How to Start a NYIT Club

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Have you ever wondered why NYIT doesn’t have a club that’s devoted to something you think would be interesting? Have you ever thought NYIT should have a specific club going on around the campus? If you have an idea for a club that you think students at NYIT would enjoy, you can make it happen by starting your own club on campus. Students can make their ideas come to life as an official club on campus by going to the Student Government Association.

According to Michael Burnett, Associate Dean of campus life, new NYIT clubs can be formed through student interests. In order to make a club official, a student will need to gather ten students and a faculty advisor together and go to SGA, the Student Government Association, or Dean Burnett to start up their club. Once this happens, they will be given a club packet to be filled out and be assigned an official room for their club. The ten students will also be given permission to post up flyers in order to gather potential new members at an interest meeting. Clubs can be made at any time, so you could go to Dean Burnett or SGA right away once you gather enough students and a faculty advisor.

Currently there are 27 to 30 active clubs at NYIT. However, this number can fluctuate depending on the circumstances of each year. “What happens is that students who run the club graduate or the students of the club lose interest. If that happens, the club becomes inactive,” says Dean Burnett. At the end of each semester, every club will go into an inactive state. While clubs become inactive at the end of the semester, they can just as easily become active again. The club leaders just need to go to a SGA House of Representatives meeting to make the club active again. Leaders will also need to attend club fairs and open houses so they can find new members to join their club. “The SGA House of Representatives meeting allows clubs to see each other and if two clubs are doing similar things, they could turn into one club.”

Clubs have a few advantages available to them. For starters, a club can go to Dean Burnett and SGA to change the location of their official room more or less space is. While rooms are usually seen at the academic quad, clubs are permitted to use whatever room they want that is available for use. This means students could have their official room at Education Hall or a public area such as the backfields. For example, if there is a photography club on campus, the students could decide to meet outside on a backfield that has appealing scenery surrounding it to get better pictures. If students of a club are all architecture majors and they don’t want to travel to the academic quad, they could change their room to an Education Hall room to save themselves a trip and give themselves more time for their club.

Another advantage that NYIT clubs have is they can host their own events as long as it is on the NYIT campus. If a music club wanted to have a karaoke event on campus, they could host one. If the Game Club wanted to invite students to a tournament event, they could have one. NYIT clubs have many advantages available to them. “If clubs have any changes they want to make, they can come to me or SGA to discuss them,” says Dean Burnett.

While SGA can be very helpful, Charles McMorran, who is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, says there is a couple things he believes could be improved. McMorran runs the Game Club at NYIT and is currently trying to get a budget for his club. “We gave in our club packet with the request for a budget at the start of the semester, but we are still waiting for approval from SGA,” says McMorran. McMorran feels SGA should try to respond faster to the requests of club students.

Another improvement that McMorran feels would help new NYIT clubs is enhancing the club packet new clubs receive when becoming active. “The club packet has a lot and it is very helpful, but it doesn’t have everything,” says McMorran. According to McMorran, there are some SGA rules that are not included in the packet. The SGA rules that are not included in the club packet are difficult to work with in the beginning, but they become easier as you get a feel for them. Enhancing the club packet to include the other rules is not necessary, but McMorran believes it could be helpful to NYIT clubs that are not familiar with the SGA rules outside the club packet.

While there are a couple changes that could make the approval process easier for NYIT clubs, there are still many advantages that are available to club students through the SGA. If you have an idea for a club, you can go to either Dean Burnett or the SGA to make it official. Students already in a club can do things such as change their official room or have an event on campus. If you need something to do during free hour, start an NYIT club and have some fun. If you are already part of a club, go to SGA or Dean Burnett to see if you can make it better. SGA and Dean Burnett are more than happy to help students with any problems they may have regarding their clubs. You can find Dean Burnett’s office in the food services building.

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