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Meeting Minutes - October 28
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President (Tyler, Academic VP in place of Sheldon)

Old Business

            Credit/Debit machines will not have an additional convenience charge.  However, an initial hold will be placed on the card for the price of the most expensive item in the machine.  The only thing that will be actually charged to the card is the price of the actual item purchased.

           Wednesday, November 18th 6:30 PM
           The dinner will be at the Greenergs’ home on Sullivan’s Island.  Directions at November 11 meeting.  Check vegetarian if you don’t like fish.  It’s always a very nice, gourmet meal.

Program Vice President (Andrea)

Old Business

          It was a cool event; the screen was two-stories high.  We are going to move to a new venue in the future because if more people showed up we wouldn’t have enough room.  It was free-for-all, no vouchers.  Questions/complaints?

         Tell us why if you didn’t attend.  Probably around 100 people there.  We do need the interest because it costs $40-50 per person.  Should we change the night of the event?

New Business 

          1 – December 7, 2009 – 7:00-8:00 pm

           2 – December 14, 2009 – 7:00-8:00 pm

           It will be earlier and we’ll have Subway sandwiches, snacks; since it’s early hopefully more attendance than we’ve had in the past.

Academic Vice President (Tyler)

New Business

            John (Treasurer):  Counter to argument: there is limited space on the entire campus for everyone, so this means limited space for groups.  As it is now, we can’t fit everyone and there are no immediate plans to fix that.  Students can go to CofC, but space is still limited.  The carrels on the floors are for individuals studying and every room should be for groups.

            Sub for Amanda Pirovitz (CHP):  the SI group has nowhere else to go other than the study rooms, but individuals do have other spaces, such as the carrels.

            Tres (COP Rep):  So what you’re saying is that the group of four people studying should have had just as much right to reserve?

            Tyler:  No, these tiny rooms shouldn’t be reserved at all but the larger rooms should be.

            Tres:  If you have an organized group, such as an SI group, the room should be reserved in advance, not the day-of.  The small rooms should be first come-first serve so there isn’t an issue.

            Carol (COP Rep):  I like this idea because the small rooms are needed last minute.

            Amanda Backus (CHP Rep):  I go last-minute with groups to study and the rooms are limited.  You want to be in a room so you don’t interrupt others studying individually if you are in a group.

           Amanda Urowsky (CHP Rep):  I was an SI leader in the summer and we all had the groups at the same time, but if the rooms were taken away on the bottom floor, where would we go?

           Tyler:  I talked to Bob Poyer about this and the Learning Commons is supposed to help in the future.

           Travis (COM Rep):  In the daytime and into the evenings, there are meetings in the rooms not involved with students, such as employee meetings.  There should be space in the hospital so they don’t take away our space.

           Andrea:  Is the 1st floor owned by the University or the Hospital?  The upper floors are specifically for the students.

           Tyler:  We will talk to Mr. Poyer to see if students take precedent over faculty in the classrooms.

           Sub for Amanda Pirovitz (CHP Rep):  Can the students not meet in college buildings?  (some colleges don’t have buildings)

           Melissa (COP Rep):  I like the idea of reserving them because it worked well at CofC in my undergrad.  You could reserve a room online, and then the assignments were on a TV so everyone could see.  We need to organize this process.

          Tyler:  We are working on this with George Ohlandt in Enrollment Management and Mr. Poyer.  We want to be able to see what rooms are reserved on the TV. 

          Carol:  Why doesn’t COM have an area to study?  You should.  This is an ongoing problem.  Can someone suggest this?

          John:  We have a hospital, but no study rooms.  The dean’s office doesn’t have study areas.  This will be hard because study rooms don’t generate money.  They are building ART, a research building, a new COP, so it comes down to money.

          Carol:  What will happen to the old COP building?

         John:  Initially they wanted to make the CDM into study areas but instead the building has been made into research areas and labs, but there will be empty space.

         Andrea:  Amanda, when you were an SI leader, did they tell you where to go?

         Amanda:  No, but all the groups want to meet at the same times, so this is an issue, but it was less of an issue in the summer.

         Andrea:  So you are responsible as the leader to find a room.

         Amanda:  Yes, but you are able to reserve rooms.

          Lauren Bennett (CON Rep):  Do most cases stem from people cheating during tests or plagiarism?

          Tyler:  We haven’t seen plagiarism lately, but most cases are cheating on tests and assignments.

Treasurer (John)

Old Business

          Linnea (CGS Rep):  Could we have a Clemson-Carolina competition?

