee.
    • Addressed upcoming planned General Education model revisions.
      • Will most likely change the domain names and transfer all intensives into programs.
  • Discussed the First Year Experience conference that Abbie and Joni will be


  • Discussed the proposed new student handbook.
    • Concluded that regardless of eventual publication method, content must be worked on.
    • Brainstormed on needed topics, based on experience as well as current and past handbooks.

University Affairs Committee Report

(No written report submitted.)

Financial Appropriations Committee Report


Organization: Youngstown Student Education Association
Total number of members: 28
Contact person: Caitlin Dorbish
Phone: 330-718-0135
Advisor: Crystal Hawthorne
Advisor Phone: 330-941-3270
Advisor Email:
Fundraising efforts: We are now selling candy bars and suckers. We
plan on selling water bottles amongest other things that have not been
decided yet.
Community Service: Read Across America, Volunteering at the Salvation
Army, Volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.
Event Name: Read Across America
Event Date: March 6, 2010
Event Location: TBA
Expected Participation: 100 kids plus volunteers and parents

Total Cost of event: $5,000
Event Description: Students in the community are encouraged to read.
Students can listen to books being read along with a follow up activity
or craft. Students are able to do reading on their own.
How event will benefit YSU: It will promote Youngstown State
University in the community by encouraging students to attend YSU.
Also, it will encourage current YSU students to become involved in the
community and gain experience dealing with young students.
Cost Breakdown Item 1: food
Amount Requested Item 1: $2000
Cost Breakdown Item 2: parking
Amount Requested Item 2: $500
Cost Breakdown Item 3: t-shirt
Amount Requested Item 3: $500
Cost Breakdown Item 4: hats
Amount Requested Item 4: $400
Cost Breakdown Item 5: books
Amount Requested Item 5: $300
Cost Breakdown Item 6: photographer and photo printing
Amount Requested Item 6: $500
Cost Breakdown Item 7: paper and ink for programs
Amount Requested Item 7: $250
Cost Breakdown Item 8: decorations
Amount Requested Item 8: $200
Cost Breakdown Item 9: cake
Amount Requested Item 9: $160
Cost Breakdown Item 10: craft materials
Amount Requested Item 10: $190
Total Request: $5000

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $400 to defray the parking fee.


Total number of members: 28
Contact person: STEVE B. AMPAH
Phone: 330 550 0415
Advisor: Dr.  Victor Wan-Tatah
Advisor Phone: 330-941-3097
Advisor Email:
Fundraising efforts: We are currently counting on the collected Union
dues, and also sell tickets for the program. We also applied for funds
from the Student Diversity but this did not materialized for they said
they have not yet received funds for such student programs.
Community Service: The Union organized African a ticket free entry
movie Nite to entertain the community for which we had around 30 people
participating in Spring Semester. The African students union always put
up a dance at programs organised by the office of student diversity. We
performed at the program organized by this Office at the beginning of
this fall.We also assisted the International Office with freshmen orientation
this fall semester.We are currently working on a date to go out and work for Habitat for
Humanity Mahoning County at a construction site.
Event Date: NOVERMBER 13, 2009
Expected Participation: 150

Total Cost of event: 1,300.70
Event Description: The African Cultural Nite is organized to educate
and enlighten the Youngstown community about Africa. While providing
entertainment, we educate our audience through the various performances
-dance, fashion show and other performances.

We also intend to raise at least $500 to support Family Service Agency.
How event will benefit YSU: By supporting Family Service Agency, we
will portray YSU student body as very responsive to the needs of
Youngstown community.

Through the various performances at the African Cultural Nite, we
intend to educate the students and the community of Youngstown about
Africa. We intend to serve two African food during this program. This
would serve as a great opportunity for the students and the Youngstown
community to enjoy the various African dishes which are not readily
available in Youngstown.
Cost Breakdown Item 1: Dance Group
Amount Requested Item 1: $ 300.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Hot pepper sauce
Amount Requested Item 2: $ 108.90
Cost Breakdown Item 3: Waakye (food)
Amount Requested Item 3: $ 108.90
Cost Breakdown Item 4: Fried Plantains
Amount Requested Item 4: $ 164.89
Cost Breakdown Item 5: Jollof rice
Amount Requested Item 5: $141.90
Cost Breakdown Item 6: Fried Chicken
Amount Requested Item 6: $ 247.50
Cost Breakdown Item 7: Lemonade
Amount Requested Item 7: $64.34
Cost Breakdown Item 8: Fruit Punch
Amount Requested Item 8: $64.34
Cost Breakdown Item 9: Whole Assorted fruits
Amount Requested Item 9: $54.91
Cost Breakdown Item 10: Flags
Amount Requested Item 10:   $45
Total Request: $ 1,300.70

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $550 to defray the cost of food.


