CMN Dean of Students Chris Cavazos says that the Executive Council of Students should feel free to advertise that a stipend is available to students who serve on the ECOS board.
ECOS members met with Cavazos at its regular meeting of March 26th to discuss a range of topics, including how to increase student participation in ECOS, which is charged with parcelling out funding for a host of student activities with a fund that comes out of registration fees.
Cavazos recommended that ECOS frame the advertisement appropriately, noting that a stipend, like a scholarship, could be used by students “to help pay for their education.”
ECOS is mandated by its constitution to meet with the Dean of Students, when its membership falls below five students.
Currently, the ECOS Board has three members, as it operates in an “emergency” mode: Alex Crossland, president, Imane Bahji, vice president, and Colin Stspleton, outreach officer.
The three board members are in line to earn a stipend of up to $1,000 dollars, for the fiscal year, through regular participation in ECOS meetings and activities.
Cavazos lauded the board for its efforts to improve remote learning at CNM, noting they had, among other things, raised student concerns with President Tracey Hartzler; met with the Faculty Senate; and fashioned a plan, in conjunction with Dean Phil Lister of the School of Math, Science, and Engineering to improve faculty/student interaction within science and math courses.
“ECOS has been very active,” said Cavazos. “You have been noticeably active, and we want to keep it going.”
ECOS members had been reluctant to emphasize the monetary aspects of board service over concern that students might join for the wrong reasons.
But board members were ready to proceed with an advertising program, after Dean Cavazos made his point that the stipends serve an educational purpose.