Student Council Minutes for April 11, 2001 Meeting
Dolly Bush, James Johnson, Mike Shufer, Matt Thomas, Jeanyne Slettom
Others Present: Janice Bakke, Tim Finlay, Don Peavy
Meeting ran from
4:08pm to 4:55pm
I. CST report
(James Johnson): James shared that announcements to CST students
should now go to Karen Dalton, the Dean of Students. Receipts for
budgetary items should go to Sharon Thompson, the Deanís
administrative assistant. Dolly raised the question of whether we
should be partially reimbursed for socials by CST if we are also
invited to their Deanís Teas. After discussion, the consensus was that
we would not ask CST for $ for the socials, but would probably ask for
$ to help with the big parties.
report (Mike Shufer): Mike presented his report of our current
financial situation, pointing out our overages in postage and BBQ
($.17 and $30.01 respectively). Given that we have a bill for $500
more coming from the spring BBQ, there was some discussion about how
to deal with that in the budget. [Informally after the meeting, we
decided to charge it against BBQ, which would send it over budget but
accurately reflect our expenditures.] We then discussed next yearís
budget by examining our expenses this year. (See attached budget)
III. NEH Grant Proposal: Dolly reported that Karen Torjesen had
contacted her very recently with regard to a grant proposal from the
School of Religion to the NEH. She wanted a letter from the RSC
endorsing the proposal, if indeed we did endorse it. The grant
proposes a series of workshops, primarily for faculty, on Islam and
comparative methodologies. Matt shared a bit on the rationale for this
grant based on discussions at CGCR. The purpose of the workshops is to
get the faculty up to speed for future integration of
positionsóperhaps even endowed chairsóin other religious traditions.
The main concern raised regarded student participation. As written,
studentsí role in the workshops would be limited to observers. Among
other points, it was pointed out that some students may have more
knowledge of Islam than the faculty. The RSC instructed Dolly to
contact K. Torjesen and express our concerns that students be invited
to apply to participate fully in the workshops.
IV. Composition of RSC next school year: Dolly asked who would be at
least available and willing to stay on RSC next year, so we could know
which areas we would need to recruit new members from. We will need
new representatives from PRT and TEC. Don Peavy expressed interest in
the TEC position, which was met with joy by the RSC.
V. Future socials:
a. April 18: we decided to attend the Deanís Tea @ 4pm @ CST
b. May 3: Don agreed to host this social, which will come just
before the next Student forum (renamed to School of Religion forum)
Minutes of March 2001 Meeting: March,
Attending: Dolly Bush, Amy DeLorenzo, Matt Thomas, Michael
Shufer, Nicole Zeger, Stephanie Sleeper, Jeanyne Slettom, James
on March 2nd Dinner ? Good turnout ? about 55/60 people. We ran
out of food and need more vegetarian food next time (2:1
perhaps). The faculty who didnít show emailed first to let us
II. Newsletter ?
almost done, Amy will edit it and bring it to Meg Ferris. Dolly
will add the IAC events to it. Discussion ensued regarding essay
submissions for our next issue. We decided to bring this issue
up at the CGCR. Hereís our proposal: Abstracts of 250 words or
less will be submitted by students to their department chair.
The essay may be 3000 words in length ? to be submitted later. A
committee made up of faculty and students will be assembled to choose
a winner (all areas will be represented). Submissions will be
due a week or two after classes end and are welcomed from all students
? in and finished with coursework. We will propose this and see what
comes of it. The contest will be announced in the newsletter.
Directory ? Dolly spoke with Betty Hagelbarger about this project.
We need to create a form (Stephanie will do this) requesting info from
students and a line that explains that they are releasing this
information to us for the directory. We will put it online and
include research interests. It can be arranged both
alphabetically and by program. We will try to include it in
Forum ? The forum will be on March 21st from 6-7 at the IAC
library. Mike will get a camera from AV and videotape the forum
for us. We need to advertise for it by hanging flyers and
announcing it in classes. K Torjesen will be sending out
questions via email to lead the discussion.
