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Agenda for September 14, 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. 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 2009-02) Appropriations
  7. Advisors’ and Members’ Remarks
  8. Announcements
  9. Gallery Remarks
  10. Adjournment

Student Life Committee Report

Anthony Berdis
John Brkic
Marissa Cullen
Derek DeMailo
Emily Frank

  • Introductions
  • Discussed projects that were worked on last year.
    • Dining Services
    • Student Transportation
    • Tailgates
    • Extended Library Hours
    • Ideas for Projects this year
      • Continue Working with Dining Services to see that the resolution approved last year is actually put into effect.
      • Research and develop student shuttle system.
      • Football Tailgate
      • Meet The Reps/Constituency Hour/Social Event
        • Wednesday Evenings at Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown
    • Coffee/Donuts/Questions with  Your Student Government Association
      • Monthly throughout the semester so students can get acquainted with their Representatives and SGA Exec
    • Gift to the University / Students from SGA
      • Similar to the ATM that was purchased in Cafaro
      • Idea from Dr. Cooper: Instant Hand Sanitizer Dispensers Across Campus

Academic Affairs Committee Report

August 31, 2009

Start Time: 4:01pm; Adjournment: 5:10pm

Absent: Nick Meditz

  • Discussed status of YSU 101 and explained it to new committee members.
    • Re-introduced idea of a “YSU Guide” that would incorporate a student handbook with a planner (similar to Kent State’s Flash Guide)
    • Went over status of curriculum sheet revisions, re-stated our expectations for what should be included.
    • Addressed problems regarding Academic Advising
      • Suggested the creation of an on-line Advisor Network where students could seek advising help, especially during times of scheduling.

Financial Appropriations Committee Report

Monday, August 31, 2009 4:00

Organization: University Scholar Trustees
Total number of members: 160
Contact person: Jason Heyman
Phone: 724.622.0864
Advisor: Dr. Amy Cossentino
Advisor Phone: 330.941.4741
Advisor Email:

Fundraising efforts: So far, we have organized an apparel fundraiser
targeting the parents of incoming freshman scholars, offering two
hoodie designs, three t-shirt designs and beverage mugs.  We earned a
profit of $350 on the sale.  In addition, we will be offering the
t-shirts for sale once returning student’s move back into our building.
Deans of the Health and Human Services and CLASS colleges have
contributed $600.  We are still waiting for a response from the dean of
WCBA and the provost.

Community Service: Each member of the university scholar’s program is
required to participate in 60 hours of community service annually.  The
Scholar Trustees work to actively organize activities to help fulfill
this requirement.  Events we plan include Shantytown, a fall festival
at the boys and girls club, a 30-hour famine and a battle of the
classes to raise money for the Rich Center for Autism, among many

Event Name: 44th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors
Event Date: 10/28/09-11/1/09
Event Location: Grand Hyatt, Washington D.C.
Expected Participation: 5 students, 1 advisor

Total Cost of event: $5,496.55

Event Description: The officers of the University Scholar Trustees
(Jason Heyman, Carla Hill, Andrea Armeni, Justin McIntyre, and Lauren
Baker) have been selected to present at the National Collegiate Honors
Council’s conference in Washington, D.C. this October.  This is an
exciting opportunity for us as we will be presenting a session on the
success of the University Scholar Trustees and how it has affected our
university’s honors program.  We have placed a lot of time and effort
in seeing that our organization remains one of the most active and
tight-knit groups on campus, and being selected to present the ideas
and methods behind our unique organization at a national conference is
truly an honor.  In addition to presenting, three of us have been
selected to moderate a session during the conference.  Our hopes are to
not only represent Youngstown State University, but to also bring back
ideas from other top honors programs across the country.  This will be
the second year Youngstown

How event will benefit YSU: Not only will we be representing YSU at a
prestigious conference, but in attending a variety of presentations
given by top honors programs around the country, we hope to bring back
a wealth of knowledge and ideas on successful events and programs we
can put on here at Youngstown State University.

