AGSA Meeting Notes: Nov. 14, 2013

Thursday November 14th, 2013 @ 1:30pm

In attendance: Daniela Oliverio-Lauderdale, Daria Boltokova, Bryn Letham

Agenda:

1. Christmas party planning

2. Updates from the reps

3. What we can do to help those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. It would be nice if we could brainstorm?

Christmas party planning:

Promote as end of the term party. Figure out how to involve the faculty. Christmas formal? Ale can get the liquor license? Payment for alcohol? Doodle about the dates? Archeology party on Dec. 6th….? Last 500 class is December the 3rd. Either the 4th or the 6th…. Tentatively December 4th. Either in the grad lounge or Bryn’s house.

Updates from the reps:

Cordelia: AGSC meeting about the letter to the faculty. Will be and are supportive of us- they are not trying ot make things difficult on us. Will respond to the letter formally and address things such as communication, how the budget is used, expectations, long-term- securing fellowship for write-up period. What we need to decide: departmental systemic changes to make. Transfer of classes, comps… They would advocate for a writing fellowship- competitive and reduced fees for after the 4th years.  And the faculty will canvas their colleagues for ideas of how to acquire more money. FOGS isn’t going to get involved and money managed at departmental level.  Equal distribution of money or two large sums (writing fellowships)? Unwilling to commit to things that can’t uphold. Continue the conversation each month? Create a poll about division equally or a few large ones? International students pay more for tuition- so maybe standard of money given based on residency? Acceptance of students should be based on funding? Send questions to be polled to Cordelia deadline by end of January (assuming they respond to the letter formally in time for us to get organized). No travel funds. Need explanation for this.

Ale: No AGSA talks in December. Will resume in January.

Fundraising: coffee or bake sale? Event? Soup day? Please send fundraising ideas to Bryn.

Typhoon in the Philippines: Nothing to report.

Next meeting: Thursday Jan. 16th 1:30-2:30pm