AGSO Meeting Minutes 11/6/2017

Goat Roast
Starts at 4pm, people usually arrive later (around 5 – 7).
See if we can get two goats for less than $150.
Sell AGSO t-shirts for 5 dollars each
Possibly sell to people at football games
Send out email reminding department about event and ask for volunteers.
Encourage people to bring water, chairs, and camp materials if spending the night.

Pete wants 4 – 5 people
Starts at noon
Christina will be in contact with Pete about set-up while Pete is away.

Faculty Meeting
November 15th
More updates following meeting

Graduate Survey
Send out week after Goat Roast
Use Qualtrics to construct survey


AGSO Meeting 10/20/2017

• Send Margie email about getting goat for the roast
• Send around Potluck sign-up sheet next week
• Rental of portable toilets for roast
• New Department head search – meeting next November
Murder Mystery
• Great success!
• No upcoming events with SAAS in remainder of semester
• Except upcoming events in Spring
Bram Winter Party
• Wants to host chili cook off
• Email Bram about possible date
Ashley Memorial Space
• G35 is not available
• Can move forward with space, possibly check an overstock room
• Samm is going to meet with a faculty person to help locate a room
• Shelly has photos to contribute
Survey to Graduate Students
• Christina can take the lead with asking faculty
• Focus on access to printing/meeting space
• Access to information about available classes
• Have people prioritize qualms
• Options for funding
• Announce survey during a well populated Pro-seminar
• Include variables such as sub-field, maybe year?

Goat Roast
• Need volunteers, include with potluck sign-up in Proseminar
• Held on November 11th

Faculty Meeting Minutes-October 11, 2017

Call to Order

A monthly faculty meeting of the Department of Anthropology was held on October 11, 2017.



  • Continued work revising the Bulletin
  • Undergraduate program is being evaluated for the purpose of better serving students
  • Annual evaluation will be released by the end of October

 Old Business:

  • Waived for this meeting
  • Thank you to the self-study committee
    • Interviews will be conducted with faculty and students
    • Preliminary report by December
    • Final report in April

New Business

  • Introduction of the Dean
  • Instructions for Department Head search
  • Discussion
    • The entire anthropology faculty constitutes the search committee
    • A faculty member outside of the department will serve as chair
    • A vote will take place at the next faculty meeting in November

Faculty Meeting Minutes- September 20, 2017

Call to Order

A monthly faculty meeting of the Department of Anthropology was held on September 20, 2017.


  • The department has a new vehicle available
  • Updated funding cards for Ashley


  • Graduate program:
    • Quality of our program being about job placement/grad activities
    • Professional development: emphasis on grants and methods
  • Double Dawg program
  • Annual review of grad students will be done in mid-October
  • Website is being updated

Old Business:

  1. Updating the Bulletin: Draft of text about the program and removal of untaught
  2. PRAC- Self-study for UGA academic program review (2017-2018)

New Business

  • Dean will visit next meeting to discuss new department headship
  • Quotas on the copies were discussed for faculty and graduate students
  • stifling her ability on teaching- increase limits or not have them
    • Grad students are abusing the copier (it’s all our fault)
    • Raised printing concerns from the graduate student end
    • Photocopying was discussed
    • AGSO clarification of printing


AGSO MEETING 9/29/2017

Goat Roast
• Pete agreed to host goat roast
• Pete is leaving on November 22nd, need to get an earlier date for goat roast.
• Ed cooking the goat, but needs two helpers
• Suggest November 4th as a possible date.
• Need to make signs
• Have people bring sides, not just desserts
Christina’s Faculty Meeting Update
• Make sure to notify department of grants/research
• Department has agreed to update course bulletin
• Notified faculty about printing concerns for graduate students, need to present department with a useful solution so that all graduate students have access to printing materials.
• AGSO needs to find a means to communicate more clearly with faculty
• Ideas presented for seminar and methods on race
• More individuals need to be available to take seminar in addition to methods.
• More information on courses to come in future.

