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MUSC Student Government Association

March 26th Meeting Minutes


Old Business

Reading of the March 5th meeting minutes:  approved

New Business

SGA Officer Elections:  Elections will be held from 8:30am Thursday, March 27th through 5pm Friday, March 28th.  Please encourage everyone to vote.  We would love to get a great turnout of voters this year.

Parking Registration:  March 24th – 26th

Nancy Carney:  We only had about 15-17 phone calls, so it went pretty well.  We were able to successfully register on tablets and phones this year.  There is still open registration until Friday at 5pm through Webadvisor.

Final SGA Dinner:  Our final SGA dinner will be on April 23rd at The Alley.  The dinner will start at 6pm, but you can arrive at 5pm to purchase happy hour drinks on your own. A sign up sheet is going around for your RSVP.

Please send all future college and organizational reports to Nancy at

Reps (2) to clean up after meeting:  Sara Garrett and Charlene Gravgaard


Old Business

Jewelry is Fun Sale:  How did that go?

SGA reps:  It was cold!

Dorothea Gadsden:  yes, it was cold.  I haven’t received the numbers back yet, but I think it went really well.

New Business

Alhambra:  April 12th from 12-5pm at the Windjammer on Isle of Palms.  The theme is “Made in the 80s”.  Tickets are $15 (2 per MUSC ID).  Limited tickets are available in the Student Programs Office.  There will be beer, BBQ, several bands, fun games, activities and giveaways, including this free T-shirt.  There will be a shuttle running from campus. Worker spot sign-ups will be sent out sometime next week.  This is the last worker event of the year and we usually require attendance for it, so you need a good excuse, such as a wedding, to miss this event.  Let me know if you cannot make it ASAP.  Last year we had some trouble with people bringing in alcohol. Please spread the word that there is plenty of alcohol to drink at the event and to refrain from brining mini-bottles. 

Regina Brown:  How many free T-shirts will there be?

Kevin Smuniewski:  400.  All SGA reps will receive one at the next SGA meeting.

Natalie Vajta:  How are the ticket sales?

Kevin Smuniewski:  We have sold ~500 out of 800

Roommate Finder Party:  Need a roommate or want to move?  The roommate finder party is a great opportunity to meet potential roommates.  I met my roommate there.  It will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 3:30-4:30pm.  Light food will be provided. Please RSVP to Student Programs (792-0394) no later than Wednesday, April 2nd.

Kayak and Paddleboard Adventures:  We are doing group discounts in lieu of the guided tour.  Single kayak rentals for up to 4 hours will be only $26 (normally $35), tandem kayak rentals will be $36 (normally $48), and paddleboard rentals for up to 3 hours will be $20 (normally $28).  Follow this link for registration information:

Spoleto Vouchers:  Come by the Student Programs Office to pick up your $20 Spoleto voucher for only $5.  Limit 2 vouchers per MUSC ID.

Hoops for Hope – Charlene Gravgaard:  On Saturday, April 26th from 4-7pm at the TD Arena there will be a Hoops for Hope fundraiser and silent auction.  A $20 ticket will get you access to the free throw tournament, silent auction, food, drinks, and activities.  There will be a $1500 cash prize and it will be a double elimination tournament. 

Kevin Smuniewski:  SGA has been helping out with this event for years.

Christopher Smith:  I participated last year.  It is pretty competitive.  The silent auction was nice.  I won a month supply of Taebo for $25.


New Business

Honor Council meeting: There was one case in the COP.  The student was accused of cheating on an electronic exam, but he was found not guilty.


New Business

Kids Run:  Friday, April 4th for 3 hours.  Sign ups have gone out already.  There are two, one for SGA and one for MUSC Gives Back. Please sign up on the SGA sign up. There will be a required orientation on April 1st at 6:00pm in HSC204. If you can’t make it then, there will be another orientation on the Monday before, March 31st, at noon. 

Relay for Life:  Friday, April 11th for 4 hours, Friday before Alhambra.  Sign up by the 14th.  SGA registers you for the team; we pay the registration fee for you.  We encourage you to do fundraising on your own, but it is not a requirement. We suggest that you to sign up for the t-shirt.  Katie Herbert is our team captain.

Katie Herbert:  The theme is “lights cameras cure”. We are going to do a beach theme and pick a movie to go with that, possibly Jaws.  We will have a sign up sheet.  SGA will pay for your registration.

Holly Berry:  Thank you to those who signed up for the Relay for Life T-shirt and contributing to our fundraising.

Philip Sobolesky:  If you only need 1 service hour, do you have to stay for the entire time? 

Holly Berry:  Yes, for all service events, you have to stay for the entire commitment.


No report.

Intramurals:  Kevin Smuniewski

No report.

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back – Liz Sheridan: Share with your colleagues to check out the award opportunities on our website.  We have the Charles H. Banov award which is a $1000 award for outreach, service, and humanitarian.  By April 7th, send in an organizational application to see if your organization will be selected for the best in your college on April 16th from 5:30 -7:30.  We will designate one single student as the most outstanding student from each college.

Student Programs – Dr. Burnham:  Thank you for all of the committee members that had dinner with Dr. Shaw last night.  Let me revisit Alhambra real quick. Our main concern is that you inform your guests that their behavior is critical for our opportunity to have these events. It wasn’t MUSC students who we had a problem with last year; it was the guests of students that were causing issues.  Tell your guests to behave.  We will be checking bags and things you bring on the premises because of this issue.  Please make sure you convey that to your guests.  We continue to be able to have these events because you behave well, and we have such a good reputation. It only takes one student for all of that to come to a screeching halt.

At 5:30pm next Wednesday, we will be honoring our Earl B. Higgins honorees.  Our faculty honoree is Deborah Williamson and our student honoree is Brittany Watson from COM.  This even will last until 6:30pm and is located at the Wickliffe house.  It is open to the entire community.  Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The Student Leadership Society applications are due by April 2nd.  With that award comes a $1500 stipend or scholarship.  This money is awarded as aid if you are a continuing student; otherwise, you receive that as a stipend. I encourage you to nominate your peers, faculty, and staff. 

Our annual survey to asses your assessment of SGA will be coming up, so look for that.  We would like you to respond online so that our new officers can use that for planning purposes for the upcoming year. 

Kevin Smuniewski:  Also, I want to add that it is illegal to bring outside alcohol into the Windjammer so it is to everyone’s benefit.  A couple weeks ago we had a speaker looking for volunteers for the New Student orientation video.  We need one more student who has visited CAPS and is willing to give a positive testimonial about it. We need to find someone in about a week or so.  It is nothing that will go against confidentiality and it can be as simple as having test anxiety or something as simple as that. 

Graduate Studies – Phil Sobolesky:  There is an article honoring Kayla Hill in the catalyst.  Go check it out.

Liz Sheridan:  The month of March is Women’s history month and we honored two faculty and students. 

Kevin Smuniewski:  Someone also successfully defended his dissertation.  Congratulations Phil.

Health Professions

International Student Association


Multicultural Student Advisory Board

Nursing – Toya Williams: Roddy white from the Atlanta Falcon’s football camp is June 25-27th at James Island High School.  We need cheerleaders, football coaches, yoga instructors, etc.  We need people to come speak about healthcare professions.  We need representatives at first aid.  Email me at if you are interested.

The Presidential Scholars will be presenting a symposium tomorrow at noon in BSB100.  Free lunch to the first 50 students.



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