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1 Senator Welcome August 28 th, 2008 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009

2 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Introductions Officers: Jimmy Harris, President Chris Roberts, Vice-President Danny Anderson, Corresponding Secretary Olivier Arnoult, Treasurer Jeremy Marvel, Recording Secretary Executive Board: Scott Adams, Social Sciences Chris Ryan, Math & Natural Sciences Lucas ODonnell, Engineering Patrick Warren, Arts and Humanities Maritza Rosales, At-Large Craig Rudick, At-Large Sreenath Narayan, At-Large Quentin Jamieson, Medical Sciences UNFILLED, Professional Programs Deans: Dr. Chuck Rozek Dr. Denise Douglas

3 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Meeting Agenda Introductions CMA Viva and Gala Around Town The Cleveland Museum of Art Health Care Committee Relay for Life - American Cancer Society SIS Survey Update Bylaws Changes GSS Financial Statement Upcoming Events and Committees

4 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SENATOR RECOGNITION PROGRAM New initiative to encourage dissemination of information to ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS! BCC on GSS updates you send to your An qualifies you for chance to win $15 gift card (drawing at next GSS meeting) Meeting updates qualify too! (see gss.case.edu) SENATOR OF THE MONTH(S): David Jacobs from Physics (contact Olivier)

5 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 CMA Viva! & Gala Around Town

6 VIVA! & Gala Around Town 2008 – Performances 14 Countries 10 Venues Around Town

7 Lura: The Music of Cape Verde October 18, :30pm October 18, :30pm Cleveland Museum of Natural History Murch Auditorium

8 David Krakauer and Klezmer Madness! November 1, :30pm Cleveland Museum of Natural History Murch Auditorium

9 Program: Works by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Anton Arensky, and Gabriel Fauré November 12, :30pm Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall Artistic Luxury: Music of Opulence and Decadence around 1900 With Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

10 Artistic Luxury Film Series Aspects of Artistic Luxury Paris 1900 The Adventures of Prince Achmed Klimt (Directors Cut) Proteus To Catch a Thief Ninotchka Salome Angels and Insects Nicholas and Alexandra The Scarlet Empress 2008 Holiday Film Festival: Lapse of Luxury The Leopard The Magnificent Ambersons Grand Illusion The Earrings of Madame De… Russian Ark

11 Calder Quartet November 19, :30pm Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, UCC Program: Works by Thomas Adés, W.A. Mozart, and Terry Riley

12 December 10, :30pm Christopher Taylor, piano Vingt Regards sur lEnfant- Jesus MESSIAEN CENTENARY December 10, 2008, 7:30pm Old Stone Church

13 Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble Tim Weiss, director Des Canyons aux Etoiles MESSIAEN CENTENARY December 13, :30pm Pilgrim Congregational Church Olivier Messiaen

14 La Nativité du Seigneur MESSIAEN CENTENARY January 4, :00pm St. Pauls Episcopal Church Karel Paukert, organ

15 January 11, :30pm Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall Bernarda Fink mezzo-soprano Program: Works by Franz Shubert and Antonín Dvorák

16 Merce Cunningham Dance January 31, :30pm PlayhouseSquare Program: Fabrications, Second Hand, and Sounddance

17 PASSIO BY ARVO PÄRT February 25, 2009 at 7:30pm Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus Soloists of the Trinity Choir of New York City, with the Oberlin Choir Owen Burdick, conductor

18 Maureen Fleming Dance February 28, :30pm PlayhouseSquare

19 ASWAT: The Golden Age of Arab Music March 8, 2009 at 7:30pm PlayhouseSquare

20 Pieter Wispelwey cello Lois Shapiro piano March 11, :30pm Cleveland Institute of Music Mixon Hall Program: Beethovens complete sonatas and variations

