Starting this year, up to $3,000 per term of student activity fee money will be going to a newly created fund designed to promote faculty-initiated events for students, dubbed the “Student Co-Curricular Enhancement Fund.”
Potential uses of this fund include speakers, seminars, workshops or residencies. As it is currently envisioned, faculty would think of ideas that would benefit the student body and then go before Student Senate at their regular meetings for approval of their event.
These events would be interdisciplinary and of interest to as large a segment of the student body as possible. Events that would benefit only a single class or only faculty would not be approved. Assuming the event in question met these criteria, it would then be fund-eligible.
Junior Shelly Bhanot, Student Senate Treasurer and a driving force behind the fund’s creation, is enthused about the idea.
“This fund is a great way to make a bridge between the students and faculty,” she said, adding that the low amount of money currently available is inhibiting faculty’s ability to organize events for students. “It definitely helps them.”
The fund still needs to be approved at the February faculty meeting but is unlikely to face any serious opposition. It has already cleared Student Senate, having been passed without opposition at the Jan. 17 meeting. Once the faculty gives approval, it will be able to go into effect.
“It’s a way to emphasize how these funds are being allocated to faculty,” Bhanot said.
Funds that are not used at the end of the term will roll over into the Senate Restricted Fund.