Organization: YSUnity
Total number of members: 15
Contact person: Javonne Lafontaine
Phone: 330-941-0494
Advisor: Brian Wells
Advisor Phone: 330-941-7294
Advisor Email:
Fundraising efforts: In the past, we have raised a lot of money at our
Drag Shows and selling merchandise at our tables for National Coming
Out Week. This semester we have several departments funding some of our
events, including the food for Safe Zone. We are also planning a bake
sale, a Wii tournament, and we will be selling merchandise at our table
again this year to raise money.
Community Service: This semester we have been asked to speak to teens
about LGBT tolerance at a runway shelter and 2-3 of us will be
participating in that. We also are working with Big Brother, Big Sister
to do a fund raising campaign for them. We also are talking about
donating to the lock in for the Rich Center.
Event Name: Safe Zone
Event Date: October 22, 2009
Event Location: McKay Auditorium
Expected Participation: 30-50

Total Cost of event: $439.75
Event Description: In this event, we train faculty, staff, and
professors how to make their classrooms and office spaces a safe, and
welcoming environment for (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered)
LGBT students. In this event, the participants will hear the coming out
story and experiences of some gay and lesbian students on campus. They
will also act out and discuss scenarios which may occur with their
students who LGBT. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to ask
a trained panel of students and staff questions. The participants will
also be provided with a resource packet, which they can refer to after
the training is over. Upon signing the Safe Zone pledge, they will be
given a safe zone flag/card/certificate which will declare their office
or class a Safe Zone.
How event will benefit YSU: This event will benefit YSU and the
student body by helping to make campus a safer, more welcoming and
tolerant place for LGBT students, which statistically make up at least
10% of the campus body. It will also help create a well informed and
diversely aware staff body.
Cost Breakdown Item 1: Safe Zone Resource Packet: 40 copies, with 50
pages each
Amount Requested Item 1: $80.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Safe Zone Flag/Certificate: 25 Color copies (2
per page) on Cardstock
Amount Requested Item 2: $9.75
Cost Breakdown Item 3: 1/2 Page Advertisement in the Jambar to run for
2 issues: Will list Professors and Faculty and Staff who attended so
LGBT students will know what professors they can feel comfortable
having class with. Will also promote awareness of the Event
Amount Requested Item 3: $350.00
Total Request: $439.75

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $175 to finance the cost of an advertisement in the Jambar.


Organization: Rugby Club
Total number of members: 19
Contact person: Shawn McClellan
Phone: 330-383-0697
Advisor: Dr. Norris
Advisor Phone: 330-941-1553
Advisor Email:
Fundraising efforts: Last year during the season we sold t-shirts and
attemed to gain donations from local supporters.
Community Service: Last may the rugby team helped run the national
cancer society golf outting at the pine lakes golf course.
Event Name:
Event Date:
Event Location:
Expected Participation:
Total Cost of event:
Event Description:
How event will benefit YSU:
Cost Breakdown Item 1: Rugby Uniforms   (about $47 per jersey)
Amount Requested Item 1: $1,365.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Ohio rugby union fees
Amount Requested Item 2: $700.00
Cost Breakdown Item 3: USA rugby union
Amount Requested Item 3: $150.00
Cost Breakdown Item 4: Rugby Training equipment (balls, trainign
vests, etc)
Amount Requested Item 4: $300.00

Total Request: $2,515.00

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $400 toward the cost of Ohio union fees.

Organization: YSU Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association
Total number of members: 46
Contact person: Amanda Green
Phone: (330) 506-6418
Advisor: Maureen Vendemia and Debbie Juruaz
Advisor Phone: 1899 and 1785
Advisor Email:,
Fundraising efforts: Toothbrush sales are the main fund raiser for the
organization.  They are being planned again this year.
Community Service: In the last year the organization participated in
the YSU blood drive, donated to the SGA Giving Tree, participated in a
food drive, and we sold toothbrushes at the low cost of $1.00 as a
community service. The majority of the membership (46)participated in
one or more projects.

The same projects are projected for the current year and additional
projects are being considered.
Event Name: Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Associations’ Annual Session
Event Date: November 6-8, 2009
Event Location: Cherry Valley Lodge, Newark, OH
Expected Participation: 8-12

