Saturday, December 19, 2009

10/12/09 Meeting Recap

So here are some things we talked about at the meeting:

GAB an Independent Study
-Kelly Carlson-Reddig got back with me about GAB being an independent study and says it sounds plausible.
KCR said that she would need to review a complete proposal. We would need a committed faculty member, develop a concrete set of outcome requirements, and a form needs to fill out.
So, if anyone wants to work on that, let me know.

GAB on-campus organization
-I will be working on the paperwork for making this an on-campus Organization. There is not much to do for it.
I got a bylaw form we can tweak for our chapter, we have Kathy Boutin-Pasterez as our mentor, and we just need to fill out a form as well.
me and vershaƩ plan to work on that and if anyone else interested/has experience, let us know.

GAB Fundraising
-we are still desperate for ideas, but I have attached a pamphlet people can give out to your friends and family. They gave me the wrong pamphlet and I had to reformat to work for us. It's a Word Document, so everyone can edit it for their personal information (personal greetings, contact information, etc.) It is supposed to be double-sided printed also.
On Saturday of that week, we had a conference call with GAB and had a presentation of fundraising ideas from schools that worked well.
I can put the powerpoint up on the website later this week. I am also going to email KCR to email to all SOA faculty in hopes of creating interest/help.
Again, if anyone has any fundraising ideas, please let us know and we'll try it out.

GAB Date Rescheduling
-It doesn't look realistic to schedule the 1st visit during spring break. The amount of time left until then doesn't seem enough to raise the money. So we are thinking when school gets done. A possible date for this is two weeks after Spring Semester (end of may-beginning of june). This is still an open-ended date, though we should figure out a date for John Cunningham/Charlie Lang.

GAB Question
-Some questions that were risen from the meeting were:
=what flexibility do we have for the cost (meals, transportation, airfare, etc)?
=How do we actually get client? are they waiting for a sponsor?
=Can we get detailed information about where our money is going (we are having issues of transparency with the group on this issue)?
=Can we talk to local Panamanian universities to assists us (resouces, labs, codes issues, etc)?
=Can we make this 1 trip instead of 2 trips? (we talked about since the price was so high, if we can reduce the cost and quicken the process)
I am waiting to hear from Charlie Lang (East Coast Chapter Coordinator) for the answers to these question, and will put on the blog.

Well that's it right now, I know that's a lot to take in. I am definitely working over the break on this and keep you all to informed.
If there is any questions, please don't hesistate to ask and anyone wants to help (we need more officers in the group), let me know.
Hope to hear back from you all (feedback is always welcome and lets me know someone is actually reading these emails).

Cheers and Happy Holidays
Joey and Spencer

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hello all, we just finished our second meeting this evening. We've got some great ideas and things are starting to advance. Antonio Martinez is heading up our Fundraising and Marketing which will help a huge amount. We are now on Facebook as well and have created a group, so if you were not invited and would like to join just search UNCC GAB and anyone can join. Be on the look out for our first fundraising event, which will be a Feliz Navidad, end of the semester bash in order to raise money for our trip to Panama. Below is the GAB brochure in case you are still looking for more information on our organization. As always feel free to comment and we hope to hear from you soon!

Spencer and Joey

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

GAB Summary Flyer Information

Here is a flyer given by Charlie for a good summary of the what to expect from the Brigade:

GAB Student Manual

This is our manual for pretty much any question we might have.
We will plan to use this as discussion reference next monday and the rest of the semester.
Sorry I haven't figured out how to post a .pdf file here, so here's the link to

let me know if you have any problems

GAB/GBB East Coast Contact List

Here is the contact list from the conference call last night.
GBB is the Global Business Brigade, one of many groups that are Global Brigades (Dance, Dental, Environment, Law, Medical, Finance, Public Health and Professional Water).
This is a great way for us to be in contact with others who we can ask for help/advice relating to the Brigade.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Welcome to UNCC GAB

Welcome all and thank you for your interest in joining the Global Architecture Brigade at UNCC. Joey Rosenberg and I (Spencer McKay) are currently recruiting members and initiating fundraising for the student chapter of GAB here in the School of Architecture at UNCC to go on two design/build trips to Panama over the next 12 months; the first being over our Spring Break (March 8-13). Pay attention to your emails and if you would like to be added to our email list post your email as a comment onto this post. Encourage others who you think might be interested, we look forward to hearing from you and feel free to ask us any questions.


Spencer and Joey
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