21 Alarm Will Sound March 21, 2009 at 7:30pm Cleveland Museum of Natural History Murch Auditorium Program: 1969

22 Lo Còr de la Plana March 29, :30pm Cleveland Museum of Natural History Murch Auditorium

23 April 3, :30pm PlayhouseSquare Krystian Zimerman piano

24 Mariza: The Fado of Portugal April 10, :30pm PlayhouseSquare

25 Dogugaeshi April 30 & May 1, 2009 at 7:30pm May 2 & 3, 2009 at 3:00pm, 7:30pm Cleveland Play House Brooks Theatre Basil Twists

26 Goran Bregovic: The Wedding and Funeral Orchestra June 15, 2009 at 7:30pm PlayhouseSquare

27 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Healthcare Committee Update

28 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Graduate Student Health Insurance Survey Who? – All graduate students, regardless of whether or not they are on the grad student health plan Why? – To determine what the priorities should be in working with the administration and Aetna in improving student health insurance? When? – ASAP

29 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Graduate Student Health Insurance Survey Survey development – Broad enough to encompass all graduate and professional students – Closed-ended questions for ease of analysis post- survey – Required purchasing of Survey Monkey Needed branching/conditionally asked questions Needed ranking questions Needed more than 10 questions Cost = $19.95 per month

30 General Assembly February 5 th, Wih0XtnVe_2f3EihuRWtvTA_3d_3d Wih0XtnVe_2f3EihuRWtvTA_3d_3d Types of Questions – Demographics – Coverage – Usage and Cost – Priorities Graduate Student Health Insurance Survey

31 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Please take the survey! Looking for feedback on… – Themes – did we miss anything major? – Follow up – what to do with this information – Professional schools – how to get them involved in improving student health insurance Please encourage your constituents to take the survey! Graduate Student Health Insurance Survey

32 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Relay for Life

33 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 RELAY FOR LIFE Signature fundraising event for American Cancer Society Last year we raised $60,000 Goal for 2009: $80,000! April 17 th and 18 th : 6pm – Noon

34 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Relay For Life 2009 To date we have 25 teams signed up Current fundraising leader BME GSA – over $1000! Where do the funds go? Fundraising ideas – Restaurant days – Garage sales (Ebay or Craigslist)

35 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 How can I participate? Form a team in your department Join a team online – Encourage friends and family to sign up as survivors Purchase Luminarias – $10, funds go to your team or team of your choice

36 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Update Jeremy Marvel, Recording Secretary

37 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Results: Demographics Online questionnaire covering topics brought up by their respective representatives covering the topics of… – Class search/registration – Planned Programs of Study – Usability 161 Respondents ranging from 1 st year graduate students to 5 + -year veterans

38 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Results: Class Registration Most students find searching for and registering for classes relatively easy The process of registering for classes, however, takes too long

39 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Results: PPoS Most 1 havent experienced any problem with their PPoS, and find the online submission process to be relatively easy and straight-forward. 1 – Many claim ignorance of the PPoS or say they do not require one.

40 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Results: Usability A significant portion of the students surveyed believe that, while the system is relatively fast, it is inefficient and difficult to use. Only about ¼ of the respondents were happy with the usability of SIS.

41 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 SIS Survey Results: Additional Note From the additional comments provided by respondents a disturbing trend emerged: Communication is clearly lacking. Work needs to be done to improve the communication between students and the system, the University, the departments/schools, and the GSS. An actual response from the survey: I don't even know what SIS stands for or what you do. I don't know what the online PPOS is. As a general note, you should *always* strive to reduce the number of steps necessary to do *anything* online. No one is ever going to tell you, "oh, gosh, I wish that process had been more complicated.

42 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Proposed Bylaws Changes Chris Roberts, Vice President

43 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Bylaws Changes 1.Election Terms 2.Reorganization of Standing Cmtes 3.Composition of Executive Board 4.Recognized Organizations 5.Budget 6.Duties of Officers Formal Bylaws Changes to be distributed!

