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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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70th MSSA Senate

September 18, 2002

Meeting called to order by Speaker Zach Biesanz

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)

Senators Present

Chris Forman 5-0-0, Ryan Haugen 5-0-0, Minhaal M. Nathani 4-1-0, Andrew Menden 4-0-1, Jessica Giordani 5-0-0, Rajendra K. Penugonda 5-0-0, Jessica Boyd 5-0-0, Katie Garrity 5-0-0, Mohammed Suhail 4-0-1, Alex Boyce 5-0-0, C. Rhys Gaffer 4-0-1, Joseph Perkins 5-0-0, Ashley Guetter 4-1-0, Anand Agarwal 4-1-0, Gordana Copic 5-0-0, Irfan Bangash 5-0-0, Taimoor Hussain Bangash 5-0-0, Celeste Hollerud 4-0-1, Kashif H. Khan 3-2-0, Ian Radtke 5-0-0,

Senators Absent

Ross McCormick 2-2-1, Hailey Schmitz 4-1-0,

Executive Staff Present

Vice President Ali Raza

Swearing in of new senators: Allied Health & Nursing-Mary Scheider, College of Education-Katie Hjulberg, Maverick Hall-Megan Brandt, Off-Campus-Rebecca Pollack, Jayson Read

Student Forum

Ashley Guetter-Undeclared Senator, senate term is up, have enjoyed Senate very much. Will be on SAC.

Approval of Agenda Approved after removing Health Services from Presentations and placing them on 9/25/02 agenda.


Student Affairs, Malcolm O’Sullivan, University Liaison

Have been with senate every week for 13 years. Listens to our discussions and reports and relates information to Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Healy. Administration feels senate deliberation is important. Not here to intrude on meeting unless something regarding the University is inaccurate or if the Speaker requests some information. If you need information, you can come back to the table. If at all possible, will provide information for you. Have a great year.

Senator Gaffer-Explain your capacity as a liaison, do you advise?

Malcolm-How do you see a liaison?

Senator Gaffer-Felt you were a liaison from Dr. Healy to us.

Malcolm-Your information is important. It is important to report how students feel on issues, we might only understand the administration side if we were not aware of your deliberation.

Reporter, Jennifer Burns

Will be covering Senate for the Reporter, as a student I did not know about the Senate, but want to know about you, cover your issues and help not hurt.

Approval of Minutes, 9/11/02

Officer Reports

President Joseph Muggli

MSUSA this weekend, Friday-Sunday in Winona. Will be leaving at 3:00 Friday. Senators can still attend. Katie Garrity will be going to Washington D.C. in November, to represent MSU at MSUSA Federal Lobby trip. Met with Dr. Healy this past week. Need senators to be on Constitution Commission. You need to be appointed to two committees, if you are not please see Vice President Raza or myself. Communication Board has been nonexistent the last two years. We need senators to be on this committee, or talk to students from your college.

Appointments: SAC –Ryan Austad, SOAFC-Irfan Bangash, Student Affairs-Naomi Stenson, Rebecca Pollack, Jayson Read, Steering Committee-Rajendra Penugonda , Learning Technology Roundtable-Ian Radtke, Academic Affairs-Katie Hjulberg, Mary Scheider

Coordinator Appointments: Legislative Affairs Coordinator-Darrell Olson

Public Relations Coordinator-Yer Vue, Academic Affairs-Uzair Shaffi. Student Affairs

position still vacant. Deadline-Sept. 27.

Open Forum with President September 24. MSU on the Move. Tell students in your classes.

We need student representation on a search Committee for Director International Programs Office. Meet and Confer Friday Sept. 27. Agenda available. This is a time where Senate staff meets with the President and Vice Presidents of the University. Information sharing and

gathering time.

LTR Roundtable -Thursday at 1:30. Need one more student representative.

CD Conference-September 27.

Last week testified at the HESO Hearing at SCTC regarding Student help cuts and Childcare


Senator Gaffer-What time is Meet & Confer?

Senator Gaffer-In regards to Communication Board-is that the same at Newspaper Bd?

President Muggli-I don’t believe so, will look into that.

Senator Read-Does LTR meet every week?

President Muggli-We will have that answered tomorrow after Senator Radtke attends.

Vice President Ali Raza

Welcome to new senators. We need students in committees who want to get involved and learn more about their campus. ECDC needs students, Parking Advisory, Communication Bd.

MSUSA is the state-wide organization that all 7 schools attend. It is a good opportunity to meet people from other campuses and find out what they are working on.

Open Forum-President Richard Davenport and Vice Presidents will be there.

You can ask any questions you want. The President wants to know what the student’s

issues are.

Senator Gaffer -Besides the Open Forum, if someone has a class-do we have a way of getting questions to Dr. Davenport?

Vice President Raza-Good question, I can take the question along and ask Dr. Davenport.

Vice President Raza-you can also give questions on his web-site and he does read them.

