Graduation Ceremonies May Move to Senate Briefings: Highlights from ASUSF Senate Meetings: Memorial Gym, USF to Film Television Commercial

New Regulations for Financial Services

According to Susan Murphy from Financial Aid Services, the government has implemented new regulations for financial services at universities.

Changes include the PELL Grant Program shortfall, which will provide funding to students with the highest need. There is a strong need from students on an annual basis, and close watch will be given on this change.

Murphy addressed concerning issues with the CAL Grant, verifying there is a large government deficit for the coming year. According to Susan Murphy, “The changes are harmless to current recipients, but it is the new students who will receive a lower reward.”

Murphy said, “Currently $40 million is given to undergraduates.”

Murphy also addressed various questions from Senate. According to USF Financial services, intersession is not a term, and therefore no financial program is provided. Yet, Financial Services can assist students in place of extra money from one semester to the next in order to compensate for the cost.

President Halimah Najieb-Locke asked whether donations were helping in make up for the federal deficit, or is USF still in the down slope due to the economy. Susan Murphy explained that, gifts such as donations come from endowed accounts. The majority effect was two years prior, and some accounts are still unable to achieve their original value; in other words they are not allowed to be spent. Murphy said, “Sometimes we have a surprise donation but right now I can’t count on that to make up for the federal loss.”

USF Graduation Ceremonies

ASUSF Senate has begun to address the issues of capacity limitations of the USF commencement ceremonies. By adding a more ceremonies in the church or by relocating the ceremonies to the school gym, more space will be provided and fewer limitations will have to be placed on the number of tickets handed out to graduates.

This issue is focused on the spring ceremonies, which has a larger number of graduates. The gym will allow more space and tickets for families. The gym will also allow the audience to have a better view of the graduating class.

During the presentation of the proposal, conditions were outlined. If the gym became the replaced location, 10 tickets could be handed out to graduates. The School of Arts and the School of Sciences could be combined.

The goal is to find out what is most valued, whether it is tickets, venue, or location of the ceremonies.  Additionally elements are being considered such as parking, shuttles, and extending the length of the ceremonies.

According to Vice Provost of Academic & Enrollment Services, BJ Johnson, and Vice Provost for Student Development, Peter Novak, there are 1,400 to 1,500 guests able to fit in the church. The gym allows space for 4,800 guests. Both Johnson and Novak have expressed that they want as much feedback as possible from students. ASUSF Senate members have been encouraged to collect information.

USF tv Commercial

During a meeting with Vice Provost Novak, President Halimah Najieb-Locke noted the announcement of a TV commercial. USF is currently filming a commercial to bring awareness to the university.

The commercial will be aired on a number of channels and during a USF basketball game. According to ASUSF Senate, there are opportunities for students to participate in the USF commercial. If interested please contact Sue at 415-422-2823. The commercial is a two-and-a-half hour commitment on Wednesday at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday at 6:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m.

Athletics and Senate Christmas Caroling at USF

ASUSF Vice President of Internal Affairs Kelsey Jones presented that the Athletics Department has asked ASUSF to join them in Christmas Caroling around campus, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The caroling is scheduled for December 3, and will conclude with hot chocolate and cider in the front of War Memorial Gym.

Expanding Los Locos at USF

According to ASUSF President Halimah Najieb-Locke, Los Locos is now beginning the process of becoming a funded account.

Los Locos is a student organization focused on school spirit. They work to enhance connectivity amongst students and the university, through active support through sporting events, and other events.

Najieb-Locke said, “This is an exciting step for the organization as well as for students in general, because it will foster even more student connectivity and spirit at USF. “

Go Team’s New Leadership Announced

New team leaders have been announced for Go Team, for 2010-2011. Director of Student Leadership & Engagement Greg Wolcott announced:
Carmen Fernandez (returning)
Adrianne Batiste
Alexa Mealer
Alyssa Micciche
Sheila Connelly

Go Team profiles are available at
According to Wolcott, Go Team works 10 hours a week, throughout the fall/spring semesters. The work includes Go Team recruitment, orientation evening events, Go Team staff training, and other general support for the new student orientation program.

Wolcott said, “All five team leaders bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the position as well as exceptional experience as student leaders.”

ASUSF Fall Summit 2010

ASUSF Senate held their annual Fall Summit in the McLaren Conference Center on Nov. 9. The event consisted of various activities to get clubs and senate connected. Fall Summit included a presentation by Dean Shahideh and Dr. Francis King for “Get connected through the mentorship program. ”

The final part of the night was a ‘Get Heard Brainstorm,’ in which one senator sat at each of the 20 tables set up and assisted in facilitating conversation with all of the attendees. The opportunity was for club leaders to get in touch with senate leaders, and to bridge a gap for better communication, planning, and achieving set goals.

Senators asked a set of questions during the ‘Be Heard Brainstorm’ which included: How would you rate your work-study, financial aid, and grant opportunities on campus? What has been your experience?

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