Travel funding changes, upcoming elections and new platform discussed at 1st meeting of the fall semester

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Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Travel funding, elections and EngagEU were topics of conversation at the first Edinboro University Student Government Association (EUSGA) meeting of the semester. The meeting, which took place on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room, was led by EUSGA President Olivia Franchock and Finance Officer Logan Watson. The first order of business was reminding students that EUSGA is no longer responsible for distributing travel funds for organizational trips to academic conferences.
“You will have to go through your dean’s office to get funding for that,” Watson explained.

This change is new as of the Spring 2019 semester. In an email, Franchock and then interim university president Michael Hannan said: “To support the efforts of students traveling for academic purposes, the SGA has decided to dedicate, annually, a percentage of the overall amount of student activity fees — approximately 10 percent — for this purpose. These funds will be divided among the College of Science and Health Professions, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Business in proportion to each School/College’s percentage of the student body.”

Additionally, Watson pointed out that EUSGA vehicles are not to be used for travel outside of the trip to and from the hotel, or between the hotel and location that the conference is occurring.

“You can’t use the SGA vehicle for picking up groceries when you get to your destination, or for trips to museums [and other attractions]. Additionally, your meals are not covered by SGA either, so don’t bring us your receipts from your McDonald’s run and expect to be reimbursed for that” said Watson.

The next topic of discussion was the open seats on the EUSGA Executive Board that need to be filled. Open positions are: vice president, parliamentarian, director of public relations, and secretary. New congress members are also being looked for. Applications opened up on Sept. 9 and will close on Sept. 15 at midnight. Once applications are received, candidates will give speeches on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The location for speeches has not be announced as of print deadline. From Sept. 16-22, the campus will vote for which candidates they believe should fill the open seats. On Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. during the congress meeting, candidates will be sworn in to their new positions.
Individuals interested can find the application online on the SGA tab on EngagEU.

The last order of business announced was the switch from BoroSync to EngagEU as a platform to hold all club information. As this switch is being made, all EUSGA registered clubs will have to create a new page for their club on EngagEU, a task that will help EUSGA create an updated list of active clubs, according to EUSGA director of operations, Leslie Colonello.

The next EUSGA meeting will take place on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 in Pogue MPR.

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