President of Union encourages participation in E-Board

Hello RPI! I am truly astonished that it is week three already; at this rate, it will be winter break before you know it! Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Hockey Line event. While we do not have numbers regarding how many season tickets were sold yet, it was great to see so many of you supporting our teams and camping out on Monday night. There are way too many people to thank for pulling off such a great event, but needless to say it was awesome, and I look forward to seeing this tradition continue next year.

In Executive Board news, last Wednesday’s meeting was productive, even though we did not see much business. I hosted a small training for E-Board members, helping them get used to Rensselaer Union operations and the Club Management System. The goal of this session was to give everyone the tools necessary to begin meeting with club officers and discussing how clubs function and how they use their budgets. The Board also heard a proposal from the system administrators regarding the Union’s technology infrastructure. In the near future, we will be moving to a newer system to help combat increased server loads and faltering hardware. At tonight’s meeting, the E-Board will meet with representatives from Turkish Students Association and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. As always, meetings are open to the public and I encourage anyone who is interested to see how their activity fee is spent to attend (8pm, Shelnutt Gallery).

If you are a club officer, please make sure to attend one of the two Financial Workshops being put together by the Union admin staff. The first session will be today (Wednesday September 12) from 4-6 pm in Mothers, and the second meeting will be tomorrow (Thursday September 13) from 3-5 pm, also in Mothers. It is required that at least one officer from each Union-funded organization attend one of the sessions. These meetings will provide a basic overview of how to make purchases, fill out charge sheets, and find information about room reservations, available equipment, and other Union budgetary guidelines. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Finally, if you are new to RPI, please consider applying to the Executive Board. It is a group composed entirely of students that is responsible for managing all Union finances and interacting with the clubs, programs, and services that operate under the Union. Students on the Board will be assigned to a number of clubs, and will be responsible for working with those clubs to develop budgets, work through proposals, and gain an understanding of how each club functions. During Executive Board budgeting, each student representative will then serve as a liaison between clubs and the rest of the Board, answering questions related to each program and goal of a budget. Ultimately, the goal of the Union Executive Board is to produce a budget that accurately reflects current club operations and activities, and that maximizes the student experience funded by the activity fee.

I am looking to select two new members from the Class of 2016 shortly after Class Elections next week, so make sure to get those applications in soon. As always if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact me (, or stop by my office. My official office hours for this semester will be Wednesdays from 5-7 pm, but you can always stop in as long as I am there.