Meeting Notes – December 15, 2008

In Attendance: Ryan Holmes, Marjorie Allen, Bonnie Zetick, Louise Giugliano, Michael Minetti, Charles Hardy, Ali Mwanundu, Arthur Grover

Discussion Items

Revisiting the Charge:

  • With the addition of the more complete reporting method and responses, the team questioned nature of the group. The thought was presented that group was supposed to be about building relationships and creating community with the adjacent area, not an additional disciplinary arm of the University. It was also thought that the team was supposed to function as an information exchange for the various offices represented in the team.
  • The ending thought was that the team is to be involved with all of the aforementioned. Information is being exchanged between all entities present so that what is occurring in various parts of the University is being discussed. Though many around the table are responsible for individual efforts, yet keeping other in the loop with the progress of those efforts is key. Nonetheless, we cannot get away from the understanding that the team is primarily interested in creating ways in which the neighborhood can continue, or in some cases begin, to interact with students, faculty, and staff. Yet, in order to be as effective as we desire, and increased number of neighborhood residents are needed for input/partnership purposes. The following can serve as methods by which this can be attained:
    • As Safety and Security Track Initiative (which allows non-student neighbors the ability to register for track use) has list of individuals in the 19138, 19141, and 19144 zip codes, it is possible to reach out to these same individuals with the idea of a library ID drive. John Baky will be contacted in the near future to determine the feasibility of this idea, and if given an OK, students can do the outreach in hopes that conversation between students and neighbors can be fostered.
    • Another idea presented is that of having LGU and Social Work classes partner with an elementary school class, and their families, as a way to work with the community and serve as a starting point for better communication. This method can be used to educate both the community youth as well as La Salle students. The actual activities still need to be defined and an official proposal (with budgetary needs) will be written in the near future.
    • Is it possible for an area resident to audit one class per year to see if they have interest in becoming a contributing member at La Salle? Not only could this be seen as a nice gesture, it could have the University be seen as more inviting.
    • La Salle Olympics: Though we are all aware of the national economic situation, a member of the team remembered that the University used to have a La Salle Olympics program in which area youth and current students would participate in games together. Also, food and drink items were available during that time. Does the University see this as something worth discussing?
    • Finally, the thought of creating a University Farmer’s Market was presented.
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