WELCOME TO EMS STUCO!
Improving the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences experience.
WHAT WE DO
The Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences Student Council exists to facilitate friendly interactions among students, faculty, staff, and alumni in our college. Through professional functions, social events, and volunteer opportunities, and regular meetings, we promote a small college experience unlike any other on campus.
We are proud to welcome more than a hundred students at our biweekly meetings, and we'd love to have you join us too! Click here to get in on the fun.
One College. One Love. One Fight.
EMS THON is motivated to fundraise relentlessly and honorably, while remembering that THON is truly about helping the families whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer. We have been fortunate to be paired with four amazing ones: the Brewers, the Hollingers, and the Woods and the Schmidts!. Learn more here.
We THON so that one day no family will have to hear the words "Your child has cancer." One day we will dance in celebration, but until then we dance for a cure.
Time for Trivia
The Nittany Lion Inn
Every year the council hosts a formal night for psu students, faculty, and friends to dine, dance, and win prizes! Held on January 19, 2018. Check out some pictures from the night!
Explore your world!
The Earth and Mineral Sciences Exposition is the college's annual open house. High school, transfer, and current students who are considering an EMS major are invited to attend.Check out some pictures from EMEX 2016!
Faculty, staff, students and alumni are available to answer questions about EMS majors, curriculum requirements, career opportunities, student life, and more special features of the college! Check out the video here.
EMEX has college tours, demonstrations, overnight stays for accepted students, and speakers. Please join us next year to learn how EMS can broaden your horizons! Learn more here.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.
Each year we join Penn State and the greater State College area to take on Relay for Life's 24 hour walk to promote awareness for the American Cancer Society. Our council raises money by coming together as a team, soliciting donations, and hosting fundraising events throughout the year to benefit the American Cancer Society. This year we placed 2nd in general organizations and 4th overall, contributing more than $3,000 For The Cure!
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
State College and beyond
We put on many more projects and events during the year. The list includes an EMS Involvement Fair, homecoming celebration, Mr. EMS pageant, blood drive, breakfasts with the deans, lunches with staff, a Mt. Nittany hike, end of year picnic, and other opportunities.
And we're always looking for more to do! If you want to start a project with us, get in touch or bring it up at a meeting. We want to hear your ideas.
WHO WE ARE
Jenna is a rising senior majoring in Energy Engineering.
As President, she is responsible for the overall growth and direction of the council, leads meetings, and oversees the EMEX committee.
Liam is a rising sophomore majoring in Energy Engineering. As Treasurer, he manages the council's money, sells merchandise, and oversees the fundraising chairperson and Casino Night committee.
Natalie is a rising sophomore majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. As Secretary, she records attendance and meeting minutes, communicates the council's projects to the college, and oversees the historians and webmaster.
Director of Activities
Liam is a rising junior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. As Director of Activities, he organizes social events for the council, leads icebreakers at meetings, and oversees the service and intramural sports committees.
Linda is an administrative assistant for the associate dean. As advisor to the council, she coordinates faculty and staff involvement, reports on the council's connection with the college, and oversees financing from the college.
Here are a few pictures of our members being awesome.
Check out our merchandise catalog below! Our Treasurer, Liam Cummings, handles all merchandise sales. See the instructions below for Online Purchases!
NOTE: We can only accept check and money orders. Checks can be made out to "Earth and Mineral Sciences Student Council".
Blue or White College of EMS T-Shirts
Short Sleeve $15
Long Sleeve $20
EMS Baseball Hats
3"x5" Oval Magnet
3"x1.75" Oval Laptop Decal
EMS Water Bottle
How to Order Merchandise Online
1. Pick what merchandise you would like
2. Write a check for the full amount of your order made out to "Earth and Mineral Sciences Student Council"
3. Mail it to
ATTN: Liam Cummings
14K Deike Building
University Park PA 16802
4. Email email@example.com with your order total, what you would like to buy and address you want the merchandise to be sent to.
5. AFTER receiving the check an email will be sent to you confirming the order and price
6. The merchandise will be sent to the provided address
7.Email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming that you have received everything!
