Meeting Minutes 12.8.16

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Graduate Reception

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm in CdC 401
    • Tasha & Allison (maybe) coming to help hand out cards and gifts
    • Talk about what SGO does
  • Hand around cards to sign
  • Anyone want to help get gifts from the bookstore? Need 7. Allison will.

Meetings Next Semester

  • When do we want to have them?
    • Wednesdays don’t work for Heidi
  • Same time, same place
  • Sam will reserve rooms


  • Funding Approvals – approved 2
  • Treasury update – Allison Current
    • $7,355 → $6,810

Student Groups

  • ALA – Tasha McLachlan
    • No meeting this month
    • Chayse was awarded Student-to-Staff. Congratulations, Chayse!
  • SLA – Sarah Larsen & Katelyn Torell
    • Holiday Party this past Monday
    • Successful silent auction – raised $614 to send a student to SLA Conference
    • Information Professional Panel two Mondays ago, went well.
    • Last meeting of the semester is next Thursday at 5:15. There will be treats!
  • SAA – Kristell Benson
    • Bowling Event January 30th – St. Thomas bowling alley
      • Contact Heather Carroll for details
    • Movie screening on Monday night – screening Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn. There is a raffle too!
      • Visual Arts Building @ 7:30pm
    • Tentative job search panel March 27
    • Inside the Library at Downton Abbey
      • Wed, December 14 @ UMN, 4:30-6:30
    • Heather Carroll is doing a poster presentation at a rare books conference on the WARM journals cataloging project
  • PLG – Salie Olson


  • Faculty Development – Antonio Backman
  • Student Services – Wendy Dickman
  • Facilities – Kristell Benson
  • Curriculum – Deb Eschweiler
  • Program – Samantha Stepp
    • Children In Class
      • Voted to remove no children in class wording from the handbook, will allow professors to decide how they want to deal with children in class on a case-by-case basis. Stress and promote Access & Success.
    • Accreditation
      • Waiting on a phone call from ALA to firm up various aspects of the plan and make it final.
      • Draft due at the end of July, final due at the end of September.
    • Marketing the Program
      • Enrollment is down 30-35% over the last 4-5 years.
      • Will get no help promoting the program from Admissions, Marketing, or Dean Joann Bangs
      • Mystery shopper experience garnered no response
      • Tony is working hard on instituting a marketing plan for the program using Google Ads and LinkedIn. Stronger presence at grad fairs. Undergraduate program.
      • Need to improve our website. Administration has said we can put whatever we want up there.
    • The Good News
      • Program retention rate is very good – 93%
      • Classes with six or more students enrolled for Spring 2017 will likely go
      • Two courses will be offered during the daytime in the coming year, with one mostly online
  • GSAB update – Allison Current, Deb Eschweiler, Janis Shearer
    • Short meeting, nobody there, nothing.

Open Forum

What do you want to talk about? Anything we want student reps to tell committees?

Mentoring Program

Older students mentor new students – Heather Carroll’s idea. Match incoming students with more advanced students on a similar track. Something to announce at orientation?

Business Cards

  • Edwin wondering if printing business cards for all students was something SGO wanted to take on, is working on a template.
  • Will send out a survey to assess interest.
  • Students can always submit individual reimbursement requests for business card printing costs, as it can be counted as professional development.