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66th MSSA Senate
January 13, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:01 PM
Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue 6-2-0, Chelsea Dullard 15-3-0, Mickey Cupkie 7-1-0, Bob Pavlenko 3-1-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 8-0-0, Kyle Jarvis 17-1-0, Laura Depuydt 18-0-0, Ken Feucht 9-0-0, Rachel D. Noah 15-1-2, Helen Mbuagbaw 5-0-0, Andy Welti 4-0-0, Vicki Edwards-Merton 13-2-3-proxy Tina England, Phil Rowan 17-1-0, Chris Boyce 13-1-4, Arif Khan 4-1-3-proxy Jesse Palmer, Nate Prouty 13-1-3
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs 2-13-3, Marie Ntangsi 7-7-4, Abdoul Aziz- 5-6-7, Shawn Bakke 8-2-0, Cindy West 5-13-0, Mohammed Rafizuzzaman 10-6-2, Lucretia Burgess 14-4-0,
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina 18-0-0, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg 17-1-0,
Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis 17-1-0, Assistant Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko 15-0-0, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak 16-1-1, Macharia Githaiga 2-1-0
Quorum Present
Student Forum

Presentation ­ David Hendel, Director - Career Development & Counseling
(see handouts) MN StateJob Fair, over 170 employers will be in attendance. They have researched goal of employers and have over 50 on wait list. Registrations
"should" have an active Placement File. 62 organizations will be prescreening.
Bring resume to CDC and put your resume in the file of the organization that you wish to interview with. You can interview the day of the fair as well. February 10 is the deadline to register. It is without a doubt the best one-day event for seeking jobs or internships.
Deenna Latus -Career Exploration workshops. See schedule of workshops. An Open House will be held in early Feb. This program helps with decision making with majors as well as job seeking skills.

Approval of Minutes ­December 9, 1998 Minutes approved

Rules Committee/Elections
Senator Noah- nominate Andi Welti. Senator Welti withdraws at this time.
Elections closed.

Committee Reports
a) Union Board-Chair Abbas Gulamhussein (not present)
b) Rules Committee ­ Chair Rachel Noah

Spring Commencement Ad Hoc Committee (see written mission)

Recommendation #
The committeeÕs mission shall be to investigate and formulate alternative and additional options regarding current plans for spring commencement.
The committee shall consist of five (5) members. The make up shall be one (1)
Academic Affairs Committee member, one (1) Student Affairs Committee member, and three (3) at large members. All members shall be appointed by the MSSA President.
The committee shall conduct at least one (1) well publicized, open forum specifically to hear student testimony.
The committee shall submit a written report to the MSSA President by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17, 1999.
Motion Passes Unanimously
Rules Committee Recommendation #2
MSSA Grade Appeal Assistance Procedure
01.13.99. 2
Upon requesting the MSSA to assist in the pursuit of a grade appeal, either verbally or in writing, the appellate student has the following options available
They may be assisted by an academic senator or the Assistant Campus Coordinator.
Academic senators assisting the appellate shall inform the Assistant Campus Coordinator of actions taken and process made during the appeal.
Academic senators must forward copies of necessary documentation to the Assistant Campus Coordinator for record keeping.
All grade appeals will be documented on tracking forms. Any documentation will be kept confidential with the Assistant Campus Coordinator with the
Appellate student name removed from all documentation retained. Only senators that represent the student appellate and MSSA executive officers may review said material and only on a need to know basis.
Senator Pavlenko-these rules are consistent with original recommendations.
President Kocina-Is Tracking Form part of recommendation?
Senator Mbuagbaw-On this tracking form, what is the reason for the Gender/Ethnicity line?
Senator Noah-This is optional, it is just as a means of tracking.
Senator Mbuagbaw-I don't think this is necessary.
Senator Dullard-This is optional, however it could be important if there is pattern.
Motion passes

c) SAC - Chair Boyce
SAC Recommendation #1.13.99-01
Supplemental Allocation
The Student Allocation Committee moves that "U-Rep" (University Repertory Dance Theatre (formerly MSU Dance Ensemble) be appropriated a supplemental allocation of up to $1,415.21 for the travel of the team to the Great Lakes Regional 1999 American College Dance Festival.

