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Founding a New Student Organization

Josh Vickerson on Friday, 08 February 2013. Posted in Clubs, Computing, Majors & Minors, Student Life

There are plenty of student groups in the Golisano College. We've got the Society of Software Engineers (SSE), the Computer Science Community (CSC), and the Security Practices and Research Student Association (SPARSA). While the groups primarily are for students in those majors (Software Engineering, Computer Science and Information Security, respectively), they all welcome other computing and non-computing students as well.

Long before I became a Tiger, IT had its own student organization called ITSO (the Information Technology Student Organization... I think). There has been renewed interest in forming an IT student group. The idea was brought up on the IT Facebook page by one of the academic advisors, Matt Lake (who, by the way, is one of the coolest guys on campus).

On the 14th, I attended a meeting where other interested IT students and I discussed the potential format of meetings, topics we'd cover, what we would do that isn't really offered by the other groups in the college. The meeting was mildly productive, but starting from nothing isn't easy. It's the first step in what is ultimately a long process. It will be a while before this group would have the same presence as the SSE.

The real goal is to help bring more IT students together. IT is incredibly broad (and I would really reccomend it to students who want to study computers but aren't entirely certain what they want to do with them). Due to the need to choose a concentration, 4th year IT students can have vastly different skill sets from each other. A student organization may help bridge that gap, help us all learn a bit more and have a whole lot of fun.

The group has yet to decide on a name, and unfortunately I had to bail early to go to work so I missed the entire discussion on names. But the point is, this is a start. Personally, I hope this group really gets off the ground and I can contribute something. It's going to be a while, but when a bunch of dedicated RIT students get together, we tend to make things happen.