Being a member of the Executive Board is a very serious and important position. Wow As such, there are several resources available to help you. Slivka’s Constitution is the most official of these, but the Executive Officer Guidebook is another helpful resource.
The President serves as the leader of the executive board and also as the leader of Slivka in general. This means running both exec board meetings and house meetings, as well as generally being involved with most of the things Slivka does. In this way, the President also helps to serve as the face of the dorm. This is extended through the President’s involvement on the Residential College Board, which includes attending RCB meetings with the other 10 RC Presidents and representing Slivka there.
The Vice President oversees the Committees of Slivka, collects and maintains records of housing points, coordinates the non-resident membership system, communicates with the University regarding matters concerning non-residents and prospective students, and is second in the line of command should anything happen to the President.
The Treasurer’s primary role is to oversee the budgets of Slivka’s various committees and of the College as a whole. The Treasurer is responsible for disbursing all College funds through the appropriate channels, documenting the College’s debits and credits, and balancing the College’s accounts on a quarterly basis. Additionally, the Treasurer is often called upon to help draw up contracts for services to the College. The Treasurer’s job is a demanding one, requiring careful balance between the needs of Slivkans and the University’s rules and regulations.
The Academic Committee plans a variety of firesides, ranging from science and engineering to philosophy and art to karate an dance; these are lead most of the time by student groups or professors, but some individual Slivkans have also hosted them. Recently, we have also tried to host more inter-RC firesides, through which students from various RC’s can get to know each other. In addition to the firesides, we organize fun and educational trips (e.g. to museums).
The Faculty Committee plans fun events that encourage Slivka residents to interact with Fellows. These events include Prof-2-Peer lunches, the Student Faculty Reception, Saturday brunches and small off-campus dinners with the faculty. The Fellow-Liaison program is also implemented every quarter, where Slivkans have the opportunity to meet and form lasting friendships with the Fellows.
The Social Committee is responsible for planning various types of activities for Slivkans to participate in. These activities range from board game nights to BBQs to karaoke to munchies. We also team up with the Treasurer to plan a Slivka formal where Slivkans gather at a formal setting for a nice meal and dancing. Our main goal is to get Slivkans together to have a good time.
The Philanthropy Committee organizes and plans philanthropic events for Slivkans. Though most events focus on fundraising for NU’s Dance Marathon and The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Slivkans have the opportunity to participate in weekly volunteering trips that range from tutoring children to visiting animal shelters. Our most popular event is the Bachelor Auction, which takes place each winter quarter and gives students a chance to share their talents and raise money for Project Kindle.
The director of Facilities has the responsibility of overseeing all the equipment inside of Slivka. This includes the recreation equipment and the TV in the rec lounge, the music room, the first floor kitchen, as well as the discovery room. Take a look at the DR inventory to find out what Slivka has in the DR. Many of these things are available for public use, so come find me if you want access. In addition, I make sure that the other Exec members have access to these supplies and my committee helps set up and clean up after events. The most important part of the job, however, is that as a voting member of the Executive Board, I have the responsibility to make sure that the best interests of Slivka are upheld.
The IT committee is both fun and business. We host gaming tournaments, LAN parties, and technology firesides. In the past we’ve done things such as a Super Smash Brothers tournament, a Quake 3 gaming event, and a fireside on how to save money online. We also maintain the technology around Slivka, such as the printers and the computers. In addition, we also oversee management of Slivka’s several listservs and the website.
The Slivka Historian is responsible for maintaining records, minutes of executive committee and house meetings, photographing events, and publishing a weekly schedule of events (often as a hilarious two page periodical). As with all other members of the executive committee, the Historian is a representative of Slivka and a role model for the residents therein.