44 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Election Terms Overview of Proposed Change: – Change start date of Senators, Executives, Officers from August 1 st to June 1 st. Reason for Change: – To use the summer as a ramp up period and minimize the lame-duck period. – To get all of executive board formed before school year starts and at the same time

45 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Reorganization of Standing Cmtes Overview of Proposed Change: – See Table Reason for Change: – Activities and Prof Development act as two separate cmtes – Diekhoff committee usually only active in Spring, and the two committees overlap – Benefits and Compensation committee to examine everything from Health Care to RTA passes CurrentProposed Activities (Prof. Development is a Subcommittee) Activities Prof. Development Organizations and Allocations (V-Fund is a subcommittee) DiekhoffMentoring (Diekhoff award becomes part of cmte duties) Mentoring Ad-Hoc Health CareBenefits and Compensation Ad-Hoc Transportation

46 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Composition of Executive Board Overview of Proposed Change: – Merge 3 College of Arts and Sciences Cost Center executives – Remove at-large Executives, put Committee chairs onto exec. board – Establish firm ties to Graduate Professional Council Reason for Change: – Structure Executive Board to improve collaboration and communication inside and outside of GSS

47 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Recognized Organizations Overview of Proposed Change: – Provide Organizations and Allocations Cmte (O+A) with recognition capabilities – Increase Funding Amount from $250 to $500 – Change wording to encourage multiple events by student groups Reason for Change: – To encourage student participation in O+A committee – To allow student groups to plan better and more frequent events for grad students

48 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Budget Overview of Proposed Change: – Create budget start date in bylaws, and specify it to align with start date of Execs, Senators, etc. – Specify how budget and finances are managed between start of new exec board until full senate approval Reason for Change: – New Exec board/GSS should be able to propose/decide its own budget – Events during the summer and early fall incur costs to GSS before budget has been decided. New rules will enable expenditures with safefguards.

49 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Duties of Officers Overview of Proposed Change: – Rebranding of Corresponding Sec. and Recording Sec. into Information Officer and Secretary – Other misc. changes to other Execs Reason for Change: – Corresponding Sec. is largely in charge of s and website currently, so the title of the position should be reworded to align with current duties – Other changes in duties to executives are proposed to align with expected duties

50 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Financial Status Update Olivier Arnoult, Treasurer

51 General Assembly February 5 th, Budget at Dec 31 st 2008 BudgetIncome Fall Activity Fee20, , Spring Activity Fee20, remaining Money from Previous Year6, , Total47, , Senate operation BudgetExpenses General assembly , Executive meeting GSS Committee Operations Orientation and Promotional Items Communication, Advertisement GSS Financial Status Olivier Arnoult, GSS Treasurer

52 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Social Activities at Dec 31st 2008 BudgetExpenses Fall BBQ with SGS Indians' Game , Grad' Night , Food drive Cav's Night Spring BBQ Activities (TBD)4,

53 General Assembly February 5 th, at Dec 31st 2008 BudgetExpenses Professional Development financial planning series Panel Discussion: Life after a PhD Panel discussion: Salary Negotiations Seminar: Career Center Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship Leadership Workshop Events (TBD) : Public speaking workshop1, Organization and Award committee Affiliated Organization V-fund Endowment (Principal account) ,920.00

54 General Assembly February 5 th, Budget at Dec 31 st 2008 BudgetIncome Fall Activity Fee20, , Spring Activity Fee20, remaining Money from Previous Year6, , Total47, , BudgetExpenses Total Expenses , Balance9.4012,886.62

55 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Nattapon ChaimanonartElectrical Engineering Pankaj NagpalIS Xibo LiChemistry Bo ZhongChemistry Heehyul MoonSocial Science Aura NewlinAnthropology Elizabeth OlsonAnthropology Tim MarianoMSTP - BME Katherine Kruegerneurosciences Olivier ArnoultMacromolecular Science 12 V-Fund Applications 10 Awarded – 10 travelling award of $200 each remaining Endowment Income Fall 2008 Award-2200 Balance at Dec 31st

56 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Upcoming Events and Committees Viewers Like You

57 General Assembly February 5 th, 2009 Other Questions or Business?


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