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Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)

Minutes for Friday, February 23, 2007, 1849 Meeting Room

Present:  A. Estrom (Chair), L. Yeomans, C. Bombria, C. Brine, C. Zohlman, D. Lynch, S. Martinez,
E. Tuttle, A.Taitague, D. Macchiaroli, D. Orloske, O. Mamed, S. Sweeney, J. DiPlacido, M. Garofalo 

Absent:  J. Hill, M. McDonald, S. Oates, S. Trowers, C. Whitmoyer, K. Barone, I. Ceballos, M. Toston, J. Higgins, R. Bachoo.

Guests:  S. Hazan, K. Poirier, K. Patrioe

Mr. Estrom called the meeting to order at 2:07 p.m.  He welcomed all and asked that the minutes from the previous meeting be approved.

MOTION (D. Orloske/ E. Tuttle)                                                                           SUBOG 2007-18

To approve the minutes of the December 08, 2006 meeting, as attached

Motion Passed:  Unanimous

CAN Report

Mr. Estrom then asked C. Bombria to present the CAN Report.  Chelsea also reported that movies are on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, though she did not have attendance numbers for these events.  Full report, see attached.

Mosaic Report

Mr. Estrom then asked S. Martinez to report on the activities of the Mosaic Center Committee.  The committee hosted a program with CAN called Step Afrika on 2/6 that was considered successful.  Full report, see attached.

House Committee

C. Zohlman reported that this committee did not meet, through they had talked informally about the following: 

The house committee wanted to thank Facilities Management for their support in getting the automatic restroom door installed, specifically acknowledging R. Bachoo.  J. DiPlacido asked why the Women’s Restroom door was not done as a matter of equality, and Mr. Mamed responded that Federal ADA guidelines and law do not require the university to take action above the mandated unless there is a specific request from a protected individual, no action needed to be taken.

Student Services Committee Report

A. Taitague gave the report as chair for this area.  Two Commuter Coffee Programs were completed during the past two months, plus the two during December on the 12 and 13.  The committee will again  invite other departments to do outreach at these coffee programs, including Financial Aid, Career Services, SGA and others.  Amanda also handed out example packets of the free items that her committee is now handing out at their promo/coffee programs.  Constitution business was handled later in the meeting.

Budget Committee Report

O. Mamed reported that there was approximately $36,000 in the SBG900 account after the previous meetings allocations.  A request for support of the Ross/Fahey – NACA Student Scholarship Drive though the Golf Challenge, was presented by Otis.  SUBOG has traditionally supported this by donating $550.00 as a McCullough Sponsorship. David Ross as a former Student Center Director, Associate Dean and Dean of Student Affairs was a recipient of this award.

MOTION (E. Tuttle / J. DiPlacido)                                                                        SUBOG 2007-19 

To allocate $550 from SBG900 for support of the Ross/Fahey Scholarship Program of the National Association of Campus Activities organization.

Motion Passed:  Unanimous

Old Business

Constitution revisions proposed by the CAN and SA/LD for areas that impact CAN and Mosaic Committee were discussed per Constitutional guidelines.  Discussion included concerns that the funding source for Mosaic is not currently secure under the current constitution, and that this change would assure that.  There were concerns expressed about the visibility of Mosaic Committee if became part of CAN.  Maria Garofalo and Scott Hazan indicated that the change again would insure the existence of Mosaic as it would be a permanent responsibility of the VP of MCP, and that under the current constitution there is no guarantee that anyone must insure Mosaic’s existence should a student not step up and become the Committee Chair of Mosaic.  D. Orloske pointed out that all CAN Committees would benefit by the change since Mosaic would have influence directly in the program planning of the other committees, and Mosaic would benefit by being a committee that would depend on the others for support, which is not now the case.  J. DiPlacido expressed her concern that this would diminish Mosaic, and allow the university not to staff or support the efforts of the Mosaic Committee.  (History: Mosaic/SALD almost had an Assistant Director or Multi-Cultural Center in 2002, however the University pulled back funding, and direction of the Mosaic Center has been left to students and a Graduate Intern, which has lessened the impact the center may have on campus.) It was also pointed out that the Africana Center and Caribbean Center funding was restored after student protest.  As this is a constitutional change, 15 affirmative votes are required to pass.

MOTION (C. Bombria/S. Martinez)                                                                      SUBOG 2007-20 

To approve the constitutional changes as outlined in the attached documents (with punctuation changes), and delete section 11.0 as it pertains only to Mosaic now covered in the revisions.

Motion DEFEATED:    For:  13            Against:   1              Abstain:    1


New Business (none)

A search is under way for the Assistant to the Director of Conference and Dining Services.  This is expected to complete by mid-March.  Students and staff will be asked to provide feedback during the search process.

 - A search was recently completed for the Assistant Director of Services – Student Personnel for the Student Center, and Ms. Tiffany Moffo-Simpson was appointed.  Thank you to those who participated and provided feedback during the search process.

 - Searches for the 4 expected Graduate Internship vacancies in Student Activities and Student Center have begun.  We hope to conclude this search process during April.  Students and staff will be asked to participate as is the norm. 

- A search will begin shortly for a clerk position in the Central Reservations Office as Shari Cook will be leaving the Student Center after 13 years of service in Accountability Office and the Central Reservations Office. 

 - A reminder that the SUBOG Recognition Program will take place on May 1, 2007, and you should save the date and plan to attend!  Those wishing to participate in creating this program should contact Melissa Arroyo and Tiffany Moffo to get involved.

 - The chair reminded members that the search for a new chair of the SUBOG is on.  Anyone with interest should contact Alex Estrome, or O. Mamed to seek further information. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Wayne Otis Mamed
Executive Secretary, SUBOG 2006-2007