Connecticut State University
Student Union Board of Governors
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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Student Union Board of Governors
Attendance: S. Lamont, M. Shedd, L. Gargamelli, J. Walsh, R. Edison, S. Vial, D. Orloske, R. Schneeweiss, D. Ross, R. Campbell, J. Kaufman, H. Palmer, C. McCabe, D. Sarro, A. Balkun Guest: P. Sutera Meeting was called to order by Ms. Lamont at 4:07 p.m. in the Ballroom Annex of the Student Center. Ms. Lamont asked for people to introduce themselves as there were a number of new members present. Ms. Lamont then asked for committee reports. Program Council Ms. Shedd gave the Program Council report elaborating on her written report and emphasizing the upcoming events through the month of October. House Committee Ms. Gargamelli reported that there had not been any business submitted to the committee and hence had no reason to meet this month. Ms. Lamont did indicate she had gotten a last minute request to keep the building open until 2:00 a.m. on Friday, November 21, for a dance. When asked for his input, Mr. Orloske indicated that no action was need by the Board in this matter as he had been empowered by the Board to approve late closings on Friday nights until 2:00 a.m. and does so on a routine basis. Budget Committee Mr. Campbell reported the committee had been busy and was working with Program Council to develop a standard financial reporting system which the Council would use to prepare monthly financial statements for the Board to review. He said they were enthusiastic and felt it should be in place by the next meeting of the Board. Mr. Campbell also reported that at their meeting on October 13 the committee reviewed a proposal that would alter the University's current practice of charging a 15% overhead to the Student Activities Account. The proposal was to ask the University to absorb the overhead by raising the General Fee by about $8. This would put the administrative cost covered by the overhead with all of the other administrative costs now paid for by the General Fee. This would provide all organizations that receive Student Activities Funds an immediate 15% increase in their budgets to provide programs and services to the students. As an alternative, the proposal called for the Student Activities Fees to be raised by an amount to cover the 15% overhead charge so that the net effect of a 15% increase in available funding would be achieved. In the case of the SUBOG, this would entail requesting that the Program Council and the Leadership Development and Cultural Programming Fees be raised by this amount. Mr. Campbell indicated that the committee was recommending approval. He indicated that swift action was needed as the BOT would be voting on this issue at their next meeting. Dean Ross clarified the issues by giving an historical perspective on the overhead fee and also supported the notion that costs covered by it were better managed under the General Fee and concern about the negative impact failure to get the charge would have on Student Activities. MOTION: (Campbell/Walsh) To recommend that the University drop the practice of charging a 15% overhead on the Student Activities Fees and instead raise the General Fee by about $8 to cover the expenses currently paid for by the overhead charge. If this is not acceptable to the Board of Trustees, to recommend that the Student Activities Fees that goes to the Program Council and to fund Student Leadership Development and Cultural Programs, be raised by a sufficient amount to offset the 15% overhead charge made by the University for administrative expenses. MOTION PASSED ( 12-Yes, 0-No, 1-Abstained) SUBOG 97-21 Student Services Committee Ms. Kaufman reported that Mr. Kosienski, the Devil's Den Manager, attended their meeting on October 13 and discussed issues relating to the Den's operation. Issue of staffing at lunch, closing procedures and possible special menu items during Passover were discussed. Ms. Kaufman also indicated the committee planned to continue with the Commuter Coffee that was so popular last year. Plans include distribution of the Commuter Newsletter, and Mr. Kosienski had agreed to assist in providing some coffee. Ms. Kaufman asked members to volunteer to staff the coffee table when asked as she felt it was a good way for members to get direct input from commuters about their needs. Ms. Lamont then went to old business and brought the name correction changes to the SUBOG Constitution, read at the last meeting, to the floor for a vote. Dean Ross asked Mr. Orloske if any of the changes were in anyway substantive and Mr. Orloske assured the Board that they only made corrections to the document that were needed due to title changes or department name changes over the last 8 -10 years. MOTION: (Shedd/Campbell) To accept the changes in names and titles in the SUBOG Constitution as proposed. MOTION PASSED (13-Yes, 0-No, 0-Abstained) SUBOG 97-22 Ms. Lamont reported on her decline of a request from the Pep Dancers to extend hours on Thursday, October 16, for a dance. She said as it was late and would come only two days before the dance, it would be inappropriate to vote on at this meeting. She reported she had consulted with the House Chair and the SCOES Director and based her decision on Friday being a "reading day" and it would not support the academic nature of the day by allowing the dance to go until 2:00 a.m. Open Floor Ms. Lamont reported she had arranged for Ms. Daniels, one of the Graduate Interns, to conduct an introduction to parliamentary procedure. She invited members to attended so they would have a better understanding of the format under which the Board meetings were conducted. Ms. Vial asked if faculty could attend as she knew some who would be interested. Ms. Lamont said she did not think that would be a problem unless the numbers became greater than the room could hold. She said it would be in about two weeks at 3:30 p.m. so more students could attend. Mr. Orloske reported the Student Center Addition Project was to initiate at the end of October or the first week in November as the contract with the architect had to be signed by the Attorney General's Office. He reported that after their initial meeting a 5 week intensive predesign process would occur at the end of which we would have a good idea of exactly what was going to be in the new and renovated facility and how it would be laid out. He said he would report back at the November meeting. Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Duane A. Orloske Executive Secretary 1997-1998 /mz
Last updated: October 27, 1997