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Senate Meeting Minutes: June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING MINUTES

June 28, 2010

I. Welcome & Call to Order at 4:18pm

II. Roll Call

a. Adam Do Amaral

b. Alexander Barrio (Excused)

c. Amanda Jimenez

d. Carlos Rodriguez (Absent)

e. Chris Cabral

f. Christina Marinos (Excused)

g. Cristina Loreto

h. Daniel Gonzalez

i. Daniela Gonzalez (Absent)

j. David Tooch

k. Donovan Dawson

l. Erika Edwards

m. Hector Mujica (Excused)

n. Janice Rubio

o. Jesus Borrero

p. Joanne Myler (Absent)

q. Kevin Gonzalez

r. Macarena Jimenez (Excused)

s. Moses Aluicio

t. Patrick O’Keefe

u. Ranshan Gomez (Absent)

v. Tara Jafarmadar (Absent)

w. William-Jose Velez (Excused)

x. Nicholas Autiello (Excused)

y. Alina Gonzalez

z. Altanese Phenelus

III. Approval of Minutes

Move to approve June 14 and June 21 [D.Gonzalez] (Passes)

IV. Finance Chair Report

a. Finance Request Form is now available online

Move to reports; bypass Senator Reports and move into New Business before Old Business [D. Gonzalez] (Passes)

V. Executive Report

a. Cabinet confirmations today (Phenelus)

b. Working on Carnegie Certification Program (Phenelus)

c. June 30 is the Constitutional Changes and Green Fee Referendum (Phenelus)

VI. New Business

a. Elections Commissioner Confirmation : Luis Robayo

Move to have presentation for 2 minutes & 5 minutes for questions and debate [Aluicio] (Passes)

Move to have unanimous consent to vote by acclamation [D.Gonzalez] (Passes)

i. Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii. Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii. Chris Cabral – Yes

iv. Cristina Loreto – Yes

v. Daniel Gonzalez – Yes

vi. David Tooch – Yes

vii. Donovan Dawson – Yes

viii. Erika Edwards – Yes

ix. Janice Rubio – Yes

x. Jesus Borrero – Yes

xi. Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xii. Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii. Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

13*0*0 (Passes)

b. Cabinet Confirmations

1. Sara Conklin

Move to have 2 minute presentation, 2 minute debate and 3 minute questions [Aluicio] (Passes)

Move to have unanimous consent to vote by acclamation [Aluicio] (Passes)

i. Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii. Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii. Chris Cabral – Yes

iv. Cristina Loreto – Yes

v. Daniel Gonzalez – Yes

vi. David Tooch – Yes

vii. Donovan Dawson – Yes

viii. Erika Edwards – Yes

ix. Janice Rubio – Yes

x. Jesus Borrero – Yes

xi. Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xii. Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii. Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

13*0*0 (Passes)

2. Brittany Rhodenbaugh

Move to vote by unanimous consent to vote by acclamation [D.Gonzalez] (Passes)

i. Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii. Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii. Chris Cabral – Yes

iv. Cristina Loreto – Yes

v. Daniel Gonzalez – Yes

vi. David Tooch – Yes

vii. Donovan Dawson – Yes

viii. Erika Edwards – Yes

ix. Janice Rubio – Yes

x. Jesus Borrero – Yes

xi. Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xii. Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii. Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

13*0*0 (Passes)

c. Chief Justice Confirmation : Veronica Guerra

Move to have 3 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions and 5 minutes debate [Borrero](Passes)

Move to have unanimous consent to vote by acclamation [D.Gonzalez] (Passes)

i. Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii. Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii. Chris Cabral – Yes

iv. Cristina Loreto – Yes

v. Daniel Gonzalez – Yes

vi. David Tooch – Yes

vii. Donovan Dawson – Yes

viii. Erika Edwards – Yes

ix. Janice Rubio – Yes

x. Jesus Borrero – Yes

xi. Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xii. Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii. Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

13*0*0 (Passes)

Move to go back into Old Business and then Section d under New Business [Loreto] (Passes)

VII. Old Business

a. SR 1035- To Create and Establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

Move to silent read [Edwards] (Passes)

Move to end silent reading and begin discussion [D. Gonzalez] (Passes)

