Academic Services Committee


March 25, 2008



Members Present:  Margaret Loper (GTRI) (Chair), Bill Ballard (Exec. Board), Nancey Green Leigh (CRP), Judith Norback (ISyE)(Secretary), Jim Sowell (PHYS), Cam Tyson (CHEM).


Members Not Present: Jess Chandler (SGA), Marlit Hayslett (GTRI), Myrtle Turner (GTRI), Cam Tyson (CHEM), Jane Weyant (COE).


Visitor:  Brock Wester, President of the Graduate Student Government


The meeting came to order at 10 am on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, in the Room 2100F of the Molecular Science and Engineering Building. 



The purpose of the meeting was to learn about and offer support to the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Government.



Four attachments to this file, shared with the Committee during the meeting, include:

·         The description of the Professional Development Certification Program

·         A description of the Student Government Association

·         A chart of the Student Government Association

·         A pdf of a flier on Graduate Student Government


Detailed Discussion

Anu Parvatiyar is President of the Undergraduate Student Government.


·         The two organizations work together but each have their own board.


·         The student activity fee is about $5 million per year from grads and undergrads.

o   Most goes into the budget, which covers

§  All student organizations (about 500)

§  Some of the expenses for the Student Center and the Campus Recreation Center (this amount is about $4 ˝ million)

o   Other additional costs help with the Technique, the student radio, and the grad student conference fund.


·         The Legislative Reserve Accounts (about $25,000)

o   Are split ˝ and ˝ to the graduates and undergraduates

o   Are allotted by Brock and Anu’s discretion


·         Betsy Kidwell in the Student Affairs Office and Nin Tran of the Student Involvement Office take care of the accounts so they are handled properly.


·         Specifics

o   Money can be carried over from year to year if this is requested by an organization.

o   Student organizations submit financial allocation bills for funding for various things.  How to submit a bill is described on the website.


Specific Request


·         Planning for a Professional Development Certification Program for graduate students has been initiated by Brock, Carl Yerger and Kishor Gupta.  Brock would like a letter of support sent from the Academic Services Committee to Andy Smith and his Advisory Board (which meets once a month.)


The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.


Respectfully submitted,

Judith Norback


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