New director proposes cutting allotment for student activity fee

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Student life Director Jacob-Aiden Martinez proposes an adjustable budget for next year’s student services activity fee budget during a Student Activity Fee Committee meeting April 4 in Loftin. Martinez’s proposal would give the committee about $60,000 to fund applications for the year. Committee members heard his summary but the proposal was tabled for the next meeting May 3. Mitchell Gawlik

April 25 is the deadline for applications for the May 2 meeting.

By James Russell

jrussell65@student.alamo.edu

The Student Activity Fee Committee approved two organizations’ requests for funding at its meeting April 4 in the employee lounge in Loftin Student Center.

Charging students $3 per credit hour, the student activity fee is projected to generate about $716,000 next year. For 2018-19, the committee oversaw $890,000.

Of that, $10,000 is set aside for benchmarks for use by clubs and student organizations.

At the beginning of the spring semester, the committee had $200,000 for the student activity fee.

The amount left is $119,468.68.

The deadline for applications for the May 3 meeting is April 25.

Students can get applications on Alamo Sync.

In its last monthly meeting, the early childhood club ABCD presented its application for funding to attend the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children conference Sept. 26-28 in Frisco.

The purpose of attending the conference is to “learn how to advocate for teachers better,” club sponsor and Professor Ana De Hoyos O’Connor, said.

This is the first time the club has submitted an application to the committee, which approved the club’s request for $2,344 for six members and two advisers to attend the event.

The Hammock Outdoor Club applied for $13,600 to attend an expedition July 12 with Wilderness Expeditions, an organization of trail guides, in Salida, Colo.

The club requested $13,600 to cover food, lodging and transportation costs for hiking in Colorado.

The application was tabled and will be discussed in the next meeting May 3, after the club provides more detail and reasoning for the expenses.

At the end of the meeting, student life Director Jacob-Aiden Martinez proposed an adjustable budget for next year’s student services activity fee budget summary.

Martinez’s proposal would leave the committee with about $60,000 for the whole year.

Martinez gave out a not-finalized budget summary because there aren’t “too many meetings left and the budget for next year should be brought up soon,” Martinez said in an interview April 4.

During the March 7 committee meeting, the student advocacy center requested $7,000.

The center’s budget is decided before the beginning of the school year.

The reason was to provide students proper hygiene products. The travel size for hygiene products wasn’t enough to give to students, student success Coordinator Pamela Frias said.

The student advocacy center spends $500-$600 every week on hygiene product.

The annual fund has to be increased to be able to support the number of students coming for aid, Frias said.

The application was approved.

At the meeting, Sarah F. Morgan, president of the Society of Profession Journalists college chapter and reporter for The Ranger, reported on the society’s trip to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, March 22-24 for the Region 8 Conference, which includes Texas and Oklahoma.

Total expenditures for the trip were $1,445.60, which was requested during the meeting March 7.

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