#1.13.99-01 Passes
SAC Recommendation #1.13.99-02
Depreciation Fund Allowance
The Student Allocation Committee moves that the Student Health Services be allowed to access up to $6000.00 of Student Health Depreciation Funds for computer replacement.
SAC Recommendation #1.13.99-02 Passes
All recommendations from last semester were passed by this body.
SAC meets Wednesday's 1:00-3:00. Everyone is welcome to sit in and see process.

Officer Reports
a) President - Jason Kocina
Draft of General Student Complaint policy is on the EMail. One concern-how complaint
would be handled with a faculty person. At this time the Final appeal is to be the Dean of the College-feel this should be the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Statement of Student Responsibilities is also on EMail under Announce section.
There are a few changes, including documentation of students with psychological problems.
Met with Edgar Twedt, Mankato City Council, would like to see more involvement of
students. There are openings for students in committees. There is alot of room to
grow in our city relationships. There are many aspects we can become involved in.
We should expand in to these areas in the community.
MSUSA Conference this weekend at Metro State.
Campus Rep Jarvis, CD Rep Noah, Leg Affairs Elvebak, President Kocina, Phil Rowan
Will have information on DC Trip after this weekend. We only have four representatives this year. This will be held the week before Spring break.
Next week you can sign up for Delegates Assembly. This is where MSUSA adopts
budget for the next year and sets MSUSA fee. We can take 8 delegates.
Rules Committee-Adam Hutzenbuhler, Student Union Board-Adam Hutzenbuhler
AD Hoc Commencement Committee-Adam Hutzenbuhler, Laura Depuydt

b) Vice President - Sylvia Oelberg
Welcome Back. Tenant Issues Forum-January 28 2:00, CSU 253. All Off-Campus
and Resident Hall Senators, please be in attendance. Representatives from Res Life,
City Council, Fire Department, Police Department will be on the panel.
Candy Cart has been successful-it will be coming in the end of this month. This
will be the Buddy Cart. Thanks for your work on this.
We need people on committees.
Senator Dullard-about the Candy Cart-why does the profit go to the Union?
Vice President Oelberg-the Union has many needs now. We can show that we
help support them.
c) Speaker - Dan Van Every
Initial Recognition Hip Hop Manifestors, SURSI
Senate Correspondence
Assistant Vice President Malcolm O'Sullivan
Dr. Rush approved the following recommendations: SAF subsidy of $3,180 to the Swim Team for the purchase of 60 warmups. SAF subsidy of $150 to the Campus Lutheran Chapel, Resolution #12.09.98E changing the language of SAF policy regarding athletic post season travel accounts. Resolution #12.09.98F providing $23,019.39 to be allocated to Athletics Post Season Tournament travel accounts.
Senate vacancies-2 Graduate Seats, 2 Off-Campus Seats, 1 Gage A, 1 Social & Behavioral Science

Senator Reports (no reports given)

Kyle Jarvis-MSUSA technology-all staff now have their own account.
Associate Director Molly Quin has submitted recognition-an ad has been placed for this
open MSUSA position.
Senator Noah-Tenant Forum is Thursday, January 28
Senator Pavlenko-working directly with Dave Oliver on Grievance Policy.
Henry Rollins will be performing at First Ave.

X. Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM
Roll Call
Senators Present
Houa Vue, Chelsea Dullard, Mickey Cupkie, Bob Pavlenko, Adam Hutzenbuhler, Phil Rowan, Chirs Boyce, Andy Welti, Kyle Jarvis, Arif Khan-proxy Jesse Palmer, Laura Depuydt, Rachel D. Noah, Helen Mbuagbaw, Nate Prouty, Ken Feucht, Vicki Edwards-Merton-proxy Tina England
Senators Absent
Rainey Briggs, Marie Ntangsi, Mohammed Rafiquzzaman, Abdoul Aziz, Cindy West, Lucretia Burgess, Shawn Bakke
Executive Staff Present
President Jason Kocina, Vice President Sylvia Oelberg, Campus Coordinator Kyle Jarvis,
Asst. Campus Coordinator Bob Pavlenko, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Chris Elvebak