“Finance is probably one of the more demanding roles in Senate,” Brian Sit said. Â A second-year senior chemical engineering major from East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Sit is approaching a year and a half as Student Senate’s Finance Chair.
“Every week there are people coming in with grants,” Sit said, and along with reviewing paperwork, helping students fill documents out and diligently cataloging the spending habits of nearly all of the University of Rhode Island’s clubs and organizations, Sit says he does a lot more than the five required office hours.
“During both semesters, there’s big things going on,” Sit said. In the fall, he is kept busy with organization rerecognition and training organization leaders on how to keep track of their finances and fill out paperwork. Recently, Sit led the rewriting of the Student Senate Finance Handbook, which guides student organizations through the fiscal maze. In the spring it is all hands on deck for budget season.
Sit joined the Student Senate his sophomore year after serving as president of the Gay-Straight Alliance as a freshman. The position he now holds is something he is happy to have had fall into his lap.
Beyond the day-to-day office work, Sit enjoys making announcements to help break up long meetings, sometimes so much that other groups ask him to give theirs! “I’m sort of a jack of all trades,” he said.
With the time he has spent with Student Senate, he has learned enough to enjoy being a reference for others and especially likes being the person that groups and students can come to for help with anything from looking over paperwork to fixing up resumes.
Along with all that, Sit has been working within Student Senate to advocate for people who ride bikes on campus by looking into replacing and adding bike racks, potentially sheltering them from the elements, and adding other features to campus that would make it easier for people to bike.
And as if that wasn’t enough, “I always enjoyed doing graphical design,” Sit said, backing that up by noting work he has done for a handful of campus groups, as well as even for businesses, professionally. “That I think is fun,” he adds, “it’s a weird kind of fun.”