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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!

Treasurer’s Tip of the Week

by John Foti | September 17, 2014

Purchase order?!

Chariot Yearbook photo

Chariot Yearbook photo

The university is currently pushing to utilize purchase orders and requisitions more and more for all types of goods and services but don’t worry; purchase orders are simple and they actually help keep track of orders and purchases more so than a simple check request!

There is a step by step guide on InsideUNH on how to go through the requisition process. It not only outlines how to create a requisition but can also provide insight on how to look up vendor ID numbers as well as account codes!
Also be sure that if you’re dealing with a new vendor that a W9 is sent to the business office so that a vendor ID number can be generated.

Don’t worry—it all can sound a bit intimidating, but requisitions are really easy and if you’re still stuck, feel free to ask me! Just also be sure that when dealing with requisitions and purchase orders an invoice (that you will receive from the vendor once the vendor receives the PO) is submitted back to me in order for the vendor to get paid! The vendor won’t get paid until I receive an invoice. Also make sure that you email me at usgatreasurer@newhaven.edu informing me that a purchase requisition has been created and what expense line in your budget it’s coming out of.

Don’t be afraid of purchase orders; the more you do, the more confident you and your RSO will become in submitting them!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | September 10, 2014

My fellow Chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Chariot Yearbook Photo

As the week goes on, take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy your college experience. These moments only happen once so remember to enjoy them. I continue to encourage you all to get involved, go to as many events and games as you can, and show your Charger Pride!

For those of you interested in joining USGA, there are still vacant Senator seats, and applications can be found on Charger Connection.

This Saturday the USGA will be going to the Orange Campus for the first New Horizons Summit where we will spend the day learning and growing as a student government. I look forward to telling you the successfulness of this event in next week’s President’s Corner.

This Thursday marks the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on Sep 11, 2001. USGA will be hosting the Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in the Maxcy Quad on Thursday, 9/11, at 12:15 p.m. Join us in unity as we honor the day and the lives that were lost.

Best of luck this week and I wish nothing but the best.

Go Chargers!

Best regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip of the Week

by John Foti | September 10, 2014

Magical miscellaneous funds

Chariot Yearbook photo

Chariot Yearbook photo

Organizations are always looking for ways to get more funding and one way to do that is by requesting additional funds through the USGA Miscellaneous account.

The USGA Miscellaneous account is an account that consists of the rollover from last year’s USGA funds that went unspent and the money that was left over from the yearly budget process. The Miscellaneous account gives organizations an opportunity to receive additional USGA funding to put on new events or make events currently planned even better.

When coming up before budget committee, it’s always wise to make sure that the request is detailed and that you, as the RSO, are prepared to talk about and defend your request!

Time is everything so make sure that you, as the RSO, are continuing to stay organized and on top of your finances!
Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | September 3, 2014

My fellow Chargers,

John Foti (left) and Richard Rotella (right) (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti (left) and Richard Rotella (right) (Chariot Yearbook photo)

As the semester continues, I encourage you all to continue getting involved and meeting new people. I also encourage you to go to so many of the amazing events that are on campus. This Saturday at 1 p.m. the UNH Charger Football Team will be taking on West Chester for our first home game, and I hope to see many of you there to cheer us to victory!

USGA will be hosting the first ever New Horizons Summit on Sept. 13 at the Orange Campus. If you would like to attend to learn about USGA and the potential changes within USGA, please contact me.

I would like to thank to all of those involved in the Welcome Week festivities as it was a great success!

Lastly, remember to continue the hard work in all of your classes and, even though it may be easier to put it off until later, try not to procrastinate.
Best regards,
Richard Rotella USGA President, Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | September 3, 2014

It’s your money; use it!

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Another year is upon us and that means another year of planning and organizing events! I know that the first few weeks of the semester can be hectic and crazy but remember when planning your events that time is everything.

The best advice that I can give to start out this year is to make sure that you’re organized and to submit all paperwork and requests in a timely manner. Remember check requests must be in two weeks prior to an event and contract authorization forms must be in one month prior to an event for Level One events and two weeks prior to an event for Level Two and Three events.

RSOs—you were granted the money to fund your events this year so make sure you can get the most out of your funding by staying on top of your requests!
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

Treasurer’s Tip of the Week

by John Foti | August 27, 2014

Dear Chargers,

My name is John Foti, I will be this year’s USGA Treasurer.

USGA has a budget of over 1.65 million dollars of your money, and if you want to have an influence on how the money is allocated, I urge you to get involved.

Whether it is through USGA or any Recognized Student Organization, getting involved will make your time at the university much more enjoyable and rewarding.

John Foti
Treasurer
Undergraduate Student Government Association

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | August 27, 2014

My fellow Chargers,

First, I would like to welcome the new students to UNH and the returning students back to campus. My name is Richard Rotella, and I am your Undergraduate Student Government Association President.

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USGA is a student run governing body, which allows you the opportunity to voice concerns regarding the university. As an undergraduate student, you are automatically a member of USGA. We encourage you to attend our meetings which occur every Friday in the Alumni Lounge (located in Bartels Campus Center) at 11:00 a.m. If you would like to learn more about USGA, there will be an Information Session this Friday, Aug 29, at 10:00 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

Please feel free to stop and say hello if you see me around campus. You can also contact me via e-mail at USGAPresident@newhaven.edu, by phone at 203-932-7300, or during my office hours. I wish you the best of luck this year at the University of New Haven.

Go Chargers!

Richard J. Rotella
President
Undergraduate Student Government Association

 

President’s Corner

by Zani Imetovski | May 7, 2014

Dear Chargers,

Zani Imetovski, USGA President

Zani Imetovski, USGA President

The semester will soon come to a close and my term will officially come to an end on July 1. I am profoundly grateful and humbled to be given the opportunity by you to serve as your President; it will be an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

This year would not be possible without my dedicated Executive Board members; Andrew Collins, Colby Thammavongsa, Isaak Kifle, Megan Scutti and Sean McFadden. They have worked hard and devoted countless hours to serving the student body and our clubs and organizations. I also thank Dean Johnson, Greg Overend, Shelissa Newball, Andrew Mayer and Colleen Kerrigan who have always supported myself and USGA.

At the end of the day it is important to remember that our time here at UNH is short and we should make the most of it. The most rewarding experience you can take from this campus is the friends you meet and the experiences you share together. When you finally leave UN, I hope you keep in mind to do good where you can, be kind and leave a positive impact on your community.

Warm regards,

Zani Imetovski

USGA President

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