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The Charger Bulletin

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | October 22, 2014

Who doesn’t love food at events?

Chariot Yearbook photo

John Foti (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs—having food at your events is a great way to spice up events and provide a greater experience for all that attend.

Be sure that all Sodexo orders are submitted to me no later than two weeks prior to the event date via a requisition through banner, as this provides Sodexo with enough time to fulfill your order and provides a way for me to tract your spending to make sure that the funds are available. Once the requisition is completed, be sure to notifying me via email that a requisition has been submitted and what budget line the food expense will come out of. I cannot email catering until I know how much food is going to cost and a requisition has been submitted.

I want to ensure that all of your events can be a success so be sure to be on top of your food orders and have everything completed at least two weeks in advance to make sure that you can have food at your events!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 22, 2014

Chargers!

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fall Break and is ready to get back to work in order to have a successful end of the Fall Semester.

This week looks to be exciting with Charge-A-Palooza full of many fun events, like Midnight Madness on Wednesday Oct. 22, Charlie’s Birthday and the Reality Check Game Show on Thursday Oct. 23, the Third Annual Swimsuit Sprint & Concert on Friday Oct. 24, and the Homecoming Football Game, USGA/GSC Pig Roast, & Homecoming Chariot Races on Saturday Oct. 25!

On Saturday Oct. 25, the USGA/GSC Pig Roast begins at 11 a.m.at the North Campus Parking Lot, so make sure to come and enjoy some delicious food. Please also join us in cheering on the several organizations that will be competing in the Homecoming Chariot Race to see who will be make history in being the first Champion! We will also have a limited number of Homecoming t-shirts and thunder sticks, so get them while you can!

Remember to have fun and, more importantly, be safe during this Homecoming!

 

Go Chargers!
Richard Rotella

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | October 8, 2014

Need to be Reimbursed?

Chariot Yearbook photo

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Photo by Chariot Yearbook)

If you purchase products or goods on behalf of your organization, USGA can reimburse you!

Make sure that your organization was allocated money for what you are looking to be reimbursed for. If your RSO has money in their budget for supplies and supplies are purchased, then you will be able to be reimbursed; however, you can’t be reimbursed for items or goods not allocated in your budget.

From there, all you need to do is submit a check request! It is very important that the original itemized receipt is attached to the check request as without it the request will not be processed! Also keep in mind that reimbursements cannot exceed $300, so again, plan accordingly.

Be sure that check requests that are for reimbursements are submitted within two weeks of the original purchase! Reimbursements are great for those small purchases made on behalf of your organization!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 8, 2014

Chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Photo by Chariot Yearbook)

I hope that everyone is enjoying the fall weather and is getting ready to for the Fall Break!

This past week I, along with other student leaders, attended the American Student Government Association National Summit in Washington, DC. At the Summit, we met many other student leaders and learned of many new ways to improve USGA. At the Summit, we also spoke one different ways to unite not only USGA but the other Student Governments in the area.

I wish you all safe travels to wherever you are spending your fall break. For some of us, it is a time to relax and step back and prepare for the rest of the semester. For others, it is a time to catch up and to strive for success!

Remember USGA Meetings are on Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge! Come join us and get more involved!

Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | October 1, 2014

Dues Done Right!

Chariot Yearbook photo

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs and RSO members—now that the semester is in full swing and things are beginning to settle down, organizations are beginning to collect dues.

It is important that if your organization collects dues, a dues collection form be must be submitted online in Charger Connection before the dues can be accepted. From the time the form is submitted to the end date on the form, dues are to be collected by Melinda Hill in the Office of Student Activities. Once the dues collection period ends, your organization must then submit a funds deposit form Be sure to indicate the index code! Dues index codes end in a “D” and operating index codes end in a “U.” Just be sure to designate which one as funds in dues index codes rollover from year to year.

If your organization doesn’t have a dues index code and would like one, just let me know! From there, the dues will then be deposited where they will be available for your organization to utilize!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 1, 2014

My fellow chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Now that the semester is in full swing and Fall Break is just around the corner, don’t let yourself slip; keep working hard!

This week’s USGA meeting will be canceled; I, along with several other students, will be attending the ASGA National Conference in Washington, DC. While at the conference, we will be working with many schools throughout the country on improving our own USGA here at the University of New Haven!

With the It’s On Us Campaign in full swing, I encourage you all to take the pledge at ItsOnUs.org and help us bring an end to sexual assault. In the coming weeks many student leaders throughout the campus will be meeting to discuss the issue at hand and to talk about the resources offered at UNH. That being said, keep an eye out for information following the Roundtables, as well as more opportunities to get involved with this campaign!

Best of luck this week and Go Chargers!
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | September 24, 2014

*FROZEN EFFECTIVE 9/18*

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

This past week RSO accounts were frozen due to lack of attendance at the mandatory USGA Treasurer Trainings. Per the USGA Constitution consequences of being frozen include inability to access USGA funding as well as collecting points for any event that occurs during the period for which your organization is frozen.