AGSO Meeting 9/15/2017

Invite Bioarchaeologist Ventura Perez to speak to Anthropology Department
>Ask to focus on community interaction and experience with racism through research.
>$250 in budget to bring in speaker

Consider using AGSO funds to purchase business cards for graduate students
> Cards are cheap and would assist students with networking at conferences

Grad school panel and social next Wednesday, 9/20
> Starts at 5:30 pm
> Share advice to undergrads about future and different paths to graduate school.

>Murder Mystery Potluck scheduled for Oct. 18th at 5:30 p.m., Graduate and Undergraduate mixer.

Faculty and Graduate Communication
> Discuss concerns about status of Teaching Assistantships
> Collect experiences from Anthropology students regarding Teaching Assistantships
> Continue to promote AGSO selected speakers

Printing limitations
> Printer only open from 9 – 5 pm
> Department needs to communicate about available printing resources to students

>$152 max to allocate for food, can all be used for Goat-Roast.
> Need to be more aggressive about asking people to sign up for food dishes
> Pass information around during Prosem
> Ask Russel if he would be alright with hosting again
> Date during away football game weekend, possibly Nov. 11th
> A good idea might be to have a volunteer opportunity leading into goat roast
> Acknowledge veterans, considering it will be Veterans day
> Ask individuals to help clean-up after

Create a group/schedule for activities with graduate students
> Search for hiking locations
> Take a few minutes at beginning of Prosem to discuss AGSO events

Memorial space to Ashley Block
> What do we want in space?
> Pictures, possible research poster from Ashley
> Space to write about memories/stories


AGSO Meeting 8/28/2017

New Officers for 2017-2018
President – Shelly Biesel
Vice President – Christina Lee
Treasurer – Emily Ramsey
Secretary – Jon Micon
Student-Faculty Representative: Christina Crespo
GSA Representative – N/A
Mentor Program Coordinator – Samm Holder

>  Sam will send out official emails for mentoring program
>  Send out message to undergraduate and graduate students to match up interests
 > Main goal: be there for undergrads to help with path after graduation

Grad/Undergrad Mixer
 > Start out with panel discussion
 > Undergrads will send what they want out of the meeting (last year talking informally  about our interests)
 > Undergraduate students interested in Halloween Potluck on October 18th – “Murder mystery” theme.
 > Want to include graduate students
 > Undergraduate organization meeting Wednesdays at 5? Maybe
 >  Thought about including a service activity, maybe a clean-up?

Emily- Treasurer
 > Susan and Shelly applied for AGSO funds, applied for $2000, not sure how much we will receive
 > Possibly sell t-shirts to raise money for events (goat roast) maybe for 5$
 > Need to plan out how we are going to spend money in advance rather than decide all at once.

 > Create survey about graduate student experience to receive input that AGSO can use to meet student needs
 > Ask for more diversity on class topics
 > Make suggestions rather than critique (need courses on gender, race, class, etc..)

Course Improvements
 > Better mechanism for creating courses themselves, rather than just looking at listserve, too informal
 > May be able to get more courses if we can coordinate with other students/professors.
 > Need to communicate and plan courses earlier in advance
 > Many other departments have courses listed on website, need to advertise better to undergraduate students
 > Possibly putting together a poster in which different professors contribute, focus on interests
 > Center on ICON students who should be taking Anthropology courses

Ashley Memorial
 > Find a way to allocate a corner/quiet space dedicated to Ashley Block in place of picture in the hallway.
 > Talk to Susan about finding space (maybe graduate computer lab?)

Social Media/ Informal Activities
 > Need more opportunities for graduate students to meet up informally
 > Weekly hiking trips? not huge time commitment.
 >  Create a Google calendar to discuss upcoming events and activities

Update AGSO Website
 > Organize a collective Grad-Undergrad information component for web page discussing everything you need to do/ useful resources.
 > Divide responsibilities for posting to site.

Scheduling Meetings
 > Meet every other week, lots of ambitious activities.
 > 9:15 to 10 am on Fridays – instead of Mondays
 > Announce in advance when the meetings are to department
 > Next meeting Sept. 15, 9:15 to 10am