Student Association Executives enjoy a $7,800 Orlando conference
by Pete Kreppein
UAlbany Student Association executive board members recently granted themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, Fla. to attend a conference hosted by the American Student Government Association. In doing so, SA Board members racked up expenses totaling in excess of $7,800 including flights, hotel, a rental car, and multiple dinners out.
In attendance were President Francis Agyemang, Vice President Nick Butler, Chief of Staff Ryan Witte, Comptroller Chris Nelson, Programming Director Ajon Crump, and Treasurer Matt Krush. Also on the trip was Rachel Arnaud, who is SA’s Multicultural Affairs Director, and served as Interim Marketing Director for the Summer, according to SA President Francis Agyemang.
The American Student Government Association promotes the conference as a “one-day conference [featuring] nearly 10 intense hours of practical, help, research, and advice on how to improve your Student Government.”
The group utilized an SA credit card to pay for their expenses, which totaled $7,827 featuring flights for the seven from Albany to Orlando, conference registration, and three hotel rooms for three nights at the Holiday Inn Resort in Orlando, the venue the conference was held at. SA members also rented a Dodge Grand Caravan from Avis Rent-a-Car.
In detail, the SA spent $1,614 on conference registration, just over $3,600 on flights from Albany to Orlando, over $1,200 on hotel rooms, and $760 on a rental car. The group dined at Red Lobster for a total of $156.80,TGI Fridays for $189.95, Buffalo Wild Wings for $134.76, and Applebees for $95.20.
Other airport food purchases, parking, and gasoline, and other expenses were paid for using SA funds, making up the rest of the $7,800 in total spending.
Of the trip, SA President Francis Agyemang says “We got some great ideas that we plan on incorporating into our system. One example is the student discount card program which we are beginning this fall.” Vice President Nick Butler also comments, saying “We received encouragement from the Office of Student Involvement to attend this conference, and I can say we learned a lot from it.”
Butler says the Executive Board will be presenting their findings and insights at an upcoming SA Senate meeting.
Receipts and invoices were obtained through a formal request of the University at Albany Student Association made under New York State’s Freedom