News from the Bush School

First PSO Meeting Held

September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

The Bush School’s Public Service Organization (PSO) held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 8th, at which several opportunities for students to volunteer in the Bryan-College Station area were highlighted. During the meeting, PSO Executive Chair Emily Gesing and Vice Chair Maritza Valdez layed out an agenda that included continued participation in rewarding annual events as well as streamlined processes for elections and the creation of new committees.

Returning signature PSO programs include the Bonham Readers program, where Bush School students spend time reading to children at Bonham Elementary once per week, and the Bush Library Docent program, where Bush School students assist with tours at the Bush Presidential Library.

PSO will continue participating in events this fall, such as the university-wide Replant event as well as the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley annual Fall Fest. One new event for the year is the Dress for Success Clothing Drive, where students, faculty, and staff can donate business attire to disadvantaged individuals who are seeking employment or have recently been hired.

The Executive Board worked to streamline the process for electing officers to the organization by including PSO positions on the Student Government Association’s (SGA) ballot, which is tentatively scheduled for a vote on September 22nd. The Executive Board looks forward to a more efficient process that will encourage greater participation.

The creation of new committees will give students a forum to find out about more public service opportunities, exchange ideas with students that have similar interests, and have an arena from which new events can be established.

PSO Executive Chair Emily Gesing said, “One of our major goals for the year is to increase participation and buy-in from students.  By continuing previously successful events and creating new ways for students to choose which other events PSO pursues, we hope to see more ownership and interest from our peers.  We’re extremely excited about student response thus far.”