Julia Cain called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. and attendance was taken.
Jack Baker, Julia Cain, Ed Day, Megan Hammond, Kay Kenison, Kevin Kimball, Riley LaMie, Stephanie Oberlander, Brook Rutledge, Scott Robinson, Brent Weisel, and Wendy Williams. Excused: Caitlin Morrison and Teri Willard
Scott Robinson moved to approve the minutes as presented. Riley LaMie seconded. Motion carried. (9 in favor)
Annual National MEChA Conference – Yecenica Valdivia: The National MEChA Conference is March 18-22, 2009 and will be held in Eugene, Oregon. There are 15 students planning on attending this conference, which includes workshops, caucus sessions, and a banquet with a keynote speaker, and a resolution circle to discuss the conference and plans for the next year. They are receiving funding from several sources, and are also doing fund raising for the trip. The request to the S&A Committee is $443.70.
Cross Cultural Leaders – El Salvador Leadership Trip: The Cross Cultural Leaders trip to El Salvador is scheduled for April 3 through April 10, 2009. The request for the S&A Committee is $4,800 (12 students at $400.00 each).
MOTION: Stephanie Oberlander made a motion to approve $4,100.00 for travel and expenses for the Cross Cultural Leaders Leadership trip to El Salvador. Megan Hammond seconded.
Discussion: The committee members agreed that this is a valuable trip. Brent Weisel made a friendly amendment to approve $4,800.00. Stephanie Oberlander approved. Motion carried. (8 approved; 1 abstention)
Manastash – Katharine Whitcomb: The funding request is for $4,835.00. The Manastash is a publication of selected works submitted by University students. It is an important tool for students as well as being used for recruitment and promotion of the University. The students gain many skills in publishing papers and work with visiting professionals in selecting and editing the manuscript. They are receive more submissions each year and are hoping to increase the number of pages include more artwork. The costs of printing are increasing and they plan on working within their funding.
ASCWU Board of Directors - Brent Weisel: The funding request for the ASCWU Board of Directors is $147,487.00. The main increase is the insurance. Last year, the insurance was a supplemental request and now it will be included in the ASCWU Board of Directors’ budget. This proposal is broad enough that the subsequent ASCWU Board of Directors will have the freedom to pursue their interests in providing programs for the students at CWU. The BOD staff is between of 15-17 including paid positions although the pay does not cover the number of hours that are put in by the members. There was a discussion regarding the three Blackberries for the BOD officers. The Blackberries help BOD officers keep in touch with the office and their numbers are available through the office if anyone needs to contact them. If there were cuts, it would probably be the Centers’ Liaisons because the positions have not been filled, but it is felt that this is a very viable connection to the Centers.
Center for Excellence in Leadership – Jesse Nelson: The funding request is for $241,344.00. The Center for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) provides leadership learning opportunities for all CWU students. CEL efforts span four functional areas: Leadership Programs, Studies, Resources, and Opportunities. The target group has been incoming freshman this year, because it would give an opportunity to grow as they progress through their school years. They are also doing several programs for the Centers including a 2-hour leadership training on the Westside. Jesse hopes that CWU will be the "leadership university." The growth in the budget is because of the 2 full-time professional staff and building the CEL programs to benefit the students while holding the costs down to the students.
Wendy Williams wondered if there was a way to show how much was earmarked for the Centers from the base budget requests. The requestors were asked to include how their programs could benefit the Centers and they have identified many areas, but at this point in time, it would be difficult to measure. The best way to measure the benefits would be during their annual reporting to the S&A Committee.
Scott Robinson wanted the committee to know the Taiwanese Puppet Company is coming to campus on March 9. There is a dinner ($18.50 per person), lectures, several workshops, and special events including two different performances. All are welcome to participate.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
Megan Hammond moved to adjourn, Stephanie Oberlander seconded. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.