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Minutes
67th MSSA Senate
November 10, 1999 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:08 PM by Speaker Dustin Mayfield

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)

Senators Present
Juliet Orbisi 4-1-0, Dahlia Mahmoud-Proxy Yusria Ahmed 7-0-1-2, Miriam Monomo 9-1-0, Chris Schmidt 8-1-0-1, Todd P. Simonson 9-0-1, Ed McBride 2-0-1, Timothy Huebsch 10-0-0, Karma Lama-proxy Abu Bhuiyan 5-2-3, Chris Boyce 10-0-0, Nequra Campbell 8-2-0, Laura Depuydt 10-0-0, Emilie Peterson 9-0-1, John Fritz 3-0-0, Ian Radtke 8-1-0-1, Vicky Meuangsaksith 9-0-1, Scott Taylor-Proxy Esther Hoffman 4-3-3, Jesse Palmer 7-1-2, Tina England 9-0-1, Zahid Ahmed 7-3-0
Senators Absent
Tracy Kump 1-9-0, Mickey Cupkie 0-7-3, Phil Rowan 9-1-0, Kristen Blekum 6-4-0, Cynthia Davis 6-3-1, Carla Von Bank 1-3-0-1, David Paulzine 0-9-1, Nick Morriston 2-2-0, Yingfah Thao 2-4-4
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue

Presentation-Frank Viggiano, Executive Directive, MSUSA (not present)

Michelle Murzyn, Coordinator, Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care
Last week you were given the background information and the proposal for the Mini-Mavs Evening Childcare program. The proposal is as follows:

At this time the Mini-Mavs Evening Child care Program is proposing that the Children's House take over administrative responsibility for the Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care Program beginning in January of 2000 with the Student Activity fund continuing in its' efforts to provide financial support. The intent of the Student Association is to provide maintenance funding levels for Mini-Mavs.

The Student Association will remain involved in a consultation role in order to continue to ensure that the Mini-Mavs Program meets the original goals designated by the Student Association.

This proposal is based on the principle that The Children's House and The Mini-Mavs Evening Child care Program would continue to maintain separate budgets. This will ensure that no additional costs will be incurred by either program as a result of this reorganization.

The program would continue with its' original mission to ensure that quality, affordable evening child care be provided on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Senator Depuydt-Has anyone spoken to anyone in the College of Education as to how they feel about this proposal?
Coordinator Murzyn-I met with Dr. Healy, and the Acting Director of Children's House. I would like to know how the Senate feels about this before going to Academic Affairs and College of Education.
Senator Boyce-Is there a question about not continuing this program if the College of Education does not take it?
Coordinator Murzyn-Our intent is to have this program stay open permanently, however, if this proposal does not happen, we may not have Mini-Mavs.
Senator England-You are saying that we may not have the program if the proposal does not go through?
Coordinator. Murzyn-That is not what we want to happen, but there is that possibility.
Senator England-Who's decision do you think it would be?
Coordinator Murzyn-I guess it would be the Universities, or the Board of Licensing, they wondered why it was not in the Children's House when we received our license. If it was under their program we could operate more efficiently and economically.
Senator McBride-This proposal is long over-due. This should be made a permanent proposal. This is a great program, it is good for recruitment, it makes it possible for people with children to go to school.
Coordinator Murzyn-No program in SAF is permanent, it is a great idea to make it permanent but we can't do that. We also have single fathers.
Senator Depuydt-When are you looking at changing this program, and what happens to the funds?
Coordinator. Murzyn-I would hope they would take it over Winter Semester. There are not as many children at that time, so transition would be easier. They would take over the current budget.
Senator England-If the budget would remain the same, does that include the deficit?
Coordinator . Murzyn-We do not have a deficit. We are working with Children's House on grants and other ideas to help them with their finances.
Senator England-Should the College of Education not accept the proposal, what would be the next step?
Coordinator. Murzyn-I would meet with Dr. Healy and see where we go from there. It is important that we deal with this now, because it needs to go to Academic Affairs, and the College of Education and we need to reassure the parents using the program.
President Oelberg-Suspend the rules to bring the motion forward
Second Senator Boyce. 20-1 passes

Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care Proposal
At this time the Mini-Mavs Evening Child care Program is proposing that the Children's House take over administrative responsibility for the Mini-Mavs Evening Child Care Program beginning in January of 2000 with the Student Activity fund continuing in its' efforts to provide financial support. The intent of the Student Association is to provide maintenance funding levels for Mini-Mavs.

The Student Association will remain involved in a consultation role in order to continue to ensure that the Mini-Mavs Program meets the original goals designated by the Student Association.

This proposal is based on the principle that The Children's House and The Mini-Mavs Evening Child care Program would continue to maintain separate budgets. This will ensure that no additional costs will be incurred by either program as a result of this reorganization.

