Activities Council partnership applications now open

Students pose at a Photo Booth at the Asian Student Association’s Lunar New Year on Feb. 3, an event sponsored by the Baylor Activities Council. Photo credit: Courtesy Photo

By Rachel Smith | Reporter

Baylor Activities Council is accepting applications for partnerships to provide student organizations with funding, support and event planning expertise.

Baylor Activities Council is a student organization that partners with other student organizations to put on campus events. Megan Harper, graduate apprentice for traditional programs in Student Activities, said Baylor Activities Council mostly works directly with student organizations to amplify their events.

“We are attached to Student Activities, so we have the funding and event expertise students are looking for,” Harper said.

The application is open to all officially chartered student organizations, Harper said.

“We are looking for entertainment-based, innovative and engaged student organizations to partner and collaborate with to put on exciting campus events,” Harper said.

Harper said there are no other requirements, other than motivation.

“We don’t have a size or type or anything like that,” Harper said. “We have organizations of all kinds that we work with.”

In the past, Baylor Activities Council has partnered with organizations to put on events such as Pi Beta Phi’s Howdy, Phi Gamma Delta’s Fright Night, the Asian Student Association’s Lunar New Year and the Indian Subcontinent Student Association’s Gateway to India. Harper said Baylor Activities Council has partnered with organizations since 2003.

“This has been the first year in a number of years we’ve opened it to all of campus,” Harper said. “Our goal is to really have a campus event that’s welcoming to all Baylor students.”

Applications are rolling through the end of the semester but will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the Baylor Activities Council online application form. Atlanta junior Lilla Dorvee, who serves as president of Baylor Activities Council, said the organization can help other groups starting new events.

“It’s kind of hard to start an event from scratch,” Dorvee said. “Having [Baylor Activities Council] there probably makes it 10 times easier to set out tables or chairs or even serving food. We’ve done that before, too.”

Dorvee said Baylor Activities Council pairs a programming coordinator group with each event to help with such elements as catering, facilities, contracts and marketing and to function as a liaison between the organization and Student Activities.

“We also give our support in our physical presence there at the event,” Dorvee said.

Harper said the Baylor Activities Council is looking to continue former partnerships while expanding to create new ones.

“I would say our goal in [Baylor Activities Council] is to work with student organizations to amplify their events, and when we feel like they have their own knowledge within their student organization, to go off on their own and bring in new student organizations,” Harper said.