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By the People, For the People
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Student Council Constitution
We, the undergraduate students of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences of The Pennsylvania State University, in order to form a representative union of the student body of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Undergraduate Student Council.
This College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Undergraduate Student Council, hereafter referred to as the Council, provides a vital link between students, administration, and community in an attempt to enrich the intellectual and social atmosphere of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, hereafter referred to as the College.
These goals are achieved through the organization and implementation of College-wide social events programs, recruitment activities, and service opportunities. The Council is dedicated to making improvements, wherever needed, as voiced by the students of the College. In addition, the Council is the student governing body of the College. The Council reserves the right to be informed of all organized student activities within the College.
Section i: Active Membership
Any registered undergraduate student of the College shall be granted active membership in the Council upon attendance of two consecutive Council meetings within a semester. The majority of members in the Council (50% + 1 of the active membership) must be undergraduate students. Additionally, a minimum of at least 10 active members must be maintained by Council at all times. Members declared as active upon conclusion of the previous semester may return the following semester as active members. Only active members may hold office, vote, preside, officiate, or solicit funds on behalf of the Council.
Section ii: Associate Membership
All undergraduate students of the University not eligible for active membership who are interested in furthering the purposes of the Council may be associate members by meeting one of the two following conditions:
Section iii: Terms of Membership
Any member who misses two consecutive meetings without prior notice and approval by the Council Secretary will receive non-active status until the membership is renewed as described in Article II: Section i. Any member not considered active at the end of the semester will be removed from the roster.
Section iv: New Membership and Recruitment
A. Any and all new members will be given full disclosure during recruitment, including but not limited to the disclosure of:
A. Organizational documents (Constitution, Bylaws, Manuals, etc.)
B. Organization events and activities
C. A list of responsibilities of members
D. A copy of the University Hazing policy, prescribed by Policies and Rules for Student Organizations
(These document will be available upon request by the Office of Student Activities).
B. All members, including but not limited to new members and recruits, reserve the right to refrain from participating in any activities without consequence, based upon personal/religious beliefs, personal values, or moral reserve as defined by the member.
C. Any and all interaction/activity between members and/or new members will be limited to guidelines stated by university policy, as well as local, state, and federal laws.
III. Executive Board
Section i: Right to Hold Office
Only full-time students who meet active membership and position requirements may hold appointed or elected office. The right of these students to hold office shall not be denied or abridged because of ethnicity, age, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, disability, or academic standing.
Section ii: President
A. The President of the Council shall be an active member for the current semester and have been an active member for the previous semester.
B. The President shall have full parliamentary power as presiding officer at the meetings of the Council. The President shall be vested with executive powers and shall serve as chairperson of the Council.
C. The President has the power to make or break a tie during a vote of the general Council.
D. The President shall have full power to create and disband all committees he/she deems necessary to carry out the work of the Council, but may not disband any of the Chairpersons listed in Article IV: Sections ii-v.
E. The President shall have sole power to veto any legislation passed by the Council.
F. The President shall serve as representative to any standing College committees as needed, or shall appoint a Council member to serve in his/her place.
Section iii: Vice President
A. The Vice President shall be an active member for the current semester and have been an active member for the previous semester.
B. In the event of resignation or disqualification of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties and powers of the President.
C. In the event of the absence of the President at a general meeting, the Vice President shall assume the position of chairperson and associate powers of the Council, except veto power, for that meeting.
D. The Vice President shall maintain and update the Constitution, and present all amendments to the Council for approval by active members.
E. The Vice President shall be in charge of all external affairs of the Council, including working with the Vice President of Irvin Hall, the Earth and Mineral Sciences Special Living Option. The Vice President shall meet with Irvin Hall’s Vice President and/or Executive Board at least once per month.
