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Welcome to The Source!


The Source is the one-stop-shop for all student organizations! In The Source (located in the Breakzone) student organization members are able to work on a variety of DIY projects like painted banners, balloon arrangements, and buttons and stickers to promote your organization. Our space is available to student organization members on a first-come, first-serve basis for committee meetings or to ask our informed staff about student organization best practices and resources.

Not Sure How to Start Your Involvement Journey?

Students who aren't quite sure where to start can lean on our Engagement Ambassadors who would love to talk you through the possibilities. Simply submit a questionnaire about your interests and goals on GobblerConnect and we'll connect you with a student to recommend opportunities and discuss the process for getting involved in a student organization or other opportunities. 

The Source is open for normal hours when classes are in session during the fall and spring semester, and is closed over breaks, on holidays, and on the weekends.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday & Wednesday 1-7 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday 2-8 pm
  • Friday 12-5 pm.

Our Engagement Ambassadors are available to meet with you in The Source to talk through a variety of student organization related topics, including but not limited to:

  • Constitutions and Governing Documents
  • Conflict Management
  • Mission and Purpose Clarification
  • Brainstorming Member Engagement Strategies

To book an appointment with an Engagement Ambassador, please head to our Bookings page.

Services

Org Consultations- Requested by student organizations to help address a specific barrier, conflict, or to help connect you with resources to plan for the future success of your organization

Involvement Advising- Assisting students with getting involved in student organizations on campus. 

Facilitated Dialogues- Intentional conversations with focuses on active listening, creating community, and finding understanding with one another. 

Workshops- Delivering workshops as-needed to student organizations on general and specific topics.

Supplies

  • Button Maker
  • Cricut Cutter
  • Straight Edge Cutter 
  • Dye-Cut Roller
  • Laminator
  • Two PCs and Two Macs
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Markers
  • Gift Tape 
  • Packaging Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Colored Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Fun Edge Craft Scissors
  • Straight Edge Scissors
  • Washable Paint
  • Glue Stick
  • Washable Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Hole Puncher
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Chalkboard Chalk
  • Yardsticks
  • Post-It Supersticky EaselPad
  • Erasable Nameplates
  • Foam Letters
  • “Thumball” Icebreaker Balls
  • Felt Paper
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Sharpies
  • Twine 
  • Jump Ropes

 

Many of these items are available to be rented for use outside of The Source, please email thesource@vt.edu to request to borrow items. Note: Some items may not be eligible for rental due to limited quantities to ensure all visitors can access them, such as button makers.

We welcome any student organization member to visit The Source to ask questions or use the space for student organization purposes. Here’s what you need to know about using our stations and services:

  • Each student organization has 1000 points to use on products like buttons, banner paper, and balloons. Check the Student Organization Points Menu below!
  • In order to use the points the visitor MUST be listed as an executive board member on GobblerConnect or have the written permission of an executive board member to use the organization’s point balance. 
  • The Source will send regular communication about point balances for your organization to your primary contact.
  • You cannot purchase more points or additional copies. We do offer promotions regularly to earn more points through social media contests and workshop incentives – follow us on Instagram and read the biweekly Student Organization Updates email to stay informed!

Student Organization Points Menu

Item

Points

Raffle Tickets

10 points for 10 tickets

Printable Nametags

50 per sheet of 6

Balloon clip

25 points with balloons

Balloons (with helium)

150 points for 3, 250 for 5, 75 each

Just helium (provide own balloon)

20 points for each balloon 

Lamination (per page)

25 points per page

Sticker letters

Free till we run out

Dry Erase Markers

Free till we run out

Large Buttons

5 for 50 points, 10 for 80 points

Medium Buttons

5 for 30 points, 10 for 50 points

Small Buttons

5 for 30 points, 10 for 50 points

Magnets (only small)

10 for 100 points

Sticker Paper

1 sheet for 100 points, limit of 5 per semester

Paper Banners

6 feet for 65 points

Poster Boards

75 points

TriFold Boards

400 points, 2 per year

The Source provides 100 free small-format prints to each student organization per semester. This can be redeemed by emailing thesource@vt.edu and attaching a compatible PDF. When requesting, please specify which organization it is for, the amount of copies, if color is needed, and any other specifics. 

 

The Source also prints A-Frame sized prints for student organizations. Each organization will get 5 sets of A-Frame prints. When requesting this option, please email confirmation of A-Frame Rental received from Event Services and a copy of the graphics needed to print in PDF format. Large Format Prints must be sized to 24 inches by 36 inches.

All items available from The Source are free and can be reserved by emailing thesource@vt.edu with the dates and times for your reservation. Equipment must be picked up and returned during normal operating hours. Failure to return equipment on-time without notice may result in loss of privileges. Items available through The Source include: 

  • Hokie Passport Card Swipers (for PC and for Mac) 

  • Prize/Trivia Wheels 

  • White Boards 

  • Ice Breaker Activity Materials 

Stop by The Source, located on the first floor of Squires Student Center, to learn more about our services. A full listing of items, such as construction paper and balloons, available at The Source can be found here.

*Only currently recognized student organizations are eligible to rent equipment through The Source. Departments and unrecognized student groups are not able to utilize The Source’s resources.

 

Other Campus Resources for Renting Equipment

Event Services: Portable projectors & projector screen kits for use in academic classrooms can be reserved in EMS or by request through Event Services at eventservices@vt.edu or 540-231-5005 

A full listing of event equipment available through Event Services can be found here.

Studios Technology Lending Desk: Cameras, projectors, microphones, and even boardgames can be rented from the desk, located in Torgerson Bridge Room 320. You can contact them via email at techlending@vt.edu.  

A full listing of items available through Studios Technology Lending Desk can be found here.

Venture Out: A variety of outdoor gear and recreational equipment, such as canopy tents and corn hole sets, are available through Venture Out for a small fee. You can call 540-231-4982 to reserve equipment or stop by the Venture Out Center, located at 540 Beamer Way. 

A full listing of items available through Venture Out can be found here.

 

The Engagement Ambassadors are our team of trained student staff members who can assist you in using resources in The Source, refer you to resources, and help you find opportunities to get involved. 

If you’re interested in joining our team, we post all open positions on Handshake. We typically hire in the spring for the upcoming academic year.