TSU Governing Board interviews in progress

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Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union is a place on campus where people can eat, make travel plans, bowl, play billiards and do a variety of other activities. The facility is run by the TSU Governing Board, which is almost a secret society, mainly for the reason that many on campus don’t even know the board exists.

The TSU Board, which is student governed, is part of Associated Students, Inc. The Board is in charge of study lounges, ATMs, STA Travel, Rec. Sports and more, said Andrea Wagner, its director of public relations.

The board was recently seeking prospective members. But put away the pens, it’s too late to apply this club.

The recruitment process for new members ended April 15, so that members could interview prospective candidates in time for the start of the next term, beginning June 1.

Positions open are for two two-year members, three one-year members, two one-year member alternates and one member to serve on the project’s committee.

The benefits are plenty when involved with the Board. They include having a voice on TSU issues and improvements to the building, not to mention a resume laden with school involvement.

“Many students use the Governing Board as a stepping stone to get involved in ASI,” Wagner said.

No experience is necessary to be considered for the Board, but being involved around campus does help. All members of the Board must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 per semester while in office, Wagner said.

First-hand knowledge of sitting on the Board is helpful when deciding if the job is right for prospective members. Members, Philip Vasquez and Holly Stone, said they learned a lot from their time spent on the Board.

“Leadership skills and budget analysis is a great experience from being on the Board,” said Philip Vasquez, ASI President and Board member. “People also get a keen eye for policy when on the Board.”

The Board’s chair, Holly Stone, said she uses her influence for the betterment of the students.

“I want to put the Student Advocacy $108 fee to good use,” she said, mentioning that these fees paid for an information both in a campus parking lot.

Vasquez said, there are many improvements that have helped change the TSU for the better,

“Every year, we provide a capital and equipment budget, providing the necessary items to maintain excellence in the union,” he said. “We are particularly proud of the Student Rec. Center project that we are currently designing. This will finish in the next four years and will be a state of the art facility that will service students and their athletic and recreation needs.”

The new Board members are slated to be announced at the next Board meeting that is scheduled for May 18..

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