The voting members of the SOS Commission are composed of the student SOS Director and up to eleven board members (up to six student senators and up to five non-senators). SOS interns are not considered as voting board members. All voting members of the commission must be currently enrolled as students at the UW-Eau Claire with a minimum of six credits and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. To be considered for appointment to the SOS Commission, you must apply at the start of each new Student Senate session (the start of each fiscal year).
Current commission members must also reapply at this time to be reappointed to the board. Members of the commission are recommended by the SOS Director to the Student Body President for appointment to the commission.
What do Board Members Do?
SOS board members are expected to:
- Understand the policies that guide the allocation of the Green Fund
- Adhere to the policy of viewpoint neutrality, as described the SOS Bylaws (4.02)
- Comprehend the budgetary process
- Complete all duties assigned by the SOS Director in a timely, thoughtful, and thorough manner
Board members attend all weekly SOS Board meetings in order to discuss and vote on Green Fund allocations as well as other SOS legislation. Board members may become more involved with SOS programs, projects, and events and may even take on larger leadership roles if they express avid interest.
The SOS student leadership consists of one student director and three student interns who work closely with one faculty advisor. There are 12 voting members of the Commission as well as active non-voting members. All members collaborate on an internal level through Task Forces that focus on waste, water, energy, transportation, community & Housing & Residence Life.
The SOS Director maintains general oversight of the Commission, manages the Green Fund budget, and heads the weekly SOS Board meetings. Interns likewise take on various responsibilities as the Strategic Planning, Events & Marketing, and Management Interns. The SOS Eco-Reps are students tasked with specific roles in maintaining new or ongoing projects and programs run by the SOS. Lastly, Commission Members are required to attend all weekly meetings in order to discuss and vote on Green Fund allocations and various other activities. All of these positions provide excellent leadership and professional development opportunities for students interested in campus sustainability!
Because the SOS functions through a collaborative model, we encourage the involvement of outside students and other student organizations. Anyone is welcome to attend our weekly SOS Board meetings to find out more. Look on the SOS Homepage for a list of meeting times and locations for the current fiscal year.
Check out the additional resource links below to learn more about the various student positions within the SOS!