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President Meehan hosts Organizational Council's first meeting of the school year

09/05/2013

If students want to get involved on campus but don’t know how or where to start, it’s okay. There’s a meeting for that.

The Organizational Council (OC) is a collective group of various student organizations at JSU that meets twice each month to share upcoming events and projects with one another.

SGA Vice President of Organizational Affairs Ariel Tolson presides over the council. She describes the OC as “a council of different organizations, from Greeks to service organizations to religious organizations, that come together to foster a spirit of unity.”

The OC meets on the first and third third Tuesdays of each month in the TMB auditorium, but their first meeting of the new school year was held this past Tuesday at the President’s house.

University President Dr. Bill Meehan addressed the students who had gathered for the meeting. “You hear me say at orientation that students who have a good relationship with their parents and who are involved on campus, who are involved in your organizations and have a tie to their university, they do better academically, they graduate, they become leaders,” Meehan said. “So what you do is extremely important.”

At the meetings, representatives from student groups share the events and projects that their organizations are currently working on and are planning for in the near future.

All students are welcome to attend the OC meetings so that they can hear what is going on in each organization.

If students are unable to attend meetings, they have another option.

“If a student wants to get involved with an organization but doesn’t know how, he or she can always come to the Office of Student Life,” Tolson says. “We will get you where you’re going.”

Organizations can benefit from participating in the OC in various ways. Attendance at council meetings activates a group’s seat as a recognized organization. If a group meets the requirements, they may be eligible to receive up to $300 in allocations for school-related projects. And together, groups can learn about and participate in service projects that benefit the surrounding community.

Dr. Rebecca Turner, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, was present at Tuesday’s meeting. At the close of the meeting, she told the students, “I’m glad to hear about all of these service projects. This room is full of them; it’s great. It speaks well for your heart.”

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