The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership (STIL) thanks you for volunteering your time, energy, and expertise to help our clubs/organizations be successful. We recognize the time and attention that you give to your group, and hope that you get a lot out of this experience. You are making a difference on campus! If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff members within the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
1. Club/Organization constitution/by-laws (the Student Life Office has these on file)
2. Contact list of officers and members
3. Calendar of events for the club/organization
4. History of the club/organization
5. Club/Organization policies and procedures
6. Attendance at meetings and events when possible
7. Knowledge of Drake University resources
8. Willingness to assist the group and its members
Being an effective advisor means developing a style that matches the club or organization's needs. When developing this style, it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the club, the types of activities they are involved in, and the mission of Drake University. Some groups will need more or less attention depending on the time of year. Negotiate with the group the time and attention they need from you before you agree to be their advisor.Taking an active role in the organization (attending meetings, events, meeting with officers, giving advice) does not mean that you are running the organization.It means that you guide and assist the officers in their roles, not doing the day-to-day operations.You may attend fewer meetings, or meet less frequently with the officers if the organization does not need an active advisor. The main objective of an advisor is to be available to guide and assist the officers or members in the mission and goals of the group. How active or passive you will be should be negotiated between you and the group.