Most Outstanding VSA of the Year: University of Florida VSO
What are the purpose and goal(s) of the VSA, and how has the VSA met or exceeded those goals?
The overall goal of VSO was to create stronger bonds with VSAs in the Southeast region and with our members. For the first time, VSO officially attended the South East Leadership Camp, which then inspired the officers to work hard to build a “home away from home” for our members with innovative big/little events, board bonding, and cultural shows.
Address how the VSA was outstanding in the following areas: recruitment, marketing, outreach to campus community, use of resources (financial, etc.), officer training and event planning.
A large part of VSO is our Anh Chi Em (ACE) big/little program. It’s very important towards recruitment, retention, and family. This year, VSO created big/little events that were active, rather than just to get food. Our most successful ACE events was the Bigs vs. Littles Field Day. Members bonded with other members, as well as their bigs/littles.
How did the group work to establish responsibility and accountability among its members?
When working with members in committees or dance routines, VSO had a trust system, because trust is a large part of a functional family. The members know if they did not do their end of the work (participate in committee meetings/show up to practice) without a valid excuse, that they would be cut from the dance or not be part of the next committee
How did the VSA work together to maximize strengths and overcome weaknesses?
VSO’s strength came from the great family board dynamic. This dynamic was carried to and shared with members, thus increasing member retention and increasing involvement with dance, committees, and general events. VSO’s weakness was outside obligations such as school and work. With the Officer Conference, officers were able to find a balance.
Provide specific examples of how the student group demonstrated growth and development in the 2016-2017 academic year,
Despite the increasing outside obligations (Greek life/school/work), the officers learned to balance their lives, slowly at first. The board consisted of mostly sophomores, freshly out of the “I’m free” freshman stage. These officers have showed great maturation over the school year, always stepping up and taking responsibility for their actions.