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First Fridays October 2019

First Fridays Student Org News: October 2019

The Source is here to help you start off on the right foot! We’re excited to see you all back on campus working towards your organizations missions & recruiting new members to help achieve your goals! Scroll down for more student org news!

What is First Fridays?

First Fridays is our monthly digital student organization newsletter. All organization presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers, primary contacts and listed advisors receive monthly updates throughout the academic year .

What is included in each edition?

Budget Board reminders, student organization guidelines and policy updates, opportunities for student organizations to be recognized, and much more!

October 2019 Preview

  • Organization of the Month
  • Student Budget Board Updates
  • Fall Leadership Series
  • Prepping for Potential New Members
  • Introducing Corq

Student Organizations Team Office Hours

Chatrice Barnes, Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development

  • Mondays: 10:30 am to 12:30pm (Black Cultural Center)
  • Thursdays: 10 am to 12 pm (325 Squires)

Morgen Snowadzky, Coordinator for Student Organizations

  • Mondays: 12:00 pm to 2pm. (The Source)
  • Tuesdays: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (LGBTQ+ Resource Center)

Maggie Rudd, G.A. For Student Organizations and Leadership Development

  • Mondays: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Asian Cultural Engagement Center)
  • Mondays: 12:00 to 1:00 pm (Squires 327D)
  • Thursdays: 10:00 to 11:00 am (Asian Cultural Engagement Center)
  • Fridays: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm (327D)

Gina Tamburro, Associate Director for Engagement

  • Mondays: 2:00 to 3:00 pm (225 Squires)
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 to 10:00 am (225 Squires)

Congratulations to this month’s organization of the month, Collegiate Women in Business!

Collegiate Women in Business serves to inspire and develop world-class leaders in business, foster interactions with successful role models, and build the confidence, courage and the will to create meaningful impacts. They want everyone to participate in the benefits of this organization and hope to inspire future leaders in whatever their calling may be. Business is in every job prospect and we feel that our organization can truly provide those opportunities for growth and perspective. Recently, Collegiate Women in Business hosted two professional companies to conduct workshops to prepare our members for Business Horizons and job-seeking in general. Shout out to Erica Sullivan and Ashton Hughs, our co-CEOs, for their dedication to constantly improving the club and keeping the leadership team on track. They have a passion for this club that is incredibly inspiring, and their hard work should be publicized. 

Come join the community! Contact Lina, the Vice President of administration, at lina@vt.edu.

If your organization wants to be featured as the next Org of the Month submit a nomination!

Student Budget Board Updates

Student Budget Board is in full-swing for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Please see below for important upcoming deadlines. You don’t want to miss these!

  • Events or Expenditures between December 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020 must be submitted by November 1, 2019 AND 30/60 days in advance.

  • Events or Expenditures between February 2, 2020 and April 30, 2020 that want an early decision (this Fall semester), must be submitted by November 1, 2019.

  • If they are not submitted by November 1, they will have to wait until Spring Semester for a decision.

  • Questions? Please email budgetboard@vt.edu or the Chair, Allison Fegler, at sbbchair@vt.edu.

  • Information about applying, including Policy and Procedure, can be found here.

Budget Board Chair and Vice Chair Office Hours

Allison Fegler, Student Budget Board Chair

  • Tuesdays: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm (Squires 129B)
  • Wednesdays: 1:15 to 2:15 pm (The Source)
  • Thursdays: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm (Squires 129B)

Izu Elfaki, Student Budget Board Vice Chair

  • Mondays: 6:00 to 7:00 pm (The Source)
  • Tuesdays: 2:00 to 3:30 pm (The Source)
  • Wednesdays: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Squires 129B)
  • Thursdays: 9:00 am to 10:30 am (Squires 129B)
Fall Leadership Series Wednesdays in October 6-7pm in the Source

The Fall Leadership Series is a set of workshops offered in collaboration with campus departments to equip student organization leaders with the tools they need to build strong, healthy communities and to grow personally as leaders. Topics will include community building, service, bystander behaviors and finance! 

Offered every other Wednesday evening in The Source, we invite any member to attend at least 3 sessions on behalf of your student organization to qualify for a guaranteed spot at the Gobblerfair, our new spring organization fair coming this January. Head over to our events on GobblerConnect to RSVP today – spots are limited!

Prepping for Potential New Members

With the start of the new month, it is important to focus on planning and hosting an interest meeting if you haven’t already. A good interest meeting not only sparks the attention of potential members, it also motivates returning members to get recharged for the new year. Below are a few easy tips to jazz up your interest meetings and increase engagement:   

  • Marketing is a Necessity – A successful interest meeting cannot be successful if potential members don’t know about it! The Source is a great resource for designing posters and flyers, creating buttons, and decorating banners to advertise the meeting. Stop by The Source for all your DIY marketing needs. 

  • Check your GobblerConnect Roster – Did you know interested members can request to join your org on GobblerConnect? Log into your org’s page to see if anyone has requested to join your organization so you can send them a personal invitation to the interest meeting.  

  • Create an Agenda – Nobody likes a meeting without a purpose! Creating a meeting agenda will ensure that you cover everything you want to share with potential members (mission, expectations for members, upcoming events, committees to join, etc.). Agendas also help the meeting stay on time and on track!

  • Start with a Community Builder – It can be intimidating to attend a meeting where you do not know anyone. Start with a simple ice breaker, or do fun introductions, allowing everyone to meet and break any awkward tension!  

  • Don’t forget the follow-up email – Be sure to gather emails at the interest meeting in order to send a quick follow-up email afterwards thanking people for coming. This follow up is also a great opportunity to advertise upcoming events or meetings.

Introducing Corq!

Student Affairs is currently promoting Corq, the GobblerConnect app, to the student body. Corq allows you to view GobblerConnect events in a variety of ways - by chronological order, what’s happening nearby, what you’ve RSVPd to, as well as filter for a variety of options—today, tomorrow, weekend, free food, free stuff, or by theme (arts, cultural, service, spiritual, etc.).

Be sure to get your organization’s events entered in GobblerConnect to take advantage of this additional advertising opportunity. Use Corq yourself to easily find events that interest you.