Officers:CSEG Board Meeting 2009-11-17
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CSEG Board Meeting 2009-11-17
Date: November 17, 2009 Present: Nate Derbinsky (President, Curriculum Committee Rep) Benjamin Wester (Vice-President) Timur Alperovich (Social Chair) Denny Vandenburg (DCO Student Rep) Alex Kuhn (Intramural Chair) Quang Duong (Grad/Fac Committee Rep) Kaustubh Nyalkalkar (Secretary) Absent: Quentin Stout (Faculty Advisor) Dave Meisner (GSAC/UMEC/GSF Rep) Minutes: - Motion to adopt the new CSEG constitution was passed, with 6 members voting 'for', and 1 member 'abstaining' (Denny abstained because he was concerned about students who weren't board members, but were CSEG members, not having a vote in CSEG's meetings in case they showed up). The new constitution was basically updated to keep up with our current practices. The updation was carried out because a constitution is a requirement for recognition as an official student organization, leading to an SOAS account, so we can get access to next year's funding from Yahoo! Hopefully, we can get this access by next year. The new CSEG constitution is now on the web-site at http://cseg.eecs.umich.edu/misc/constitution.pdf (the link is at the bottom of the page http://wiki.eecs.umich.edu/cseg/index.php/Current_Officers) - A motion was called to modify the draft constitution. The motion would change the requirement of the passage of an amendment [to be 2/3 of all CSEG members present, and 2/3 of the CSEG board, instead of the current requirement of 2/3 of board only]. The motion was defeated by a vote of 5 'against' (Nate,Timur, Kaustubh, Quang, Alex) to 2 'for' (Denny, Benji). - Lunch series with professors: Quang has been carrying out the lunch series facilitating interaction between new students and professors. 5 lunches were carried out during this semester. While the response for the first 3 was good, there were problems in the last 1 (or 2) lunches, with students signing up but not showing up, leading to professors feeling that it was a waste of their time. Discussions on how to avoid this problem, as well as coming up with a better plan in order to be able to continue this program next semester too, were postponed to a later meeting after some deliberation. - 'Offset from Professor's salaries/research funds': Nate gave an update on his meetings as Curriculum Committee Representative. The funding that the department gets from the College of Engineering (CoE) isn't enough to fund all the GSIs that the department needs. So, there is a separate 'pot' to which the professors contribute different percentages (from their research funds), depending on whether they're new, untenured or tenured. This 'offset' mechanism isn't unique to our department, and is carried out at other universities too. While all of this isn't immediately relevant to grad-students, the issue that may affect grad-students is a proposal to replace GSIs with undergrad IAs. - Propane grills will be purchased this semester, while the storage place will be ready probably next year. Also, the ping-pong table (from Yahoo!) should be in the grad-lounge before long.