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SWOSU Student Organizations Receive $72,100 in Funding

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Student organizations at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford have received funding for the 2020-21 academic year.

The SWOSU Allocations Committee, coordinated through the Dean of Students office, was comprised of 16 students. The committee had $165,965 in requests and gave out $72,100. Fifty-seven student organizations asked for funds.

“This year included challenges for campus due to COVID-19, but I’m proud of the student staff that communicated with organizations and coordinated the allocations process,” said SWOSU Dean of Students Joshua Engle. “Continuing allocations while observing safety policies went well because of the hard work from the students, staff and coordinator who assisted in ensuring student organizations can thrive amidst this pandemic.”

Student and Allocations Chair Chloe Turlington said SWOSU had a great committee with a wide range of interests.

“Having a more diverse group of evaluators allows for fair judgment of these organizations,” Turlington said. “I was impressed with the student leaders that presented and how they represent the different interests across campus.”

At the hearings, students rotated the chair position with each club that came before the

committee, so every committee member chaired several hearings.  Students create and execute a list of stock questions asked at every hearing. Plus, they also “employee active listened” and created new questions for each group.

Members of the SWOSU Allocations Committee were: 

Victoria Benson

Breanna Jones

Chloe Turlington

Treasure Chimere-Obika

Meghan Mitch

Samantha Mahurin

Shawn Bounkhong

Kyla Hobson

Madison Thelen

Avonlea Eagen

Courtney Johnson

Allison Eakins

Madison Bollinger

Joshua Branch

Emma Bollinger

Courtney Walker

Engle said it has been exciting to see how student organizations have responded to COVID-19 and become creative to grow and explore new ways of keeping together amidst a pandemic that requires social distancing.

“It’ll be a wonderful year to watch organizations and how they take charge to adapt their events to support campus and their organization members,” Engle said.