F. The Vice President shall be responsible for maintaining the Student Council website and the social media outlets.
Section iv: Secretary
A. The Secretary shall be an active member in the Council for the current semester.
B. The Secretary shall take minutes at all general Council meetings.
C. The Secretary shall maintain a complete list of membership, attendance, and e-mail addresses of all current members.
D. The Secretary shall be in charge of all official correspondence for the Council.
E. The Secretary shall announce general Council meetings more than 24 hours in advance, except in the case of emergency meetings.
F. The Secretary shall contact the EMS Student Center with college-wide announcements to be included in the weekly Undergraduate Newsletter.
H. The Secretary shall have a full working knowledge of the bylaws of this Constitution and a general knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order.
I. The Secretary shall maintain all constitutional records.
Section v: Treasurer
A. The Treasurer shall be an active member in the Council for the current semester.
B. The Treasurer shall keep accurate records of the financial status of the Council and shall make available a financial statement at each general meeting.
C. The Treasurer shall handle all funds according to the guidelines contained within University Policy and of the Associated Student Activities Office.
D. The Treasurer shall make arrangements for refreshments at all general Council meetings, budget permitting.
E. The Treasurer shall oversee the work of the Fundraising Chair.
Section vi: Director of Activities
A. The Director of Activities shall be an active member in the Council for the current semester.
B. The Director of Activities shall oversee all committees concerning Council- and/or College-wide events.
C. The Director of Activities shall be responsible for all Council- and/or College-wide events that do not fall under the responsibility of an existing committee.
D. The Director of Activities shall be responsible for providing updates on events that fall under his/her responsibility as stated under Article III: Section vi: C.
Section vii: Term of Office
The term of office for all Executive Board positions shall be one academic year. Each officer will begin his/her term at the start of the fall semester and will end with the last meeting of the spring semester. There is no limit on the number of terms he/she can serve.
Section viii: Impeachment
A. An officer may be impeached for malfeasant conduct or any act that is in violation of University Policy.
B. A minimum of three active members will be required to move to enact impeachment proceedings against a member of the Executive Board.
C. Quorum is necessary for conducting impeachment proceedings.
D. The impeachment vote shall be held after impeachment proceedings have been enacted but not be held until the officer in question has been given the opportunity to defend his/her position. A two-thirds majority vote of present active members shall be required to impeach.
Section ix: Vacancies
A. Any vacated position within the Executive Board shall be filled by election by the Council.
B. All active members are eligible to be nominated and elected in accordance with standard election procedure. Nominations and elections will both occur during the first meeting after the position becomes vacated following election guidelines as expressed in Article VII: Section iii. The term of office will be the remainder of that term for which the vacating officer was elected.
C. If elections cannot occur as expressed in Article VII: Section iii to fill the vacated office, the office will be filled as selected by the President and as approved by the Executive Board.
Section x: Participation
A. Members of the Executive Board must participate in at least three-fourths of all Council sponsored activities, outside of general meetings.
B. Participation in said events shall be evaluated at the end of the fall semester and before the spring elections.
C. Failure to meet this requirement shall make the Executive Board member eligible for impeachment as outlined in Article III: Section vii.
Section i: Eligibility and Selection
A. Only full-time students who meet active membership and position requirements may be eligible to apply for a Chairperson position.
B. Nominations for Chairperson positions must be submitted to the President prior to the selection process, which may take place following the second or third general meeting of the semester, at the discretion of the Executive Board.
C. The Executive Board shall meet to discuss and/or interview candidates before selecting the Chairpersons listed in Article IV: Sections ii-v. D. Upon election, Chairpersons may establish a formal committee of Council members to assist in performing duties under their power at his/her discretion.
E. Chairpersons may be required to attend meetings of the Executive Board at the Board's request.
Section ii: Historian
A. The Historian shall take pictures at events and delegate people to take pictures at events.
B. The Historian shall create a physical or electronic history of photos from the year.
Section iii: Fundraising Chair
A. The Fundraising Chairperson shall be responsible for the generation and implementation of fundraising activities.
B. All fundraising inventory shall be maintained by the Fundraising Chairperson.
C. The Fundraising Chairperson shall be responsible for notifying the Treasurer of all transactions that take place.
Section iv: Service Chair(s)
A. The Service Chair shall be responsible for organizing Council participation in community service related events at the College, University, and community levels.
