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MUSC Student Government Association

January 8th Meeting Minutes


Kelli Jenkins, Junior Doctors of Health, Program Coordinator:  The Junior Doctors of Health program is a childhood obesity prevention program that works in underserved communities in Charleston and across the state.  Through the program, you will have the opportunity to deliver the JDOH curriculum to preschool – 8th grade youth in interprofessional teams.  There are several ways for MUSC students to get involved:  volunteer time, take an elective class in fall and spring, and the leadership program.  This program is located in Charleston County but run across the state in Florence, Greenville, Walterboro, and Spartanburg. If you are doing rotations, you still have the opportunity to participate.  The program consists of four 1 hour sessions. The first session is on nutrition, followed by sweet and sugar beverages, physical activity, healthcare careers, advocacy.  Throughout this program, the children are encouraged to take care of their health and and make healthy choices.  Burke Middle High school 7th and 8th graders have a leadership program, with a curtailed curriculum with JDOH. Right now they need tutoring.  Burke is a title I school with a graduation rate of 50% and dropping.  They need your help with basic tutoring, simple reading and math. We attend 8 times instead of 4 for this initiative.  We like our students to commit to one time.  I would like to present one of the things we present to the kids.  How much sugar do you think is in one can of Coca Cola? 10 tsp of sugar! Orange juice – 10 tsp of sugar, Cranberry juice – 12 tsp of sugar. You want it to say 100% juice. Schools are nearby the kids love for you to come.  If you are interested in signing up please email me or Elana Wells at

Jill Hubbuch:  The PT program participated and it was awesome.  One major pro is time management—everything is prepared for you; you just sign up and play with the kids.  Another way to promote this program is for students who don’t have access to kids and are interested in pediatrics.  This is a great way to get involved.

Steven Holshouser:  What time and day are these sessions?

Kelli Jenkins:  Most of the time they are during the week and during the day at school.  Sometimes we have a summer camp.  The teachers are very flexible and understand your schedule. We just ask that you keep us in the loop if any sessions are cancelled or rescheduled.


Old Business

Reading of the December 4th meeting minutes:  approved

New Business

Welcome to all new reps!

Please send all future college and organizational reports to Danny. 

Reps needed for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards Selection Committee (CON, CDM, COM, CHP):  Sumeen Maur (CDM), Jill Hubbuch (CHP)

Philip Sobolesky:  Do they have to be an SGA member?

Danny Vo:  No. Please ask your colleges for volunteers.

Dr. Burnham:  Remind them when you are asking them that this award is highly regarded by faculty colleagues.  This is something that they put on their CV.  It is a lot of reading.

Philip Sobolesky:  Also, keep in mind it is a good CV builder as well.

Toya Williams:  Can we read about it somewhere?

Dr. Burnham:  I’m sure it’s on the website somewhere.

Budget Review

Kevin Smuniewski:  Let’s first take a look at the fall budget.  The yellow line is what we budgeted and what we spent.  The red number is the variation between the two.  For the first time in a very long time we spent more than we budgeted.  This comes from one thing: food.  Food has gone up significantly.  We went over by $3000 for Winetasting food and $2500 for the Art Walk.  We made up for it a good bit in other areas so we are $2100 over budget for the semester. 

For the spring semester, we compensated for the little bit we went over.  We cut back on a couple things here and there.  We have an amendment to our constitution that the allocations rollover from fall to spring. Also, this year we there was an increased cost for the oyster roast.  The bad rain in the summer caused an increase in the price of oysters.   We charged $3 extra per ticket so I think we made up on that. We budgeted this year for water for commencement for those of you who will be graduating.  There is a chance that we won’t have to pay for it but we don’t want to take the chance.

Benson Langdon:  Where is this ping pong table going to go?

Kevin Smuniewski:  It will be stored at the rear entrance to the pool and then moved to the racquetball courts when in use.  A first year medical student asked me about one with a list for 50 students last year. 

Gabe Segarra:  What is the deal with the Service and Leadership Banquet?

Kevin Smuniewski:  Last year it was held at the Mariott with the cost of the facility and the food.  This year we are going to have it on campus in the Drug Discovery Building and save a lot of money. It will be more of a reception. 

Reps (2) to clean up after meeting:  Benson Langdon and Sara Garrett


Old Business

Exam Break Expense Report and Evaluation: We spent $2995.44.  We were $5 under budget.  It was really well. Chick-fil-a was early so it was ready in time.  Any comments?

New Busines

Oyster Roast:  The Oyster Roast is this Friday, January 10th from 7-10:30pm.  Tickets are $15 each for students and $20 each for employees (2 per MUSC ID) and are on sale now in the Student Programs Office. I will be sending out the worker list again tonight as a reminder and we have a couple more spots left to fill.  A little over 1000 tickets have been sold. 

MUSC Night at the Footlight Theater: This event will be featuring the play “Deathtrap” on Thursday, January 30th for a private MUSC showing.  A Private MUSC reception will take place at 7pm in the alley next to the theater before the show and showtime is 8pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students (Limit 2 per MUSC ID).  Tickets are on sale today.  We will have some workers for the event so keep any eye out for that. 

Sumeen Maur:  What is the play about?

Nadia Mariutto:  Someone who writes plays and gets writers block so he and his wife find a student at a nearby college and they hire him to help him out.  It is supposed to be clever and funny.  If it is too cold, we will still have the reception, but it will be inside in the lobby. 


