Campus / News / Student Senate / January 30, 2013

Student Co-Curricular Enhancement Fund gives money to faculty for student activities

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 Student SenateCo-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.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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