B. The Service Chair shall be the point of contact with any organization with which the Council coordinates service events with.
Section v: EMEX Chairs
A. Three or four EMEX Chairpersons shall exist and will have duties relating to food, faculty, and organization.
Section vi: EMS Gala Chair(s)
A. The EMS Gala Chairperson(s) shall be responsible for organizing and executing the College’s annual winter formal, EMS Gala.
Section vii: Relay For Life Chair(s)
A. The Relay For Life Chairperson(s) shall be responsible for soliciting funds to benefit the College’s Relay For Life team.
B. The Relay For Life Chairperson(s) shall be responsible for organizing the Council’s participation in the Pennsylvania State University’s Relay for Life
Section vii: IM Sports Chair(s)
A. The IM Sports Chairperson(s) shall be responsible for organizing and executing intramural activities.
Section i: Membership
A. Any active member or associate member can serve on any number of committees.
B. The head of a committee shall be determined by the process outlined in the committee’s Article. If no process exists, the head of a committee shall be determined by the members of that committee through a majority vote, as defined in Article VIII: Section ii.
C. Committee heads may be required to attend meetings of the Executive Board at the Board's request.
VI. Committee Benefiting the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon
Section i: Mission Statement
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Committee Benefiting the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon , hereafter known as the THON Committee, is a family of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters. As an extension of the intrinsic passion and close-knit community of the College, members serve as outstanding leaders at Penn State by excelling academically while providing dedicated support to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the Four Diamonds Fund, and families whose lives have been touched by pediatric cancer. We provide our adopted families with emotional stability and build relationships that we will cherish far into the future. Our unwavering commitment keeps us motivated to fundraise relentlessly and honorably, while remembering what THON is truly about: helping the families. We are One College, One Love, One Fight.
Section ii: Board of Directors
Section iii: Liaisons
Section ix: Dancer Selection
Section i: Definition
A. The Student Government Representative shall be an undergraduate of the College and in good academic standing.
B. The University Faculty Senator shall act as a liaison between the University Faculty Senate and the Council by attending the meetings of both bodies. The Faculty Senator shall serve as the delegate to the Academic Affairs Committee of the presiding student government.
C. The Representative to the presiding student government shall act as a liaison between the student government, its Academic Affairs Committee, and the Council by attending meetings of all three bodies.
D. The Student Government Representatives must report their activities in the University Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs Committee of the presiding student government to the Council during the Council meeting following the meeting of those bodies.
Section ii: Election
A. The Student Government Representative shall be elected by a University-wide ballot. The election shall be supervised by the presiding student government, in accordance with their Elections Code.
B. The University Faculty Senator shall be elected by a College-wide ballot. The election shall be supervised by the Student Council, in accordance with the University Faculty Senate Elections Code.
Section iii: Term of Office
A. The Student Government Representatives will begin their term at the start of the following academic year's Academic Affairs Committee of the presiding student government.
B. The term shall last for the duration of that academic year's Academic Affairs Committee of the presiding student government.
Section iv: Removal from Office
A. Failure of the Student Government Representative to fulfill the requirements of Article VI: section i-iii is cause for removal from office. Such removal shall require a two-thirds vote of the Council.
B. After removal of the Student Government Representative, a new representative will be chosen or elected to the position, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the presiding student government.
A. The Council has the option of retaining an advisor. This advisor may be appointed by the President at his/her discretion. The advisor must be a faculty or staff member of the College.
B. The appointment of an advisor can be contested by the Council and overturned by a majority vote.
C. The Council has the authority to remove an advisor with a majority vote. Notification must be given to the former advisor if he/she is removed.
IX. Internal Affairs
Section i: Meetings
A. Frequency of Meetings
1. General meetings will be held every other academic week in the Fall and Spring semesters.
2. The President has the authority to call an emergency meeting of the Council or the Executive Board no less than 24 hours prior to the emergency meeting.
