MUSC Student Government Association
Meeting Minutes- 10 January 2007
A. Approval of December 6th minutes
B. Student Welfare
1. Returning Student Parking:
Mike Drake (SGA President) presented Bill No. 07-1, “Returning Student Parking”
Mackenzie Turner (COP Rep.): Could IT take more than 400 students at a time?
Mike Drake (SGA President): They could take more, but they don’t want to risk it. They’d like to stay with 400 as the limit.
Anna Vukin (CHP Rep): You mentioned concerns about safety- what does that mean?
Mike Drake (President): It primarily concerns students that have clinical responsibilities and have to come early, and leave late when buses don’t run that often during those times.
Adrian Sproul (CGS Rep.): Can you define MNA switching?
Mike Drake (SGA President): Yes. Your MNA is your email address and password. Last year, MNA switching was allowed for the COM. COM sent emails to their rising 4th year students, asking them to reply if they didn’t need parking. They then sent an email to rising 3rd years, and asked who needed parking. MNA switching was then done based on the numbers of students who didn’t need parking and those that did.
Adrian Sproul (CGS Rep.): So at this point, there is no one seeing MNAs?
Mike Drake (SGA President): No. Students don’t exchange MNAs themselves.
Joseph Brown (CDM Rep.): Is it feasible for a member of Exec to write a piece of legislation and present it to the body?
Richard Webb (Academic VP): Traditionally, this hasn’t been done, but since Mike has been the most educated and most involved in parking registration it seemed reasonable. However, I see your point.
Mike Drake (SGA President): I also understand your concern.
Joseph Brown (CDM Rep.): When considering a means to distribute returning student parking in a “fair and manageable” manner (as stated in the proposed bill), did you consider the College of Nursing students who will not be able to sign up on the first weekends?
Mike Drake (SGA President): Yes. This was extensively considered and debated. So was CHP’s role in this.
Mackenzie Turner (COP Rep.): Mike’s committee members from those colleges went back to their college and asked their classmates’ opinions on parking. They all said that longevity was fair. The longer you’re here, the more you should be allowed to have parking.
Loretta Hoover (CGS Rep.): Didn’t you say that there were parking spaces left over last year?
Mike Drake (SGA President): Yes. Last year wasn’t the disaster that some of us thought it would be. There were available spots, but most were not year round.
Robin Brewer (COM Rep.): Does each associate dean come up with a consistent standard of how they decide who gets MNA switching?
Mike Drake (SGA President): We can explain to them our reasoning behind this, but a lot of this will fall on the discretion of the associate dean.
Katie Laird (CON Rep.): It says that more than one college was not content with last years parking registration. Well, I didn’t realize that there was so much discontent. I have friends from different colleges and they all thought it was successful.
Mike Drake (SGA President): I agree. Last year went better than expected. But it was successful because of what happened behind the scenes. With the new bill, we can accomplish the same goal, but MNA switching is open to everyone, not just COM.
Katie Laird (CON Rep): With that being said, why would you switch seniority with longevity, when MNA switching seems to be the problem?
Mike Drake (SGA President): Because last year, we didn’t define what seniority was. Last year, the president had to define that term witin his committee.
Ken Byrd (COM Rep.): Remember that this is just a Q and A session. You’ll have more opportunities to discuss next meeting
A. SGA Policy Advisory Committee
B. MUSC Smoking Policy
C. (2) Reps willing to help clean-up after meeting
II. Program Vice President
A. Exam Break, Monday, December 11; 9-10pm
1. Program Evaluation
Brie Dunn (Programs VP): Students had a great time at this event. They really enjoyed themselves. The food lasted longer than it did last year. Please write down any comments, suggestions, or ways to improve for next year.
A. Oyster Roast, January 19th 7:00- 10:30 pm
1. Tickets for Reps (due back 1/17 to Student Programs)
Brie Dunn (Programs VP): Because this event can host a lot of students (we had over 900 people in attendance last year), Reps are allowed to take tickets with them to sell to their classmates. If you’d like to do this, make sure to see me after the meeting.
