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The Charger Bulletin

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | March 25, 2015

One week left!

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs, as we return from Spring Break and get back into the swing of things for the rest of the semester, I just wanted to remind you all that you have one week left to submit your budgets for next year! Again, the Yearly Budget forms are available on ChargerConnection under USGA Documents and both the Yearly Budget Spreadsheet and Supplement need to be submitted to YearlyBudget@newhaven.edu by 11:59:59 on March 31 from your RSO email accounts. If you don’t submit your Budget for the 2015-2016 year by this time, your budget is subject to an 80 percent reduction following the budget committee’s evaluation of your submitted budget request.

In addition to this stipulation, two other stipulations also exist; one for modified formatting and the other for incomplete forms. If the formatting of your forms are modified in any way, your budget is subject to a 25 percent reduction or if your forms are not fully complete they are subject to a 33 percent reduction. Make sure that your forms are fully completed and completed properly!

By submitting your Yearly Budget forms on time and in the proper manner, your RSO can be ensured that you will not be subject to these stipulations! So, if you haven’t already submitted your budget request you have until 11:59:59 on March 31 to do so, so don’t wait until the last minute! If you have any questions feel free to email me or come see me during my office hours!

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | March 25, 2015

My fellow Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Welcome back, and I hope you had an amazing Spring Break! With the warmer days hopefully on the way, I look forward to spending time hanging out in the Quad. In the coming week, USGA Elections will be taking place so please check your emails and listen to the candidates. They will be the future leaders of USGA.

Beginning this week, the Marketplace will be offering to-go containers at no additional cost. This will be a trial period that began March 23and ending on April 4. To-go containers will be provided upon request during the breakfast and dinner hours, Monday through Friday. If you request a to-go container, the Sodexo employee will retain your receipt, and you will not be able to get more food. This change was made to assist students with difficult schedules and those with a need to eat on the go. We ask that you do not take a to-go container and eat in the Marketplace.

This was accomplished with the conjoined efforts of USGA and the management of Sodexo. Concluding this trial period, USGA and Sodexo will meet again to discuss the continuation of this program. We look forward to continuing our partnership and making every effort to improve student life here at UNH.

If you have any questions or need anything do not hesitate to contact me.

Welcome back!

Richard J. Rotella

 

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | March 11, 2015

Dangers of Being Frozen

RSOs, now that the yearly budget process is underway, I just wanted to remind you of the dangers associated with being frozen, as it relates to requesting a budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Per the USGA Constitution, when organizations are frozen, they are unable to collect points or access USGA funds during the time in which they are frozen. This means that your organization cannot submit a viable budget request or have your request heard if your organization is frozen. When your organization becomes frozen by USGA, you will be contacted by the Eboard member who froze you.

It becomes the duty of your RSO to meet with that Eboard member to see how you can become unfrozen. Yearly Budget is such an important aspect to thriving RSO’s, so do your part to ensure that your RSO has the best chance to get a budget for next year by not being frozen during the yearly budget process. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | March 11, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

I would like to wish you a safe and fun-filled spring break! With campaigning fully underway, I encourage you all to keep an eye on your email for lots of information about the candidates. We will also be hosting a series of debates, which I encourage you to attend. I would like to leave you with this quote:

“If you sometimes get discouraged, consider this fellow: He dropped out of grade school. Ran a country store. Went broke. Took 15 years to pay off his bills. Took a wife. Unhappy marriage. Ran for House. Lost twice. Ran for Senate. Lost twice. Delivered speech that became a classic. Audience indifferent. Attacked daily by the press and despised by half the country. Despite all this, imagine how many people all over the world have been inspired by this awkward, rumpled, brooding man who signed his name simply, A. Lincoln.”
Warmest regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | March 4, 2015

Yearly Budget Training

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs, it’s that time of year again! RSOs have the opportunity to request a budget for next year. An email has already been sent out with information regarding the Yearly Budget Process for this year; however, there are a number of Yearly Budget Training sessions that may be helpful for your RSO when you are completing your Yearly Budget Request. These trainings are not mandatory however they just serve as another resource for your RSO to utilize during this year’s Yearly Budget Process. The Yearly Budget Training dates, times and locations are as follows:

Wednesday March 4 @ 9 p.m., Gehring Hall 301
Monday March 9 @ 8 p.m., Buckman 120
Thursday March 12 @ 5 p.m., Gehring 301
Wednesday March 25 @ 8 p.m., Gehring 301

Again, these dates are not mandatory but may be helpful if you have any questions regarding the Yearly Budget Process. As a reminder all Yearly Budget Forms are due to yearlybudget@newhaven.edu by 11:59:59 on March 31. If you have any questions feel free to ask or come see me during my office hour!