Survey Committee ? We will meet on March 14th at 4 in the IAC library.
VI. Letter to
Richard ?Jeanyne forgot to do this but will prepare it for next time.
VII. Minutes ?
Dolly asked that we approve all past minutes ? passed. We need
to find the minutes for Sept. and Oct (Amy was not secretary yet ?
Stephanie may have Oct.).
Reports ? Matt and Amy reported that two new prof.s were added to the
CGCR ? E Conde-Frazier and K De Troyer. The policy regarding
receiving an MA on the way to a PhD will be reconsidered by
administration. (This was sparked by a dual degree student who
requested two MAís and was denied.) CGCR is working on a plan to
create an online chat with prof.s for students, alums, and prospies.
Matt and Amy will bring up the breadth exams again for next meeting.
that travel award apps. are still being accepted by the GSC. The
GSC will be addressing the tuition increase via "official action" ? in
other words, a letter to the Provost and Prez ? for starters.
The GSC is also working on getting more student representation on
various school wide committees.
Jeanyne talked about upcoming socials. Jeanyne will not be here for
the 8th and 21st of March. Matt will take over the 8th and
Nicole will buy for the 21st if Dolly hosts. Jeanyne will take
care of the first social in April and weíll decide the rest at the
the flyer for new students that explains the RSC- it will be in black
and white and include the info from the website ? specific meeting
times will not be named ? just "monthly meetings." Officers will be
listed. (Stephanie will update the website with the names of new
officers ? James will send her his bio).
himself to us (the CST rep). Told us that heís a first year
student, and retired from law enforcement. He commutes from SD
and is here on T, W and TH all day.
Business ? talked a little about next year ? Nicole will need a
replacement. This concern will be mentioned in the newsletter.
James suggested using a tear-out form. We will advertise on the
website as well.
Minutes of Feburary 2001 Meeting
Minutes of January 2001 Meeting
RSC Minutes ? 1/24/01
Richard, Dolly, Amy, Stephanie, Garth, Matt, Jeanyne, Mike
Mtg. Convened at
I. Richard is
resigning as President due to health concerns. He will continue duties
as treasurer, and organizer of socials/parties. Richard moved to
vote Dolly in as Prez. Motion passed. Dolly may call on
Jeanyne and/or Stephanie for assistance when needed. Prez. will
call mtgs, set agenda, interact with Dean monthly, pretend to be
important, and speak briefly at the new student orientation (among
other things). Richard will email all students to inform them.
II. Newsletter ?
it will come out sometime in Feb and any articles are due early next
week. We want it to be both functional and interesting (articles
and calendar). Meg Ferris is editing it.
III. Elections ?
Discussion concerning amending the RSCís requirements for membership.
The Council will become more casual. We will accept any number
of volunteers from each department, one of whom will be a voting
member. Decisions over voting membership will be made by each
group and, in the event of a problem, a coin will be flipped.
There will be a total of 7 voting members (one from each dept and one
MA rep). This new structure was formally adopted (Richard moved
and Jeanyne seconded) pending Dollyís writing it up and sending it out
for revisions (wording only). Dolly will add this to
her article for the RSC newsletter. The last possible date for
new volunteers is the first mtg day of the year.
IV. Our spring
party will be March 2nd from 5-9. We are responsible for
utencils, dessert and beverages (to keep cost down). Still need
to ask Pat Horn if the School will donate money to the dinner.
We have 500 available to use for the dinner. (the Fall bbq
was 500 and we paid half). Stephanie explained that the money
set aside for the website was not being used and asked that some of it
go to buying software for the site. Approved ? 100.
Garth will speak with Alan Deffenderfer about getting sw cheap/free.
Extra money at the end of the year will be used for the last social
(there is no end of the year party).
V. Clubhouse ?
Dolly still needs to talk with Pat Horn. Ideas for the c.h. ?
paint it, fridge, rug, chairs, insulation, a place to study with
computer and books, display Coptic artifacts, student artwork.
We can apply for money from a foundation that funds educational
renovations ? need some educational stuff in there.
