[IAEP] [SLOBS] Action needed on two issues

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sat Apr 9 19:57:31 EDT 2016

On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 5:23 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apparently we did not actually get all the votes necessary to approve a
> motion to pay Devin a $500 stipend for his time taken away from his Day Job
> to help with the Turtle Blocks workshops at the Constructionism Conference.
> The motion was made and voted on at the 2015-12-07 meeting [1]. There were
> only three votes cast. (I thought four had been cast.) There was no
> objection raised at the time and Devin did take a week off from work to
> attend the meetings and run the workshops. I'd like to reopen this motion
> with the new board and take a vote.
> Motion: offer Devin U. an honorarium ($500) to compensate him since he
> needed to take a week off from work to run two Turtle/Music Blocks workshops
> at the Constructionism Conference. The funds would be allocated from the
> Trip Advisor grant which are in support of promoting and advancing Turtle
> Blocks around the world.


> Please respond ASAP, as I feel we need to clarify the situation and not
> leave Devin hanging.
> Adam, in the future, it would be nice to get a heads up when you find
> mistakes and not just catch them by noticing a change to a wiki page.
> Also, I need clarity regarding the Trip Advisor grant. I believe that the
> oversight board has previously granted me approval to spend grant money on
> workshops under the conditions that (1) I inform the committee of my plans
> and (2) I don't exceed the budget. Apparently this is not the understanding
> of some of you and not the understanding of the SFC.
> Motion: Walter, as PI of the Trip Advisor grant, will inform the SL
> oversight board of his plans for workshops that fall under the guise
> promotion of Turtle Blocks but otherwise has discretion in organizing and
> funding these events, within the budget constraints of grant and the travel
> guidelines of the SFC.


Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University

> Please take action on this ASAP as I am many months without reimbursement
> for travel for several workshops.
> FWIW, the large proportion of the travel and expenses associated with the
> workshops to date has been paid for by third parties. I've been able to
> stretch the budget quite far.
> thank you for your attention.
> regards.
> -walter
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> Subject: Sugar Labs page Oversight Board/Decisions has been changed by Holt
> To: Walter <walter.bender at gmail.com>
> Dear Walter,
> The Sugar Labs page Oversight Board/Decisions has been changed on
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