2. Worker Sign Ups
B. MUSC Night at the Ballet
1. Friday, January 26th at 7:00 pm
Brie Dunn (Programs VP): Experience a private performance for the MUSC community by the Charleston Ballet Theatre (CBT) in their 200-seat facility on King Street. The CBT is an ensemble of highly acclaimed world-class dance artists that perform bold, original choreography and superb classics. This MUSC-only performance, All American Getaway, will feature scenes from Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, American in Paris, West Side Story Salute, and Our Wonderful Bollero. Limited tickets available in Student Programs. Students tickets are $5 (2 per ID) and $10 for non-students.
III. Academic Vice President
A. Constitutional Amendments
Richard Webb (Academic VP): At SGA’s last meeting in December, three constitutional amendments were sent back. My committee will be meeting tonight to discuss these amendments. Changes to these amendments may be presented at our next SGA meeting.
A. Quality Enhancement Plan - Creating Collaborative Care (C3)
Richard Webb (AcademicVP) presented a powerpoint presentation to the SGA Reps. Below is the text in the presentation:
Creating Collaborative Care (C3)
January 10, 2007
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
• Evaluation for accreditation every 10 years
• MUSC must be accredited apart from the accreditation of the individual colleges.
• Quality Enhancement Plan
• 3 Components
- Relate to the MUSC mission statement
- Solve a student learning problem
-Student outcomes must be measurable
• Improve interprofessional education at MUSC
• Today’s healthcare professionals must:
- Excel with discipline specific knowledge and skill sets
- Interact effectively with professionals from other health care disciplines
• Short Term:
- Create new interprofessional education and training initiatives
• Long Term:
- Improve health care
- Reduce medical error
- Foster new discoveries
• Students must understand the need for interprofessional collaboration
• Value contributions of other health care professionals
• Work effectively together
• Development and implementation of curriculum based initiatives.
- Academic calendars
- Discipline specific accreditation requirements
- Clinical rotations
Structure: Teaching Academy
• Faculty Component
- Identify the best instructional practices for students.
- Facilitate faculty development to reach C3 goals
Patient Safety/Clinical Effectiveness
• Development and Implementation of patient safety and clinical effectiveness initiatives
- Interprofessional simulation laboratories
• Extra-curricular initiatives within C3
- Interprofessional Day
- Presidential scholars
- Community Outreach Programs
How can we help?
• Student awareness (before March SACS visit)
• Input on the QEP Plan (Jan. 24th SGA meeting)
• Ongoing involvement in carrying out and refining the plan.
Liz Sheridan, Director, MUSC Gives Back
February 3rd is MUSC’s second annual “Day On Not a Day Off”. MUSC will partner with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services to present a mini health and wellness fair that targets the Hispanic and indigent populations of Johns Island. SGA will be having the “Healthy Snack Shack” booth. Volunteers are needed. Sign up sheet is going around. I encourage you to participate in this event and to volunteer regularly.
Bhav Shukla (Treasurer): I’ll be discussing the following at our next meeting:
1. Expense Report for Fall 2006
2. Spring Budget
3. Service Survey
A. Student Leadership Conference Canceled
Ana Pandur The Southeastern Student Leadership Conference, originally scheduled for February 9-11, has been postponed/canceled. I’ll let Peko, who played a major role in planning the conference; speak to you about the reasoning behind that.
