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Meeting Minutes - October 13, 2010
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Speaker: Julie Reese, Student Health Insurance

I understand everyone wants to hear about the policy and co-pay changes.  Last year, we paid over a million dollars worth of premiums.  By the end of this year (August 2009-January 30, 2011), estimated we will have paid over $2 million in claims than we took in.  This doesn’t take into account insurance company’s overhead.  We are part of USC, Clemson, CofC, Citadel, Coastal, Winthrop, so by being a part of this, we look across the state to see the best that can be done with insurance.  There was a proposed 20-30% rate increase to keep the benefits the same, but we didn’t feel the students could afford this, so we looked at each area to see what would be less traumatic for the students, so this is how the premiums came about.  There is a co-pay with every policy.  Our basic is $30-50 per prescription, so you are getting a good deal.  You have $300 wellness benefit for eye exams/glasses, STD testing, lipid profiles, which is reimbursed 100%.  You get $1000 worth of prescription coverage as well, which is more than the policy costs you a year.  There was a question about the dental cleanings changing from two to one, which was a misunderstanding.  You do get two cleanings and a set of bite wings at 100% reimbursement.  With most plans, you pay extra for a dental policy, but this is included for you.  I really feel the students get their money worth for the price of the policy.  You do not have to use this insurance, but you will pay more for the same benefits.

President:  Tyler Pierce

Old Business
Reading of September 29th minutes:  approved

New Business
Board of Trustees report:  I spoke with the BOT on Thursday and Friday they took a vote to reduce the cost of tuition. They will keep it under 7% for all colleges. They have not decided on the numbers yet but they are trying to help students. They are the first higher ed institution in the lowcountry to take action.   They are rolling the costs back so it’s not more than 7%, but your tuition won’t be decreased. 

Dinner at the Greenbergs’:  Wednesday, November 17th, 6:30pm, please confirm your attendance.  The entrée will be fish or vegetarian.  Please take this seriously when you RSVP.  We encourage your attendance.  Deans from all of the colleges will be there and it is very nice and a great opportunity to network.

Rep Reports:  Thank you for sending these out and I encourage you to continue to do this. 

Reps (2) to clean up after meeting:  Andy Curtis (COP Rep), Amanda Pirovitz (CHP Rep)


Program Vice President:  Erin Pardue
Old Business
Oktoberfest- Evaluations:  450 attended

New Business 
10/16 - Kayak Tour - Shem Creek;  $25.00 per person (limit 2 per student ID); 15 spots left

11/4 - Night with the Charleston Stage - Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps; Dock St theatre 7:30PM, $5 student tickets on sale next week with a reception during intermission

Academic Vice President:  Carol Brown
Nothing to report

Treasurer:  John Brandt
Old Business

Activities Fair report:  We are still waiting on more figure; over $4000 spent, with $985 income and we were underbudget about $700.

Feedback from Dinner at Star Gospel Mission September 30th:  everyone enjoyed this event

Feedback from Charleston Miracle League October 2nd:  Headed by Crystal Johnson; we had a good turnout and the adults enjoyed our company. 

Feedback from Students' Charity Blood Drive Challenge:  Yesterday was the first part of the blood drive and we had a great turnout.  Goal of 42 units and we had 44 units collected and were usable.  Preliminary results, but this continues next Tuesday-Thursday, so continue to encourage your classes.  CGS is currently in the lead, following COM, COP, CHP, CON, CDM.  CDM has had zero participation

New Business

PLS allocation request:  Liz O’Hara, Drayton Hammond on behalf of COP’s Phi Lambda Sigma
$1500 available in the fall, $2000 available in the spring for allocations, and we have not had anyone inquire for funds yet.  Phi Lambda Sigma is requesting funds for the spring.

Students' Charity Blood Drive Challenge @ MUH Fixed Site, Tuesday-Thursday, October 19-21, 10:00-4:00pm

Sugar Free Fall Festival:  HSC Gym, Thursday, October 28, 5:00-8:00pm. 

Hospice of Charleston Candlelighting:  the 21st is the actual event, but we are going to help them prepare candles from 5:30-7:30 on the 18th. 

Holiday Lighting Wednesday, December 1st from 3-5 for the area youth.  Someone gets to be Santa and we will also have elves from SGA.  Santa and the elves also go into the hospital to see children

Secretary:  Meg Croom

New Business
Communication Committee Meeting
Check the website for updates tomorrow

Intramurals:  Kevin Smuniewski

Volleyball captain’s meeting Sundays, two seasons.  Meeting at 5:15 pm

College and Organizational Reports

MUSC Gives Back

Student Programs:  Dorothea Gadsden

Book fair Oct 19th-20th; ECL portico; 10 am-5pm the 19th, 7:30 am-5 pm on the 20th

COM alcohol awareness, Oct 20th 12-1 pm, BSB auditorium.  There is a flyer on this and it will be presented by Dr. Mallin.  All of the colleges are doing an alcohol awareness program to the University.

University Wide Committees


Graduate Studies:  Jay Wagner; over the summer, people in MHA SGA started a fundraiser for a local charity.  We are having an airband competition to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, so we are having Ronald’s Rockfest at the Music Farm.  We are working with local radio stations to advertise this and we want it to be open to all of MUSC.  There will be up to six people in a band with one captain.  December 3rd  (2nd?  Will confirm) 7pm-midnight.  The bands will be judged on audience enthusiasm and authenticity.  The two chairs will be here at the next meeting to advertise this more, but go ahead and take this back to your programs to generate interest.  Talkiing to CofC about this as well, and Meg will be sending a flyer out to you to forward to your classes.

Health Professions

International Student Association


Multicultural Student Advisory Board:  Matt Tice:  Going to Charleston Miracle League this Saturday, next meeting later this month.