1 Florida College System Student Government Association President s Assembly MINUTES Friday, September 14, 2012 September Leadership Conference Opening/Call to Order Meeting was called to order at 8:06 AM by Jared Ferreira, State President. Roll Call/Attendance Present: 38 college campuses: Broward College - Central Campus, Brevard Community College - Palm Bay, Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus, Broward College - South Campus, College of Central Florida - Citrus, College of Central Florida - Ocala Campus, Edison State College Henry Glades Center, Edison State College Collier Campus, Edison State College Charlotte, Florida State College at Jacksonville Nassau, Florida State College at Jacksonville North, Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent, Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus, Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry, Indian River State College Main, Lake-Sumter Community College South Lake, Lake-Sumter Community College Leesburg, Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus, Miami Dade College Homestead, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Miami Dade College Medical Campus, Miami Dade College North Campus, Miami Dade College West Campus, Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Northwest Florida State College Niceville, Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, Polk State College Winter Haven, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College Heathrow Center, Seminole State College Altamonte Springs Campus, Seminole State College Sanford Lake Mary, Seminole State College Oviedo, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg e
2 College Gibbs, St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg College Downtown Campus, St. Petersburg College Midtown, St. Petersburg College Clearwater. Absent: 8 college campuses: Brevard Community College Titusville, Daytona State College all campuses, Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus, Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus, Miami Dade College Wolfson, Pasco Hernando Community College Springhill, St. Petersburg College Health Education Center, St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Quorum Present: Yes (48 college campuses in attendance at the conference, 25 needed to have a quorum) Late: 2 college campuses: Broward College North Campus, Polk State College Lakeland Approval of Agenda/Agenda Review Michael Marsh from Indian River State College moved to approve the agenda. Aylwing Olivas from Miami Dade College seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimously approved, motion passed. Old/Unfinished Business A. Recap of Legislative Issues a. HB 1355: Last year, Sarah Pemberton, our State President was called to testify at the courthouse for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights for our Removing Barriers and Extending Access to Voting for Students legislative issue/ 2011 Florida House Bill i. 3 rd day registration has been lifted b. Matching Funds: The Florida Government said that they would match funds with donations; however, no progress has been made on that. c. Veterans Tuition: Fought for veterans last year (Veterans in Higher Learning Institutions legislative issue/2011 Florida House Bill 131). i. The issue was shut down but attached to other bills.
3 ii. The issue did not pass, but it did make it to the floor in some points and it made it to committee. New Business/Topics of Discussion/Open Floor B. Legislative Issues a. Discussed the importance of legislative issues. b. Discussed how to create/submit legislative issues. i. c. Discussed the legislative issue educational session at the conference (Session 4 in White Ibis). d. Possible issue discussed: Programs for dual enrollment students. i. Dual enrollment is a focus of the AFC/COP (Association of Florida Colleges/Council of Presidents). They are looking for funding and ways to cut costs for the program (costs are continuing to rise). e. Discussed resubmitting the Veterans in Higher Learning Institutions legislative issue Wanting instate tuition for veteran students. i. Kenneth Davis from St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus submitted a similar issue Veterans Education Bill f. We can have national issues i. GI Bill issues C. Voters Registration a. 3 rd Party Registration: Make sure the voter s registration organization that you have come to your campus is certified. i. Some organizations do not process the paperwork correctly. ii. Some organizations do not follow the proper regulations. iii. There are websites available to see which organizations are certified. b. Cut off Dates: Deadline for to register to vote October 9 D. Apportionment Forms a. Make sure you and your advisor fill them out prior to the November conference.
4 i. They are to make sure your campus gets the right number of votes for when we vote on legislative issues and vote for elections. E. The Future of Community Service a. We are having difficulty getting transportation to off-site community service projects and getting the number of participants we need for the community service project. b. Discussed having the Community Service Chair arriving day of the conference or night prior instead of arriving two to three days prior along with the rest of the State Executive Board. They will be able to speak and address the conference attendees as needed. They will participate in the State Executive Board conference calls. c. Discussed holding a food drive. i. Have a food drive competition. ii. We can do apportionments for food (based on the amount of students at your campus) to determine who donated the most food. iii. Colleges can take a picture of the amount of food that was donated and submit a total count iv. We can, along with the colleges, hold a party and a canned good will be the admission. v. We can build something with the cans donated. vi. Question: Where would the food go? What would be done with the food? d. Discussed having a blood drive competition see which district/college donates the most blood. i. Colleges can keep track of the pints of blood donated and submit a certified letter to the FCSSGA. ii. Have colleges host blood drive events on their campuses. iii. This is something that the State Executive Board is already working on. e. Create a 5 Star Program i. We can give out awards ii. Get other clubs/organizations at our college campuses involved in these initiatives.
5 iii. Colleges can work together within their district on these initiatives. f. Discussed doing letter writing to the troops again. g. Discussed doing a school supply drive. h. Discussed making care packages for the soldiers. i. Discussed doing Toys for Tots. F. Communication Within your District a. Make sure your District Coordinator has your contact information. G. November Conference Reminders a. Constitutional revisions deadline March 15 b. Summary/Review of President s Assembly i. Apportionment forms ii. Legislative issues c. Presidents can submit agenda items. Please submit them to Jared Ferreira, State President at d. Jacoby Moore, State Jurisprudence: We will be implementing electronic voting. i. It will be more accurate. ii. Eco-friendly. iii. We will have a YouTube video on how to use it. e. Legislative issues do not have to be fully researched. We will work on the issues together. f. Miguel Ulloa, the Director of Legislative Staff, will be getting in contact with the colleges to discuss legislative issues. Closing/Adjournment Michael Marsh from Indian River State College moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 AM. Vote: Unanimously passed.