New Business

Library Announcements:

New public hours (MUSC ID needed outside of these hours):

Mon-Thu:  7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Fri:  7:30 am – 6 pm

Sat:  no public access 

Sun:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The elevators will be card access during non-public hours.  
  • Only students, fellows, residents, post-docs, building employees and public safety, housekeeping and physical plant staff will be able to operate the elevators when they are card access.  This gives us the capability to open the 4th floor 24/7, provide elevator access to the 3rd floor, and provide a measure of security to students who study in the library overnight and on weekends when we are not staffed.
  • There will be signs posted inside the elevators for a month to 6 weeks, until people get used to the new system.  The signs will direct people who try unsuccessfully to use the elevators "after hours" to call Public Safety. 
  • 183 lockers will be available for check out for the Spring Semester, 2014 on Tuesday, January 7th at 7:30 AM at the fourth floor service desk.  
  • The lockers are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Library will provide the lock.
  • If you would like a carrel and can meet the above requirements, please complete the Library Carrel Checkout Application by Wednesday, January 8th by 11 PM.  As demand has always exceeded supply, a lottery will be conducted.  Winners will be notified by Tuesday, January 14th.  
  • A suggestion:  Get a locker in the library.  They become available on the first day of classes, Tuesday January 7th at 7:30 AM - first come, first served.  Go to the 4th floor to "check out" a locker.  If you win the carrel lottery and choose the carrel you will need to turn in the locker.


New Business

MLK Day Health Fair:  Saturday, February 8th from 10am-2pm at Meeting Street Academy.  The sign up Genius will go out in January.  There will be two 2 hour shifts. This is an MUSC-wide interprofessional event. The SGA booth is the Healthy Snack Shack.  The event is from 11am-1pm. 

If you want to take a look at the service events for the semester it is on the MUSC website and on the Google calendar.  If you want to participate in an event, but it fills up, we have plenty of opportunities on the MUSC gives back website.

Philip Sobolesky:  Does that count toward SGA service hours?

Holly Berry:  No, but they will count toward community service hours on your report. 


New Business

SGA Google Calendar: This is a reminder that all of our service events, social events, and meeting dates are on the SGA Google Calendar. From the SGA homepage, it is located under the Rep Info tab.  You can view upcoming events either in calendar and agenda view to see what is coming up.  You can also add the calendar to your own Google calendar to view through your iPhone by clicking the “Add Google Calendar” button at the bottom right of the calendar. 

LIKE MUSC Student Government Association on Facebook!

Intramurals:  Kevin Smuniewski

Basketball Captain’s Meeting:  Tuesday, January 7th at 5:15pm in the HSC auditorium.  We will play that first Saturday after the oyster roast.  15 captains showed up today.  Games will be held on Saturdays from 10am-4pm, starting this weekend assuming we get enough rosters turned in.  If not, we will start the following Saturday.  You can get the roster online at the MUSC Intramurals website.  The season will play until the weekend before the first spring break.

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back – Liz Sheridan:  Report your service hours on your own personal report page. It is easy, fill in the blanks, we input it into a data file and we can turn that around for you if you give us 72 hours advance notice.  This is a good time to get caught up for scholarships and awards. 

Student Programs – Dr. Willette Burnham: The MLK Commemorative Program featuring Student Essay Contest Winners will take place Friday, January 17th at noon in BSB 100.  All essay submission are due no later than Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Midnight tonight is the deadline.  There are 4 cash awards and the 1st and 2nd place winners read their essay at the celebration. 

Every Wednesday in February we have students present research about work they are doing for our black history month series.  We will get some announcements out to you.  We usually provide boxed lunches to the first 50 students.

Dr. Fleming is being honored at Charleston Southern University for her efforts in Intercultural education. 

Nancy Carney will be coming back on January the 20th.

Due to extended responsibilities, we had the opportunity to promote Kevin.  He is now the Associate Director of Student Programs.  Join me in congratulating Kevin on his new role.  He is most deserving. 

Dental – The 4th years are looking for patients for their licensure exam in the spring.  They will be screening patients for free and they will fill your cavity for free.  Screenings take place Monday through Thursday, 5-7pm.  Patients must be 18 years old and can be anyone, not just students.  For further questions, email or ask one of us!

Graduate Studies – Philip Sobolesky: Steven Holshouser will be our Mr. MUSC representative.  Good luck to other colleges. 

Health ProfessionsBradley Baker:  CHP is hosting an Alcohol Awareness event next week open to all MUSC Students. Dr. Gass will be speaking on Tuesday, January 14th from 12- 12:45pm in CHP A204.  Pizza, salad and desserts will be available for the first 50 students.  His talk is entitled, “How to Safely Drink Alcohol:  A Beginner (and not so beginner’s) Guide”.

Joe Gulick:  Mr. MUSC is on February 20th. We will provide more information as it approaches.  It is a male beauty pageant with swimsuit, formal wear, talent, and Q and A.  We need people from other colleges to participate.  More than one person can participate from each college. 

International Student Association

Medicine – Layne Madden: Stay healthy!

Multicultural Student Advisory Board


Pharmacy:  The Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy – MUSC Campus is pleased to announce that registration is open for our 12th annual leadership conference that will be held on February 8, 2014. We are very excited that Dr. Nancy Alvarez from the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute (PLEI) will be facilitating the program this year. The conference is open to anyone interested in the program content (all health professions students, residents, all healthcare professionals, faculty, and staff - anyone interested in the program content). Attendees do NOT have to be a member of PLS to attend the program.

The MUSC chapter of Primary Care Progress would like to invite studetns to attend a discussion on Thursday, January 16th at 7pm in BSB 100 regarding “Innovation Primary Care:  A Discussion of the Patient Centered Medical Home”. 


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