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SSFC votes unanimously to approve F.H. King, ALPs

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Student organizations F.H. King and ALPs receive approval for funding.[/media-credit]

The Student Services Finance Committee granted funding to F.H. King and the Adventure Learning Programs Thursday in a unanimous vote.

F.H. King, a student group which promotes sustainable agriculture, proposed some added positions to better facilitate their direct services.

“We asked for a couple new positions this year. We’ve seen a tremendous increase in student interest,” said Rosa Kozub, administrative director of F.H. King.

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According to Kozub, the purpose of F.H. King is to connect students to the land and their food. F.H. King has a two-acre eco-garden and gives back the food they grow to the community during “Harvest Handouts.”

“The garden director volunteers an insane amount of time, and a garden assistant would alleviate some of the work,” Kozub said.

Some of the new positions include garden assistant, program assistant and an outreach coordinator.

“To not have a programming assistant compromises the quality of programming the students deserve,” said Mark Sandberg, program director of F.H. King.

SSFC decided the budget would fall at $60,470 for the 2010-11 school year. There were no cuts and the vote ended at 6-0.

ALPs, a student organization that facilitates teambuilding workshops for students on campus, only saw minor cuts to their budget.

Some of the workshops ALPs provide include low and high ropes courses. The facilitators of these workshops need to be specially trained to safely coordinate the activities on the courses, according to Jessica Erdman, co-coordinator for ALPs.

ALPs’ budget included several conferences pertaining to safety training for these ropes courses.

Erdman added the Association for Challenge Course Technology decides the standards for rope course protocol and procedure, and ALPs members aim to send representatives to that conference to make sure the course on campus meets those safety standards.

“Not attending the ACCT can be detrimental to direct services,” said SSFC Rep. April Kigeya.

ALPs also looked to create a position of financial specialist to work on the budget throughout the year.

ALPs only saw cuts from their specialized staff training budget, mainly for airfare, which went from the proposed $3,000 to $2,500. The final budget was decided by a vote of 6-0 at $138,199 for the 2010-11 school year.

Vets for Vets President Gerald Kapinos proposed a budget that included several increases that would promote the organization’s direct services. Vets for Vets provides veteran speakers to talk to classes and students about the military experience from a unique perspective.

Vets for Vets proposed budget included two student employees to facilitate the organization’s direct services, an update of computer software for a digital newsletter, new equipment including a computer tower and educational speakers, none of which have been announced.

The proposed budget is $27,470 for the 2010-11 school year, up from last year when Vets for Vets didn’t achieve eligibility and received no funding. The budget will be decided Oct. 26.

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