VI. The Dean
wants to have a student forum. Richard is trying to reserve
Albrecht for March 21 or 28. Dolly will take this over. We need to
encourage turnout for this as the Dean has asked us to organize it.
We will put it in the newsletter and perhaps call to remind people.
decides to be controversial ? since we are the School of Religion
perhaps we should concern ourselves with ethical issues, i.e. write an
article abt Keck Grad Institute for the newsletter. Matt knows a
student with the inside scoop on this. He will get the info and give
it to Amy who will write an editorial. We will also ask for
email submissions in response to the editorial. Amy will
organize a student forum to discuss this issue ? to be advertised in
the newsletter. Richard moved to pursue this, Dolly seconded ?
VIII. Reports ?
Richard has nothing to report. Dolly told us about the
successful GSC party this past weekend ? 6 rel. students showed up!
There will be a bowling night in three weeks. Travel award app.s
will come out in ten days ? max of 500 dollars. Matt and Amy ?
Next CGCR mtg will be next Wednesday. Asked for suggestions to
add to agenda. We will ask Pat Horn to add discussion of breadth
and diagnostic exams ? their purpose, standard policy on creating
them, grading them, informing students about results. Will discuss
difference between the two and how they are used. Request standardized
policy(s) to replace the inconsistency and arbitrariness commonly
experienced. Will ask about advisors ? developing better
relationships with them, what is the advisorís role? Will also ask
about the German exams for PRT ? an amazing gulf in complexity from
very difficult to rather simple; exams in NT ? must translate fraktur
(sp?) even tho primary author is almost completely translated already
and very outdated. Jeanyne suggested that we also ask
about mid-year new students ? they receive no orientation ? are
basically ignored. Stephanie will get the website up as soon as
Ed Bishop gets back with her (which may not be soon at all). Our
website will be separate from the Schoolís website. Dolly
suggested that we include info sheets about the RSC in all inquiry
letters for prospective students. It may even sway their vote.
Minutes of December 2000 Meeting
Minutes of November 2000 Meeting
Monthly Meeting of Religion Student Council, Thursday October 12,
Richard Curtis, Dolly Bush, Amy DeLorenzo, Arik Greenberg, Nicole
Zeger, Matt Thomas, Stephanie Sleeper (minute taker)
on Graduate Student Council from Rep. Dolly Bush
Issues for 2000-01: student health insurance, day care,
website improvement (asked for suggestions), community building.
Announced social activities of GSC.
position of Secretary filled. Garth Reese nominated in absentia
and received unanimous approval.
on new Claremont Graduate Council on Religion (replaces Faculty
Executive committee) from representatives Matt Thomas and Amy
4. President's meeting with the Dean.
Richard met with Karen Torjesen about student council and learned that
she is pleased about the "organic" origins of our council. She
has hopes that it will be involved in creating a new alumni program.
Richard will have monthly meetings with her to keep her abreast of our
- The CGCR is a
"collaborative group" for all CST PhD and CGU MA and PhD programs in
Religion. It plans to formalize the relationship between the School
of Religion and CST in making faculty appointments, etc. Faculty
members: Karen Torjesen, Dean and Marv Sweeney, co-chairs; M.
Dornish, K. Greiter, D. MacDonald, A. Min, T. Schneider, L. Ferrell,
K. Baker-Fletcher, and G. Gilbert. Issues discussed:
need for student funding at all levels and reconsidering language
and breadth requirements. RSC discussed potential need for a
CST student representative to this group
report from Arik, treasurer. Total spent from budget so far this
year (socials and RSC BBQ)=$402.59. Total original budget for
Mentoring program and website update from Stephanie Sleeper, Asst.
Secretary. Website is nearly ready to be posted; new students
and mentors have been given the description of the mentoring program
and the names and email addresses of the mentors.
New Treasurer. Arik removed himself from office for personal
reasons. A new treasurer, Jeanyne Slettom, was nominated in
absentia and approved unanimously.
New Business: Amy suggested an "open mike" type of forum to
discuss the relationship between studying religion and the real world.
She will solicit suggestions from the student body.