Two new clubs on campus are now eligible for funding from the Student Federation. At their Oct. 17 meeting, the federation granted initial club status to the real estate club and the applied mathematics club.
Club president Sam Ziolkowski presented the real estate club’s proposal.
“Our mission is to provide exposure to commercial real estate on campus,” Ziolkowski said. “I think it’s an underserved industry, and quite frankly I’ve never seen anyone working in the industry other than myself and I want more students to get into it.”
The club has 12 potential members but has been waiting for approval before meeting in any official capacity.
David Ambuul presented the applied mathematics club’s proposal. The club has been active since 2017 using funding from the math department to operate. They applied for federation recognition in order to have more outreach and receive more funding.
The applied mathematics club’s main focus is computer programming and coding, and students from all disciplinary backgrounds come to meetings to work on problems and compete in competitions. They have also brought in several speakers.
“The coolest thing about these presentations is how excited the speakers are to talk to us,” Ambuul said. “They’re super interested and they want to come; some of them will even pay for their own flight out. There’s a lot of interest both on the student end and on the people who are coming to present.”
Meetings typically draw around 15 to 20 students, but presentations can draw many more if the speaker is from a recognized background such as NASA or Apple.
Neither of these new clubs have requested any funding at this point.
According to club oversight chair Brandt Siegfried, initial status give clubs a chance to prove they are active and beneficial to the student body before granting full privileges.
“We do this so that clubs led by a spur of passion or a single individual don’t get full status and then become inactive,” Siegfried said. “Initial status ensures that students put forth their best effort so that we have high quality student activities.”