SWOSU Student Groups Awarded $70,000 in Activity Fee Monies

Southwestern Oklahoma State University student organizations on the Weatherford campus will benefit from nearly $70,000 that was appropriated to the students from activity fee funds.

During the fall semester each year, an “Allocations Committee” comprised of students nominated by academic deans on campus, conducts hearings from organizations that seek money for various projects, such as funding trips and helping with activities.

SWOSU Dean of Students Cindy Dougherty said the recipients range from Greek Life to Fellowship of Christian Athletes and includes many clubs that correspond with classes offered at SWOSU, such as the Chemistry Club, English Club, Spanish Club and Biology Club, for example.

This year, the largest sums of money were given to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Asian American Student Association received the largest allocations at $5,000.

SME is a global professional organization with student chapters at various universities across the nation, including SWOSU. The organization is designed to help engineering students find employment in their field upon graduation. Monthly meetings are held, and alumni speakers are invited to share about their experiences in the manufacturing engineering job force. SME also takes part in campus events such as Homecoming, and puts on other activities during the course of the school year that are open to all students.

Also receiving one of the largest allocations for the 2014-15 school year was the Asian American Student Association. This organization is composed of Asian American students who meet monthly to discuss events and plan activities for the student body, such as Pho Night and the upcoming Moon Festival on October 30 at Crowder Lake University Park.  Members are very involved and enjoy putting on events that expose students to elements of Asian culture.