The program would continue with its' original mission to ensure that quality, affordable evening child care be provided on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

President Oelberg-Have worked with Coordinator Murzyn for two years and find her dependable and know that she has worked very hard on this program. She has researched thoroughly all her information and this proposal is sound and in the best interests of students at this time.
Senator Boyce-Have worked with Coordinator Murzyn and have gained respect for the dedication that she has had for this program. Under her leadership we have been able to have quality, affordable child care. We do have over-sight of this program through our Spring appropriations, for those of you concerned with the future of the program.
Senator England, In the wording of the Proposal will the College of Education have permanent control, or will this change next year?
Coordinator Murzyn-It is not possible on this campus, to say that things will be permanent. It is difficult to say.
Senator England-What other provisions are to be involved in the over-sight?
Coordinator. Murzyn-I am referring to things that we have done, such as where did we get the pumpkins for the Halloween Party, billing questions etc. I would be available to answer such questions. Budget is done by SAC on every SAF budget on campus.
Senator England-I have spoken with several people, people are concerned if this would close. I just want to make sure that if this does not go through, there is a safety net that this will not close.
Coordinator. Murzyn-I personally have worked on this for three years, I cannot say it won't close, but I will say I will do my best to keep it running.
Senator Simonson-I worked at Mini-Mavs and can say that it is a great program, it also gives students a chance to gain experience and it provides Service Learning as well.

Roll Call

Senators voting yes
Juliet Orbisi, Dahlia Mahmoud-Proxy Yusria Ahmed, Miriam Monomo, Chris Schmidt, Todd Simonson, Ed McBride, Timothy Huebsch, Karma Lama-Proxy Abu Bhuiyan, Vicky Meuangsaksith, Jesse Palmer, Tina England, Zahid Ahmed, Chris Boyce, Laura Depuydt, Emilie Peterson, John Fritz, Nequra Campbell, Ian Radtke, Scott Taylor-Proxy Esther Hoffman
Executive Staff voting yes
President Oelberg, Vice President Vue
Senators absent
Tracy Kump, Mickey Cupkie, Phil Rowan, Kristen Blekum, Carla Von Bank, Cynthia Davis, Yingfah Thao, David Paulzine, Nick Morriston
Proposal passes unanimously

Approval of Minutes November 3, 1999 Minutes approved

Officer Reports

President-Sylvia Oelberg
(Yield to Coordinator Murzyn)Thank you for your support, and I will continue to update you on progress. You can always check with President Oelberg or Vice President Vue.
President Oelberg, MSUSA Conference-the delegation from Mankato was very well informed. At the Leg session on the HESO bill we were the only ones that had the bill and we were able to challenge the director on issues.
Ethnic Coordinator Campbell did an excellent job, and we were well informed on discussion on Akita. Mankato was the only delegation to support what the committee had worked on. Look forward to December 10 Conference. All these materials are in the last overhead bin for your review. Materials I received are in my office, but you can look at them. Adam Zobel, Vice Chair of MSUSA will be here Friday for Phase III Grand opening. Will also be meeting with coordinators. In December, Bob will be hosting Chair. Great job on the Art Work display. I had hoped that Union Board would be here today to give us information on residents moving into the Student space.
Appointments: ECDC, Yashodha L. Amin Legislative Affairs, Nick Morriston Safety Committee, John Fritz Academic Standing Committee, Robert Pavlenko Women's Center Director Search Committee, Ed McBride. International Programs Advisory Committee, Meredith Mohy Gall
Will be meeting with Dr. Healy tomorrow, if you have issues that you would like brought up, please let me know. Administration gives us information on things that are being planned ahead-they give us a head's up.
Coordinators
meeting on Monday, we talked about plans of action, accountability, job descriptions and goals and fitness checks. Coordinators will go over addressing duties. Your coordinators will represent you this year, as will your president. I don't see problems with coordinators, but there will be accountability. Scheduling senators meetings is optional, but would like to request that we sit down and see if we can work with you, and see if you are getting the information that you want. I prefer not to call you, but would look forward to meeting with you. I believe that the effective functioning of MSSA is crucial to the future success of representing students. I also believe that having the voice of students heard and involved in practically every aspect of campus life is important.
A binder regarding the closing of Akita will be in the office. Members of the Board will be sent to Japan, to see if they have made the right choice.
Free Press article on Student Activity Fees-received a memo from MSUSA and will talk to our attorney about this. When I get more information I will let you know.
Senator Depuydt-Did you know that I have been bringing that matter up in my classes, the biggest concern was that students do not know what our fees are. This would be a good time to get more of that information out.
President Oelberg-In each of your classes you should be giving out those pamphlets and letting students know about Student Activity Fees. Mike Hodapp will be speaking to us next week on SAF and then we will be getting buttons.
Senator England-Has Dean Trauger been in touch with you about the Financial fees Task Force?
President Oelberg-Have not sent names to Dean Trauger because I was waiting for more names. It will be a two or three hour training session on the budget.

