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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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67th MSSA Senate
September 22, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM by Speaker Dustin Mayfield

Roll Call

Senators Present
Dahlia Mahmoud 3-0-0, Miriam Monono 3-0-0, Chris Schmidt 3-0-0, Todd Simonson 3-0-0, Timothy Huebsch 3-0-0, Phil Rowan 3-0-0, Karma Lama 3-0-0, Chris Boyce 3-0-0, Laura Depuydt 3-0-0, Emilie Peterson-proxy Dale Sack 2-0-1, Kristen Blekum 1-2-0, Nequra Campbell 3-0-0, Ian Radtke 3-0-0, Cynthia Davis 2-1-0, Scott Taylor 3-0-0, Vicky Meuangsaksith 3-0-0, Jesse Palmer 2-1-0, Tina England 2-0-1
Senators Absent
Laila Pirani 0-3-0, Tracy Kump 1-2-0, Mickey Cupkie 0-3-0 Andrew Marshall 0-3-0, Adam Hutzenbuhler 2-1-0, T.J. Ryan, 0-3-0 Yingfah Thao 1-1-1, David Paulzine 0-2-1, Azhid Ahmed 1-2-0, Ken Feucht 0-3-0
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg 2-1-0 Vice President Houa Vue 3-0-0

Presentation Malcolm O'Sullivan, Assistant VP Student Affairs
Update on Financial Aid- We are trying to increase resources to work on the financial aid issues, currently adding computers and hiring additional staff to speed up process. 1/3 of folks have received some of their financial aid. 6550 students have received something. Hope and intent that sometime next week notices will be sent out to students giving them their status. By next week intentions are to dive into 2/3 that have not received financial aid -approximately 4400 students have received vouchers and bridge loans. Additionally Dave Cowan has assisted in establishing a WEB site on the MSU homepage so that students can check that for updates. The letter to the editor yesterday brought up good points, July 15 was set as a priority to grant need, this was taken away. Tuition date has been pushed out, bridge loans are available and bookstore vouchers. They are trying to communicate with faculty and staff. Hoping by next weeks meeting we will have a brighter outlook.

Approval of Minutes September 15,1999 Approved

Officer Reports

President ÐSylvia Oelberg
Attended MSUSA at Marshall last weekend. Information will be available in the office. This weekend is the Presidential Board Retreat in St. Paul. Look over SAF Logo information (see flyer) Regarding Committees-we are still looking over lists so that we can get the best person on that committee.
Leg Affairs-Michael Hunter, SAC-Chaka Sulamoya, Union Board-Dale Sack, Todd Simonson, ECDC-Nequra Campbell.

Senator Huebsch
-Financial Aid-we have been asked to give up 9 computers to aid in enhancing Financial Aid process. 8 computers were purchased for Financial Aid, 9 additional computers were asked to be used for a short time. These computers are usually checked out last. Don't foresee a problem as they will be back in time for finals. This will help get information out to students in a faster manner.
President Oelberg-Coordinator applications are now closed, will notify you next week as to appointments. Movie The General's Daughter-positive activism is good. We have received Pros and Cons on Alcoholism Policy-see flyer, this will be sent to Student Affairs. NCA-will be having mini dialogues on campus to make sure report is complete. Make sure you do not tape or tack things on the walls or doors. We will have bulletin boards.
Senator Depuydt-what is status of Fall vacancy Elections?
President Oelberg-we don't have information at this time, will be sending this information to Constitution committee.
Senator Mahmoud-would you like me to check on art work from the Art Dept.?
President Oelberg-would like to compliment Coordinator Peterson on lobbying, and on researching topics at the MSUSA Conference. She was an excellent representative at MSUSA. She made our school look good, she did an excellent job and this takes a lot of time and hard work. Thanks Emilie

Vice President Ð Houa Vue
Nametags are available in office, $5.00.
Elections will be held on October 5. Regulations and rules have not been set.
Public Affairs Coord. Jeff Rothmeyer will be getting out information. We will have a table in the CSU to also get out information on available seats and committees. Help out at the table. Tomorrow at 4:00 we will be making a banner to have down in the Union. Open House will be October 7 from 11-2. Invite your friends, word of mouth is the best publicity. We have a corporate sponsor night with Athletics- our night will be Friday, Oct 15 at the Hockey game. Committee List available in the office listing everyone appointed. Homecoming Oct 2-3. Office decorating contest- we need to decorate window by Monday morning. Show up for as many events as you can, show your support. There was another article in today's Free Press regarding Financial Aid. Also article on DM&E coal train was in yesterday's paper, take advantage of reading the Free Press, it is in our office.
Senator Depuydt-when are the tables again, and do we have people appointed to the Election Committee?
President Oelberg-we have not had senators apply to be on that committee, we will advertise and get that out as soon as possible.

