YSU-ACE Scholarship being offered

Youngstown State University Association of Classified Employees will be awarding two $250 scholarships to current full-time students who are employed in student positions at YSU. Applicants must have completed at least 30 semester hours at YSU and have documented financial need.  They must submit an essay discussing the value of his/her employment at YSU and two letters of recommendation from YSU-ACE members. Deadline is March 31.

“As an organization, we appreciate and acknowledge the importance of education. We are here to serve the students and this is a great way to give back to the students and the university,” said Connie Frisby, Administrative Assistant in the Office of Computer Science & Information and YSU-ACE president.

For more information on the scholarship, please contact Anthony Spano at 330-941-3546 or avspano@ysu.edu.  Donations to the scholarship can be sent to the ACE Scholarship Fund at the Associated School Employees Credit Union.  The application can be accessed by clicking this link http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/finaid/scholar/est_scholar_data.cfm?scholar_ID=425.

The YSU ACE Scholarship was established in 2003 as an endowed scholarship invested through the YSU Foundation to provide financial assistance to YSU student employees.

Message from Connie

Message to YSU-ACE members:


Yesterday, I addressed our membership with information regarding layoffs as announced by the administration. A copy of the questions and answers discussed at the meeting will be available to the membership next week by contacting our secretary, Melanie Leonard, at ext. 2979.


During the meeting, I stated that the four unions were issuing a joint press release. A copy of that release is shown below on this website.


As stated in the press release, the unions asked to form a joint task force to “study the university’s fiscal condition and explore creative alternatives to avert the layoffs . . .”. In that regard, a Joint Task Force Survey has been created for our members to submit their thoughts and suggestions to aid the Task Force in exploring these alternatives. The survey is available at http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=9sbf0wzhxaymqdd340172


Also, we are asking for volunteers to be building representatives to aid us in getting information out to our membership. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tony Spano at avspano@gmail.com or Connie Frisby at connie_frisby@yahoo.com.


If you have not yet submitted an alternate email address, please contact Melanie Leonard at ext. 2979 (or email to mlleonard@ysu.edu) as soon as possible so that you may be added to the list.


Thank you,

Connie Frisby, President, YSU-ACE

Joint Statement


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Contact: Annette Burden, President, YSU-OEA, 330-647-4435


YSU unions issue joint statement in response to Board of Trustee’s proposed staff layoffs, additional budget cuts


The leadership of YSU-OEA representing university faculty, YSU-ACE representing classified civil service employees, YSU-APAS representing professional and administrative employees, and YSU-FOP representing the fraternal order of police today issued this joint statement:


We are disappointed that the members of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees decided to implement decisions regarding reduction in personnel rather than explore more innovative solutions as they attempt to deal with the university’s budget deficit.


It is unfortunate that these budget cuts were formulated without input from the dedicated men and women who know the most about the day-to-day and year-to-year operation of YSU: the faculty members who teach the students, the employees who literally keep the lights on, and the professionals who provide essential services to the students, faculty, and administration on a daily basis.


Over the years we have offered to work with the Trustees to craft a long-term strategy that would place YSU on firm financial ground.  We were, and we remain eager to lend our insight, expertise, and knowledge to a collaborative effort to strengthen YSU fiscally and academically. Such a joint effort would clearly be in the best interest of the students, the institution, and the community it serves.


We asked President Dunn to approve of the formation of a joint task force comprised of himself, a member of the Board, and two representatives from each of the four unions: YSU-OEA, YSU-ACE, YSU-APAS, YSU-FOP that will study the university’s fiscal condition and explore creative alternatives to avert the layoffs that were announced today.  President Dunn agreed with our request without reservation.  We are confident that this task force can complete this critically important task if every member shares our commitment to the long-term sustainability and viability of YSU.


In conclusion, we want to emphasize that we fully recognize the depth and breadth of the challenges YSU faces.  It is our hope that the mistakes made in the past will not be repeated in the future.  The task force represents an opportunity to begin a new era of cooperation that will lead to long-term growth at YSU.  We are pleased that the administration and Board have seized this opportunity.


For more information please contact Annette Burden at 330-647-4435.