RSO resource center for UCF comes with $15K price tag
A resource center for more than 600 registered student organizations on campus is slated to open fall 2015, said Michael Preston, director for the Office of Student Involvement.
The main purpose of the resource center, Preston said, is "to serve as a one-stop shop for RSOs" on campus and provide resources to RSOs and their various needs.
This will include consultation with professional staff members to a slowly accumulating inventory of commonly used items that RSOs may utilize, such as tables, chairs, radios or iPads.
The idea for the resource center has existed since at least 2011 and comes as a response to the growing force of RSOs on campus.
"We knew that as [RSOs have] been expanding in number and influence on campus [and] that we're going to have to do a better job of helping them getting the resources they need to operate on UCF's campus," Preston said. "However, it's just been a space issue."
To combat this issue, a shuffle of offices in the Student Union has already begun as LEAD Scholars sets to move to the currently under-construction space in the former Ferrell Commons Auditorium in the summer of 2015.
The move will free up the space in the back of the OSI office, where the Multicultural Student Center will take over once the space becomes vacant tentatively in fall 2015. After that, there will be some empty office space that can be utilized.
No new employees will be hired for the center.
Instead, the resource center, which will operate under the umbrella of OSI, will utilize student assistants and professional staff members from OSI.
The money for this project was recently allocated in the 2015-16 Activity and Service Fee Budget Committee meetings, making up $15,000 of OSI's $1.76 million budget, according to documents from Sydney Altfield, student body vice president and A&SF Budget Committee chairwoman. Those numbers, however, still must pass the SGA Senate and Student Body President Weston Bayes' approval.
Originally, the center was slated to open summer 2015 but during the hearing process, the committee decided that the resource center could open in fall instead, if construction goes as planned.
"We did cut it [a bit] because we decided that we wouldn't have it open over the summer. It was not a necessity that we needed to fund right now," Altfield said.
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