NIU-ACA Minutes/ March 1, 2005 DuSable 152 Present: Josh Stone, Sandrah Marquest, Blair Thompson, Suesette Carre, Javier Arellano, Jim Thomas, Kelly Joy, Aimee Rucinsky, Phalon Carpenter, Joe Gulino. The meeting was called to order at 6.pm. by president Josh Stone and the summary of the last meeting was read and approved. The members present introduced themselves REPORTS --Faculty Advisor Report: Jim reported that the tour of Lincoln/Logan and IDOC on March 16-18 was on, and 7 people would be attending. The Angola (Louisiana) prison tour for the Rodeo has been approved, and we can take 6 to 8 people, joining the Appalachian State University chapter there. The ACA Baltimore conference is being planned (for early August), and student papers are encouraged for the poster sessions. --Treasurer's Report: Steve K. reported that we are currently solvent with a balance of $252.75 (as of 2/25). OLD BUSINESS 1) Tshirts-Josh announced that NIU-ACA has gained permission to use the NIU Husky logo. Currently, the Tshirts are still in the design phase. 2) Committees-Committees have been formed and chairs selected. It was announced that anyone interested in joining a committee should contact the chair of that committee or Josh Stone. More information will be sent out via email. 3) Fundraisers-Sandrah (the planning committee chair) announced that anyone wishing to work on fundraisers should get in contact with her. It was agreed that they will work out the details of fundraisers in writing so that they can be voted on. NEW BUSINESS 1) Baltimore Conference-The poster session at the conference was discussed and there seemed to be some interest. More information on the conference will be distributed as it becomes available. Anyone with questions regarding the poster session should contact Josh Stone. 2) Potluck-There was a general consensus that the April meeting be a potluck. Most members present seemed to favor a Friday or Saturday potluck; however, a date/time/place was not decided. This issue will be discussed further by the planning committee. 3) Possible Fall Activities- a) Guest Speakers-It was suggested that we consider bringing in guest speakers this fall. Some suggestions were: an FBI field agent, a police officer, a corrections officer, NIU alumni in the CJ field, former inmates, exonerated death row inmates, etc. b) Panel Discussion-Javier recommended that we have a panel discussion on a topic such as the media portrayal of prisons. He suggested that the panel consist of a corrections officer, former inmate, JT, etc. The members present agreed that this was something to look into. 4) California Trip-There was a lot of interest in the CA trip proposed by David S. The members present felt it was worthwhile to look into the feasibility of such a trip over winter break. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. ==== NOTE: Post-meeting discussions occured, and it was suggested that we find ways to have more free and open discussion, perhaps with an NIU-ACA WebBoard. This will be explored (jt).
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