Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2017

SAA Student Chapter, St. Catherine University

Meeting called to order at 6:08 PM by chapter president Sara Butterfass.

Meeting was also live streamed on the SAA chapter Facebook group (link here).

Secretary, Treasurer, and SGO Liaison reports

David Norris read a summary of minutes from the February 13 meeting, including WARM project updates, new development on the MCBA community project, final preparations for the the General Mills archive tour on February 24 as well as for the SAA movie night held on March 6, the upcoming Resume & Job-Seeker’s Panel on March 27th and the ePortfolio panel on April 3, and officer elections for next year. No additions or changes were called for to the minutes, and they were approved.

Deb Eschweiler read a summary of the treasurer’s report: Started the semester with a balance of $262.26. SAA’s balance for the Bowling Mixer was $84.87, bringing our current balance to $177.39. We are anticipating the spring semester disbursement to be $135, which could potentially bring our balance to $312.39 for the remainder of the year.

Kristell Benson delivered highlights from the last SGO meeting (minutes here):

  • The new program director hiring panel was seeking two students to sit on the interview panel. Deb Eschweiler and Zach Jansen already volunteered. The panel will be interviewing current faculty members Dr. Joyce Yukawa and Dr. Tony Molaro on April 3 from 1-4pm.
  • SLA is having its Spring Information Professional Panel on April 10, which conflicts with next SAA meeting date. Sara is encouraging SAA members to attend, and suggested moving the next SAA meeting before the ePortfolio Panel on April 3 at 5:30pm.
  • MIA having an Edible Book Festival on Sunday, April 2nd, 12-4pm. They are looking for submissions from students that are 75% edible.
  • Janis Shearer is starting a multicultural student group.
  • SGO is looking for a more official means of inviting new students to the St. Kate’s Circulation Facebook group. Zach currently looks through his class rosters at the beginning of every semester and invites anyone not currently a member.
  • The Student Poster Fair at the MLIS Summit this year will take place on Monday, April 24 in the CdC 3rd floor ballroom.
  • PLG is holding a school supply drive on March 27-April 9. Looking especially for backpacks and calculators. Drop-off site is TBD but assumed to be the MLIS lounge.
  • SGO is also accepting officer nominations for next year. All three officers are graduating, along with the SGO Liaison (Kristell Benson), are graduating this year.

Old Business

General Mills Archive tour – Zach Jansen

On February 24, Jessica Faucher led a tour of the General Mills archive and Zach helped guide. Nine students attended, and feedback afterward was overwhelmingly positive.

March Movie Event – Zach Jansen

On March 6, five students attended the movie night (the movie was “Storm Center” (1956) with Bette Davis), but Zach received an email from Deb Torres afterwards that she really enjoyed the event. Kristell suggested doing another movie night in May, or following the June SAA chapter meeting. She also suggested reaching out to faculty to promote it to students in classes. Sara reiterated Zach’s suggestion he made following the event of doing a summer LIS-themed movie series on censorship. Kristell suggested an independent study course on patron engagement. Heather also asked for artifacts and ephemera from events (buttons, posters, etc) to put in the St. Kate’s archive.

New Business

Officer Elections – Sara Butterfass

Nominations will be open from March 15-31, and voting will be held electronically from April 1-7. The office of SAA chapter president is open since Sara is graduating in May. Sara will put together an email to ask nominees to provide a 100-word blurb to introduce themselves and their reasons for running. Zach suggested nominees come to the April 3 meeting to read statements in person.

Resume and Job-Seeker’s Panel

Emily Ash has agreed to be on the panel. We are going to have each panelist focus on an area of interviewing: job seeking, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. Heather suggested talking about pre- and post-interview etiquette. Lisa Callahan is interested in talking about interviewing, so Sara is going to reach out to the other panelists to find out what they want to talk about. Sara volunteered to moderate the panel. ALA is co-sponsoring the event, so they will split food costs. Heather volunteered to get Pizza Lucé.

ePortfolio Panel – David Norris

Date is scheduled for April 3. David is finalizing which faculty members will be on the panel, but Tony Molaro and Joyce Yukawa have confirmed; Toyin Akisanya and Sarah Dalen are unable to attend. Zach is going to create a Facebook event to encourage people to RSVP. Heather suggested using the theater in the VRA building, and breakout conversation time with faculty could take place in other rooms in the VRA.

 WARM Journal Digitization – Heather Carroll

The plan is to start meeting every other Saturday opposite classes beginning in April.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) community project – Heather Carroll

MCBA has about 70,000 rubber stamps donated by two major donors, along with a large collection of mail art. There is currently about fifty boxes of mail art that the original owner has partially organized, and they need a group of students to help complete the inventorying of the collection.


Meeting adjourned at 6:43 pm, followed by a tour of the MCBA led by project archivist and alum, Jennie Shaw.

Next meeting is scheduled for April 3 at 5:30pm.

Members Present

Sara Butterfass, president
Heather Carroll, vice president
David Norris, secretary
Deb Eschweiler, treasurer
Zach Jansen, media relations officer
Kristell Benson, SGO liaison
Jason Kanuit
Thomas Keeler
Sarah Potvin