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RSO Officer Orientation Session Monday, December 15th, 2008

If you currently do not have Signature Responsibility (SR) and wish to, you may
attend an upcoming RSO Officer Orientation. SR lasts for a year, so if you
attend the December session you will not have to attend this upcoming February

This training will provide you with the basic info that you need
to successfully manage your RSO. In addition, there will be special break out
sessions where you can learn more about fundraising, running effective and
efficient meetings, and planning dynamic events.

RSOOO will be on Monday, December 15th.
is between 6pm and 7pm.
Training will run approximately 2 and a half hours.

Please sign up in advance at . Each
individual officer attending must fill out a separate registration form on-line.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (413)545-3600 or

Student Employment Opportunity

The Center for Student Development is hiring student Event Consultants for Spring 2009. For those interested, please visit There is a detailed job description provided on the website, along with an electronic application. The application due date is Friday, November 28, 2008. Please contact Kathryn at with any questions.

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

New RSO Advisor assignments

We’ve had some staff changes and that means some RSOs are getting a new advisor. Shaun Jamieson has moved on to a new position in another area (we wish him well) and Sara Littlecrow-Russell has joined the advising staff. We’ve shuffled the advisor assignments a bit as well so make sure to check the list to see if your group has a new advisor.


We’re excited to welcome you back to campus with a whole week of activities. Highlights include:

Activities Expo on Wednesday from 4 – 7 pm on the library promenade

Green BBQ on Monday from 4 – 7 pm on the library lawn

Student Union Shutdown on Friday from 8 pm – 12 am in the Student Union

Comedy night featuring Charlie Murphy and Bill Burr on Saturday at 7 pm and 10 pm in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Check out the rest of the schedule at

New Event Planning Procedures

We want to make the planning for RSO events smoother so we ‘ve added a new step to the event planning process.

To register your event you will meet with your CSD advisor to discuss the feasibility of your plans. Together you and your advisor will review the goals of the event, create a preliminary budget and discuss timelines. After doing this, the rest of the planning should be a lot easier.

You won’t meet with Melinda, our Scheduling Coordinator, until after this “pre-event advisor meeting.” So make an appointment with your advisor as soon as you start thinking about planning an event and follow it with an appointment with Melinda.

We also want to help your treasurers stay informed, so the treasurer must attend the pre-event advising meeting, as well as the event coordinator.

Sometimes change is good.

Photo by David Reece

RSO Officer Orientation

This fall we have hired Tracy Knofla from High Impact Training to give you the best possible leadership training.

After Tracy builds your excitement about your role as an RSO leader you will be able to choose from a number of break out sessions to learn more about your specific responsibilities. The training will close with the traditional signature responsibility training for those who need it.

The dates are September 15, 16 & 17, from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm in the basement of the Campus Center. Choose one date and sign up on our website.

These are the only dates we are offering this fall, so don’t miss them. If you do you’ll have to wait until spring to activate.