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By Louie Torres | Dec 24, 2016

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The University of Illinois at Chicago Undergraduate Student Government met Sept. 19 to remodel the website.

Here are the meeting's minutes, as provided by the university:

SCE 605

Undergraduate Student Government Fall Meeting #3

September 19, 2016

Call to Order - Roll Call

Regular Meeting of the Undergraduate Student Government called to order at 5:10 PM in SCE 605.

The following members were present:

Flordalia Rodriguez-García, David Lin, Samrudhi Vaghmare, Peter Varughese, Asha Binbek, Dennis Ho, Shifa Zhong, Nancy Camacho, Deepika Kommineni, Rowida Zatar and Marlena Szymczak.

The following members were absent:

Dean DuJuan Smith, Jauwan Hall, Kiana Narvaez, Pooja Baxi, Chris Anthony Ebisi, Christian Goddard, Pari Shah

Reading and Approval of the Minutes:

There was a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Meeting minutes were approved.

Reading and Approval of the Agenda:

Motion to add guest speaker Susan Teggatz. Agenda approved as corrected.

Guest Speaker: Susan Teggatz

Students and RAs were not working effectively in the outdated programming model, so a new programming model is in effect for the second year and improvements are seen.

HON 201 and Business class being taught in the residence halls.

MAP works survey in place, which helps with intervention. Program identifies who is at risks. Early intervention is the key to student success. Housing has partnered with study group for anatomy class “with the bones” so students can use the tools to study.

Improvements of residence hall plans being implemented. Campus Housing is critical for first year students. Campus housing offers support and resources. New programming model for RAs focuses on helping student have a sense of belonging.


President Flordalia Rodriguez-Garcia

Doodle poll results: cabinet meeting Wednesdays at 5 pm.

Attended lunch with prospective Executive Director of Student Financial Aid Tina Baskin—she seems to be a good candidate for the position.

Wrote 3 USG Staff resolutions—candidates elected upon approval of the assembly to be appointed

Catalyst retreat—thanks for coming Saturday! Want to make it mandatory next year that every assembly member attends this retreat. You can never have too much leadership experience.

Sixth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: representing USG UIC in Washington DC.

Thanks for volunteering for Constitution Day!

Vice President David Lin

Kiosk hours’ doodle poll filled out in person during meeting; kiosk starts October

2 kiosks this week and next week

If you’re getting voted in today fill out the sheet today

Oct. 3 is picture day

Website is being remodeled

3 stages cleaning, adding, updating, reconstructing so it is more efficient

Emails asking for bios. Once it is updated, there will be a presentation of the website

Oct 8 at 11 am for Amazon ribbon cutting—Flordalia will represent USG

Arab American cultural center—IRC director will represent USG irc dir rep us? Date TBA. Associates: as soon as you are a new member, reach out to directors and associates--have to work with committee for at least 2 weeks

All directors should have keys

Log in office hours please

Interviewed 11 students, 3 will not be joining. 8 in application process. 5 are to get voted in today.

Meeting with director of wellness center will be guest speaker next meeting. She wants to partner with us for sexual assault awareness week

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Office supplies meeting with treasurer to send in order soon

Sitting in on director committee meetings. Seeing great initiative.

Speaker Vaghmare

Sending reminders to members/ office hour warnings

Accountability—log in office hour. 3 warnings equals strike. 3 strikes leads to impeachment process

Contact info has been compiled

Elections for secretary coming up

Decorating poster board

Still looking for leadership opportunities

Positive reinforcements and recognition for those who don’t receive strikes or warnings

Agendas for the assembly handled by secretary

Webinars to be implemented eventually

Email contact info if you are new member/ schedule trainings

Directors email committee structures to Samrudhi

Contact David to get keys


Treasurer Varughese

Last week wrote 9 RFFs for business cards

Wrote RFF for food catering, which will be “prewritten” for all meetings

Talked to members about joining committee

Nancy is appointed Assistant Treasurer

Marlena is no longer part of the committee

Service Hour opportunity: 5-6 Thursday BH 208: talking about politics in a nondestructive manner

IRC Director Asha Binbek

Civic engagement—Thanks for coming to Constitution Day! Red White and Bowl is coming up September 26.