Move to strike under section f everything after from and add “more than one group funded by A&S fees [D. Gonzalez] (Passes)

Move to vote [Aluicio] (Passes0

Move to suspend RONR [Aluicio] (Fails)

xiv. Adam Do Amaral – Yes

xv. Amanda Jimenez – Yes

xvi. Chris Cabral – Yes

xvii. Cristina Loreto – Yes

xviii. Daniel Gonzalez – No

xix. David Tooch – Yes

xx. Donovan Dawson – Yes

xxi. Erika Edwards – Yes

xxii. Janice Rubio – Yes

xxiii. Jesus Borrero – Yes

xxiv. Kevin Gonzalez – No

xxv. Moses Aluicio – Yes

xxvi. Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

11*2*0 (Passes)

Section D under New Business “Graduate Student Funding Committee Chairperson Election” cannot be conducted since there is no quorum (Loreto)

VIII. Announcements

a. Sending calendar of events (Loreto)

IX. Adjournment at 5:17pm

SGA Constitutional and Green Energy Fee Referendum

June 28, 2010 2 comments

Tomorrow, the FIU student body will have the opportunity to take part in the SGA Constitutional and Green Energy Fee Referendum. In it students will have a chance to ratify or deny the proposed Constitution as approved the the Senates of the Student Government and the University Wide Council. If the students vote in favor of the new Constitution it will be automatically ratified and implemented as the new SGA Constitution.

Additionally, students will be asked for their input on the prospect of the implementation of a new Green Energy Fee upon the student body. As the name implies the fee’s funds would be used to make FIU a more sustainable university. If the students vote in favor of the new fee, the fee will not be automatically implemented. The referendum’s purpose is to gather the student’s input on the new fee. In order for the fee to be finally implemented, approval from the Florida Legislature and the FIU Board of Trustees is required.

Voting will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm at www.fiu.edu/~sga. Log on and vote!

Documents

Current Constitution

Proposed Constitution

Resolution authorizing the Green Energy Fee Referendum

Senate Meeting Agenda: June 28, 2010

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING AGENDA

June 28, 2010

I. Welcome & Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of Minutes

V. Speaker Report

VI. Comptroller Report

VII. Executive Report

VIIII. Committee Reports

IX. Senator Reports

X. Old Business

A. SR 1035 –  To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

XI. New Business

A. Elections Board Confirmations

B. Graduate Student Funding Committee Chairperson Election*

*Subject to passage and signing of SR 1035

C. Chief Justice Confirmation

XII. Announcements

XIII. Adjournment

Senate Meeting Minutes: June 21, 2010

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING MINUTES

June 21, 2010

I. Welcome & Call to Order at 4:12pm

II. Roll Call

a. Adam Do Amaral

b. Alexander Barrio (Absent)

c. Amanda Jimenez

d. Carlos Rodriguez (Absent)

e. Chris Cabral (Absent)

f. Christina Marinos (Excused)

g. Cristina Loreto

h. Daniel Gonzalez

i. Daniela Gonzalez (Absent)

j. David Tooch

k. Donovan Dawson

l. Erika Edwards

m. Hector Mujica (Excused)

n. Janice Rubio

o. Jesus Borrero

p. Joanne Myler (Excused)

q. Kevin Gonzalez

r. Macarena Jimenez (Absent)

s. Moses Aluicio

t. Patrick O’Keefe

u. Ranshan Gomez (Absent)

v. Tara Jafarmadar (Absent)

w. William-Jose Velez (Excused)

x. Nicholas Autiello (Excused)

y. Alina Gonzalez

z. Helena Ramirez

III. Approval of Minutes

No quorum

IV. Senate Speaker Report

a. In Puerto Rico; back in Fall

V. Senator Pro-Tempore Report

a. In San Francisco; back in Fall

VI. Finance Chair Report

a. Finance Request Form is now available online

VII. Executive Report

a. Transportation about bus route times (new and old passes out, Alina asked for suggestions for changes);

b.  President Ramirez talked about BOG meeting Orlando—great learning experience; presented with the University Provost on FIU’s progress; next BOG is in September.

c.  President Ramirez also talked about continuing the ‘Meet Your Dean’ events in the 2010-2011 academic school year.