Vice-President Houa Vue
Reminder- Friday is ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase III and All Seasons Arena. Also still need someone for Mini-Mavs Bowling Night November 30 from 6 PM-7:30 PM.
MSUSA-Everyone that represented us did a wonderful job. We always are prepared and knew our stuff. We were the only University with written typed reports ready to be handed in and that says a lot abut our Association. Thanks for those who went and spoke on issues. You did a great job, and on top of everything. If you want to know more about what was done in committees, ask us. We have a great delegation, and a great president. She gets complimented as the best president on PBOD. We do not just vote on an issue, we research it. Sylvia asks us our opinion. Had MSUSA planning for Dec. Conference today. Regarding Financial Aid award letters-I called Financial Aid and Dr. Healy. At this time we have not gotten a response. It is not an issue of if they are doing it, but we just need more information. I have addressed these issues. I am working on an MSSA pamphlet with Dahlia. I want to make it a more general pamphlet, one that can be used in the future. If you want to add to it, let me know. Student issues, working on ground level, will give you more information. Committee descriptions-I have received a few, responses. I don't know when I will be done, but it is a slow process. This is really important to me, because I had a hard time getting people to apply because I couldn't explain some committees and I want this to be easier for senators to explain.
Friendship Night, Nov 13. Sign-up is in office. $5.00.
Cultural Diversity Annual Dinner is November 19. They use this money for scholarships. Go and show your support. Reserve your tickets ahead of time.
Senator Depuydt-Where is ribbon cutting ceremony?
Senator Palmer-Will committee descriptions be posted on Web page?
Vice President Vue-I had not thought about that but I will talk to Technology Coordinator and I am sure we could do that.

Speaker-Dustin Mayfield
Initial Recognition
Isshin-Ryu Self Defense Club
Recognition Renewal
Society Hispanic Professional Engineers MSU Chapter, Phi Alpha Honor Society, Street Theatre Club, AIKIDO Club, Men's Lacrosse, Minnesota State Women's Rugby Club, MSU Shotokan Karate Club, MSU Men's Soccer Club, Tae Kwon Do Club

MSUSA was fun

Staff Reports

Committee Reports

Senator Reports
Jesse Palmer-Off Campus Senator
Lot 20A- 300 plus stalls. Camera has not yet been installed, but it is coming, as well as a bus shelter. Measures have been made to increase security. 16 incidents of vandalism or theft have been reported. Lot 20A Bus Shelter Installation, a concrete slab needs to be installed first. The expanded shuttle service is running Sunday 6-10 PM. Last Sunday 45 students used the service. The service runs Mon-Thursday 10-11:30 PM.
MIS Club-Upcoming Speakers, Federated Insurance, Nov. 29 MH211 4:00 PM

Tim Huebsch-SET Senator
Executive Lecture from MIdwest Wireless, showed clip about where the future of wireless technology is and what is the reality. Next week we will have two guests, Dr. John Frey and Greg Bednar talking to us about wireless on our campus.
President Oelberg-As Technology Coordinator what type of computers did you just purchase?
Coordinator Huebsch-We just purchased two iMacs. They will have external floppy drives.
President Oelberg-Can you tell us what the new Director of Instructional Technology will be working on? Senator Huebsch-Director of Instructional Technology, will be working with faculty on technology and other universities on new technology out there.

15 Minute recess

Announcements

Senator Boyce-Have invited ...from HESO
Senator England -Speaking for Coordinator Anderson-Friendship Night
Senator Campbell-Again a reminder on Friendship Night.
President Oelberg-I will stay and talk directly to Executive Director Viggiano.
Union Board did not meet last week and they will decide this week regarding RSOs in Union Space. Also we have received another name for the Budget process so I will get those names to Dean Trauger.

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 5:40 PM

Roll Call

Senators Present
Juliet Orbisi, Chris Schmidt, Todd Simonson, Ed McBride, Timothy Huebsch, Karma Lama-Proxy Abu Bhuiyan, Chris Boyce, Laura Depuydt, Emilie Peterson, John Fritz, Nequra Campbell, Ian Radtke, Vicky Meuangsaksith, Jesse Palmer, Tina England, Zahid Ahmed
Senators Absent
Tracy Kump, Dahlia Mahmoud--Proxy Yusria Ahmed, Phil Rowan, Kristen Blekum, Carla Von Bank, Cynthia Davis, Scott Taylor-Esther Hoffman, Yingfah Taho, David Paulzine, Nick Morriston
Executive Staff Present
President Sylvia Oelberg, Vice President Houa Vue