Student Organization of the Month
Golden Key International Honor Society
The Golden Key International Honor Society encourages growth in academics, leadership and community service. In October the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the organization worked in numerous events to enhance campus life and the group's role on campus, and to connect with the Eau Claire community.
Golden Key put in more than 100 hours over the summer to develop the Color'em Blugold Run, a two-mile color walk/run that took place Friday, October 11, as a kickstart to Homecoming Weekend. Creating the event involved working thorough the City of Eau Claire for a permit, involving multiple campus departments, and holding a volunteer meeting beforehand to prepare participants and ensure the success of the event. Proceeds are supporting the efforts of the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Active Minds, a mental health organization that uses the student voice to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. More than 120 runners participated in the Color'em Blugold Run and a number of local companies donated to the raffle.
Golden Key also worked with Career Services since the summer as cosponsors of the Graduate and Professional School Fair on October 22. Graduate programs were invited from all over the Midwest, and more than 20 schools sent representatives. The event took place in Davies Center and was open to all students. Many students took advantage of having the representatives visit campus, and Golden Key assisted students and school reps throughout the day.
The group also volunteered at the Community Table on Make a Difference Day, serving those with lower incomes with a healthy, wonderful meal.
Planning was under way during October for a new member informational dinner, a new event at which prospective members can learn what Golden Key is about, and a new member recognition event on December 8. In the coming months the organization plans to gain an active membership, fundraise in collaboration with other student organizations, and rebrand Golden Key as an organization that does more than boost a resume — it boosts personal growth, makes leaders and makes lasting connections.
As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity. The UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society was formed in 1998 and is advised by Paula Stuettgen and Blake Westerlund.
National Residence Hall Honorary
National Residence Hall Honorary seeks to recognize and honor students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus within the residence halls. Established in 1977, the James C. Martin Chapter of NRHH is centered around the four pillars of leadership, scholarship, service and recognition. Each pillar was improved upon in the month of September.
- Leadership: Hosted the annual Fall Leadership Retreat, bringing about 55 residence hall students to Camp Nawakwa for a weekend of personal development and community building. With six programming sessions, interactive networking experiences and a keynote address by student programs coordinator Maigan Wipfli, attendees left the confernce feeling refreshed for the new school year and motivated to start new projects.
- Scholarship: Held two Tools of the Trade events (Outlook, Mint.com) designed to educate new students about some lesser-known resources available to them. A "word of the week" was started for general chapter meetings, and the group voted to increase its four available scholarships (two for members and two for non-members) by $50.
- Recognition: Dozens of members and non-members were recognized with certificates (100 Grands and WoWs). NRHH sponsored Central Housing Staff Appreciation Week to express gratitude for the extra work, especially around move-in time. A new Member of the Week initiative was also begun.
- Service: Chapter members facilitated Friday afternoon bingo at a local nursing home, where many have already formed bonds with residents. Extensive planning was begun for October events including Run for Your Life (a zombie-themed 5K), a campus cleanup, and working with the Global Soap Project.
Executive Board members teamed up to host the group's first overnight Member Retreat, spending a weekend at Three Bears Resort in Warrens, Wis. The retreat refreshed attendees and helped them come up with individual and organizational goals. A new Socials Chair position was created to develop similar social activities for chapter members throughout the year.
NRHH hopes to increase outreach through a new YouTube series called Diamond Talks. Based on the popular TED Talks series, the videos will feature students and instructors talking about topics that relate in some way to leadership. Other goals include increasing attendance at meetings and refining the application process.
The UW-Eau Claire chapter of NRHH is advised by Quincy Chapman, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life.
Recognized student organizations at UW-Eau Claire are invited to submit applications for the Student Organization of the Month Award. Applications are due the 10th of each month following the month of activities — which may include special events, community service projects, fundraising drives, and membership recruitment events. As well as being recognized on the Davies Center digital signage system and the Student Organizations website, each organization winning the Student Organization of the Month Award receives $150 to use at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, the award’s community partner. Organizations may apply for the award online.
The Student Organizations and Leadership Center in Davies Center provides services and a home base for the more than 250 campus organizations at UW-Eau Claire. The Student Organization of the Month Award is sponsored by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and the Organizations Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.