October 16, 2011
Officers present: Reshma Nayyar (President), Emily Knox (Treasurer), Simon Knapen (Secretary), Laura Transue (VPEP)
Committee Chairs: Erin Kelly (TA/GA-Steering Committee)
GSO reps: see attendance sheet (Quorum achieved)
Call to order at 7:15pm
Announcements by GSOs
- The minutes of the meetings of April, May and September 2011 meetings are on the GSA website and were approved.
This Wednesday Interim VP for External Affairs Dick Edwards will be at the VPLC meeting.
[*****UPDATE: Mayor Cahill (New Brunswick) will be at the VPLC meeting this Wednesday, October 26 -please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns you would like brought up]
Sarah Stapleton was elected as Vice-President for External affairs and Sustainability.
The GSA will be sponsoring a free meditation session on Mondays at 9 am, starting on October 24th.
The GSA film board has currently 7 members who organize weekly movie screenings, with an a turn-out of about 10 to 15 grads, up to 30 grads.
GSA Halloween party will be held on the 28th, volunteers still welcome. GSO`s or individual grads. We acknowledge the French GSO and the JMBGSA for contributing their time.
The last organizational meeting will be on Wednesday October 19th at 7pm at the GSL.
We participate in ‘Trunk or Treat’, were we will drive to Union Square with a trunk full of sweets donated by grad students. Local kids can trick or treat from car to car, since their own neighbourhood is insufficiently safe. This event takes place on October 31th, we still need a
someone with a car. E-mail email@example.com.
We still need more volunteers for the Thanksgiving Dinner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jorge Cham event was a great success, we are very grateful to JMBGSA for organizing.
The community affairs board is organizing a book drive, both for local schools and schools in South Africa. E-mail email@example.com.
Reminder: You have up to 90 days after your event to hand in your post-event report with the receipts.
We are working on the web interface that will show your allocation.
The GSA will fund intramurals, talk to the treasurer.
Pansexualia changed its name to Queer Graduate and Professional Students Association (QGPSA).
Reminder: GSO`s need to be represented at at least 3 out of 4 council meetings. Any constituent can be a representative.
Events that are of interest to the larger graduate student community should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org latest the Sunday before the actual event.
Jesse Hofmann (English):
Aaron Trammel is a part of the committee that works on devising a policy on video tapping lectures. The debate is going between banning it university wide or leaving the matter up to the discretion of the professor. The first option would provide more university protection towards possible copy-right infringements. The majority GSA council is in favor of leaving the choice up to the professor.
We meet every other Friday for a social event and grocery carpool. Please reach out for (new) international students, contact email@example.com.
The TA/GA Steering Committee held a meeting last Tuesday to discuss a number of developing issues, including
The treasurer proposes an amendment to the funding guidelines:
Rule 9.1: The GSA shall not pay for alcohol.
This rule makes a previously stated policy explicit.
Clarification: GSO`s can have alcohol at their events, but the GSA cannot be billed for it. Funds must be drawn from other sources. (Entrance fees, dues, Union, ...)
Important Note: Please buy all alcohol on a SEPARATE bill so that alcohol does not even appear on any bill you submit to the GSA for reimbursement (even if you are not claiming reimbursement for the alcohol-related items). This is helpful in processing the reimbursements as it avoids any potential confusion."
The amendment was approved unanimously.
Bandhan Vagheliya nominated himself and his nomination was seconded by Reshma Nayer (President) and Simon Knapen (Secretary). Bandhan introduces himself as a 1st year Master student in Computer Science. He joined Rutgers in the Spring and helped out in several GSA events among which the Mardi Gras party. Before coming to Rutgers Bandhan was the secretary for the computer science organisation of India.
Question from the floor: When do you plan to graduate?
Answer from Bandhan: I will finish in January 2013.
Bandhan was voted in unanimously as Executive Vice-President.
Alexandra Walczak (Microbiology) was voted in unanimously as GSNB representative to the Executive Council of the GSNB.
Mike Haibach (Chemistry) was voted in unanimously as GSNB representative to the University Senate.
- Dean Kukor expressed interest to talk to individual grads and GSO`s. GSO`s who want to meet him can contact the GSA secretary or dean Kukor’s office directly.
- University venues need to be booked well in advance, as they are in high demand. Venues become available for booking a year in advance.
- Dr. Fred A. Bonner II will be arriving as the Samuel D. Proctor Chair in Education to the Rutgers GSE in the Spring 2011 semester. He will be giving a talk about his new book Diverse Millennial Students in College including African American, Asian, Latino, LGBTQ, and bi-racial/multi-racial students. The book forum will be held in Princeton University on Tuesday, November 8th (12pm - 1pm) in the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding (58 Prospect Street; Princeton, NJ). Dr. Bonner serves as a Texas A&M University professor in Higher Education Administration. His research interests include college student development, high-achieving African American and Latino males in STEM disciplines, and millennial college students. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- QGPSA asks for involvement as they try to work on building a community.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.