VIII. Senator Reports

a. Met with Dean (K. Gonzalez)

b. Trying to get SR 1035 passed today & met with Deans (Edwards)

c. tabling at orientations; hopefully having a SAC meeting (O’Keefe)

IX. Old Business

a. SR 1035- To Create and Establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

1. No quorum

X. New Business

a. Cabinet Confirmations

1. No quorum

b. Elections Commissioner Confirmation

1. No quorum

XI. Announcements

a. Filming Football commercial on Thursday in the Stadium from 11am to 4pm (Torres)

XII. Adjournment at 4:46pm

Senate Meeting Agenda: June 21, 2010

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING AGENDA

June 21, 2010

I. Welcome & Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of Minutes

V. Speaker Report

VI. Comptroller Report

VII. Executive Report

VIIII. Committee Reports

IX. Senator Reports

X. Old Business

A. SR 1035 –  To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

XI. New Business

A. Elections Comissioner Confirmation

XII. Announcements

XIII. Adjournment

Senate Meeting Minutes: June 14, 2010

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Florida International University • Student Government Association • Modesto A. Maidique Campus

MEETING MINUTES

June 14, 2010

I. Welcome & Call to Order at 4:06pm

II. Roll Call

a.       Adam Do Amaral

b.      Alexander Barrio (Absent)

c.       Amanda Jimenez (Tardy)

d.      Carlos Rodriguez (Absent)

e.       Chris Cabral

f.       Christina Marinos (Excused Tardy)

g.      Cristina Loreto

h.      Daniel Gonzalez (Excused)

i.        Daniela Gonzalez (Excused)

j.        David Tooch

k.      Donovan Dawson

l.        Erika Edwards

m.    Hector Mujica (Excused)

n.      Janice Rubio (Excused)

o.      Jesus Borrero

p.      Joanne Myler

q.      Kevin Gonzalez

r.        Macarena Jimenez

s.       Moses Aluicio (Tardy)

t.        Patrick O’Keefe

u.      Ranshan Gomez (Absent)

v.      Tara Jafarmadar (Absent)

w.    William-Jose Velez

x.      Nicholas Autiello (Excused)

y.      Helena Ramirez

III.             Approval of Minutes

Move to approve May 24 minutes [O’Keefe] (Passes)

IV.             Senate Speaker Report

a.       Last meeting of the summer à leaving to Puerto Rico

b.      Cristina will be taking over

c.       Send any legislation to Cristina

d.      Still need to send CC the Clerk and I

Move to bypass onto New Business [Loreto] (Passes)

V.                New Business

a.       Cabinet Confirmations

Move to limit questions to 2 questions [Aluicio] (Passes)

1. Dean Williams

Move to close debate [Do Amaral] (Passes)

Move to vote by acclamation [Loreto] (Passes)

i.            Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii.            Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii.            Chris Cabral – Yes

iv.            Cristina Loreto – Yes

v.            David Tooch – Yes

vi.            Donovan Dawson – Yes

vii.            Erika Edwards – Yes

viii.            Jesus Borrero – Yes

ix.            Joanne Myler – Yes

x.            Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xi.            Macarena Jimenez – Yes

xii.            Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii.            Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

xiv.            William Jose Velez – Yes

14*0*0 (Passes)

2. Julio Yanes

i.            Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii.            Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii.            Chris Cabral – Yes

iv.            Cristina Loreto – Yes

v.            David Tooch – Yes

vi.            Donovan Dawson – Yes

vii.            Erika Edwards – Yes

viii.            Jesus Borrero – Yes

ix.            Joanne Myler – Yes

x.            Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xi.            Macarena Jimenez – Yes

xii.            Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii.            Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

xiv.            William Jose Velez – Yes

14*0*0 (Passes)

b.      SR 1033 – Resolution to Encourage the Immediate Establishment of the Student Elections Board

Move to table [Loreto] (Passes)

Move to have recess for one minute [Aluicio] (Passes)

Back at 4:38pm

i.            Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii.            Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii.            Chris Cabral – Yes

iv.            Cristina Loreto – Yes

v.            David Tooch – Yes

vi.            Donovan Dawson – Yes

vii.            Erika Edwards – Yes

viii.            Jesus Borrero – Yes

ix.            Joanne Myler – Yes

x.            Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xi.            Macarena Jimenez – Yes

xii.            Moses Aluicio – Yes

xiii.            Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

xiv.            William Jose Velez – Yes

14*0*0 (Passes)

c.       SR 1034- To Create a Line of Succession for Speaker of the Senate

Move to bypass the second reading [Loreto] (Passes)

