Student Organizations: Resources and Tools

Resources for Students

Program Checklist

This form is meant to suppliment your event planing experience.

Event Budget Tool

This worksheet helps student organizations plan for some of the financial obligations which accompany large events. Events may have additional costs which are not covered by this tool, but this worksheet is a good starting point for organizations that are planning large activities.

Annual Budget Tool

This worksheet helps student organizations prepare annual budgets. Organizations may encounter additional expenses and income which are not included in this tool. This worksheet, however, does give students the opportunity to consider some of the factors which affect the finances of their respective organizations.

RSO Email Account

This worksheet helps student organizations create an ______@unl.edu email address. Follow these step by step instructions and you're on your way!

SOAR Sheets

SOAR Sheetsprovide useful tips and tricks that you can use with your organization.

RSO Project Submission Form

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is expanding and so is Student Involvement! Our Information Strategies Design Lab is now open to all RSO’s. Information Strategies has an experienced design and marketing staff to help your RSO get recognized campus wide. Information Strategies staff can help with all your marketing and publicity/design needs. Design set-up fee is $20.00 plus tax (this includes ANY services as long as it is the same design). Information Strategies is not responsible for printing the project, RSO’s can use any printing services they want. If you have any questions please contact Mike Jackson at (402) 472-8155. Click here to fill out the submission form.

RSO Newsletter Submissions

RSO Newsletter is the new bi-monthly e-newsletter for all UNL students, replacing the older email version. RSOs, departments, Greek chapters, and clubs can give a "shout out" about events and activities or kudos for award/scholarship winners.

To submit a news item that's appropriate for delivery to the student audience: 1) use the link to log in to the UNL announcement newsroom at http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/ (When logging in, use your blackboard username and password), 2) follow the instructions to enter in the news item’s information, 3) choose RSO Newsletter in the drop down box “Please consider for...” and 4) click the submit button. 

You can also add your story to additional newsletters like Next@Nebraska by clicking the “Add another newsroom for submission” sign. The RSO Newsletter will be sent out on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please submit your news item at least 2-3 days beforehand. 

If you would like to view past/archived newsletters, please click "here"

Student Absence Form

Occasionally a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) will have activities that conflict with academic class requirements. When this occurs, students may wish to have an excused absence from his or her faculty or staff member. Students should notify their faculty or staff member as soon as possible prior to their absence. Please note that faculty or staff members may or may not grant the excused request, as it is at the personal discretion of each faculty or staff member.

This form is strictly optional, however highly recommended for student organization members and their advisors. It is provided only as a means of assisting faculty and students in keeping records of agreements made if a student needs to miss scheduled classes. This form must be accompanied by a letter from the student organizations primary advisor who is a UNL faculty or staff member.

RSO Fund Request

When your Recognized Student Organization (RSO) plans an event or wants to attend a conference, but needs additional funding, there are on campus funding sources available. Various departments or groups on campus set aside money to support RSO activities. These monies are a part of the following funds:

  • Council of Student Affairs Directors (CSAD) Diversity Conference Attendance Fund
  • Council of Student Affairs Directors (CSAD) Diversity Program Fund
  • Pepsi Diversity Program Fund
  • Pepsi Student Events Fund
  • University Program Council (UPC) Fund Allocation Committee

In addition, individual colleges and academic departments may have funds available for RSOs.

If you need help at any time, please stop by Student Involvement's city office (200 Nebraska Union) to speak with one of our SOAR staff members. There may be additional forms that you will need to secure for liability insurance, travel insurance, contracts, co-sponsorships, etc. depending on your event. The staff will inform you if and when you will need these documents.

The application process, guidelines, deadlines and requirements may be slightly different for each fund. The forms, guidelines and deadlines can all be found online. In order to find out which fund best suits your RSO’s needs, read more about each of them at the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs web site and the University Program Council web site. Additionally, you may want to learn more about requesting funds from colleges and academic departments.

RSO Fund Request Forms


Contact Information

Consultation Desk
(402) 472-6797
involved@unl.edu 
200 Nebraska Union



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