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Student Alliance approves two allocation requests

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Student Alliance operations director Kyezie Bwanangela and PTK president Morgan Brown present the allocation request for the chapter Phi Theta Kappa.

Two allocation requests were approved at Thursday’s Student Alliance meeting at Grand Rapids Community College.

The first request was from the chapter Phi Theta Kappa, and was presented by PTK president Morgan Brown. The request was for $4,500 for the chapter to take six members to attend the national convention, “Catalyst 2017,” April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. The chapter has been nominated for seven awards. GRCC president Dr. Steven Ender was nominated and won an award as well, and will be attending the event with the chapter.

“There’s tons of activities,” Brown said. “It’s go-go-go for about three days straight.”

The next allocation request was from Student Alliance, and was presented by SA president Jose Garcia. The request was for $2,833 to add more portals to OrgSync, and was originally tabled at the last meeting. Garcia talked about the need for more portals due to more new student clubs being formed.

The $2,833 request is the highest possible amount that would be spent on this allocation, and could potentially be lowered if necessary. Over 50 new clubs would be added to OrgSync. Student Alliance advisor Lina Blair announced to the group that clubs from the academic departments have already agreed to pay for their portals, and would start paying next semester.

Both allocation requests were approved by the end of the meeting.

Garcia moved on to present the new advisory councils. There are three advisory councils total – Student Involvement, Communications, and Operations. The advisory councils are within Student Alliance that give students the opportunity to meet with each council and communicate ideas to get more students involved in Student Alliance.

“We would like to get students more involved in a way that is mutually beneficial,” Garcia said.

The meeting moved its focus to an open discussion and gave all clubs the opportunity to announce upcoming events to the group. Campus Activities Board announced Spirit Week and all the events that are happening next week from Feb. 20-24. Black Africana Student Union announced their Black History Month Celebration that is happening from 12-2pm Feb. 22, in the SCC Multi-Purpose room.

Garcia thanked everyone for coming to the meeting, for becoming more involved, and for contributing to the discussions.

“I think the meeting went well,” Garcia said. “The allocation requests went very smoothly.”