Where: American Indian Studies Program conference room (3rd floor of Ingraham Hall)
When: 12-1:00pm, March 14, 2012
Members attending: Kelly Kraemer, Troy Espe, Dawn Wing, Robin Amado, Jacob Ineichen and Jessica Miesner
- Revision of the Constitution
- Red Cliff Update
- Project management: Designation of group liaison
- Get ready for TLAM Student Group elections!
1) First order of business: Revision of the constitution.
- TLAM Student Group officially ratified the revisions to the constitution.
- Next year’s TLAM Group will make the decisions to add or change anything else.
- The revised constitution may be viewed here.
2) Red Cliff Update:
Red Cliff group members present are Robin Amado, Dawn Wing, Troy Espe and Jacob Ineichen
- Robin Amado will send out an email to Red Cliff group members, both inside the TLAM Spring 2012 class and in the TLAM student group.
- Red Cliff believes, as does all of the TLAM student group members, that distance contributions can and should be made to the Red Cliff project. In other words, you don’t have to visit Red Cliff to contribute to the project in some way.
3) Project Management
We’ve been facing challenges with communicating among the different TLAM projects, and the members involved in each group. Since the TLAM Student Group was founded in part for the purpose of enabling the different projects to share their work with others outside of the classroom, year-round, we want to make communication among our members easier. In discussing this, Kelly proposed that every TLAM project assign one member with the responsibility of communicating their project’s activities and tasks between class members and non-class members, and the TLAM Student Group (the latter of which can help relay messages). The proposal is as follows:
- Each group should have a designated project liaison.
- The liaison would serve as the contact person for others who are interested in contributing to the projects.
- The liaison would also be in charge of providing or assigning work that needs to be done for non-class volunteers. This would be work that could be done at a distance and in the volunteers’ own time. The liaison, in consultation with their project group, would make sure that all project members have adequate work to contribute to.
- This person would be in charge of making sure that project news and updates are communicated to the TLAM Student Group and TLAM class in a timely manner. This should be done in collaboration with other project members, but the liaison would be responsible for making sure that things are moving forward.
- In the Spring, Summer and Fall, this new liaison position may be passed along to any group members willing to serve in this capacity, or may continue with current contact person.
All three projects had at least one member present at this meeting, and they will talk with their group about this proposal and make a decision. (Jessica for the Kingsbury project, Kelly for the Ho-Chunk project, others for Red Cliff). Each project group will report back on who their liaison will be at the next TLAM meeting, and then we’ll go forward from there.
4) TLAM student Group Elections!
We need to start thinking seriously about TLAM organization member elections for our 4 leadership positions. Your current leadership includes:
⁃ President: Kelly Kraemer
⁃ Vice President: Jessica Miesner
⁃ Treasurer: Troy Espe
⁃ Secretary: Dawn Wing
All four will be up for election. Our current leaders entered their positions voluntarily when the group was formed last fall, so this will be our first official election and we want to be as transparent and egalitarian as possible about this. Plans right now:
- Kelly will look at our WIN student organization site for ideas. We can possibly vote using WIN. Possible Survey Monkey sent out to group members is another option.
- Kelly will also talk to Omar Poler, the TLAM Student Group adviser, about how the project liaison and student organization nominations and elections should be documented.
- Aim for holding elections in late April.
5) Keep your eyes open for some events coming soon!
- Friday, March 16 at 5:00pm – TLAM and SLIS Diversity are co-hosting a viewing and discussion of an excellent documentary on Native American boarding schools, “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English,” in the SLIS Commons.
- Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00 noon – TLAM and Reforma are co-sponsoring a grant writing workshop in the SLIS Commons.
- Possible group outing to James Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center for a tour and discussion with Ho-Chunk photographer Tom Jones. More info coming soon!
Questions, suggestions, or comments are welcome!