Meeting Minutes for March 27th, 2013


GSC Meeting Minutes- March 27th 2012

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type: Spring Senate Meeting

Date: March 27th, 2012

Location: Room 2223, Student Center

Time: 7:00 PM

Call to Order

Speaker: Dana Lashley, GSC Vice-President

Welcomed and called to order the GSC Senate. It is noted that the GSC Exec. VP and Treasurer are not present for this meeting.

Meeting Minutes from the February 27th 2013 meeting approved

Old Business

A] Clarification of GSC standing with SGA and GSC Officer Elections

Speaker: Vice-President, Dana Lashley

Due to an unendorsed announcement in the Graduate Student Newsletter which directly conflicted with our stated means of election, there was a possible misconception that our elections this year were invalid or that the SGA officially didn't want to endorse the candidates we would bring forward. This is not the case. Meetings with the SGA president, vice-president and advisors determined that they would support our election process. As far as GSC participation in the School's Council we recently found out that the School's Council had not been updated with the current GSC President and VP's names and we never received invitations to attend. We contacted the director of School's Council, we were added to the roster, and the relations and communications have been excellent and very polite. SGA Bill of Law passed on February 6th 2012: This Bill grants the GSC a position as a special School’s Council with less responsibilities and more autonomy. -President and VP must only attend the 1st School’s Council Meeting of the Semester -Amendments to our constitution do not have to be approved by the SGA (only if vetoed)

GSC Relations with the SGA are great! We will continue to work together closely.

B] Amendment Recommendation regarding continuous improvement and the formation of a Vice-President for Student Affairs position

Speaker: Senator, Koparan Iscan

(Detailed information on all this amendment is included in the Appendix)


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Moved By: Koparan Iscan; Seconded. Approved: 50 Opposed: 11 Abstained: 1

New Business

A] Approval vote for Executive Vice-President-

Speaker: President, Glenn Hughes

Exec VP Candidate Section Process

● Applications were sent to senators and directly to all graduate students, 22 Feb. A total of 27 applicants applied during the application period.

● Each committee member individually reviewed and ranked the candidates. The committee met to decide on the strongest five candidates to invite for interviews.

● After the interviews the committee discussed and unanimously agreed on a candidate to recommend to the senate.

For the position of GSC Executive Vice President, the Welfare Committee unanimously support and recommend: Brandon Fincher, PhD student in Public Administration/Public Policy.

Background Info:

• Undergrad in Journalism from Auburn. Master’s in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University.

• Currently works for the Office of International Programs where his responsibilities include: interviewing students, faculty, and alumni, writing newsletters and promotional material, and event planning.

Motion to vote moved By: Rebecca Burslem; Seconded. Approved: 58 Opposed: 8 Abstained: 0

B] Officer Candidate Statements – 2 mins each

C] Officer Elections

CandidatePosition VotesResultFrank SturmPresident47WinnerIndia NapierPresident14James HammerVice-President27India NapierVice-President34WinnerBretford GriffinVice-President of Student Affairs49WinnerRichard DavisSecretary51WinnerKoparan IscanTreasurer52Winner


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2013-2014 Executive Board

President- Frank Sturm

Vice-President- India Napier

Vice-President of Student Affairs- Bretford Griffin

Secretary- Richard Davis

Treasurer- Koparan Iscan


Senator Announcements

Entomology grad students win regional ESA competitions Four Auburn entomology graduate students brought home top honors from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meetings in Baton Rouge this week. Zach DeVries claimed first place in the outstanding M.S. oral presentation competition for his paper on the effects of starvation on the metabolic rate of the common bed bug Cimex lectularius; William Reid placed first and Ting Li second in the Robert T. Gast Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Oral Presentation with their talks on the induction of vitellogenesis-related genes in Culex quinquefasciatus by non-steroidal ecdysone agonists and the function of G-protein-coupled receptor signaling-pathway-regulated genes in insecticide resistance of mosquitoes Culex quinquefasciatus, respectively; and Feng Liu won the Insect Photography Contest’s macrophotography award with a picture of male mosquito antennal sensilla. DeVries is a student in the lab of Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology head and professor Art Appel; Reid, Li and Liu are working under the direction of entomology professor Nannan Liu.

Audiology group to hold silent auction April 20 The Student Academy of Audiology will be holding a silent auction on Saturday, April 20 (A-Day) from 8 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Student Center. Items for auction are a 16GB black iPad with Retina Display, a football signed by Cam Newton and other various baskets/items. The Student Academy of Audiology invites everyone to stop by and place a bid.