          John:  That’s what we were going for.  Any ideas to make it more competitive?  We can’t give money to each college, so we are buying tangible goods for the charities and we will put the college’s name on a plaque each year.  Don’t think this is a failure!

         Amanda Backus: Maybe a March Madness competition to get more teams involved?

         Maria (CHP Rep):  Maybe a competition versus USC Medicine, their pharmacy, etc.

         Carol:  They do have a Carolina-Clemson drive.  That would be effective, especially in pharmacy.  People care more about their football teams than their college.  My class specifically would have donated more if they were donating for Clemson rather than the COP.

          Tres:  The Red Cross has a Carolina/Clemson blood drive.  One is in Mt. Pleasant.  If you plan another one for Clemson/Carolina, it will be too early for people to donate again.

          John:  We will do one each semester.

          Mackie (COP Rep):  I sent text messages to COP people and got 4-5 people to donate from that.

          Sub for Amanda Pirovitz (CHP):  Maybe we should have a scoreboard in the library so you can see who is winning.

          John:  We will try. First place gets $200 for their organization, 2nd $100, and the last 4 each get $50 towards their charities.  We have a thin budget, but we can adjust this in the future.  The goal was to get units, increase awareness, and we got more than we have in the past.

New Business

          Maria:  If people in our classes want to come, can they?

          Yes, lots of organizations are participating.

          Lauren:  CON has a booth and we have had trouble collecting sugar-free candy, so ask people to bring candy.

          John:  We have been also asked to be tour guides as well, and they’ll give on-site training.

          Tyler:  request has been put in, so John will read allocations.

          John:  Funds for Leadership Conference, I sent this in an email.  It will be at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston, open to 140 people, room capacity 300.  Requesting $2000 from SGA in support of this event, $12000 expenses expected

          Tyler:  This is the 1st read, they will come up and we will have 10 minute Q&A, next meeting 2nd read with debate and vote.

          Tres/Marissa Wentzler:  Pharmacy leadership society; this is our 5th year hosting this conference, and it’s our 2nd year opening it up to all of MUSC.  We want more interprofessional participation this year. It is open to the entire region:  the Southeast region and DC.  We received $1000 from SGA last year, and we are asking for more this year because this covers our speaker fee and we are moving to a larger venue and we are expecting more people.  We need $12000 currently, because we haven’t heard back from a lot of sponsors.  We hope to hear back by the end of November, but 3 sponsors we had last year have already told us no.  Minimum they supported last year was $1000 so we are hurting.  The conference talks about leading self, teams, and organizations and has several components:  1.  Your leadership strengths. A leadership survey self-evaluation shows you what kind of leader you are.  2.  Leading effective teams.  Leadership isn’t just a position, it’s an example in everyday activity.  3.  Leading change in organizations-and conflict/resolution, 8 steps to initiate change.  This will be all day Saturday, January 23 (8-4:30, breakfast/lunch provided)

         Mackie:  Question for John- budget, what is the amount budgeted for allocations?

         John:  $1000 in fall, $1500 in the spring, but no one has requested the fall money, so we will have $2500 in the spring.

         Tyler:  Would you be willing to accept less than $2000?

         Tres:  Absolutely, any help would be more than welcome.

          Robin:  Price differential for students other than pharmacy?

          Tres:  Student cost is $45, which sounds high, but it includes lunch.  In COP we encourage student organizations to encourage leadership/members to attend and to help with cost.  We encourage this campus-wide.

Secretary (Meg)

New Business

Intramurals  (Kevin, Office of Student Programs)

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back:  (Liz, Office of Student Programs) Relay in the spring with CofC, MUSC, CSU, Citadel.  Last year Tres was our leader.  We have a meeting next Wednesday at 5:30 in the library and we will need someone to volunteer to take Tres’s role.  The team coordinators would like to meet you.  We’re planning on having Relay in April this year.

Student Programs (Willette, Office of Student Programs))

          Saturday, January 23; 9 am-4 pm

          Flyer handed out tonight.  We need your help getting the word out about this!

University Wide Committees


Graduate Studies

Health Professions:  Amanda Backus:  There is an organization hosting an excel after-school program (Next Steps Program) on James Island on November 19 from 4:30-6 pm. They would like volunteers to come talk to the students about the different areas of healthcare.  Because we have a limited number of health professions in CHP, we need people could come from other colleges to represent their profession.  I have a flyer and a contact number if you want more information.

International Student Association


Multicultural Student Advisory Board:  Next meeting next Monday the 2nd Library 107 at noon



Tyler: Lost SGA binder found on the 3rd floor of the library.  It will be in the Student Programs Office if it’s yours.