Student leaders explain club budgets, catering policy; appoint new senators


Johnathon O'Dea accepts student senator nominations at a monthly meeting of student leaders. Photo by Roxanne Ready

At a meeting of student leaders Monday, members of the Student Government Association noted a change to the dining hall’s catering policy, appointed four new student senators, explained how student organizations should submit their annual budget requests and announced the appointment of a new student program coordinator.

All student organizations are required to send at least one representative to the monthly Student Advisory Council meeting or SGA may withhold that clubs’ funding.

Student Event Catering Policy Update

At the meeting, SGA president Johnathan O’Dea announced the Hawk’s Nest Grill & Deli has updated its catering policy. According to the previous policy, student organizations must buy any food for their events from the Grill, Chick-fil-A or Subway, or submit a food waiver request form to the Grill.

But according to the new policy update, for meetings of fewer than 10 people, clubs may buy prepackaged food without first submitting a waiver request. The total cost must not be more than $50, and all beverages must be Pepsi products.

New Student Senators

Also at the meeting, the Advisory Council appointed four new senators: Mike Brown, a freshman computer science student; Jacob Smith, a student; Luke Vogel, a freshman history student; and Aubrey Garner, a returning student and second-year criminal justice major.

Student senators act as liaisons between the SGA and all other student organizations, bringing club concerns to the student government and sharing information from the SGA.

“I didn’t [want to be involved] years ago when I was here before,” said Garner, who is also the vice president of the Criminal Justice Association student club. “[But now] I’m self-employed. It’s nice I can … do more stuff on campus.”

Three senator positions remain open.

Student Budget Proposals

SGA treasurer Matthew Vosburg said at the meeting that student clubs must submit detailed budget requests for the upcoming academic year through The Nest, AACC’s online club management website. Then representatives from the club must schedule a hearing with the SGA’s budget committee.

Vosburg did not give a deadline for submissions, but said he will be scheduling hearings for each club’s budget request from Feb. 26 through April 13.

New Student Program Coordinator

Finally, Chris Storck, the director of the Office of Student Engagement, announced the appointment of Leslie Cook to the position of student program coordinator. Steve Kreider previously held the position before leaving for a job at The Catholic University of America last fall.

“[Kreider left] big shoes to fill,” Cook said. “I’m excited to take on working with more students across campus and get to know more of the [student] organizations.”