John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | March 4, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

This past week at USGA, changes to the By-Laws and Treasurer’s Manual were passed and take effect immediately. The Legislature also passed changes to the USGA Constitution; those changes must be voted on by you the students. I encourage you to keep an eye on your emails for the survey question approving or denying these changes.

I also would like to bring to your attention that campaigning will be beginning shortly for the positions of President, Treasurer and Senator for the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year. These candidates will be vying for your votes, so remember to ask questions and stay informed.

With Spring Break just around the corner, keep your head up as the hard work will pay off in the end. I would like to leave you with a quote that I think of often.
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Cherokee Proverb

Stay warm,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | February 25, 2015

Track your spending 

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs, as we move further into the semester, it’s important to continuously track your spending. Tracking your spending can help manage your RSO budget and can make planning events a lot easier, as you’ll be more aware as to how much your RSO has to utilize when planning certain events. This can also help when planning for next year and the yearly budget process. Knowing what your RSO has spent on certain events can give you an idea as to how much your RSO may need or want to request during the yearly budget process which is scheduled to take place during March. A great way to track expenditures is by using charts and tables. Excel is an awesome program that is great for keeping track of expenses and what exactly is in your budget. This is something all RSO treasurers should try to utilize because, again, being aware of your RSO finances can alleviate stress and confusion, making processing financial paperwork a lot easier.

Always do your part as an RSO treasurer to track your RSO accounts. If you have any questions about how to track expenses or anything in regards to RSO finances, feel free to come see me during office hours or shoot me an email!
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | February 25, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

I hope this week is going well for you. Congratulations to our Greek organizations on their new members and good luck to those individuals who are joining.

I would like to welcome LaDarius Thompson to the University of New Haven as Associate Director of Student Activities. LaDarius’s first day was Monday so make sure to stop by and say hi to the newest member to the Student Activities family.

With the possibility of large winter storms continuing, please use caution when driving and walking. Also, make sure that you sign up for emergency alerts from campus police! For more information please visit http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/police/emergency-procedures.

This week in USGA, we will be voting on Constitution and By-Law changes so make sure to attend!

“Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” —Mark Twain

Richard Rotella
USGA President

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | February 18, 2015

Time is running out for Treasurer Training 

RSOs, I have mentioned this for the last couple of weeks in USGA, but I’d thought I’d also put it as this week’s treasurers tip. This Friday, Feb. 20, is the last day to comply with treasurer training stipulations to ensure that your organization does not become frozen.

Just to reiterate what the stipulations for treasurers training here they are:

If your organization’s president or treasurer attended treasurer training last fall they simply need to come fill out the treasurer training compliance form which is located on my office door. If your president or treasurer did not attend treasurer training in the fall, they must watch the treasurer training tegrity located on the student activities website under RSO student resources and then come to my office to take a quiz that ensures me that you watched the tegrity.

Both the president and the treasurer must comply with treasurer training stipulations either by filling out the form or taking the quiz! As always if you any questions don’t hesitate to ask or come see me during office hours!

John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | February 18, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

With the semester in full swing, remember to make time for yourself and take a step back from the hustle and bustle. I also want to remind you to look at the email that Health Services sent out about the flu, and the email Provost May sent out about the class schedule change.

If you are interested in running for next year’s USGA President, Treasurer or Senator, please submit the form found on Charger Connection by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28. If you are interested in being next year’s SCOPE President or Vice President, Charger Bulletin Editor or Assistant Editor, or Chariot Yearbook Editor or Assistant Editor please submit the form found on Charger Connection by 11:59 p.m. on March 13.

This week in USGA, we will be discussing potential By-Law changes, which will have a lasting effect on USGA. That being said, I encourage you all to attend. Our meetings are on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

Stay warm,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

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