Move to vote by acclamation [Loreto] (Passes)

i.            Adam Do Amaral – Yes

ii.            Amanda Jimenez – Yes

iii.            Chris Cabral – Yes

iv.            Cristina Loreto – Yes

v.            David Tooch – Yes

vi.            Donovan Dawson – Yes

vii.            Erika Edwards – Yes

viii.            Jesus Borrero – Yes

ix.            Joanne Myler – Yes

x.            Kevin Gonzalez – Yes

xi.            Macarena Jimenez – Yes

xii.            Patrick O’Keefe – Yes

xiii.            William Jose Velez – Yes

13*0*0 (Passes)

d.      SR 1035 – To Create and Establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

Move to silent read [K. Gonzalez] (Passes)

Move to read out loud [Edwards] (Passes)

Move to end debate [Loreto] (Passes)

Move to table [Aluicio] (Passes)

VI.             Announcements

a. Welcome Gallop Franklin—FAMU SGA President (Ramirez)

b. Gallop Franklin—FSA President; 850-445-2943 sga.president@famu.edu

VII.          Adjournment at 5:09pm

Council Bill SR 1035: To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

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Agenda Item: Amendment to the Senate Committees of the SGC-MMC Date: June 14, 2010

Committee: of the Whole

Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate School Senator; David Tooch Graduate School Senator

To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Student Funding Committee Act of 2010.”

SECTION II. Inserting the Graduate Student Funding Committee into Section 5.01 Committee Structure

Section 5.01 Committee Structure

(a)        The Standing Committees of the SGC-MMC Senate shall be the Finance Committee, Rules, Legislation and Judiciary Committee, Student Advocacy Committee, Operational Review  Committee, and Internal Affairs Committee and the Graduate Student Funding Committee. It shall be the duty of these committees to present items for discussion and present solutions to the SGC-MMC Senate. These committees are to be chaired by SGC-MMC Senators.
SECTION III. Inserting Section 5.08 Graduate Student Funding Committee into Article V. Senate Committees

Section 5.08 Graduate Student Funding Committee

a) The purpose of the Graduate Student Funding Committee is to dispense and allocate the funds for graduate students who wish to participate in research, conferences, and professional development events.

b) The Graduate Student Funding Committee will consist of the entire Graduate School Senate Delegation, the College of Law Senator, the College of Medicine Senator, and the Comptroller who will sit on the board as an ex-officio member.

(i) The Comptroller shall have an advisory role and will not have a vote in the Committee.

(ii) The GSFC shall be presided by its Committee Chairperson.

(c) The GSFC shall determine the application procedure and regulations graduate students must follow to request funding.

(i) The application will be an online document that will specify the details of the budget, research, conference, professional development, and the benefits of participation.

(ii) Requests shall be approved by a majority vote of the GSFC.

(iii) If not approved by the GSFC, the request shall be reported to the Senate at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

(iv) Students may appeal a denial by the GSFC by presenting before the Senate, and gaining the support of a majority of the Senate.

(v) Should the Senate grant an appeal the GSFC shall reconsider the request but shall not be obligated to approve it.

(v) If the GSFC does not approve a request after reviewing it for a second time, the Senate may overturn the committee’s decision with a two thirds (2/3) vote of its members.

(vi)       The Senate shall have the power to amend the procedure and regulations to request funds from the GSFC with a two thirds (2/3) vote.

1)         Amendments to the procedure and regulations shall be subject to Presidential veto.

(d) Funding shall benefit individual graduate students interested in the following:

(i) Research, defined as an investigation that is necessary for the completion of a masters or doctoral or professional degree.

(ii) Conferences, defined as presentations  (i.e. papers, posters, performances) on current and developing research that pertains to their respective masters, doctoral or professional degree.

1) Funding can be used for conference registration and travel costs.

(iii) Professional Development, defined as events (i.e. workshops, seminars, conferences) that advances the knowledge of the graduate students’ academic career.