Rock the vote on Tuesday the 27th

Debate watch parties October 7, 9, 19th

Voter Soup and Substance Oct. 25th

Student org connection events: SOSs (student org socials) 1 in October, another one for political orgs, religious orgs in February

Student org banquet—bring in leadership speaker that will teach skills to members

Student org of the month—to connect with uic news to publish them

Fearless Undocumented Alliance scholarships—working with URC

Student Choice Awards. Students vote on favorites

Outreach campaign with CRC. “99 problems and we can fix one” done by sister school—inspiration for UIC, but all committees needed

Cultural week (spring)

“Cultural diversity and you”—workshop. How to make campus more inclusive

UIC color run and spirit rock—will have to see if we are allowed to use the rock. Perhaps purchase a rock

Oxfam Hunger Banquet at UIC in November

Addressing religion and spirituality on campus. Interfaith speaker?

Work with SLDVS for Make Mondays Matter. Oct. 3rd: make trick or treat cups for the children’s hospital!

SIC Director Dennis Ho

Last Thursday: helped host the workshop to discuss new learning hub at UIC, about 30 people were there. Found architecture firm that will be helping with this project

Meeting with Kevin Booker from UIC police

Community composting program

Refurbishing the second floor in library

Torch in the Quad to show UIC pride, more details TBA

Starting to plan sustainability town hall

URC Director Rowida Zatar

Committee meeting tomorrow at 2—stop by

Last week, meeting with Dean Smith about dead week. Change name to reading week.

Teachers can’t assign anything that is worth more than 10% of grade

Do top 100 universities have reading weeks? See if there is a correlation

Issue of teacher evaluations—no transparency… Dean Smith looking at who is in charge of teacher evaluations.

Investigating why there is a difference between U of I and UIC--why Is their policy different than ours?

UIC documents—look into why some races are excluded

CRC Director Shifa Zhong

Thank you to new members

Deepika and David,thank you for helping with recruitment emails

Promo items—still working to finalize

Customized clothing coming soon

Committee ambassador who will reach out to each committee so that we can help promote big events

Communication is key

Promotion of USG

Social media—insta and fb

Social media coordinator meeting with marketing director.

Resolution Proposals

Resolution 2016-F3-301

Midwestern American Forensics League competitions introduced to the assembly by Nancy Camacho

It will be voted on the following week.

Motion to change resolution 2016-F3-301 to 2016-F4-301. Approved.

New Business

Motion to change resolution 2016-F2-300 to 2016-F3-300. Recognized.

Up for debate.

Funding for Student Nutrition Association

Resolution 2016-F3-300

Up for vote. No debate. Resolution passes. 2016-F3-300 adopted.

Secretary: up for election

Marlena elected as secretary.

Motion to rearrange items on agenda. 10th to be Public Forum and Announcements and 11th to be Ceremonial Inductions. 12th to be Voting in new members. Second recognized. Motion approved.

Resolution 2016-F3-102

Hiring of website manager. Debate is open. Question has been called. Second has been recognized. Resolution passes. Resolution is adopted

Resolution 2016-F3-103

Hiring of Graphics Coordinator. Debate is open. Question has been called. Second has been recognized. Resolution passes. Resolution is adopted


Hiring the Chief of Staff. Discussion open. Question called. Second recognized. Resolution fails. Not adopted.

Service hours. 2 volunteers share experiences.

Motion to table meeting. Second has been recognized. We will pick up in Items for Discussion on October 3rd.


There was a motion to adjourn. Second was recognized.

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Meeting Minutes submitted by Secretary Marlena Szymczak.

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