From: Involvement Center
Date: November 5, 2019
Subject: The Loop | Blanket Reservations Open Tomorrow, Contingency 2 Funding and more

Tuesday, November 5th

Hey Org Leaders - Coming at you with this week's issue of The Loop!

Blanket Reservations Open Tomorrow!

Blanket reservation requests for SPRING SEMESTER 2020 (January 27, 2020 – May 10, 2020) will be accepted starting Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 AM. Blanket reservations are student organization’s weekly/reoccurring meetings that reserve the same time and day every week of the semester for organization meetings.

The request form will open Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 AM. Search for “Blanket Reservation Request - Fall Reservations 2019” on the Involvement Center page on CONNECT or just click on the following link:

  • All requests must be made via the CONNECT form. Blanket reservations cannot be made using the EMS web app.
  • Requests will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis only.

PLEASE NOTE: This Blanket Reservation Request is just for reserving spaces in the Student Centers. If you want to reserve classroom space in one of the academic buildings for your organization meetings, please e-mail Please include your name and contact info, organization name, dates needed, meeting start and end times and number of attendees in your request.

If you have any questions about Blanket Reservation Requests, please contact Ben Markl in the MSC Conferences and Events Office, 214 Memorial Student Center.

Apply for Contingency + Annual Budgets!

The Contingency 2 & Annual Budget Processes are now open for budget requests. 

Contingency 2:
- Covers events held between November 15th, 2019 and April 30th, 2020. 
- Budget requests will close on November 15th at Noon.
- Budget hearings will be held on November 15th and November 22nd. A student must attend a hearing on behalf of your organization or you will not be funded. Sign up on Connect.
- Contingency Rules can be found on the SSA Connect page, under Files > Financial Affairs Documents. 

Annual Budget Process: 
- Covers events held during the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. 
- Budget requests will close on January 30th, 2020 at noon. 
- Budget hearing dates have not been determined. 

Contingency 1 Update: 
- The Financial Affairs Committee has concluded deliberations and the full budget will be brought before the Senate on November 5th. 

The FAC Director of the SSA will host budget workshops before the end of the semester, so be on the lookout for those if you'd like tips on formatting your annual budget requests. 

Contact with questions!

Did you know?  You Can Co-Sponsor Events in CONNECT

Many student organizations are co-hosting events or attending the same events on campus.  When this happens, we see multiple orgs creating the same event within their group page on CONNECT.  This causes the event to show up multiple times on the calendar and students are RSVP'ing in a variety of spots.

Streamline your efforts and use the Co-host feature in CONNECT! 

Learn how to co-host an event in CONNECT.