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Campus Activities Board offers student orgs incentives for volunteering

Men of Vision and Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc., clean up Chavaneaux Road near Zarzamora Street and Commercial Avenue. Courtesy of Men of Vision and Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc.

Updated Dec. 3, 3:00 p.m. 

By Tawseef Ali and Mikhaila Dansby

Campus Activities Board is designing a point system that encourages members of all student organizations to work together by volunteering and performing community service.

The point system, loosely modeled after a system in place at Texas A&M-College Station, may be used to encourage students from different organizations to volunteer together at events throughout the year. This university introduced the system earlier this year and while the program is still in development, CAB plans to  award points to student organizations whose members volunteer during events.

Hoyt Garner, CAB vice president of administration, said the program has not yet been implemented and the board is still in the process of determining how the points will be claimed.

In a meeting Nov. 28, the board discussed the need for volunteers at the Freeman Coliseum commencement ceremony Dec. 18 beginning at 8 a.m. The board is hopeful that there will be a large turnout of student volunteers to display the spirit of the new and rising campus.

The board discussed point accumulation for the upcoming commencement ceremony and said two points will be awarded for three volunteers, and five points for five volunteers.

Accumulated points would help the organizations earn free canopy rentals during Club Rush or cotton candy rentals for fundraisers.

CAB holds weekly meetings with campus organizations and student leaders. The meetings are conducted to discuss funding, calendar events and student organizations. Meetings are open to all students, especially those who need support starting new student organizations on campus.

Each meeting concludes with organization announcements. Each representative is given one minute to announce news, events or volunteering opportunities. The goal is to inform the student body and seek support for individual organizations.

In a previous meeting, Juanita Sepulveda, Kappa Delta Pi member, shared volunteering opportunities to help young adults, orphans and a local nursing home with the board.

“It takes only one grain of change, eventually someone else will bring their grain with them,” Sepulveda said.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

CAB needs student volunteers for a community service project 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The  project will be followed by a luncheon from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.. The goal of this project is to clean up trash along Loop 410 access road north of University Way. The luncheon will also give volunteers a chance to connect with one another.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 3-4 Men Of Vision Fundraising Barbecue
Dec. 10 Student Organization Round Table, 10:00 a.m. – noon Location: TBA
Dec. 12 Stress Busters at Main Campus Building
Dec. 13 Stress Busters at Brooks Campus

For more information, contact Campus Activities Board at cab@jaguar.tamu.edu.

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Syed Tawseef Ali
Syed Tawseef Ali is the Public Editor of The Mesquite. A native of Bangladesh, his role is to act as a readers' representative and answer questions about student media and content coverage. His "behind the story" column allows readers to see inside the newsroom to learn about the business of student-produced journalism. Ali joined the campus media outlet in Fall 2012 as a campus news intern and was promoted to Opinion Editor in Spring 13. Ali received his associate's degree from Northwest Vista College in the fall of 2011. His goal is to pursue a career in interactive radio broadcasting. He has interned with NOWCast San Antonio and is currently searching for paid employment to support his education.

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