Peko Tsuji (ISA Rep & SCSSA Sec.): The conference was to be hosted by MUSC and SCSSA. Unfortunately, we were facing an insurmountable lack of support from the national office (the official sponsor/organizer of this conference), which resulted in subsequent poor recruitment of schools and students. Rather than hosting an unsuccessful conference with too few students in attendance, the SCSSA cabinet this past Saturday decided to postpone/cancel the conference at this point. Thank you again for your support, your time, and your efforts. I truly appreciate all the support and help I have received from members of the MUSC community in organizing this conference, and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Kevin Smuniewski (SPO Staff):
A. Volleyball- Season continues on January 21st, 1pm-7pm
B. Basketball- Captain’s Meeting, Thursday, January 11th, 5:15 in HSC Rm 224
C. Softball - Captain’s Meeting, Tuesday, January 23rd, 5:15 in HSC Auditorium D. Indoor Soccer - Play indoor soccer Wednesday nights in the Harper Student Center Gym from 7-9pm through February. MUSC students and Wellness Center members are admitted free; Guests are $5 (1 guest per member). For more information, check out the website: http://www.spoccer.com/index_newlayout.php
VII. College and Organizational Reports
Dental – CDM urges students not to brush their teeth because senior board exams are coming up in a few weeks. During that time, senior dental students will provide free screenings for cavities and teeth cleaning. This will take place on the 1st floor of the dental medicine building.
Graduate Studies – Nothing to report.
Health Professionals - Nothing to report.
International Student Association – ISA will be having a welcome back meeting at noon tomorrow in the HSC auditorium. International Scientific Presenters will be meeting on Friday from noon – 1 pm. ISP, a Toastmasters Club, is oriented to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, from this country and around the world. The goal of ISP is to make its members more effective communicators of their science.
Medicine - The Twentieth Annual Charity Ball will be Saturday, February 17, from 8:00pm - 12:30am in the North Charleston Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale in the COM Dean’s Office. Students can purchase (2) tickets at $40 each; each additional ticket is $55. MUSC faculty, staff, and guests: $55 each. Enjoy live music by Permanent Vacation, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting 6 local charities: Crisis Ministries, The C.A.R.E.S. Clinic, The Association for the Blind, ASCEND Foundation, First Baptist Church of North Charleston Medical Clinic, and the Trident Area Agency on Aging. There will be shuttle buses that will run regularly between MUSC and the Charleston Convention Center, so you don't have to worry about driving! Tickets for the shuttle buses are just $2 each. This event is open to all students, not just COM students. Go to www.musc.edu/charity/ball for more information.
Multi-Cultural Student Advisory Board - Nothing to report.
Nursing – CON has a new SGA Rep, Lynn DiVecchio. There will be 2 more new reps joining us soon.
Pharmacy – COP will be hosting a Leadership Conference on January 20th @ the Harbor Club. Contact Brie Dunn for more information.
Gay Straight Alliance - On January 31, will be hosting a Seminar/Coffee Talk about “Integrating Faith & Sexuality” with Dr. Bert Keller, 5PM, Gazes Room 125. The first 30 minutes will be devoted to the presentation by Dr. Keller. The remaining 30 minutes will be devoted for a coffee talk discussion forum. Coffee and desserts will be provided.
VIII. Student Programs
A. Robin Hardin
1. CARTA Express Bus Service;
CARTA's Park & Ride program will begin on January 22. MUSC students and staff will pay $1.25 one way by showing their MUSC IDs (the cost to others will be $2.00 one way.) Additionally, for the 1st (30) days of service, MUSC students and staff can ride CARTA Express for free! Express routes and complete information can be found on the website: www.RideCarta.com A CARTA Express bus will be in the Horseshoe on Tuesday, January 16 from 11am-1pm. Check it out and enjoy a free cup of Starbucks coffee and snacks. The CARTA Park & Ride is a premium service over and above the normal surface street transit service. MUSC students and staff can continue to ride the regularly scheduled CARTA Transit Routes free of charge anywhere in the city, 7 days a week.
2. Wellness Expo; January 18th from 8am-4pm Harper Student Center
The Health and Wellness Expo is free and open to MUSC students, employees, affiliates and the community. It will showcase dozens of MUSC services, programs from community partners as well as offer several screenings. There will also be free and low-cost Health and Fitness related activities. To be entered in the drawing for the iPod Nano, visit the Student Booth sponsored by the MUSC SGA and the Student Health and Wellness Committee, and fill out an entry form. The winner will be announced Monday, January 22.