Speaker Zach Biesanz

Recognized Student Organizations: Alpha Eta Rho-Professional Aviation Fraternity

African Student Association, American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate, African Student Association, Bangladesh Student Association (BSA), Amnesty International, Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, Circle K International, College Democrats, Construction Management student Association, Federation Without Television, Fellowship Christian Athletes, Feminists Under Construction, Fencing Club, Food and Nutrition Club, Food Development Club, Hmong Student Association, Human Resource Mgmt & General Mgmt. Club, Interfraternity Council (IFC, )Interior Design Student Association, Intervarsity Christian fellowship, IS Club (Information Systems), Lutheran Campus Ministry-ELCA, Men’s Club Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse, Mudworks-MSU Ceramics Club, Minnesota State University, Mankato Women in Aviation, MSU Ambassadors, MSU Chess Club, MSU College Republicans, MSU Cricket Club, MSU Flight Team, MSU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, MSU History Club, MSU Men’s Soccer Club, MSU Taekwondo Club, Muslim Student Association, Multicultural Student Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary society) Upsilon Alpha Chapter, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pre-Law, Pre-Med Club, Prepare Ministries, R.A.I.S.E (Raising Awareness in Social Education), Recreation Club, Residence Hall Association, RPSIG (Role-playing Special Interest Group), Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Student Athletic Training Club, Students for Alcohol & drug Education, Students of the Urban and Regional Studies Institute (SURSI), Super Fans, Tau Kappa Epsilon Theta Tau Chapter, United Campus Ministry, United Nations-International Relations, VASA (Vietnamese American Students Association), Women in Science & Engineering Club, Women’s Rugby

Senator Gaffer-Objection-Lutheran Campus Ministry, SAAC, Men’s Club Hockey,

Interfraternity Council, Second Senator Haugen

Suspend the Rules

Senator Gaffer-Withdraw motion.

Recognized Student Organizations stand approved.

Congratulations to new senators, set up meetings about parliamentary procedure.

Vacancies: Arts & Humanities, Undeclared, McElroy Hall, elections Oct. 2.

Nametags are available-see Cheri. Wear your nametags on campus so students know who you represent.

Committee Reports

Elections Committee-Jessica Boyd, Chair

Allied Health & Nursing-Mary Scheider, College of Education-Katie Hjulberg, Maverick Hall-Megan Brandt, Off-Campus-Rebecca Pollack, Jayson Read.

Arts & Humanities – person that won declined, several students had one vote. This will

become a vacancy election. Over 60 students voted, up over 20 from last year.

Student Union Board-C. Rhys Gaffer

The first meeting of the board will take place tomorrow. Those senators and other students who have been appointed will meet in CSU 219A at 3:30 pm. Subsequent meeting times will be decided upon by the Committee and posted within the next several days.


*An RFP was sent out yesterday for an architect for the final pre-design of the CSU Phase I and II projects. This project will get underway sometime in the Spring semester. The Student Union Director is looking for students in COB/Mass Comm. Marketing programs to work in developing a marketing plan in conjunction with the remodeling/renovation projects.

*The Mural Project competition will need to be rescheduled for this Spring.

*The deadline for budget to be submitted to Minnesota State is the end of November. The Student Union Board will likely be receiving the proposed budget in Mid-October, and to SAC by the end of October.

*Student Health Services Director Christine Connolly will be here next Wednesday at 4 pm to give a presentation on the Student Accident & Illness Insurance policies for domestic students.

*Applications for RSO’s to request office space due Friday in SLD&SL

Senator Reports

Graduate Studies-Rajendra Penugonda

Met with Dr. Flaherty, Interim Dean of College of Graduate Studies. Discussed graduate programs at MSU. Have been interacting with other graduate students and graduate assistants about the programs and funding opportunities. Have been going through the policies of Minnesota State about limiting the Graduate students to work only for 14 hours/week in the interim sessions. I am the RHA representative and community Council coordinator for my floor. Would like to voice the concerns of residence halls in the Senate and also convey information form Senate to the RHA assembly. As senator and also an International student, I would like to see more interaction with the ISA.

Allied Health & Nursing-Chris Forman

Worked polling booth yesterday, and became aware that we need to be more known to the

student body. We have a new website-it is not hard to find. We need to do things in our

bulletin boards to draw more attention. We can start with brighter signs, more visible links on MSU web-site page, maybe a get to know you booth in the student union. Update our showcase-maybe also put information around crossroads area.

Senator Boyd-Can you explain about the website?

Senator Forman-I know about the website-but maybe not other students, it does not say

on the MSU site, maybe more specific.


Senator Scheider-Work at KMSU maybe we could set up interviews on radio.

Speaker Biesanz-Jackson Katz-More Than a Few Good Men-highly recommend, Thursday, September 19, 2002, Ballroom.

Speaker Biesanz-Band will be playing at What’s Up this weekend.

Senator Boyd-If you have not gotten a web-site profile, get one from Cheri and put in

website box. If you have updates-put in website box.

Senator Giordani-LGBC mural contest-if you are an artist or want to draw a sketch

Up, or have friends that can do this, contact her at the LGBC office.

Vice President Raza-Cricket tournament next weekend, they make a lot of noise.

come Sunday evening. Please talk about Open Forum in your classes.

President Muggli-Still need schedules filled out for contact information.

Roll Call

Senators Present

Chris Forman, Mary Scheider, Ryan Haugen, Minhaal M. Nathani, Katie Hjulberg, Andrew Menden, Jessica Giordani, Rajendra K. Penugonda, Jessica Boyd, Katie Garrity, Mohammad Suhail, Alex Boyce, C. Rhys Gaffer, Joseph Perkins, Anand Agarwal, Gordana Copic, Irfan Bangash, Taimoor Hussain Bangash, Celeste Hollerud, Kashif Khan, Rebecca Pollack, Ian Radtke, Jayson Read, Megan Brandt

Senators Absent

Ross McCormick, Hailey Schmitz

Executive Staff Present

President Muggli, Vice President Raza

Adjournment 5:48 P.M.