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Money doesn’t *quite* grow on trees…

October 11, 2010

Good evening and welcome ladies and gents to the SSFC Strategic Plan meeting.

What can you expect? You can expect to be wined, dined and…ok, actually SSFC Chair Matt Manes is here to explain and present to us all his plan on re-vamping how SSFC works and funds student organizations.

There is a pretty sizable group here of interested students. THANK YOU to everyone who is here tonight.

There is a powerpoint presentation that Matt Manes is talking from. As soon as the meeting is over, I’ll get a copy and post it HERE.

Sit back and enjoy the presentation! Also, for a parallel, more logistical liveblog, tune into Chair Brandon Williams blog.

6:35PM Manes welcomes everyone to the meeting. Says he is excited and challenged for this meeting….excited to present to everyone and challenged in that he is as busy as everyone else is this week with midterms and work…

To start his presentation, Manes talks about commitment and student involvement.

Talks about commitment in improving the lives of others by actions; the belief of the WI Idea.

His 2 Main Goals in revising this system:

1.) Constantly strive to meet a greater need with a broader depth

–>Answer the questions: What can I do? How can I get involved? Etc

2.) Stay true to entire constituency

–>commit to serving everyone, even those not involved

—>Money (Seg fees)

—>Whats available to me ‘in case’?

Ok, so what does this mean to you? Let me break this presentation down for you in lay-man’s terms. It’ll help me out too.

Essentially, Matt Manes is explaining how, why, when, where, in what manner, to what degr—ok, you get the idea. He is explaining the background of the Student Services Finance Committee at the moment to give everyone here a little background.

Students have to trust SSFC because they have the power to allocate their budgets. Makes sense…that’s a substantial amount of our student segregated fees going towards services that are supposed to be improving student life on campus.

Manes goes back through the ‘interesting’ background of SSFC. From before 2000, between the years MCSC received over a million dollar budget, and the shady years-where students weren’t even show how the money was being allocated.

Carl Fergus and Kurt Gosselin came on the scene. They helped to structure the criteria that is in place today. Over the past three years, Brandon Williams and Matt Manes himself have worked to set these requirements straight and carry on in what Carl and Kurt started.

Manes is addressing lessons that have been learned and how to explain viewpoint neutrality.

6:53PM SSFC Strategic Plan

Map that will allow us to get to the system that we all need. Abstract vs. Concrete…lofty ideas versus what is actually feasible.

–>This is a balancing act that needs to be watched carefully. Needs to be realistic, based in reality. Cognizant of deadlines.

1.) Need to plug the holes-funds are currently stable (Yay!) Grants are capped. Etc. Need to focus on what campus needs. And as soon as possible…

–>Bring back missing services, safeguard the current services, introduce new services.

SERVICES are a main priority to provide for students.

Introduce: Campus Services Fund--A mechanism by which ASM can say ‘this service is important to campus, we will provide for it’. Not VPN-you can’t apply for this. Comprehensive-it will include everything. This fund came directly out of the CWC situation of losing funding last year.

What are those important services?

Manes 5 starting points are: 1.) Tutoring Services 2.) Legal Info Services 3.) Sexual Assault Services 4.) Leadership Training Services 5.) Political Involvement Services

College Student Council Fund-there are 3 of them, Engineering, CALS and the Business School councils. There serve as a registered student organization umbrella.

Promote interaction and collaboration among RSO’s. Promote professional involvement and development outside of the classroom.

So what now?

Conversations will begin Nov 29th. Feedback and session will be looked at and determined over Winter Break. The plan needs to be set forth to the Chancellor in Spring….around February. That is quite the condensed timeline

Manes stresses flexibility and autonomy. Build these into the system in order to make it effective.

Plug the holes. Strengthen current systems to meet broader need with greater depth.

Oct14th: Campus Services Fund, CSCF discussion of steps will begin.

Oct 25th: GSSFBudgets (Over 2,000 pages SSFC will look over in about a month’s time)

Nov 29th- Current systems review

WInter Break

Jan/Feb-Work out the plans and get them ready to go into fruition.

March/April: Present to the Chancellor. Have the new system put into place.

7:11PM Q&A

Well, everyone is talking quite quickly. You should really BE here to take part in this conversation. How about this, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments box below or email myself (asmpressoffice@gmail.com) or Matt Manes.

Matt Manes will be giving the second part of this presentation on Thursday.

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to weigh in on this process. But…how to find out what students what? How to construct the plan that represents students’ wants and needs?

Manes says there is an idea for campus wide surveys, discussion forums, town hall meetings…do the best we can and that’s all we can ask for. Open it up and encourage people to weigh in…if they don’t, that’s their choice as well.

One student is worried about the minority voice being lost in this system..particularly because Manes seems to be talking about a majority decision for this system.

Manes said those needs are just as valid. Those needs need to be represented. And he will try as hard as he can to get out there. But if those students don’t come forward to give that feedback, then…students who want to be heard, need to step forward and say what they want and need.

Talk on the Campus Services Fund will be deferred to Thursday.

More questions on the CSF…don’t worry folks, it will be fully and comprehensively explained on Thursday.

Manes stresses the services we NEED to provide to students to help improve student life on campus. What will be provided will be decided depending on what information is collected in the upcoming months.

A student talks about managing budgets. Manes said that’s what he’s been looking at-with the outlays and streams and criteria…back to talking about the benefit of students receiving the money so a broad range of students are affected by the services and funds.

What do other schools do?

Chair Williams stands…and sits back down.

Says the state of WI has a unique statute that allows us to do this. Most other schools use purely a grant system with a cap of about $5,000. A lot of Big Ten schools don’t have control of their own budgets. We’re pretty unique in the size and scope of power we have with student seg fees.

7:28PM No other questions. Manes calls for adjournment.

As previously stated, PART 2 of this presentation will be held Thursday Oct 14th at 6:30PM in the SAC.  Tune in for more information on the CSF and the CSCF. Any questions, lemme know! Otherwise have a great MONDAY night. I’ll post the presentation soon…Manes is being further questioned by the Badger Herald.

Hasta! And remember….Our Campus. Our Commitment. 😀

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. asmmadame2 permalink
    October 11, 2010 6:31 pm

    i’m making my triumphant return to the asm blogosphere! muahaha… i just wanted to tell asmadame1 that she does a wonderful liveblog 🙂

  2. Alyssa permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:22 am

    When will you be posting the powerpoint notes?

    • asmadame1 permalink*
      October 13, 2010 11:31 am

      The link is available now. Thanks!

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