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LYCOMING COLLEGE Sept. 8, 2007 Williamsport, PA www.asgaonline.com Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Presented by Butch Oxendine Executive Director, ASGA.

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1 LYCOMING COLLEGE Sept. 8, 2007 Williamsport, PA Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Presented by Butch Oxendine Executive Director, ASGA

2 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Is There “Apathy” at Lyco? What does “apathy” mean to you?

3 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception The Lyco Facts Lycoming has 1,300 students (small total enrollment) You have nearly 70 clubs and organizations (large number for your size) Most colleges are THRILLED with 10% involvement (Lycoming has 22% involved just in leadership positions!) 27% are in fraternities/sororities 30% are in collegiate athletics 40% are in intramurals

4 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Apathy Facts & Questions There is no college on the planet with 100% student involvement What level of involvement would mean that you don’t have “apathy” at Lyco? How many students are REALLY involved in campus clubs and organizations, service, and faith groups?

5 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Apathy Busted Were there enough qualified candidates, even if they ran unopposed, in the last election to fill all the leadership positions? Voter turnout isn't the sole indicator of an election's success. Remember, your ultimate goal is to fill the openings with capable new leaders. Are students really ashamed to attend the school, or are they just not as pumped up with as much enthusiasm as you are? Even though students aren't always suited up in school colors, they still can be spirited. If you saw someone walking to class with her face painted shaking a pom pom, you'd think she's psycho, right? Lastly, do you even know how the so-called "uninvolved" students spend their time? Even if you were to conduct a survey, you'd likely leave out the students who contribute in little ways such as donating $1 to a club fund-raiser, writing a poem for the literary journal, serving as a stage-hand for a drama production, or even submitting a letter to the editor of the campus paper. These students may seem "apathetic" to you because they don't have a three-page resume of roles and responsibilities

6 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception REDUCE YOUR EXPECTATIONS! (& Make Them Realistic!) There’s Less “Apathy” at Lyco Than You May Think!

7 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception Cure “Apathy” Try these remedies designed to help you terminate apathy and motivate members The Symptom: Students don't seem Concerned about important issues or problems The Cause: Students today support more focused causes than do previous generations The Cure: Find common groun The Symptom: Lack of involvement is keeping campus life from flourishing The Cause: Students need a personal invitation to get involved The Cure: Talk to students every week and invite them to join The Symptom: Students aren't showing up The Cause: They don't have time to do everything The Cure: Target specific subgroups The Symptom: Active members are quitting The Cause: They're getting burned out The Cure: Train them to pass along some of their work. The Symptom: Attendance at events is terrible The Cause: Students weren’t surveyed about what they really want The Cure: Get help from marketing classes to help you survey your students The Symptom: Members won't volunteer for leadership roles The Cause: They don't see opportunities The Cure: Give members enough to do The Symptom: Attendance at meetings is dwindling The Cause: Members are losing interest The Cure: Show how your group is addressing students' needs The Symptom: Your group's credibility rating is the pits The Cause: Key officers don't view themselves as role models The Cure: Agree on an overall mission and image, and hold visible leaders accountable The Symptom: Group members aren't completing projects The Cause: They feel overwhelmed The Cure: Give them more manageable tasks The Symptom: Members have stopped paying attention or offering suggestions in meetings The Cause: The president isn't taking his or her job seriously The Cure: Get rid of hidden agendas

8 Got Apathy? It’s All Perception What Apathy Problems Face Your Group?


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