In an earlier post I described what an SGA Senator does. Below I explain the role of an SGA Finance Board member.
NOTE: SGA candidate applications for 2016-2017 are due on Friday, March 25th at noon. There are 20 available elected positions (President, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Student Organizations, Treasurer, 11 Senators, and 5 Finance Board Representatives). You can find the application here.
The SGA Finance Board
Membership: The Finance Board’s members include the Vice President for Student Organizations, the Treasurer, and five Representatives, all of whom are elected by the student body. In addition, the Finance Board can add up to three nonvoting First Year Ambassadors each fall. Also, the President, Executive Vice President and SGA Advisor, as well as UMBC’s President and Vice President for Student Affairs, are ex-officio (nonvoting) Finance Board members.
The voting members elect a Chair, who runs the weekly meetings and organizes the Finance Board’s work, and a Vice Chair who fills in when the Chair is absent.
- Allocating Funds to Student Organizations: The Finance Board is responsible for managing the portion of SGA’s annual budget that is set aside to support student organizations. Throughout the academic year, student organizations can request funds by completing an Allocation Request Form and submitting it to the Treasurer. The total amount requested each year is far larger than the total amount of funding available.
- The rules governing Finance Board allocations do not prohibit funding the request (i.e., it was not submitted after the deadline, the funds will not be used to purchase alcohol, the funds will not be donated to charity, etc.); and
- The proposed use of these funds is so worthwhile that the Finance Board is willing to turn down other requests in order to devote these funds to the group’s objective.
- Communicating with Student Organizations: The Finance Board communicates with student organizations about how to submit requests, the rules governing Finance Board allocations, what makes for a good request, and whether requests have been approved, disapproved or postponed.
- Participating in SGA Decision-Making: The Finance Board shares responsibility with the Senate and other SGA officers in connection with decisions about the annual budget, allocations from the SGA's reserve fund, and approval of certain appointed officers.
- Participating in SGA Initiatives and Activities: Finance Board members work with members of the other branches of SGA to contribute to positive change on campus. It is especially helpful when Finance Board members identify and develop ways to support student organizations more effectively, such as improvements to the event planning and implementation process.
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