In order to become unfrozen the members who did not attend Treasurer Training that were required to go (President, Treasurer, and an additional member), must watch the Treasurer Training Tegrity that will be posted on the Student Activities page on newhaven.edu. Upon completion of watching the tegrity session, these members must also come see me during my office hours to take a quiz, which you must recieve a 80 percent or higher.

You will become unfrozen once I have on file that the required members have all attended on your organization’s behalf.

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | September 24, 2014

My fellow chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Richard Rotella (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

This past Friday, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the launch of the It’s On Us Campaign against sexual assault. Many organizations, celebrities, colleges and universities across the country partnered with this campaign. The University of New Haven is one of those schools! I would like to challenge you all to take the pledge and make a stance against sexual assault. You can take the pledge at ItsOnUs.org. Also make sure to check out the complete story on page one.

I hope you all enjoyed the Family Day festivities this weekend and spent quality time with your friends and family! Remember to start getting ready for Homecoming weekend—it is only 27 days away!

If anyone is interested in being more involved in USGA, please contact me or come to one of our meetings on Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge! Enjoy this upcoming week and the beginning of the fall season.

Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

It’s game time everyday

by Samantha Mathewson | September 17, 2014

Undergraduate Student Government Association representatives and students of the campus community participated in the New Horizons Summit Sept. 13.

USGA and UNH students with guest speaker Robert Felder at New Horizons Summit (Photo by Annalisa Berardinelli /) Charger Bulletin Photo)

USGA and UNH students with guest speaker Robert Felder at New Horizons Summit (Photo by Annalisa Berardinelli /) Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Summit was sponsored by USGA, providing an opportunity for students to voice their opinions and ideas for creating a more cohesive campus community.

USGA’s motto this year is “Putting you in USGA,” so there were round table open discussion, where students were prompted with questions on how they thought USGA could better serve the campus, its students and “link the legislation.”

The Summit began in Ghering Hall with Richard Rotella, president of USGA, asking the audience what USGA ment to them.

When describing USGA in in one word, one student used the word, “network.” Other students voiced that USGA is the forum that connects students to the university.

“(We want to) bridge the gap between the senate and the house because together you are a powerful legislature,” said Rotella.

Colby Thammavongsa, vice president of operations, followed with saying in terms of moving forward, “a large part of today will be going on after,” meaning the concerns voiced must be put into action.

Next guest speaker, Robert Felder, had the sleepy audience up on their feet jumping in the air, “reaching the goals of USGA.”

“Life will continue to punch you until you punch back,” said Felder, who had the audience discuss possible factors that could hold USGA back from accomplishing thier goals.

Lack of membership interest, complacency, budgeting, and disagreements were a few of the barriers students mentioned, but Felder ensured that none of those factors meant we would be stopped from accomplishing our goals.

“You’re focusing on the problem instead of the goal,” said Felder. “For the things you have no control over, be like water: whatever it can’t go through, it goes around.”

In regards towards working together, he asked the audience how many thought they could solve problems on their own, and no hands were raised.

Felder painted a picture for the audience by saying “everyone wants to ride the sled down the hill, but no one wants to pull it back up; aka do the work.”

He further explained members of organizations have to find the reasons that make the organization leaders stay up all night and go to all the meetings, because that is who has found that “something,” and not even everyone who has come to the first, second, or even third meeting has found that yet.

Felder gave the audience two tips: common sense is only common sense when you have something in common and assume everyone you talk to is stupid.

Throughout his speach he used four rubber footballs to illustrate his point of working together. He had students throwing the ball back and forth, and when it dropped to the ground, he asked students what their first thought was and responses included “Way to go,” and “Who’s fault was it?”

This exercise was to get the audience to focus on goals instead of blame because “if you’re not on the team, you’re against the team,” said Felder.

Next, the audience broke up into eight groups to draw figures and place things that would help them inside the figure, and things that would hold them back on the outside.

Felder ended his motivational presentation, by asking the audience, “WHAT TIME IS IT?!” In which everyone responded, “GAME TIME!”

The Summit continued throughout the day at UNH’s Orange campus, where USGA met with the Graduate Student Council to brainstorm on unifying the two populations.

USGA representatives also held icebreakers and roundtable discussions to discuss committees, the legislature and innovative ways to become a better USGA.

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | September 17, 2014

My fellow Chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Chariot Yearbook Photo

With the thirteenth anniversary of Sept 11 attacks just the other day, take this time to remember all the things you cherish and hold dear. Think about the dreams you have and goals you wish to achieve and make them happen, not only for yourself but for those who did not have the opportunity to because of the events of Sept 11, 2001.

Thank you for attending the Remembrance Ceremony. It showed that we are a formidable force that no one can stop. If we are knocked down, we will always rebound and come back much harder.

The USGA had our first New Horizons Summit at the Orange Campus; for those of you that attended, thank you! We look forward to taking your feedback and making sure we address your concerns and make the necessary changes.

If you could not attend Monday’s Charging Forward Information Session, please visit http://www.newhaven.edu/ChargingForward/ for more information and check out the article on the front page.

Family Day is on Saturday, and I hope you all have a lot of fun and spend some quality time with your families. Please join me in cheering on the Charger Football team to victory against Assumption at Della Camera Stadium at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors this week.
Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

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