The Johnson State College Student Government Association (SGA) is pushing the growth of student involvement on campus and is hoping to see club participation numbers increase throughout both semesters.
Before the start of the fall semester, the SGA members set a goal to increase the number of club participants by 10 percent. To track this goal, SGA members will attend club meetings and count participants or cooperate with club leaders to get an exact count.
“Not only will this goal help the overall atmosphere of campus, but it will also give prospective students another reason to come to Johnson State College,“ said the SGA Director of Clubs Brittney Malik.
To help clubs gain members, the SGA has hosted several club information sessions for club leaders to attend and gain the knowledge they need to get their club up and running. Each information session has included presentations on the club approval process, event planning, the space request form, advertising, poster design and print requests.
“The club info sessions we held were an amazing success,” said Malik. “It was great to see all the people interested in getting involved on campus and wanting to start clubs. It’s super important that people who want to start a club on a topic they’re passionate about have access to the resources and information to get their idea up and running.”
The information sessions brought in students who were interested in starting a new club on campus along with familiar faces who represent clubs that have been around for years including Women’s Rugby and Outing Club.
“I thought the club info session was super helpful yet simple. Lots of information was gone over, but if you had more questions the SGA was happy to answer them,” said Outing Club President Caroline Hassan.
The SGA has approved 14 clubs so far this semester, including Dance Club, Men and Women’s Rugby Club, Women of the Wild, and Olympic Weightlifting. For clubs to be approved, the student leaders must write a constitution and mission statement that represents the club in full, and submit a signature page that includes the names of the clubs advisor and leaders.
Once approved, a club has access to SGA club funds that can be requested to host events on campus or assist in fundraising startups. Student organizations on campus that do not get club status will not be able to request space through the Conference and Events services on campus, which is another reason the SGA pushes groups to go through the approval process.
The SGA is striving to offer some form of activity or club that is attractive to students no matter their varying interests by the end of this year. To do this, the SGA plans to work with the Dean of Students office and other groups on campus like Student Led Activity Programming (SLAP) and intramurals.
“Getting students involved with activities and clubs on campus is important to not only the image of our institution but to supporting the growth of the students that go here,” said Malik. “It gives the students a way to express themselves and participate in clubs and activities that they love to do. When students are doing what they love to do, it adds a whole new dynamic to campus life, and strengthens what people love about JSC.”