Katie Dwyer-Zeman, Executive Director of Student Engagement & Residential Life
260.399.7700, ext. 6741
The liberal arts tradition calls for learning to take place both inside and outside of the classroom. For this reason, the University of Saint Francis offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in activities and programs that will spur them on toward learning and synthesizing educational experiences. Similar to the educational process inside the classroom, co-curricular education at USF relies on the premise that students must take ownership of their education and collegiate experiences.
The Student Activities Office within the division of Student Affairs recognizes that each student holds unique interests and ideas. In light of this, students are encouraged to explore a variety of activities until they find ways in which they can connect to the university in a meaningful way. Research, along with countless interactions with students over a number of years, shows that those students who are involved on campus outside of the classroom are much more likely to be satisfied with their college experience. In addition, satisfied students are more likely to persist to graduation. It is the goal of the Office of Student Activities to help you find ways to get involved at USF so that you have a more enhanced and enjoyable college experience. The Office of Student Activities enhances the quality of the student experience by providing opportunities for learning, involvement and leadership development. Specifically, Student Activities contributes to the development of students by providing activities, programs and opportunities where students are supported and challenged in the development of skills and values. Programming covers a broad spectrum of areas, including holistic student wellness (social, intellectual, physical, environmental, spiritual, financial, and emotional) and our Franciscan Values. The office provides services to all student constituencies—traditional students, non-traditional students, residents, and commuters.
The Student Activities office supports:
More information can be found regarding each area of Student Activities on the student tab of Cougar Connection.
In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Campus Life, the Director of Student Activities initiates, organizes and evaluates student leadership development opportunities with Clubs and Organizations. Student Leadership formation, Student Leadership Awards in the spring and on-going student leadership training are the goals of this subdivision of Student Activities.
The Cougar Den is located behind Trinity Hall on the west side of Mirror Lake. It is an excellent place to relax, study or grab a bite to eat. Pool and ping pong tables, internet and wireless access, a printer, and televisions are there for your use and enjoyment. Food is available at the Cougar Den from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday offering a variety of menu items. Students may use a meal exchange or meal points for dinner or use aux points for a snack at the café. The Cougar Den also houses the offices of the Director of Student Activities, New Student Coordinator, and student offices for Student Activities Council (SAC), Student Government Association (SGA), and Paw Print Newspaper.
The Student Government Association represents the student body of the University of Saint Francis through integrity, leadership and servitude. Their goal is to enhance the life of every student. The University of Saint Francis Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice through which student opinion is heard. It acts as a liaison between the student body and the university administration in all matters affecting the welfare of students. The members of government act as a sounding board for student opinions and to represent the students on various committees throughout the university.
The Student Government Association exists to develop a community in which the members of the student body have an opportunity to express themselves in a cooperative manner. Student Government Association is composed of four executive officers, four senators from each undergraduate class, two senators from each academic school, three residential senators, three non-residential senators, a representative from the Crown Point site, a graduate student, and a staff advisor. Student Government Association meets weekly and students are encouraged to attend. See the SGA website for more information on senator openings, meeting times, events, and office hours. The SGA office is located in the Cougar Den in order to assist any member of the student body. Student Government accomplishments include increasing student discounts from 10 to 40 at local vendors for all USF students, addressing parking and security issues with administration, providing free tickets to home playoff games, providing buses to away athletic events, implementing online voting, providing morning newspapers, and advocating for twenty-four hour study space in the Hideout. SGA also grants additional funding to eligible clubs and organizations. Additionally SGA represents the university in the community through service.
In conjunction with the Office of Student Activities, the Student Activities Council is responsible for planning, promoting and coordinating campus activities, programs and events including entertainment, dances, speakers, and traditional programs. The Activities Council strives to provide events to meet the needs and interests of all students—commuter, resident and non-traditional. SAC meets monthly in the Student Activities Council office in the Cougar Den. All students are welcome to come give new ideas and assist in planning activities. A schedule of events and contact information is available at the SAC website.
University of Saint Francis Student Affairs offers a variety of student activities for active student participation. For organized sport and competition, the Intramural program offers students the opportunity to engage in learning outside the classroom. This is done with emphasis on safety, sportsmanship and the Franciscan values, including reverencing the unique dignity of each person. League play is offered throughout the year, and pre-registration is required. Walk-in single night tournaments are also offered 3 times per semester. For information on all Intramural offerings and to register a team, visit intramurals.sf.edu.