Three organizations detail how they used activity fee funding

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The Student Activity Fee Committee meets at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the president’s large conference room in Fletcher Administration Center. The committee funds money from the student activity fee to organizations and clubs who want to host an event or travel to a conference. No clubs or organizations were funded at this meeting because no applications were sent, but three clubs, Phi Theta Kappa, MAES and the Asian Pop Society, presented slide shows of what they did with the funding they received from past meetings. Brianna Rodrigue

The Student Activity Fee Committee meets at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the president’s large conference room in Fletcher Administration Center. The committee funds money from the student activity fee to organizations and clubs who want to host an event or travel to a conference. No clubs or organizations were funded at this meeting because no applications were sent, but three clubs, Phi Theta Kappa, MAES and the Asian Pop Society, presented slide shows of what they did with the funding they received from past meetings. Photo by Brianna Rodrigue

Applications for funding are due Nov. 23.

By Brianna Rodrigue

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The Student Activity Fee Committee heard presentations Nov. 3 from three clubs on ways they used previous awards.

The committee, which usually awards funds to groups who apply, had no applications to consider this month.

Psychology sophomore Leonor Vidal, president of Phi Theta Kappa, and earth science Professor Roger Stanley, PTK adviser, showed a slideshow of their trip to the Texas Regional Leadership Conference 2016 at East Texas Baptist University Oct. 7-9 in Marshall. They had received $2,800 from the Student Activity Fee Committee in September.

During the conference, PTK helped lead a workshop, called Leading With Goals, with the Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter at Austin Community College.

Five PTK members received the Five Star pin with regional recognition.

Engineering sophomore Julio Banda is the president of the Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists, Latinos in Science and Engineering Club, and he wanted to let the committee and students know what the club entails.

“Who we are is basically a smaller group of a bigger group called MAES where we self-run our own chapter trying to promote science and engineering as well as physics, chemistry and biology to not only the Hispanic or Latino community but to anyone else as well,” Banda said.

Banda went over the club fundraising goals. He said they made “$200 plus” at the SACtacular festival where they sold tacos and mangonadas.

He said the arts and sciences department had donated $2,000 from their budget for the building of their hydrogen fuel cell car.

From the September meeting, the group was funded $7,000 to attend the annual MAES Symposium Oct. 5-9 in Anaheim, Calif., where other students and professionals from chapters across the country went to network and develop their skills for engineering and science careers.

Banda said they got to meet professionals from NASA, Google, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, Boeing and other companies.

They also attended workshops, visited other college’s tables, learned about internships and competed in a college decathlon.

The Asian Pop Society shared a video of members attending the San Japan conference Sept. 3 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

The video consisted of pictures of the conference as well as the group’s dance performances.

“It was fun because we got to interact with new people and enjoy the conference for ourselves,” psychology sophomore Brett Douglas said Nov. 7. Any clubs and organizations wanting to host an event or that are interested in traveling to a conference can apply to receive funding from the Student Activity Fee Committee by completing an application.

The application must be emailed to Mark Bigelow, interim director of student life, one week before the meeting.

The next meeting will be 3-5 p.m. Dec. 1 in the president’s large conference room of Fletcher Academic Center.

Meetings are open to anyone.

For more information, log on to Orgsync or contact Bigelow at 210-486-0134.

 

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