Students at Colorado State University-Pueblo are not pleased with every single event that is held on campus, but the Office of Student Activities is working to offer the best activities they can within the budget.
“Sometimes we can’t please everyone with every event,” said Patty Witkowsky, director of Student Engagement and Leadership. “We have a large, diverse group with their own hopes for student activities on campus.”
Witkowski has an advisory board meeting each week with a diverse group of students who make decisions a year in advance for the venues on campus. She still has positions available for students to sit on the board.
“We look at YouTube clips, and catalogs of vendors. We take emails, student suggestions, and take surveys.” Witkowsky said. “Take a survey, win a gift card.”
The objectives of the organization are to provide students with opportunities that include connecting with campus, providing a sense of belonging and getting to know other students to widen their peer group.
One of the pitfalls for the organization is that budget limitations will not allow it to book a group that would play in a place like the Pepsi Center.
“We can’t afford them without charging the students $100 for tickets, and we wouldn’t want to do that,” Witkowsky said.
Witkowsky just proposed to the governing board for funding that money could be rolled over bi-annually so that the activities organization could have a larger pool of funds to draw a more popular performer.
“We really want to bring acts that would be what students want,” Witkowsky said.
In the past, CSU-Pueblo has hosted comedians, concerts, magic shows and speakers. The activities group announces these venues through social communications like Facebook, OrgSync, campus email, posters and fliers.
“As soon as we get an act booked, we get it up on those sites so that students are aware of them. We do welcome suggestions that are presented in an appropriate and professional manner,” Witkowsky said.