SACON Meeting Minutes, May 2, 2011
SACON Committee Members Present
- Gracia Roulan- 2011-2012 Incoming President
- Laura Osika-Michales- 2011-2012 Activities Chairperson
- Colleen Bud- General Secretary
- Kathleen McDonnell- Organizing Secretary
Other SACON Members in Attendance
- Shannon Cavedine
CON Faculty in Attendance
- Maria Wheelock- SACON Faculty Advisor
Meeting opened at 1805 by Gracia Roulan.
April 2011 meeting minutes reviewed by Kathleen McDonnell
Next CON faculty meeting - 5/7/11 at 9:00am
Next CON curriculum meeting - 5/13/11 at 1:30pm
- Awarded to a student who has been most involved in SACON within the past year.
- Per Maria, there is a small monetary award included.
- Previously, the award has been given to the SACON president, or a graduating member of the committee.
- Previously, the faculty advisor has chosen the recipient of the award, however, due to the increased activity and participation this year, Maria suggested that the committee select the award recipient.
- Suggestion was made that two SACON awards be given this year, as there has been increased participation.
- Maria will verify at the faculty meeting if more than one award can be given.
- Gracia Roulan will email SACON committee with suggestions of nominees for the award.
- Nominee needs to be selected and submitted to Maria no later than 5/10/2011. Maria will contact Gracia Roulan if the nominee is needed sooner than this date.
- Nominees for the SACON Award:
- Colleen Drenckhahn
- Shelly Peters
- Elijah Dut
- Maria reported that dishonesty issues are being discussed and addressed by CON faculty.
- New policies being implemented (test procedures, etc.) will not be changing.
- Maria reported that several students have informed professors that they have collaborated on various assignments or exams.
- Some professors believe part of the issue is the cultural beliefs of students, who don’t view collaboration as dishonest.
- Maria reported that the issue has led to a decrease in the use of online quizzes, as a way to prevent student collaboration.
- Shannon noted that there is an academic policy regarding student dishonesty
- Reports of academic dishonesty will be brought before the judicial committee
- Recent reports need to be handled according to the academic policy, and be brought before the judicial committee.
- Within the past semester there have been reports of dishonesty/collaboration in Advanced Research, Pharmacology, and FNPI.
Activities of Interest to Nursing Students
- “Lead Where You Stand” webinar
- Being held Tuesday, May 10th at 1 pm
- Offered by the American Nurses Association
- Access to the webinar is free for members of the ANA, $30 for non-members
- Nurses need to advocate
- Special meeting for NP students
- Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30pm at Twin Trees Too
- Offered by the Syracuse Chapter of the Nurse Practitioner’s Association
- Need to RSVP to email@example.com
- Membership to the Nurse Practitioner’s Association is about $55 as a student.
- CON new student orientation
- Being held on Thursday, June 2nd and Friday, June 3rd.
- Dean Szigeti has suggested that SACON have a table during orientation
- Gracia Roulan suggested that SACON request that there be a discussion of ethics concerns at the orientation
- End of the Semester Bash
- Was held on April 29th at 6pm in the CAB
- During the event, Laura Osika-Michales was told that the ice cream freezer in the CAB lobby was for the SACON event
- Ice cream freezer was locked, however, a CABG student employee had the freezer opened, and then informed Laura that the ice cream was available.
- Laura was contacted today by Chuck Simpson- questioning why the ice cream had been eaten by participants of the SACON event.
- Chuck Simpson also informed Laura that the lock on the freezer had been cut, and that there is a now a police investigation going on.
- COPE (Community Outreach and Prevention Education) Meeting
- Hosted by medical students
- Shannon Cavedine reported that she attended a presentation by the group
- The group presented a model that could be followed by other students
- Groups of five students went into various settings
- Target sites
- Salvation Army
- Booth House
- One group worked with young children
- 1 hour each Friday
- Health lessons (hand washing, cover cough education) paired with activities (word search)
- Booth House group
- Homeless Youth Home for youth aged 15-18 years
- Past attempts to reach the youth was not effective; this time a much more casual approach was taken.
- Icebreaker- youth were asked to share their favorite curse word
- Effectively broke down barriers and allowed students to begin to form relationships with the youth
- Each week a health lesson was presented and all questions were answered.
- New foods were brought to the youth center for the youth to try (ie. Sushi
- Provided enriching opportunity for youth
- Shannon presented the suggestion that Nursing students/SACON participate in a similar program
- Shannon has contacted Salvation Army and is looking into several other underserved populations in the area for nursing students to work with
- Suggested that groups of 3-5 students be developed, ~2 hr. time commitment from participating students.
SACON Committee Positions
- USG Representative
- Gracia made the suggestion to make it mandatory that USG Representatives attend a certain number of USG meetings each semester
- Suggestion made that five USG Representatives be named to ensure that a representative is present at each meeting
- Committee members
- Suggestion made that all SACON Committee members be required to attend the majority of meetings each semester.
- Important that committee members show commitment, as well as display professionalism and promote the organization.
- Focus groups
- Meega Wells has requested that students identify two different times at which focus groups could be held to give students the opportunity to work with the professors to develop courses.
- Gracia will email CON students to get suggestions for focus group meeting times.
- Suggestions to bring to the faculty:
- Gracia recommended to change class to an on campus course.
- Doreen Rogers- has taught Pathophysiology at the associates level.
- Has stated she would be willing to consider teaching the course if offered the opportunity.
- Reported to be a very effective teacher.
- Need a professor who is more engaged and involved in the course
- Need more consistency in the course- decrease the number of different lecturers
- Fewer quizzes
- Margie Wade inquired if students are interested in having two sections for the FNP II class.
- The recommendation has been made that there be an FNP coordinator who can provide consistency throughout the program.
- FNP coordinator could also provide additional assistance with clinical placement.
Next SACON Meeting
Wednesday, June 1st at 5 pm
Location - Upstate Library
1945 Meeting adjourned.