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					    Important Dates
                                                            Issue 2   Vol 2   Nov/Dec 2008
                                                                                                          Student Life Office
                                                                                                                 www.uhcl.edu/studentlife
    Wed. Jan. 28 Org’s Expo
    10:00 – 6:00, Atrium II

    Fri., Feb. 6- Organization Recognition
    10:00 – 12:00, SSCB 1202.07

    Wed., Feb 11- Organization Recognition




                                                                           UHCL
    3:00 – 4:00, SSCB 1202.07

    Fri., Feb. 20- Organization Recognition
    10:00 – 12:00, SSCB 1202.07




                                                                            Advisors
    * Organizations that received recognition for Fall 2008 do
    not have to attend the following workshop again.

  A NEWSLETTER ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENT
  ORGANIZATION ADVISORS AND PROVIDING RESOURCES TO
  HELP AID IN STUDENT DEVELOPMENT.



 A Cheat Sheet for Organization Advisors: Some Quick Tips!
                                                By Michelle Kaltenbach Coordinator of Student Life - Organizations and Special Events


I’m sure at some point this past semester you have said, “It has just been so busy!” In recognition of this fact, I have created a quick list of
tips on advising student organizations. Whether you have a chance to get to it this semester or the next, I hope you will find it useful!


 •Assist your student organization in identifying its goals and help the officers and                     Great ideas...
 members clarify their areas of responsibility.
 •Participate in all major organizational planning.
 •Try to attend as many organization meetings and sponsored activities as possible in
 order to be informed and available for assistance and direction.
 •Assure organization officers keep accurate and consistent records of finances and that
 all paperwork has been updated and submitted to the Student Life Office (officer’s
 contact list, constitution, point systems, etc.)
 •Observe student performance of assigned duties and stimulate effective student                   Do’s and Don’ts of Advising
 participation.
                                                                                                     A short list developed by students
 •Be a part of the organization leaders’ event planning process and provide support and
 suggestions as appropriate.                                                                                               DO
                                                                                                     •	    Allow the group to succeed
 •Be familiar with any organizational requirements for eligibility to participate or serve as        •	    Allow the group to fail
 an officer. If eligibility is determined based on GPA, be cognizant of the academic perfor-         •	    Know your limits
 mance of officers and members of the organization.                                                  •	    Know the group’s limit
                                                                                                     •	    Be visible
 •Become acquainted with UHCL’s Student Handbook and ask student officers and mem-                   •	    Be consistent with your actions
 bers to be familiar with the policies and procedures that are enforced.                             •	    Teach leadership
 •Please feel free to provide information to the Student Life Office of any accomplish-              •	    Demonstrate leadership
 ments or achievements of the student organization you advise, and encourage students                •	    Keep your sense of humor
 to be detailed when filling out the description of their events on the Event Approval
 Form.                                                                                                                 DON’T
                                                                                                     •	    Control the group
 •Please contact the Coordinator of Student Life Organizations and Special Events should             •	    Manipulate the group
 you have any questions or concerns.                                                                 •	    Miss all group meetings or functions
                                                                                                     •	    Take ownership for the group
 •Be available as a counselor and support system for organization members to assist                  •	    Close communications
 them not only with organizational issues and decisions, but also academic and oth-                  •	    Be afraid to let the group try new ideas
 erwise. If you should feel uncomfortable assisting a student, please refer them to the              •	    Know it all
 Coordinator of Student Life Organizations and Special Events or appropriate office/staff            •	    Act as the main leader of the group
 member.                                                                                             •	    Take everything so seriously

 •Encourage new perspectives and directions and encourage the group to consider new
 programming/marketing ideas.
                                                                      Questions or Comments? Contact Michelle Kaltenbach: kaltenbach@uhcl.edu

				
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