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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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71st MSSA Senate

September 3, 2003

Meeting called order by Speaker Zach Biesanz

Roll Call

Senators Present

Ryan Deimerly 4-0-0, Abbas Raza 4-0-0, Hannah Gehrke 3-1-0, Jessica Boyd 4-0-0, Irfan Bangash 4-0-0, Greg Lessard 4-0-0, Bryan Hart 4-0-0, Imran M. Hussein 4-0-0, Faizan M. Khan 4-0-0, Jocelyn Crist 4-0-0, Megan Brandt 4-0-0, Ian Radtke 3-1-0, Rachel Mudd 4-0-0, Muhammad Sohail Rauf 2-0-0

Executive Staff Present

President Rhys Gaffer, Vice President Shahzad Anwer

Presentation: Christine Connolly-Director, Health Services

At the end of last year the Health Services budget was approved. Problem was Health Service fee hit the state cap, permission for this to be higher has to come from Minnesota State. (See handout) In July Bd. of Trustees raised cap to $51.00. I am here today to see if we can now get money to fund the office support position. This will not require an increase in fees. It will allow budget to get fully funded as if the cap of $51.00 had been in place. Health Services has hired a person to help with claims, International Students insurance and enhance medical records and billing. Would now like to ask for permission to fully fund this position.

President Gaffer-With the Minnesota State Health Council, what does it mean to not have that person on campus?

Christine Connolly-We would like to set up policies so that students do not have to file their own

claims. With International Students we would like to be able to tell students what can

get funded, or where to get a referral. We need a person to tell students what they need to do

to get the most on a claim.

Approval of Agenda Agenda stands approved

Committee Reports

SAC-Mike Hodapp, liaison

What Chris Connolly told you is true regarding Health Services. SAC fully approved this last

year and there was nothing they could do about the cap. Had they been able to they would

have assessed about $3.80 per student. Later this summer discussion was held-senate

could recommend $13,350 be allocated from reserves at this time. Because of student

enrollment reserve is about $500,000.

Senator Deimerly-How many more students where there to add this much reserve?

Mike Hodapp-About $175,000 extra was collected from student enrollment. Last year

SAC dealt with about $50,000 in requests. This year we will not have to deal with


Senator Hart-Is this funding yearly?

Mike Hodapp-More than likely staffing in health services is on-going, they are fully staffed.

SAC does not have any recommendations at this time.

Moved by Senator Radtke/ Senator Bangash

R#09.03.03 Health Services funding

Move to provide a supplemental allocation to Student Health Services for $13,350.00 to reflect their requested budget and the cap increase. The funding would be allocated from the Student Activity Fee reserve fund.

Motion passes unanimously

Officer Reports

President Rhys Gaffer

Appointments: Academic Affairs-Ryan Deimerly, Abbas Raza, Hannah Gehrke, Greg Lessard, Bryan Hart, Imran Hussein

Student Affairs-Jocelyn Crist, Megan Brandt, Rachel Mudd, Muhammad Sohail Rauf,

Ian Radtke

Legislative Affairs-Andy Braam

Student Union Board-Jeremy Casper

Communications Board-Joe Finn

Parking Advisory Committee-Bryan Hart, Ian Radtke

MSU LTR-Ian Radtke

Coordinators: Reappointment for one semester Jessica Boyd-Web Master, Mary Torczon-Legislative Affairs.

MSUSA Conference-Sept. 19-21, Winona.

Mary Torczon-will be attending Federal Washington, DC Lobby trip.

Trustee Robert Erickson will be in Mankato Sept. 15 he is Biking for Bucks-for part-time students that do not receive much funding. We need students to bike with him. This is a good opportunity for us to raise some funds for our university. There will be a lunch with him when he arrives, Dr. Davenport will also be at the luncheon.

Over the summer I met many directors from offices, trying to get an idea of things

going on. I also saw the absolute need for the student attorney in June. This has

been built into the contract. The attorney also needs to give us some statistical

reports. We need to consider adding the attorney in the summer.

Presidents Inauguration-we will be looking to see if student senators can march.

This will be held at the Taylor Center, Oct. 2. Many events are planned for

this and Homecoming. The President will be talking this year about the modern university.

We are working on committee and coordinator appointments. Elections are

Sept. 23. We need an Election committee as soon as possible.

Let’s see what we can do to get our name out there and get our seats filled.

Senator Lessard-What time is the bike ride?

President Gaffer-Plans are to meet at SCTC around noon and bike here.

Vice President Shahzad Anwer

If you know of anyone interested in senate, talk to them and encourage them

to sign up.

Senator Lessard-What positions are open?

Vice President Anwer-Off-campus, Social & Behavioral, College of Business,

College of Education, College of Graduate Studies. McElroy Hall, SET

President Gaffer-Are you still planning a retreat?

Vice President Anwer-We will be planning that when we have a full senate.

Speaker Zach Biesanz

(housekeeping details) Sign up for senator reports in advance.

Wear your nametags on campus.

Deadline to apply for Fall elections is Sept. 18.


Senator Bangash-Highland Park-ISO picnic, everyone invited 6:00 PM

Roll Call

Senators Present

Ryan Deimerly, Abbas Raza, Hannah Gehrke, Jessica Boyd, Irfan Bangash, Greg Lessard, Bryan Hart, Imran Hussein, Faizan M. Khan, Jocelyn Crist, Megan Brandt, Ian Radtke, Rachel Mudd, Muhammad Sohail Rauf

Executive Staff Present

President Gaffer, Vice President Anwer

Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 4:57 PM