In the past, Recognized Student Organizations struggled to keep up-to-date on what other campus groups were doing – until now. The newly-formed Hornet Squad will provide an opportunity for RSOs to come together to discuss ideas and talk about upcoming events.
“The Hornet Squad is an opportunity for student organizations to come together at the same time and place to collaborate, learn about informational resources on our campus and how to be better, stronger organizations,” said Mary Shivley, director of leadership. “Over the last year, a lot of student organizations really wished that they knew what other organizations were doing, possibly so that they can collaborate efforts when they’re doing the same kind of thing.”
Shively also said that often RSOs would want to bring in a speaker or put on an event but couldn’t fund it alone. The Hornet Squad would be designed to help groups find each other and help with funding if necessary.
“I highly, highly, highly encourage anybody who can attend those meetings to go because it’s going to be a great way to learn about upcoming events,” said Brooke Schmidt, senior Spanish major and president of Associated Student Government. “Right now we’re kind of just gearing it up for RSOs so they can collaborate and work with one another, but if a student wants to come, that would be a great avenue to learn about events that are about to happen on campus and what organizations are doing.”
One of the goals of the Hornet Squad is to inform all of the RSOs of things that are going on around campus.
Schmidt said the Hornet Squad will provide one meeting place where individuals can reach out to all student organizations in person, rather than relying on email or other forms of communication.
“I think it’s going be a great opportunity for student organization leaders to come together and collaborate, share ideas, share resources so that hopefully it will be mutually beneficial for all the organizations involved,” said Jason Bosch, director of Student Affairs Learning and Assessment.
The group’s first meeting will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Preston Family Room in the Memorial Union. Other meetings will be Oct. 10 and Nov. 14. All meetings will begin at 4 p.m. in the Preston Family Room.