B. The agenda of a general meeting shall be as follows:
I. Call to Order
III. Open Forum
A. Executive Board
B. External Affairs
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
VII. Comments for the Good of the Order
C. Speaking Rights
1. Any person in attendance has the right to express his/her concerns or opinions during the Open Forum.
2. Any active member may speak at any time during the meeting, given that he/she is acknowledged by the Chairperson.
3. General meetings shall be open to the public.
Section ii: Voting
A. Only active members, except the spokesperson, may vote. The exception is made in Article III: Section ii: C.
B. Quorum shall be represented by 50% + 1 of the active membership of the Council.
C. If quorum is present, a majority of the quorum will be represented by 50% + 1 of the voting members present.
D. If quorum is not attained at a general meeting, the Council may decide to open online voting with a majority of present active members for any applicable legislation that is listed on the agenda for that meeting. Online voting may not be used for impeachment.
Section iii: Elections
1. Any active member may nominate an active member for an office, providing that the individual meets the guidelines of an office, by contacting the president and informing of them of the nomination. The individual nominated must then confirm the nomination in order for it to be valid.
2. An individual may nominate himself/herself to run for an office.
3. Nominations for officers will be accepted up until the time of election.
4. Elections will take place during the second to last general meeting of the spring semester.
B. Conditions and Requirements for Election
1. Quorum must be present to hold an election for all Executive Board positions.
2. The active members shall cast secret, written ballots for the candidates of their choice. Each active member shall have one vote.
3. If no one candidate receives majority after the first round of voting, then the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be voted upon in a new election for that position.
4. Votes are to be counted by an impartial representative of the Council, as chosen by active Council members. All votes shall be available for recount at the request of any member.
5. In the event of a discrepancy in vote counts, the Council will conduct a re-vote.
Section iv: Legislation
A. The Council has the authority to propose and enact legislation within its body.
B. Resolutions are a type of legislation that will mandate the Council to follow a specific course of action within the authority of the Council.
C. Position Statements are a form of legislation that expresses the position of the Council to other organizations or individuals within the College on an issue within the authority of the Council.
D. Legislation introduced to the Council for consideration follows the following procedure:
1. All legislation must be sponsored by a minimum of two active members and may not be sponsored by the President.
2. All legislation must be submitted to the President at least three days before the general meeting where it is to be voted upon.
3. The President may disregard this deadline at his/her discretion.
E. The Council shall subscribe to the following legislative procedure:
1. Sponsors introduce the legislation.
2. Immediately following the introduction, the Council shall debate the legislation in question consistent with debate procedures and motions outlined in Robert's Rules of Order.
3. The Council must approve or deny legislation or amendments according to the vote requirements outlined in Article VII: Section ii.
4.The legislation shall then be forwarded to the President for approval or veto.
5. Presidential vetoes may be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the present active members.
Section v: Finances
A. All Council funds are to be deposited and handled exclusively through the Associated Student Activities in 240 Hetzel Union Building (HUB).
B. Dues shall not be collected from Council members.
C. The Executive Board shall have the authority to release funds in an emergency if said funds are needed before the next general meeting. The council must be notified by the Executive Board of its doings within 24 hours of the funds being released.
Section i: Conditions of Amendment
A. Any active member of the Council may propose an Amendment to the Constitution.
B. Amendments to the Constitution shall be voted on one meeting after being brought to the floor of the Council.
C. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the present active members of the Council. This vote may only be conducted when a quorum is present.
D. If an active member is unable to attend the meeting at which an amendment will be voted upon, he/she may submit an absentee vote to the Secretary up until the beginning of said meeting.
E. Changes to Section VI must be approved by the THON Committee Board of Directors and Council Executive Board..
Section ii: Approval for Amendment
All amendments are subject to the approval of the Office of Student Affairs.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (9th Edition), by Henry M. Robert III, shall be used as a reference at the President's discretion in regard to situations not covered by the Constitution.
Copies of the Constitution shall be made available to anyone upon request. All Executive Board members shall have a copy of the present/working Constitution.