Total Cost of event: $1472.60
Event Description: YSU dental hygiene students who are members of the
YSU Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association will
be attending the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 2009 Annual
Session in Newark, OH.  It will be held at Cherry Valley Lodge November
6-8, 2009.  Two students will be delegates, two students will be
alternates, and eight to twelve students will present table clinics.
How event will benefit YSU: Youngstown State University will be
represented by dental hygiene students at this important professional
State event.  YSU students will participate in the House of Delegates
where each Ohio Dental Hygiene school is also represented along with
each component in the State. By participating students learn what takes
place at annual session and the impact it has on their profession.
Students will also represent YSU by presenting table clinics to
practicing hygienists.  It provides them with the opportunity to
disseminate current information, compete with other dental hygiene
students and interact with professionals.  Upon returning they are able
to share their experience with first-year students who will participate
in the following year.
Cost Breakdown Item 1: Private vehicles
Amount Requested Item 1: 510.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Lodging
Amount Requested Item 2: 523.60
Cost Breakdown Item 3: Brochures
Amount Requested Item 3: 75.00
Cost Breakdown Item 4: Meals
Amount Requested Item 4: 364.00

Total Request: 1472.60

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: $300 to defray the cost of lodging and $75 to fund the cost of brochures. A  total amount of $375.

Organization: Catholic Student Association
Total number of members: 60+
Contact person: Mary (Liz) Shivers
Phone: 234-567-7743
Advisor: Thomas M. Bagola
Advisor Phone: 330-747-9202
Advisor Email:
Fundraising efforts: We hold an Annual Tupperware Fundraiser in the
Fall Semester along with a Yankee Candle Fundraiser in the Fall/Spring.
We are also holding a Holiday Baked Good Sale where 50% of the profit
will assist in providing Care Packages to our Service Members serving
overseas during the holidays and 50% will go towards the continued
programming of the CSA.  We have also held Pancake Breakfasts/Dinners
in the past.  We also will do Fundraisers for specific CSA events, such
as our National Catholic Student Coalition Annual Leadership Conference
and some in state conferences or workshops.
Community Service: CSA participates in a variety of community service
projects throughout the year.  Each semester CSA holds the Finals Week
Pancake Study Breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday of Finals Week with
attendance averaging around 200-250 each night.  They host the
Homecoming Week Cookout in conjunction with the Student Activities
Office.  Every year we hold the Annual Beatitude House St Nicholas
Party where we have the mothers and children of Beatitude over for a
nice meal, games, stories and a visit from St Nicholas where the
children are provided with a specific gift they have been wanting.
Throughout both semesters we have students that volunteer individually
and as a group at the local Habitat for Humanity.  They’ve participated
in local clean-up days.  We have helped at the local Soup Kitchen and
our currently working on a Holiday Fundraiser where 50% of the profits
will go to the purchase of Care Kits for our Service Members serving
overseas during the holidays – in addi
Event Name: Pancake Study Break
Event Date: Dec 8-9, 2009 & May 4-5, 2010
Event Location: The Newman Center
Expected Participation: 200-250

Total Cost of event: @ $1350.00
Event Description: On Tuesday and Wednesday night of Finals Week we
offer students a break from 11:00 pm – midnight.  The members of CSA
wish to reach out to their fellow students and offer them a much-needed
break during finals week in a relaxed location from their studies.
Students are served pancakes, sausage, and juice/coffee and during the
Fall Semester Christmas goodies are also available.  Each event usually
has a theme – Fall is normally a Christmas/Holiday theme and Spring has
varied from Cinco De Mayo, Fun in the Sun, Luau and is still to be
determined for this year.
How event will benefit YSU: The Pancake Study Breaks have become a
tradition for many of the students, depending on the weather and the
night we have served between 175 – 250 students in an hour period both
nights.  It allows the students to give something back to the
university which has already given them so much in their education.
They not only can come in and eat, but there is also a TV area where
they can sit and relax.  They can just sit and relax and listen to
music.  At Christmas they can enjoy the Christmas decorations and in
the spring the nice spring air on the way over.  Some student will come
over early and take a break and play some of our many board games
available for use.   At the same time provide them a late night meal
that is more nutritional than the junk food that many students rely
upon during finals.
Cost Breakdown Item 1: Jambar Ads ($63 per semester)
Amount Requested Item 1: $126.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Sam’s Club Shopping List ($325 per semester)
Amount Requested Item 2: $650.00
Cost Breakdown Item 3: (list submitted separately with breakdown)

Total Request: $776.00

AMOUNT RECOMMENDED: Fully Fund ($776.00).

SB F 2009-04

Making appropriations for six 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: Youngstown Student Education Association is appropriated the sum of $400.00 to defray the cost of the parking fee,

Section 2:  African Students Union is appropriated the sum of $550.00 to defray the cost of food,

Section 3: YSUnity is appropriated the sum of $175.00 to finance the cost of an advertisement in the Jambar,

Section 4: Rugby Club is appropriated the sum of $400.00 toward the cost of Ohio union fees,

Section 5:  YSU Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is appropriated the sum of $375.00 ($300.00 toward the cost of lodging and $75.00 to cover the cost of brochures),

Section 6: Catholic Student Association is appropriated the sum of $776.00 to fully fund the event.

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