Speaker- Dustin Mayfield
Correspondence from Malcolm O'Sullivan
R#09.15.99A. This resolution recommends the allocation of supplemental funding of $7,916.90 for the Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Team to travel to competition in Northern Colorado. The President has reviewed this resolution, has no questions and approves this allocation.

Recognized Student Organizations

Registration Renewal

Alpha Chi Omega, IAJE, Interfraternity Council, Japan Club (JC), Maverick Republicans, Pakistan Student Organization (P.S.A.), Panhellenic Council, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity, RPSIG, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Social Work Club, Student Art League, WELS Lutheran Campus Ministry, Women's Studies Student Organization
Purchase nametags, you are required to wear them. I have sent a letter regarding elections to Constitution Committee. Seats open that we know for certain, Mav Hall, Undeclared.,br> Senator Monono-how do go about getting an organization renewed?
Speaker Mayfield-forms are available in SDL &SL.

Staff Reports

Chris Boyce, Student Services Coordinator
Working on two issues, Monday, Senator Radtke and I attended RHA, discussed issues regarding Food Service, we will be working with them on that.
Attended National College Fair yesterday, talked about MN State. Friday we will be attending the last meeting on the Minnesota State Union Board task force. Met with Sam, director of Chartwell today, regarding concerns of students, biggest concern for Chartwell now is staffing. Working on providing feedback so that they are aware of issues.
Attended MSUSA this past weekend, a student from Winona received the Academic Affairs Coordinator position, a great disservice was done to all students when Bob Pavlenko was not elected Academic Affairs Coordinator. He was a highly qualified candidate.
We need to be aware of SAF policy, so that we are prepared in Feb. Thank Tim for working with ACC last year, today we say a great operation.
President Oelberg-will student affairs be meeting next week and will the guide to MSU be presented at that time?
Coordinator Boyce-yes we will meet and we will present the Guide to MSU. Fill out your schedule and turn them in so that we can schedule committees..

Senator Reports

Todd Simonson, College of Education
College of Education is also going through accreditation. A meeting will be held on Monday at 11 A.M. for any one interested in the college of Education accreditation. I am also an MSU Ambassador. The Ambassadors was formed two years ago, it is a volunteer position. They do tours, open houses, college fairs. Members are heavily involved in other organizations on campus.


Speaker Mayfield-please check your mailboxes
Senator Huebsch-computers in outer office are up and running, thanks to everyone that made tour.
Senator Boyce-does anyone have a Maya ticket they are not using? If you are wondering about Executive Leadership or have a concern, come and ask us.
Senator Simonson-running for Homecoming King, appreciate your vote.
Senator Monono-participating in Homecoming is a great idea, it is important that we participate as a body. Also running for Queen. Student Art League has an annual show, if you want to submit anything please do so it is open to all students.
Senator Lama-today on our tour we might have seen advancment in computer technology today, but in my old school you could check out Lap top. Keep budget in mind for more advancement.
President Oelberg-in survival guide regarding MSUSA, it does say that we should have a committee. We also need a MSUSA Rep and a Cultural Diversity Representative
Senator England-discussion group after The General Daughter tomorrow.

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:10 PM

Roll Call

Senators Present
Dahlia Mahmoud, Todd Simonson, Timothy Huebsch, Phil Rowan, Karma Lama, Chris Boyce, Laura Depuydt, Emilie Peterson-proxy Dale Sack, Kristen Blekum, Nequra Campbell, Ian Radtke, Cynthia Davis, Scott Taylor, Vicky Meuangsaksith, Jesse Palmer, Tina England, Zahid Ahmed
Senators Absent
Laila Pirani, Tracy Kump, Miriam Monono, Mickey Cupkie, Chris Schmidt, Andrew Marshall, Adam Hutzenbuhler, T.J. Ryan, Yingfah Thao, David Paulzine, Zahid Ahmed, Ken Feucht
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue