Minutes 2005 -2006
Meetings are held
Thursdays at noon in room T19 (Tech Center).
Thursday September 1, 2005
- The meeting was brief and largely
social. Due to course conflicts, it was agreed that meetings would be
held on Thursdays
- Don mentioned the need to recruit
September 15, 2005
- Haunted Forest
is to begin the 2nd week in October. There
will be a planning meeting with other campus organizations on Sunday
(September 18th). Dates to sign up were posted on the dry-erase board
- Don motioned to restart the newsletter,
Prism. Due to funding, it was not published during the 2004-2005
academic year. Gwen volunteered to edit and compile if others wrote
- Everyone was reminded that memberships are
due; applications to PSLS and ACSM can be found online. Web addresses
were provided at the meeting.
- Don inquired about who was interested in
attending the ACSM conference in Florida during the spring semester.
Don said he would submit the student activity fee proposal this week.
- A student activity fee proposal was
submitted this week for the traverse challenge
- Dr. Seybert promoted the newsletter although
there were no volunteers. He also pointed out the need to update the
- The traverse challenge was tentatively set
for the spring semester, as the society will be busy with Haunted Forest
until the end of October. Most felt that November would be too cold to
attract many students to the event.
- Members were reminded to renew their
membership with PSLS
- The haunted hayride was again mentioned and the need for members to sign
- Dr. Seybert would be requiring freshman seminar students to participate
as a homework assignment.
- Don discussed the T-shirt dilemma. Although the society may
receive funding from student activity fees, this is not certain. It
was agreed that more planning is required as to design and cost. The
society does not presently own any inventory. One ongoing problem has
been vendors, as Penn State now requires vendors to be licensed before they
print anything using the university's name.
- The ACSM conference is April 21-26. SAF funding was
requested for five students for the following costs:
- $550.00 hotel
- $552.80 airfare
- $85 / day for car rental
- Don informed the society that the SAF committee had just formed and it
could be several weeks until the budget is finalized.
- It was noted that there would be a student competition at the ACSM
conference. The event would involve finding astronomical azimuths.
Thursday October 6, 2005
- The ACSM conference is April 21-26th.
The society will pay rooms, and individuals will arrange own airfare. Yes
this is the same weekend as the LSIT. Two people definitely going.
- Members were reminded to sign up for Haunted
- It was decided that the newsletter should be
ready by the end of the semester. Articles should be related to
surveying and are due by the end of the month. All articles should be
emailed to Gwen.
- Fundrasiers: Dr. Sybert asked about
fundraisers, suggested a 50/50 drawing each week, as was done in the past.
Don mentioned the shirts, which we need the budget to proceed with to see if
we need to pre-order them. He also said that SGA has promised him a parking
pass to raffle off.
Thursday October 13, 2005
- Due to low attendance, the meeting was
brief. Don discussed why the society recieved so l;ittle from Student
Activity Fee (SAF) dollars. Since the society had made money the
previous year and had money in the bank, we received very little. On
the other hand, Four Seasons received $5000 for this years ski trip.
- A last minute decision to move the Hayride
disrupted the previous week's plans to set up for Haunted Forest.
- Following the meeting, those present went to
the Commons to move props for Haunted Forest / Hayride.
Thursday October 20, 2005
- Due to lack of participation, new officers
- Turnout was high, mostly new members or
students considering joining.
- PSLS applications were set to be due the
- Two committees were formed, one for PRISM
and a second for merchandise.
- Gwen is chairing the newsletter committee.
It was agreed that Rob Appleton would contribute and that an article would
be needed about the change in the program chair.
- The merchandise committee would consist of
Scott, Rob, Ned, and John Geisel. The committee was reminded that new
merchandise would be needed before the end of the semester in order that it
be ready for the conference.
Thursday October 27, 2005
- Meeting cancelled due to career fair and
Friday October 28, 2005
- Presentations by Barry Isett & Associates,
Inc. and Bowman Consulting about the services their firms offer.
Both firms are seeking qualified graduates. Presentations in
conjunction with the career fair and Lambda Sigma.
Thursday November 3, 2005
- Work session at the commons to tear down and
store props from the hayride / haunted forest. A cookout was held
afterwards at Don's apartment in the Nittany Woodlands, the student housing
Thursday November 10, 2005
- Merchandise committee discusses t-shirts and
sweatshirts. Rob Appleton discusses research into fleeces. The
fleece order is approved for 19, with the total spent being about $750.
The total budget for merchandise is about $1500 although an exact limit has
yet to be established.
- Don Bara points out that since the Society
made a profit and retained $2200, SGA did not give us but $200 in Student
Activity Fee funds (SAF). This is in contrast to the 4 Seasons club,
who were given $5000 for a ski trip! We should note that SAF money is
charged to all students as a part of tuition. By spending nearly all
the money on merchandise, the society will not have a balance and will be
more likely to get money out of SGA, and this money is actually ours anyway.
This is important if the society is to recieve assistance in getting
to the ACSM conference in the spring.
Thursday November 17,
- There was a large turnout with 20+ members
present. Pizza was served.
- An amendment to the constitution was
discussed. The proposed amendment would require members to perform
community service. The amendment would not go into effect this year in
fairness to those who did not participate in Haunted Forest. The
amendment was proposed due to the large number of ghost members who never
show to meetings or society events except the Surveying conferences.
It was decided that the vote would be taken electronically on ANGEL, the PSU
course management system.
- Updating the plaques was discussed.
Bob Johnson volunteered to drop them off and pick them up. Don said he
would arrange for the work & get the check from SGA.
- The fleece order had been put off due to
discussion among the merchandise committee about monogramming vs. embroidery
and if an emblem would be used. The society discussed the emblem in
length, decided to alter the one and use it. Names of members
interested were collected by Ned.
Thursday November 23, 2005
Thursday December 1, 2005
- Good turnout of members, pizza served
- The new amendment was approved by electronic
voting. SGA would need a copy of the updated Constitution.
- Members were required to sign up for hosting
sessions at the conference in Hershey next month.
- Members were reminded to look presentable at
the conference. Collared shirts and no jeans are the expected
- Merchandise orders were finalized. Ned
finished collecting information on pre-orders. The items to be ordered
from LL Bean are fleece puyllovers, rangely flannels, and twill shirts.
The clothing will be have the society emblem.
- Ned said the order would be made by next
week and that he expected to collect money on the pre-orders next week.
- The end of the semester party was set to be
held Friday the 2nd at Grotto Pizza.
Thursday January 12, 2006
- Don noted that the Constitution needed to be
updated on the web page. Rob stated it would get done this week.
- The upcoming PSLS conference was discussed.
Don did not have a check-in time for Hershey but would be posting driving
directions. Don and Ned would take the booth to the conference.
Rob Appleton would supply extension chords. Everyone received room
assignments. Don reminded everyone that he would be present to insure
that people got to sessions and that the booth would be manned at all times.
- The LL Bean order was delayed and would not
arrive until February 1st. However, sweatshirts and
t-shirts were being printed locally and would be available at the conference
for sale. Additionally, Ned would be hunting down members who ordered
clothing but had yet to pay.
- Future meetings would be held on Monday at
noon for the remainder of the semester.
- Rob brought up the Traverse Challenge.
The funds were approved in the fall by the Student Activity Fee commitee for
$200 in prizes. Don agreed to have a date set in the near future.
- Pizza was served, attendance light.
Monday January 16, 2006
No meeting - School closed for
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Monday January 23 - Wednesday
January 25, 2006
Society members attended the
annual conference in Hershey held by The Pennsylvania Society of Land
PSLS paid for the rooms
Society members assisted
surveyors and other professionals in holding workshops
The Society's booth was manned
during the three days on the exhibition floor
Monday January 30, 2006
Don thanked those present for
making the conference a success
The society sold $690 worth of
merchandise, and purchased $924.28 from LL Bean
The LL Bean order was expected
to arrive within the next two weeks
Any members who had not paid for
their merchandise order were expected to pay immediately, as two emails had
already been sent to this effect
Resumes would be posted online
A community service event was
scheduled for Saturday February 3rd with Habitat for Humanity
The Traverse Challenge was given
a tentative date of March 13th
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