Section 2. Student Organizations
2012-2013 student guide
Why should you get involved in student organizations and activities? In addition to having fun and enhancing a résumé, students who are involved and engaged in their university communities have higher academic achievement, more self-confidence, and greater satisfaction with their college experience than uninvolved peers. Involvement in non-academic aspects of university life can lead to the discovery of new cocurricular outlets, the development of interpersonal and leadership skills, and career-related learning.
Another major factor in a successful college experience is the development of mentoring relationships with faculty and administrators. Becoming involved in cocurricular programs is one way of increasing interactions with faculty and administrators as well as other students.
Intersection of Hammond and Beacon Streets
McElroy Commons houses Campus Ministry, the Women's Resource Center, Volunteer and Service Learning Center, Boston College Bookstore, Mail Room and U.S. Post Office, Administrative Dietitian, dining halls, and the offices of some student organizations.
Upper Campus, Office in O'Connell House 200, 617-552-4310
O'Connell House serves the student community for educational programming (e.g., films, lectures, dramatic readings), for organizational meetings of BC student groups, as a dance studio for BC student groups, and as a quiet study facility. On other nights, particularly weekends, the O'Connell staff provide programming and entertainment open to the student body. O'Connell also offers a TV lounge with a DVD player, VCR, and over 300 movies to watch or rent for free; a game room with ping-pong, foosball, and billiards; a music room with a piano; and study rooms.
Undergraduate Government of Boston College
Maloney Hall 254, 617-552-4650
The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) is a comprehensive organization led by the student body president and vice-president, who are elected each spring. Five senators per class are also elected to provide representation and input. Each senator sits on committees within UGBC and works with the president and vice-president to select a cabinet of approximately 80 students. Cabinet representatives serve a variety of functions, from programming weekly and annual events to supporting student initiatives.
UGBC's goal is to serve the students by providing services and opportunities as well as to represent students in the best manner possible to the University community. To accomplish this goal, UGBC sponsors many educational, social, and cultural programs, such as lectures, town meetings, roundtables, and service programs. UGBC is also responsible for campus-wide programming, including concerts and dances. As the official representative of the students, UGBC is a significant voice and advocate for the maintenance of the quality of student life.
Undergraduate Student Clubs and Organizations
Maloney Hall, Suite 242, 617-552-3480
Student leaders and members of Boston College's registered student organizations work with club advisors and the Student Programs Office to offer programs for the campus community and to develop leadership skills. Student organization categories include government; honor societies; intercultural; leadership programs and organizations; music, art, and performance; political; pre-professional and academic; programming; publications and media; religious (advised by Campus Ministry); service; specific issues; and sports (advised by Athletics).
Students interested in joining an organization should contact the organization's leaders or advisors. Organizations also set up information tables at Student Activities Day in September. A list of clubs and contact information is available on the Student Programs Office website at www.bc.edu/spo.
Graduate Student government and Organizations
John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
292 Hammond Street, 617-552-1854
Boston College has approximately 25 graduate student organizations. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves as the governing organization for all graduate students. The GSA Senate consists of representatives from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education, Graduate School of Social Work, School of Theology and Ministry, AHANA GSA, and GISA. The AHANA GSA addresses the needs of AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) graduate students, and GISA (the Graduate International Student Association) addresses the needs of international graduate students.
Connell School of Nursing Senate
The Nursing Senate is the official representative of the undergraduate students in the Connell School of Nursing. Among its purposes are to aid in the development of the nursing student, to contribute to standards of nursing education, to serve on School of Nursing Committees, to promote recruitment activities, and to collaborate with the Boston College Student Nurses' Association as well as other nursing related health organizations. Membership consists of all undergraduate nursing students. The governing group of the Senate consists of the elected class officers from each class, including a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and AHANA representative. The bylaws of the Senate may be obtained from the class officers or the associate dean for the undergraduate nursing program.
The Boston College Student Nurses' Association is a local chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association. This organization enables students to gain a broad perspective of various facets of nursing, including community health, legislation, and education. In addition, the group provides an opportunity to travel to state and national meetings and to develop leadership skills.
Lynch School of Education Senate
Campion Hall 104
The Lynch School of Education Senate is the representative body of undergraduate students in the Lynch School of Education (LSOE). The Senate acts as a liaison between the student body and the LSOE faculty and administration. It represents the ideas and interests of the students by means of a volunteer corps that offers service to faculty, administration, volunteer organizations, or committees that would find the input or service of LSOE undergraduates helpful.
The Senate also hosts informational programs; organizes volunteer projects; and sponsors Spirit of Education Week, an annual tradition offered to all majors within LSOE. The Senate-sponsored newsletter, The Campion Connection, is published twice a year and informs LSOE students about activities and people within the Lynch School of Education.
The Senate consists of six senators from each class and four officers elected by the body to lead the organization. The officers also appoint a representative from LSOE to UGBC. Another representative is selected among Arts & Sciences students who minor in Secondary Education. Meetings are held bi-monthly throughout the academic year, and all LSOE students are encouraged to attend.
Woods College of Advancing Studies Student Senate
McGuinn Hall 100
The Woods College of Advancing Studies student body is a source of much richness and diversity. Students enter the academic atmosphere of Boston College from a variety of professions. The Senate utilizes the maturity and leadership that are part of the daily experience of Advancing Studies students. The Senate has three objectives: (1) to reflect student sentiment and opinion; (2) to act as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration; and (3) to stimulate educational and social interests.
The Senate believes that learning is enriched through group activities outside the classroom where students apply and share the knowledge gained from academic studies. Students are encouraged to participate in the social and cultural activities sponsored by the Senate.