Students’ Association Congress concluded distributing funds to student groups’ requests to attend conferences at their latest meeting.
Lambda Pi Eta, the Society of Physics Students and Alpha Psi Omega requested and were granted money to help offset the cost of upcoming conferences they plan to attend this semester. These were the last three student groups to appear before Congress to ask for funds.
SA had $1,669.08 remaining of the budget to grant to conferences, and the last three student groups requested a total of $6,555.
Lambda Pi Eta, a group which promotes scholarship and honors in the field of communications, asked for $1,450 to assist in paying for two students to attend the Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference in Boston, Mass. These two students submitted papers that were competitively accepted from a national pool and will present them at this conference.Â SA granted them $550 to pay for the conference costs.
The Society of Physics Students requested $550 to fund a statewide section conferenceÂ in which students and professors will be presenting research and listening to lectures. They were granted $250.
Alpha Psi Omega, a national honors theater club, did not attend the SA meeting but was granted the remainder of the budget, $869.08, out of the $4,555 they requested. They will audition for country-wide theatre organizations and attend workshops and master classes at the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Student Congress also passed two bills funding two student events coming up this semester.
Congress allocated $1,500 to fund the first student body dance to be held on March 20. SA is partnering with the Campus Activities Board to plan a student dance after social dancingÂ was approved as a part of ACU student activities. Executive Vice President Julianne Hart has played a role in planning this event.
“We’ll be renting a formal dance floor. We’re going to have a disc jockey and lighting. The theme is a “Dance in Disguise” which means it’s a costume party so we’ll have a costume contest,” Hart said. “We’re in conversation with Student Life and our D.J. about exactly what kind of dancing will be going on.”
Congress granted $1,000 to finance SpringFest on March 24 as an opportunity for the student body to reconnect after spring break. This event is expected to include bands, a rock wall, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull and various games. Katherine Handy, executive secretary, helped develop this idea.
“Julian and I had this idea last semester to have almost like a carnival type thing for students, and we are partnering with the student alumni association to put on this event,” Handy said.