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There are many opportunities for students to engage in leadership in the residence halls. Among them are:
The House System is one of Iowa State's great traditions and there are 145 houses in the residence halls. Each house elects a group of officers, called the Cabinet. The Cabinet takes the lead in developing house policies and initiating house activities relevant to the needs and interests of house members.
Each residence hall and apartment community has a student government, typically comprised of an executive board and senate with representatives from each house / community.
The Inter Residence Hall Association (IRHA) is composed of representatives from each hall, four GSB representatives, at-large representatives, and an executive council. IRHA allocates funds and implements a variety of programs to meet the needs and requests of students in the residence hall system. In addition, IRHA acts as the voice of residence hall students to the university administrative personnel concerning policies, proposals, and regulations. IRHA meets weekly throughout the academic year. Elections are held in the spring for the following school year with open seats being advertised each fall.
The Frederiksen Court Community Council was created in December 2000. It is not affiliated with the IRHA. There is one representative from each cluster (group) of buildings, plus two At-Large representatives and one GSB representative. From these representatives (all but the GSB position), the Council selects its own Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The advisor to the FCCC is the Apartment Community Director. The Council meets weekly throughout the academic year. Elections are held in the spring for the following school year with open seats being advertised each fall. Since its inception, the Council has been an active group and has worked on many issues affecting the Frederisksen community. More information about the Frederiksen Court Community Council can be found at http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/fccc/
SUV Council is the governing body for the Schilletter and University Village Apartments. The council consists of a Mayor, a chairperson, and representatives from University Village and Schilletter Village. The Mayor selects the Information Director, Treasurer, and the Family Advocate. The Family Advocate serves as a contact person for parents seeking information or needing a referral to specific agencies. The Council meets twice per month. SUV Council is an active governing body that helps bring improvements to the SUV community. SUV Council has helped oversee the garden plots each summer, has had active members on the playground and improvements committees, and has helped receive a grant to improve the Computer Lab. SUV Council also obtained a city of Ames Neighborhood Improvement Grant in 2000 and has planted flowers around each of the entrances to the community. For more information, please email email@example.com.