1) Upon the return of their trip the student must agree to present the skills learned at an assigned workshop at FIU.

2) Funding can be used for conference registration and travel costs.

(e) GSFC Funds shall be allocated as follows:

(i) International conferences and research: up to $500.00

(ii) Domestic conferences and research: up to $300.00

(iii) International and Domestic professional development events: up to $250.00

(f) Graduate students shall be eligible to request funds from the committee once a semester and twice during a fiscal year.

(g) Students are ineligible to request funds from both the Council for Student Organizations and the GSFC for the same event.

(h)        If a request for funding is approved by the GSFC, upon return of their event the requester has up to one (1) week to turn in all materials for reimbursement to the Student Government Association and is allowed upward to four (4) weeks to claim the funds and provide all necessary documentation to the Student Government Association and to the A&S Business Office for the proper disbursement of the funds.

SECTION III. Inserting Section 5.08 Graduate Student Funding Committee into Article V. Senate Committees

Section 5.08 Graduate Student Funding Committee

a) The purpose of the Graduate Student Funding Committee (GSFC) is to dispense and allocate the funds for graduate students who wish to participate in research, conferences, and professional development events.

b) The Graduate Student Funding Committee will consist of the entire Graduate School Senate Delegation, the College of Law Senator, the College of Medicine Senator, and the Comptroller who will sit on the board as an ex-officio member.

(i) The Comptroller shall have an advisory role and will not have a vote in the Committee.

(ii) The GSFC shall be presided by its Committee Chairperson.

(c) The GSFC shall determine the application procedure and regulations graduate students must follow to request funding.

(i) The application will be an online document that will specify the details of the budget, research, conference, professional development, and the benefits of participation.

(ii) Requests shall be approved by a majority vote of the GSFC.

1)         If a request for funding is approved by the GSFC, upon return of their event the requester has up to one (1) week to turn in all materials for reimbursement to the Student Government Association and is allowed upward to four (4) weeks to claim the funds and provide all necessary documentation to the Student Government Association and to the A&S Business Office for the proper disbursement of the funds.

2) GSFC Funds shall be allocated as follows:

a) International conferences and research: up to $500.00

b) Domestic conferences and research: up to $300.00

c) International and Domestic professional development events: up to $250.00

(iii) If a request is not approved by the GSFC, the applicant shall have the right to file a written appeal with the Senate Speaker. Should the Speaker approve the written appeal, the applicant shall present their case before the Senate.

(iv) With the majority vote of the Senate at a meeting where there is quorum the Senate can send back the application to the GSFC who shall reconsider the request. The GSFC is not obligated to approve the reconsidered request.

(v) If the GSFC does not approve a request after reviewing it for a second time, the Senate may overturn the committee’s decision with a two thirds (2/3) vote of the Senate at a meeting where there is quorum.

(vi)       The procedures and regulations for funding requests and expenses shall require the approval of the Senate.

1)         Amendments to the procedure and regulations shall be subject to Presidential veto.

(d) Funding shall benefit individual graduate students interested in the following:

(i) Research, defined as an investigation that is necessary for the completion of a masters or doctoral or professional degree.

(ii) Conferences, defined as presentations  (i.e. papers, posters, performances) on current and developing research that pertains to their respective masters, doctoral or professional degree.

1) Funding can only be used for conference registration and travel costs.

(iii) Professional Development, defined as events (i.e. workshops, seminars, conferences) that advances the knowledge of the graduate students’ academic career.

1) Upon the return of their trip the student must agree to present the skills learned at an assigned workshop at FIU.

2) Funding can only be used for conference registration and travel costs.

(e) Graduate students shall be eligible to request funds from the committee once a semester and twice during a fiscal year.

(f) Students are ineligible to request funds from more than one group that is funded by A&S fees.

(i)         The GSFC Chairperson shall be responsible for submitting written reports to the Finance Committee Chair, the Council for Student Organizations, and the Operational Review Committee to ensure that the previous stipulation (f) is enforced.

PROVISO:      The Senate shall elect a Committee Chairperson after the passage of this bill, who will assume the chairperson functions of the GSFC if and when the President signs this bill.

In favor: 11; Opposed: 2; Abstentions:0 ; Status: Signed.