Club budget allocations decided

The Student Fee Allocation Committee (SFAC) has decided how to allocate this year’s student fees.

According to the SFAC chart, a total of $477,048 has been allocated to different organizations and clubs throughout the Laramie County Community College campus. Included in that amount is $30,089 in reserve money.

Growing number of campus clubs receive money

Of the 34 organizations, new organizations include Anime Club, Student Veterans and Business Leaders.

Some of the listed organizations received higher or lower amounts than requested while some were awarded exactly what they sought.

The dean of campus living and learning, Jenny Rigg, said there is a process in which the requests are made then decided, but she said she wished soon to implement an easier and more transparent decision-making process. Funding comes from student fees paid by students.

SFAC is a committee made up of nine voting members and three non-voting members. Of the nine voters, eight are students appointed by the deans from the four instructional divisions, Arts and Humanities, Business and Technology, Health, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences. The two students from each division may not represent the same program within the division.

The ninth voting member is the treasurer of the Student Government Association.

Other members of the committee, who are non-voting, are the director of student life and two faculty members appointed by the “Instructional Advisory Council in consultation with the Director of Student Life for two-year, staggered terms.” The council is now Learning Leadership Team, and Rigg is responsible for student life.

Rigg said the organizations and clubs, throughout the year, decide on their needs, traveling expenses, etc., and then make a request to SFAC.

SFAC additions, their requests

SFAC then receives the requests, hears justification from the organizations validating the need for their requests, and then decides the amount to allocate. Rigg said the former interim vice president of student services, Dr. Grant Wilson, signed off on each request after SFAC allocated the monies in May.

Among the new organizations added to the list for this year’s allocations the Anime Club requested almost $5,000 and received $2,462; however, Business Leaders requested a large amount of $23,381 and received only $9,039.

The new organization that received almost as much as it requested was Student Veterans, receiving $7,750 after requesting $10,470.

Among the organizations that asked for more and received less were the Across Cultures Club, Choral Music and the Windsmiths Club, while the Physical Therapy organization requested less than it was allocated last year yet received the same amount as the year prior.

Judy Ransom, instructor of choral music, said her group may not have received the amount requested by former instructor Nancy Cornish because she is the new instructor and is still trying to become oriented.

Ransom said she would call this a “transition year,” so the request for student fees may be much different next year after she has been here for a longer period of time.

However, the Student Nurses I organization requested nearly $3,000 less than the group was allocated last year and received the lesser amount of $7,900. With the fourth highest allocated amount, but also possibly the most surprising difference from last year’s allocation, was the amount of $22,744 given to Phi Theta Kappa.

PTK requesting more for summer trip

The amount the scholastic honorary received last year was less than half the amount it was given this year. Jeff Shmidl, instructor of economics and finance, who is also advises the PTK organization, said the group had requested a larger amount this year because of a trip they wanted to take next summer.

Because the full amount PTK requested was allocated this year, the officers of PTK will now be able to travel to Boston to participate in honors training at a university.

The organizations that received the largest allocation in student fees this year as well as last was the Campus Activities Board at $60,000, followed by the Speech and Debate Team, receiving $39,697.

Dean Rigg said the campus living and learning team is working to propose a new process that will be more transparent, more in the hands of students, and involve more groups around campus.

She said she would like to see more open meetings where anyone may provide input. Rigg said she and her team are currently researching the processes of other schools’ fee allocations for better ideas of how this procedure can become easier and inclusive.