Mission and Policies

Mission Statement: We are spouses of MBA students in the Marriott School of Management. Celebrating our diverse backgrounds, we support each other in a spirit of friendship and unity. We strive to develop spiritually, socially, and intellectually as we pursue our potential.

Vision: Behind every choice we make or activity we plan, we are guided by a vision of supporting our spouses, fortifying our families, experiencing personal growth and leadership, and helping every member feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued.

  • Support our spouses- This is why we are here! Each of us went through our own journey to get here, but ultimately, we decided with our spouse that now is the time to be at BYU. The uncertainty and lack of income can be a heavy weight for our spouses to carry. We want to be a support by being positive, having faith in them, and being there for them.
  • Fortify our families- At the end of the day, our families are our most important responsibility. Each of us have knowledge and experience regarding family that may prove to be valuable to others. Let’s share our wisdom and create a culture of family first among our members,
  • Experience personal growth and leadership- MBASA is the ideal place to test an idea, realize a dream, or organize something incredible! Each member should feel they have a voice here and are encouraged to pursue experiences which empower them.
  • Help each member feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued- No matter your background, prior MBASA involvement, employment status, native language….we want you here! There is a place for everyone within MBASA and we know each member has something valuable to add, even if it’s as simple as a smiling face.

As a presidency and board, our goals for the 2014-2015 school year are to:

  1. Remember names and faces
  2. Plan with the mission statement and vision in mind
  3. Encourage confidence and leadership
  4. Respect Differences

Policies

MBASA is governed by an MBASA Charter. All members are encouraged to read and understand this document. It outlines qualifications for membership, roles and responsibilities of the presidency and board, the election process, amendments and overrides to the charter, and proper financial governance.

In order for MBASA to continue to run smoothly and with the support of the MBA program, we have a few policies and guidelines:

General:

1. Food Policies for On-Campus Activities (Tanner Building, Wilkinson Center, etc.): Parties of 20+ must use a BYU-approved caterer. BYU Food to Go is fast, easy and cheapest price and must be ordered 2 days in advance (801-422-5011). No outside water bottles can be used. BYU is in contract with Coca-Cola. Dasani water can be ordered from BYU Food To Go if needed. Best suggestion: Fill jugs with water and bring disposable cups

2. Products/Advertising: We cannot endorse any products or brands in the name of MBASA or BYU. No selling products at activities with the exception of the Mrs. Claus Boutique where handmade items from spouses can be sold.

3. No Raffles: Raffles are considered gambling which is illegal in the State of Utah. Collecting money for prizes is also not allowed. Door prizes are okay.

4. Use of Google Group: No advertising of activities that conflict with scheduled MBASA events. No promoting products, brands, etc. If hosting a product party of some sort (Scentsy, Tupperware, etc.), one email is allowed, *only if the event does not conflict with a scheduled MBASA event.* After the initial email, contact should only be made with those that sign up or email the person directly. Any questions about use of the Google Group can be addressed to Lauren.

5. Safety & Liability: There are no official disclaimers or waivers. BYU is in no way responsible for what happens at MBASA activities. Be sure to put a word in for safety if there is risk with a certain activity.

Calendar/Scheduling:

1. Calendar Guidelines: The calendar will permit 2 evening activities per week, with 1 evening activity per committee per month. Calendar requests must be submitted to Heather by the 15th of the preceding month, preferably at least 2 weeks before the activity. After the 20th of the preceding month, the calendar opens to allow committees to schedule additional evening activities, space permitting. Exceptions to the 2 evening/week rule are recurring monthly events such as Book Club and Writer’s Group, as well as Date Nights, Family Parties, and MBA/MBAA activities. No MBASA activities on Monday evenings – not even off calendar. Follow the advice of Elder L. Tom Perry, “No other activities should involve our family members on Monday night. This designated time is to be with our families.” (April 2003, “The Importance of the Family”)

2. Advertising for Events: Please use spreadsheets rather than evites for events. Spreadsheets are easier to manage and allow for more information (contact info, ideas, etc.). Evites are for more specialized activities (socials/formal gatherings, etc)

3. Guest Speakers: All guest speakers must be approved through the MBA Office. Please submit speaker requests to Natalie (cc Heather) to begin the approval process. Speakers should not be contacted prior to approval. We are not permitted to ask current general authorities and/or their spouses to speak – even if related to members of MBASA/MBA students.

Budget:

1. Reimbursement Policies: Only original receipts will be accepted for reimbursement requests (no scanned or copied receipts). Gift cards cannot be purchased. Nothing can be reimbursed that was purchased with food stamps. As a general rule, we encourage committee heads to collect receipts for their committees and submit them to Tawnya for reimbursement.

If you have any questions about policy, email Natalie.