Cost Breakdown Item 1: Hotel (4 nights, 1 double room and one 4-person
room @ $200 and $229 per night respectively, plus 14.5% tax

Amount Requested Item 1: $1,964.83
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Conference registration ($350 x 5 students)
Amount Requested Item 2: $1,750.00
Cost Breakdown Item 3: Vehicle Rental (7 passenger minivan from
Enterprise with YSU’s discount, Wednesday 8:00AM – Sunday 10:00PM)
Amount Requested Item 3: $299.22
Cost Breakdown Item 4: Gas (600 miles @ 20mpg* @ $2.75/gal*)

Amount Requested Item 4: $82.50
Cost Breakdown Item 5: Parking ($24/day at the hotel x 5 days)  *The
$24 is a discounted rate if we forgo in/out privleges, cheaper parking
isn’t available
Amount Requested Item 5: $120.00
Cost Breakdown Item 6: Meals (4 full days @ $64 M&IE rate, 5 people)
Amount Requested Item 6: $1,280.00
Cost Breakdown Item 7: LESS contributions from deans
Amount Requested Item 7: ($600.00)
Cost Breakdown Item 8: LESS apparel fundraiser

Amount Requested Item 8: ($350.00)

Total Request: $4,546.55

Amount Recommended: $800 towards registration


Organization: Student Nurses Association
Total number of members: 50
Contact person: Deanna McCormick
Phone: (330) 720-6388
Advisor: Kimberly Serroka
Advisor Phone: (330) 941-1799
Advisor Email:

Fundraising efforts: In the past, SNA has done fundraising with cookie
dough sales, YSU Nursing clothing, and Home Interior candles. We are
looking to continue most of these fundraisers this upcoming academic
year, along with adding a few more such as Handels ice cream tokens and
Chik-fil-A fundraising. Also, as a group we would like to hold 50/50
raffles on campus, pepperoni rolls sales, and a spaghetti dinner that
will be held during winter break.

Community Service: We have done quite a bit of community service, such
as donating money to the Ronald McDonald House, Evening of Giving at
the Southern Park Mall, and donating pop tabs we collected to tend the
Hospice House Garden. This year we plan on doing most of the same, but
adding some more service. These include donating time and food to the
Rescue Mission, clothing to Daybreak in Youngstown, and volunteering
with MRDD Special Olympics.

Event Name: Ohio Student Nurses Association Annual State Convention
Event Date: Oct. 23-24
Event Location: Dublin, OH
Expected Participation: 6

Total Cost of event: 700.00
Event Description: The annual convention is to bring nursing students
from all over Ohio to meet and not only discuss what there school has
to offer, but nursing in general. At this event, we will be able to
listen to various speakers, test our knowledge in preparing for the
NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and communicate with other schools.

How event will benefit YSU: This event could benefit YSU and the
student body because it can help us to promote the school. By going, we
can show the rest of Ohio what YSU has to offer. It can aid us in
learning on how to make our school better by watching and listening to
the other schools in Ohio have to offer. This can be a great way to
show the state of Ohio what YSU is all about.

Cost Breakdown Item 1: Convention Fee: $50.00×6
Amount Requested Item 1: 300.00
Cost Breakdown Item 2: Hotel Room(s)
Amount Requested Item 2: 340.00
Cost Breakdown Item 3: Gas Money
Amount Requested Item 3: 60.00

Total Request: 700.00

Amount Recommended:  $350 ($250 towards registration and $100 towards the hotel)


Organization: YSU College Republicans

Total number of members: 95

Fundraising efforts: We have been selling T-Shirts and raising money through club dues.  We plan on raising money for the rest of the year by selling T-Shirts.  We are planning on doing another fundraiser such as a cook out in the spring.

Community Service: We volunteer with various local campaigns.  Last year our members logged over 50 hours a week volunteering for McCain.  We also participated with the YSU College Democrats in the Walk for Life at YSU.  Recently we hosted a Town Hall on HR3200.

Event Name: Global Warming Skeptic

Event Date: 09-24-2009

Event Location: Chestnut Room

Expected Participation: 500

Total Cost of event: $300

Event Description: The Internet Skeptic on Global Warming has presented his case against global warming at several other college campuses including OSU.  He provides significant evidence that runs contrary to what the mass media gives the public in regards to global warming.  The presentation is very informative.

How event will benefit YSU:  This event will help open the opposing views on global warming and give students a chance to experience the opposite side of debate.

Cost Breakdown Item 1:  YSU Security Fee

Amount Requested Item 1:  $200

Cost Breakdown Item 2:  Advertisement/Miscellaneous

Amount Requested Item 2:  $100

Total Requested: $300

Amount Recommended:  Fully Funded ($300)

SB F 2009-02

Making appropriations for seven 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: University Scholar Trustees is appropriated the sum of $800 toward the cost of registration.

Section 2:  Student Nurses Association is appropriated the sum of $350 toward the cost of registration and a hotel.

Section 3: YSU College Republicans is appropriated the sum of $300 to fully cover their event.

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