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Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)

Minutes for Friday, January 29, 2010, 1849 Meeting Room


Present:  K. Fournier (Chair), C. Leahy , M. Craw, H. Pancak, A. Pasquariello, P. Beaudoin, M. Vekakis, D. Joseph, K. Hanley, M. Wright, J. DiPlacido, G. Gigliotti, K. Barone, R. Bachoo, L. Tordenti,
S. Hazan, O. Mamed

Absent:  A. Santana, S. Dattillo, J. Kassay, K. Dalia, Commuter Rep, Graduate Rep, Mosaic Rep

Guests:  K. Poirier, S. Rine, L. Mongrello, C. Jones, C. Cabello, M. Santilli, K. Kobylenski, T. Simpson

Ms. Fournier called the meeting to order at 2:04 PM.  She welcomed all and entertained a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting of the Board.

MOTION (M. Vekakis / G. Gigliotti)                                                                  SUBOG 2010-19

To approve the minutes of the December 4, 2009, Board meeting as presented (attached)

Motion Passed:   12-Yes        0-No                0-Abstained

The Chair also called for a motion to ratify new members to the Board. 

MOTION (C. Leahy / M. Craw)                                                                        SUBOG 2010-20

To approve Hannah Pancak - CAN Rep, Patty Beaudoin – CAN Rep and Shelby Dattillo – SGA Rep to the Board

Motion Passed:   12-Yes        0-No                0-Abstained

CAN Report
The CAN monthly report of activities, produced by this subcommittee of the SUBOG was presented by
M. Craw.  Ms. Craw indicated that to date the Winter Week Festival (1/25 – 1/30/10) was successful and well attended.  She indicated that the SnoBall (semiformal) would be held in Alumni Hall where the Spring Weekend Concert choice would be announced.  R. Bachoo indicated his delight with the Magician and asked how events are promoted to students.  CAN Reps reported that they have a Facebook Group, CAN Info Phone Line, Mass USPS Mailing during the break, Twitter, Pipeline, Lobby Tables, Bookmarks, Table Tents and a Teaser.  S. Rine told the group that 100 tickets had been sold for the Ball.  She also indicated that the last two weeks of April would be the “Spring Fling” for the campus.  M. Vekakis and C. Leahy told the group that Spring Fling and SGA Elections were being done as a cooperative venture.  IRC also plays a role in the programs during the last week of April.  The CAN report is attached.

 Mosaic Committee
D. Joseph presented the report on behalf of the vacant Mosaic Chair position.  Furniture arrived for the Mosaic Center and looks great.  The next program is a lecture, “The DeWolf Family Burden,” about a family confronting its legacy as the largest slave trading dynasty in the US.  A letter has been sent out to select faculty who may have classes that this lecture would be of interest to.  An 11 AM session is scheduled for this purpose.  It was also noted that faculty have been invited to lunch and that the Graduate Student Association will host a reception with faculty and students at 8:30 PM in the Connecticut Room.  No written report was submitted.

House Committee
K. Fournier reported on behalf of this committee.  Kelley shared a draft of her request to the CSU-BOT for additional space in the Student Center.  She will be presenting a request to the CSU-BOT for additional space at the February 10, 2010, BOT meeting to be held at CCSU.  Suggestions were made, and edits will be done before the presentation.  C. Leahy asked if it would be possible to add dining services facilities onto the Student Center.  R. Bachoo indicated that there is a plan to add a dining facility up the hill in the near future.  G. Gigliotti suggested that the additional renovations that occurred in the Student Center be listed so the BOT see that there is a cadence to renovation/addition process.  K. Poirier added that this presentation is to keep the need in front of the CSU-BOT and should be expected to be presented regularly until the students' needs are met.

Student Services Committee Report
K. Hanley requested ideas for promotion of SUBOG and Student Center Services.

Budget Committee Report
C. Leahy reported on behalf of the Chair of this committee.  We met “via e-mail” to discuss two requests for funding.  First was a request for $500 to support the ACUI Silent Auction which provides scholarships to students.  The committee agreed that this was high and recommended the following motion.

MOTION (C. Leahy / G. Gigliotti)                                                                     SUBOG 2010-21

To approve a contribution of $250 from SBG900 to the ACUI annual conference for the purpose of raising funds for educational research and student scholarships

Motion Passed:   16-Yes        0-No                1-Abstained

The second request was to fund the SUBOG Annual Recognition Banquet held at the end of the spring semester.  The request for $6,000 was less than the previous year, but discussion followed about the cost per plate and the value of the recognition program.  Several members suggested that students should be recognized for all that they do during the year as volunteers.  Members who served on previous recognition committees indicated that every effort is made to keep costs down, but that we recognize how important the impact is for those graduating to receive the recognition they deserve.  It was noted that that cost per plate seemed high.  The following motion was recommended by the budget committee.

MOTION (C. Leahy / S. Hazan)                                                                       SUBOG 2010-22

To approve funding the SUBOG Annual Recognition Banquet for an amount not to exceed $6,000 from SBG900.

Motion Passed:   15-Yes        1-No                1-Abstained

Old Business
The Living Room Lecture Series will go on this year, including “Our Green Future” on March 2, 2010, at the Torp Theatre.  Also on slate is the annual Cambridge Debate on March 30, 2010, in the Student Center.  The committee is still looking for students who wish to participate in the debates and is working toward achieving a higher attendance at this event than in recent past years.  “Funny Money” with James Cunningham, a financial seminar specifically geared toward students learning how to manage their assets will be presented on Tuesday April 27, 2010, at 7 PM in the Student Center.  See the attached report for more details on all of these programs.

New Business
There was no new business.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Wayne “Otis” Mamed
Executive Secretary, SUBOG 2009-2010