Harrison School of Pharmacy organizing Relay for Life team Relay for Life will be on Friday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘90s based, so the Harrison School of Pharmacy team decided to go with the slogan "Cancer... GAME OVER" with an emphasis on Nintendo 64 games from the ‘90s. The team’s camp site will be decorated with a Nintendo 64 game theme and the team may hold a Mario Kart tournament to raise money on site. Everyone is welcome to visit the team’s camp site. To register to be a member of the team, visit the website and click "join our team.” It is passed the date to get a free shirt with registration, but please don't let this detour you from joining. It is only $10 to register. Those wanting to donate to the cause can do so by visiting the same link and clicking "donate.” People who don't want to register but still want to come to the event can do so but are encouraged to bring cash for on-site fundraisers. The team is selling luminaria for $1 each. These are the white paper bags that are decorated in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of a 3

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loved one who has lost their fight with cancer. The team is also selling $5 tickets for a drawing to win an Auburn painting, T-shirts and other prizes. If you would like to buy either of these, email Greg Massey at

Tribal Fusion Bellydance classes offered in Opelika Bellydance is a great way to stay fit both physically and mentally. Every class opens with a yoga warm-up to rid the body of stress and tension. Dress comfortably, bring water and prepare to have fun while immersing yourself into a new world. The classes are from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Mondays from April 22 to June 3 at Event Center Downtown in Opelika. Visit the website or email for more information.

Volunteers needed for Auburn Area Community Theatre Auburn Area Community Theatre is looking for volunteers for its Spring 2013 performance, “The Secret Garden.” The show is in need of the many and various skill sets of the Graduate School, including public relations, lighting, sound and costumes. All skill sets are welcome and encouraged. The technical week starts May 11, and performances are May 16-18 and May 23-25. For more information, email Richard Davis at

COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium to be held April 9 The third COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium of the semester will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. in room 151 of the Chemistry Building. Refreshments will be served outside room 151 at 5:30 p.m., and the talks will begin at 6 p.m. Speakers include: Nathan Hall, Department of Biological Sciences — “Preliminary Ecology of an obligate pitcher plant acarid;” Sarah Sheffield, Department of Geology and Geography — “The Morphology of Erisocrinus typus: A Study using ArcGIS;” and Katherine Vest, Department of Biological Sciences — “Both Enemy and Friend: Cellular Control of an Essential Metal.” The colloquium is an effort to promote research by graduate students within COSAM by offering graduate students the opportunity to share their insights regarding their field and the impact of their research to a broader COSAM community. For more information, visit the website.

Message from Steven Clontz on the COSAM Dean search To my fellow COSAM Graduate Students: My name is Steven Clontz (Doctoral Candidate, Mathematics), and I represent you as the graduate student representative for the COSAM Dean Search Committee. Beginning last fall, we began advertising for our COSAM Dean vacancy. We received almost 80 letters of intent from well-qualified candidates from around the world, and were tasked with the difficult job of filtering down to a few to visit campus in person. After meeting with several of the topmost candidates, we have invited Dr. James Garey (USF), Dr. Brian Kay (Chicago) and Dr. Nick Giordano (Purdue) to visit campus for a public interview. My job is to represent you on this search committee as we make our recommendations to the university Provost for this top COSAM position. To that end, I will be co-moderating public student forums alongside my undergraduate counterpart Rachel McKinnon for each candidate. It is VERY important that as many of you as possible attend these forums so that I can gather your feedback on the candidates. The forums will take place at the following times: - Monday, April 1, 2013, 3pm - Dr. Garey, 115 Science Center - Monday, April 8, 2013, 3pm - Dr. Kay, Location TBA (see website) - Monday, April 15, 2013, 3pm - Dr. Giordano, Location TBA (see website) Please feel free to contact me via email at if you have any questions. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you at the forums!


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Adjournment- The official meeting was adjourned at 8.10 PM


Amendment Recommendation regarding continuous improvement and the formation of a Vice-President for Student Affairs position


The Executive Committee shall consist of the following Executive Officers:

· President

· Vice President

· Administrative Vice President

· Vice President for Student Affairs

· Secretary

· Treasurer

SECTION 1: Selection/Duties/Powers of the Executive Committee

Section 1.4: Vice President for Student Affairs

1. The Vice President for Student Affairs (hereafter, VPSA) reviews comparable graduate programs in order to facilitate improvement.

2. The VPSA is determined by a vote within the previous year's GSC Senate, except when the position is vacated in the middle of the election term (see Article 7 Sec. 2 of Code of Laws).

3. The VPSA provides a monthly report to the senate on priority areas of GSC improvement and Graduate Student Welfare .

4. The VPSA provides monthly reports from the Welfare and Continuous Improvement Committee to the senate.

5. The VPSA may make motions but has no voting rights unless he/she is also acting as a GSC Senator


Section 4: Welfare and Continuous Improvement Committee (WCIC)

1. The default appointment for the WCIC Chairperson shall be the GSC Vice President for Student Affairs.

2. The WCIC shall recognize threats to graduate student welfare and identify possible improvements to graduate student welfare.

3. The WCIC shall communicate with university officials and organizations to make known the needs and issues of the graduate student community.

4. The WCIC shall recommend actions to the GSC Senate which will promote student welfare.

5. The WCIC shall examine options for improvement and make recommendations to the senate and other committees.

6. The WCIC shall focus its efforts on improving the following segments of the GSC:

a. Finances

b. Constitution

c. Events

d. Graduate School Magazine

e. Website

f. Philanthropy

7. The WCIC shall work with other committees when improving activities within the bounds of other committees.

8. The GSC Vice President for Student Affairs will make monthly recommendations to the senate based on WCIC findings.




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