If students are interested in starting an organization at Wesleyan, Michael Chaney, coordinator of student activities and volunteerism, has got the answers.

Wesleyan has [how many] organizations currently that range in interest from religion to social, academic to greek, and a lot in between. However, students may not find an organization that fits their exact interest. This instance is where starting a new organization could help unite a group of people with like interests.

Chaney said the first step to starting an organization is to pick up a new organization packet in the Student Services office in the Sid Richardson building.

The packet includes slots for the minimum of six interested members who are willing to join and sign the chartering pledge sheet. Chaney said the form is for the members to say they are genuinely interested in the organization.
The next step is to write the constitution and by-laws with certain clauses that need to be included, which are explained in the packet. A faculty/staff adviser must also be enlisted to oversee the student organization.

Chaney said once the paperwork has been turned in he gets the organization prospect to Student Government Association within about a week, and the process goes from there. Chaney said the SGA president puts the organization proposal on the agenda for the next scheduled meeting, so it can be approved.

“Once you have all of those pieces of the puzzle put together, you turn the packet in to myself and I hand it over to SGA president,” Chaney said.  “The organization must have one to two members present at the SGA meeting so that the organization can be recognized by student government.”

Chaney said once the organization has been recognized, he gets the dean’s signature, and the organization becomes officially recognized.

The length of the process is entirely up to the members of the organization, Chaney said. It depends on how long it takes to turn in paperwork and get the six interest members.

Ashley Sivley, sophomore religion major and member of Alpha Tau Kappa, said ATK became official this past fall.
“It was really difficult, definitely harder than we thought it would be,” Sivley said. “We never expected to have to fight so hard for everything. But it was more than worth it. It made everyone come together, and we all became so close through it.”

Currently I Am Second, a global sector, has been in the process of becoming an organization at Wesleyan.

JoAnna Duncan, junior education major, said I Am Second started about three years ago as a religious organization. The organizer only planned on the organization being a Fort Worth organization, but it has gone global.

“The reason why the organization is so popular is because the material that they give you online to go through is really well thought out and planned,” Duncan said. “They give you a Bible passage each week, and your group will go over and read it, and there are six questions that you have to answer.”

The purpose of the Bible passage essentially is to see what goals members are going to set for themselves according to the passage. Each member checks in with each other throughout the week to see how everyone is doing with the goals, Duncan said.
“When I first got the packet and they told me everything I needed to do, it was a little bit overwhelming,” Duncan said. “Just because you have to write a constitution and by laws, just all of this politicial stuff that I’m just not good at.”

Duncan said Chaney and Chris Windsor, assistant dean of students, were a big help with getting I Am Second on board.
Duncan said when she went to present the organization to SGA she was really nervous, but she started to settle when she was welcomed by Bradden Van Noy, SGA president.

After the presentation, votes were made, and I Am Second was unanimously voted in as an organization at Texas Wesleyan.
“Through the discussions we [I am Second members] have, it builds amazing friendships,” Duncan said. “Even before we got approved, we had 11 members, so now that we have been approved, we hope to get the advertising and get more members.”

Rolandra West; rdwest@txwes.edu