Pillars of the Forty Acres - Frequently Asked Questions
General Program Questions
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Yes. Student organization are only permitted to enroll in the fall. To enroll, an officer must attend a Pillars Information Session by Thursday, December 2, 2021. Organizations will not be permitted to enroll after that date.
The deadline to complete and submit all criteria is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022.
The 2021-2022 cycle of the Pillars of the Forty Acres program runs from March 12, 2021 to February 28, 2022. Listed criteria completed during that time frame can be submitted for credit.
Yes, the organization can count all criteria completed during the 2021-2022 cycle as long as it was completed following criteria specific guidelines outlined on the Pillars site and/or via the campus partners.
No, you must earn six points in at least one category to receive Distinguished Status and complete the program. However, you may complete additional categories and receive Distinguished Status for multiple categories. If your organization achieves Distinguished Status in five of the six categories, you will receive Exemplary Status.
Yes, all active members should be listed in HornsLink. Each organization defines what an active member is. Note: If your website, social media, HornsLink page etc. indicates that you have 100 members but your roster only has 31 members, then your HornsLink roster is not up to date.
Yes, HornsLink rosters can be updated by the officers of your organization at any time. When logging points, you will often be required to list the names of members who participated in completing certain criteria. These members must be listed in your organizations HornsLink roster. Student Activities will refer to your HornsLink roster when verifying submitted criteria. If these members are not listed, then no points will be awarded.
If membership attendance is an issue, your student organization can focus on a category requiring criterion that involve more individual efforts (such as workshops and trainings) rather than the larger presentation criteria. We would also encourage you to utilize the "submit your own criteria" option available in every category. If you have any concerns, contact Student Activities at email@example.com.
Each criterion that requires a 30 minute consultation to ensure that there is enough time to discuss the topic. If there are multiple criterion that you would like to discuss, you will need to schedule a separate consult for each. You may schedule back-to-back consultations if schedules allow. Please use our Bookings page to schedule a meeting with a staff member using Microsoft Teams. For more information on completing these criteria, see the "Student Activities Specific Criteria" at the top of this page for more details.
No, any officer can complete a consultation for program criteria with Student Activities, but we will communicate directly with the Pillars Contact for any updates or concerns regarding your organization completing the program.
If your organization won a Swing Out Award in May 2021, it will receive two points. If your organization applies for a Swing Out Award in February 2021, it will receive one point. These are the only Pillars points that will be awarded for Swing Out Awards.
No, an organization may only be awarded points for each criterion once. For example, if your organization won multiple Swing Out Awards in May 2021, only one of the Swing Out Awards could be used by your organization to receive points. Similarly, you cannot earn points in the Leadership category for criterion that is listed in a different category.
If you have any other questions regarding the Pillars of the Forty Acres recognition program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.