New student committee created for funding campus events

Michaela Ramm

A student affairs program is receiving an expansion in order to meet demands from a growing student population at Iowa State.

The Sponsorship Request Program for Student Organizations is an opportunity for student organizations on campus to receive funding and resources for events.

Tom Hill, vice-president of student affairs, said this was necessary to meet the student activity needs at Iowa State.

“We have an increased enrollment, so we have a greater need to provide more opportunity for student organizations,” Hill said.

As a part of the expansion, a committee of student representatives will be determining which event will receive funding.

The committee will consist of representatives from various ISU student organizations, including Government of the Student Body, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Student Union Board, residential councils and other campus groups.

Representatives for the student committee will be appointed by Feb. 13.

Iowa State administration will also provide university staff members as representatives on the student committee to serve as advisers.

“The funding for this program would come from the university,” Hill said. “We don’t have a budget yet, but we’re working on it.”

Hill said the committee hopes the funding will attract a broad section of the student body and allow collaboration among student organizations.

In order to receive the funding, student clubs’ events must meet certain requirements — they must occur during the academic year and must be sponsored by a recognized student organization.

Events must also fall into certain tracks, which are service, fundraising, entertainment, academic showcase, student organization recruitment and athletics or recreation.

Hill said because it includes a broad cross-section of the student body, multiple campus-wide events could come out of this funding program.

Applications for funding of events taking place during the spring semester are due Feb. 23.