Hours Week 06 (9/30-10/6)

On Tuesday, I met with the Marketing team to discuss the way we wanted the pictures to look for the “Day With Me Vlog.” We talked for an about what we wanted to do, but we knew that we wanted to utilize orange and make the images black and white. I was put in charge to edit the pictures.

On Friday, I worked on eight pictures, and it took me four hours to do. Each photo took 30 minutes to edit. I edited the pictures to black and white, and then I made a certain article of clothing stand out as orange.

On Saturday, I worked on eight more pictures and used Adobe Photoshop again to edit the pictures to black and white with an article of clothing standing out a certain color.

The pictures I worked on were of Secretary Ryan and Lucky. This week, I will be working on Vice President Nani’s pictures for the “Day With Me” Vlog.

There was no executive board meeting, but there will be a general meeting today for BSU. Also, I will be working on getting new members registered to BSU this week.

Here are some of the photos that I edited Friday and Saturday:

Hours Week 05 (9/23-9/29)

On Sunday, September 29, I attended the Black Student Union’s Executive Board meeting. The meeting started at 5:00 p.m., and it ended at 7:25 p.m.

External Communication
President Brandon explained that he deals with faculty and staff at Point Park University that need to talk about BSU, while Vice President Nami handles organizations and students that are interested in collaborating with BSU.

Multicultural Space
Brandon, Nami and Stephen will meet with the Dean about the space in the student center. This has been a three year process. It will be considered  resource on campus, and a work space/lounge for students. It will be a university space/sponsored. Brandon discussed staffing, and it being a potential work study position under Vanessa. It would be a place that BSU would self lead. The board asked what happens after BSU lays the foundation/groundwork, and other organizations want to join.

Membership Outreach
How many members, events, amount of people attending/coming to events and meetings
Goal: 100 people. Membership Registration forms were passed out by Brandon.
Certain amount of money will be allocated to reach certain memberships.

First General Board Meeting (ideas/itinerary)
Meeting will be October 7th
Welcome People
Introduction of Board
4 Corners Activity
Ambassadors Program
Upcoming Event
Monthly Newsletter

Approval of October Events
Bonfire Thursday, Oct. 17, 7-9
Co-chair: Lucky, Nami, Michael
BSU Meeting, Oct. 7
2K Tournament/Watch Party, Oct. 24, 7-10:30
Co-chair: Divine, Ari
Tabling Efforts
Pop-Up Shop
Stephen still needs to connect with the Point Closet
Will be updated next week

This week, I was tasked with editing the pictures for the “Day with Me” Vlog, as well as creating and editing the newsletter before Oct. 7.

Hours Week 04 (9/16-9/22)

On Tuesday, September 17, I helped promote and participated in the Make a Friend, Meet a Friend event. It started at 8:15, but I arrived early at 8:00 to help set everything up. Girls would sit on one side, while boys sat on another. You would have three minutes to talk with your person, and after the three minutes were up, you would rotate to the next person. I participated in the event as well because not enough guys were participating in it. In addition, I talked to different people about BSU and how their plans for the fall semester. The event ended at 9:30, but I helped clean-up till 10:00.

On Sunday, September 22, I attended the Black Student Union’s Executive Board meeting. The meeting started at 5:00 p.m., and it ended at 6:50 p.m.

The Agenda for the Executive Board Meeting included:

  1. Welcoming the new members of the board
  2. Understanding Roles
  3. Event Planning Process
  4. Sail Online Training
  5. Executive Board Bonding
  6. Event ideas
  7. “A Day With Me” Review
  8. October event update
  9. Team updates

The president discussed the BSU page and how you needed to complete certain forms if you wanted have an event. Once you have all the forms completed, you would have to go to Stephen, the Events Coordinator of BSU with your event idea, and he would ultimately decide if it was worthy to bring up to the board. Then, the board would make a decision if they wanted to have the event or not.

Also, Nami Talbot, vice president of BSU, pointed out to the Marketing team that if there were any organizations that wanted to partner with BSU for an event, the Marketing team would have to send the organizations information to her, and she would decide if it was worthy to bring to the board.

Board members came up with event ideas to have in October. Talbot explained that she wanted an open informational event toward the 2020 election. She believes it’s important for students to be informed, and this event would take place on October 15.

Ryan, the secretary of BSU, said that the BSU male members want to have a basketball tournament. However, Stephen pointed out that it wouldn’t work because the data showed that the amount of attendance for an event like that would be low, and it would be better to have a 2K tournament like they did last year and a watch party on October 25, the start of the NBA season.

Stephen talked about having a pop-up shop for the weekend of October 30th. It would be geared towards people that need last-minute costumes for a Halloween party. In addition, the Board discussed potentially partnering with Point Closet for costumes.

The president brought up that the general meeting would take place on Monday, October 7.

“A Day With Me Vlog” was presented by me and the Marketing team. This is something that will happen in the month of October, early November. Members of the board will have a vlog of something interesting that they do on a typical day, and it’s a way for students to bond with BSU members. We would post vlogs on Friday on Instagram and Facebook. Divine and Michael, the Marketing team, developed a sign up sheet and dates for members. We would have promotion pictures for them and edit their videos before Friday. I would be responsible for the pictures, also editing their pictures and videos in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere.

The board talked about important dates on the calendars, and we had our team update. We all discussed what our plans were for the organization and what we had planned for our next board meeting.

The meeting ends at 6:50 p.m.

Hours Week 03 (9/9-9/15)

On Sunday, September 15, I attended the Black Student Union’s Executive Board meeting. The meeting started at 5:00 p.m., and it ended at 7:25 p.m.

The first thing that was discussed at the meeting was the block party hosted and sponsored by BSU. It was on Saturday, September 14, and the executive board discussed the positives and negatives of the event. The board discussed about promoting the event sooner, having more volunteers, more interaction, staffing, necessary rotations and being stationed at one area. The positives of the event included having black-owned entertainment, the theme (African Caribbean) fitting well, necessary research and having other organizations involved.

Then, we discussed the event “Make a Friend, Meet a Friend” that will be taking place on Tuesday from 8:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m. I was tasked to promote the event through email and social media and help coordinate the event on Tuesday as well.

The president, Brandon Rodgers, talked about expectation and accountability with the executive board.

The president transitioned and talked about the Ambassador Program with the board and just how it’s gonna run.

Also, the board talked about LatinX, an organization looking to partner with BSU for an event. Unfortunately, LatinX’s president couldn’t meet with the board that day and needed to be postponed, however LatinX wants to have a Karaoke night and wants to partner with BSU because they do so well with karaoke nights.

The board transitioned and talked about other October events like Movie Night Pajama Night and the Haunted House. For the Haunted House, the board explained the necessity to market this event as well as have a looping shuttle for students. For Movie Night, it will be October 18, and the board was trying to determine the right location of the event. The locations include the JVH, WP Screening and Lawrence Hall 200. The president and I pointed out that it was important to determine how many people are coming and how much are we trying to market this event. Are we just trying to bring in 20 people for the event or more than that? The president ended up saying that we would discuss it more in detail at the next meeting.

After that, the board interviewed three candidates that were interested in the positions available on the board. It was important to see if they would fit BSU and help brand the organization.

Once the interviews were over, the meeting was adjourned and ended at 7:25 p.m.