- Student Activities Briefs
- Free Period
- Clubs and Organizations
- Starting a New Student Organization
- RIC Rhode Trips for New Students (both freshmen and transfers)
- RIC Programming
- Campus Activities Day and Student Organization Showcase
- Student Employment
- The Recreation Center
Student Activities BRIEFS
The Office of Student Activities sends a weekly e-mail with updates on programs sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and other on and off campus events. To view the Student Activities Briefs Archives, go to http://www.ric.edu/student_activities/sABriefs.php
Every Wednesday from 12:30pm - 2:00pm is Free Period, a time-slot during which classes are not scheduled so that students can get involved on campus. Many student clubs and organizations meet and many campus-wide events occur during this time.
Clubs and Organizations
The most obvious way to get involved is to join a student club or organization! It can be a great way to plan events, meet people with similar interests, and even enhance your resume. There are more than 80 groups to choose from:
- media groups
- cultural awareness groups
- groups associated with academic majors and community service
For an updated list of current organizations, please visit the Student Organizations page.
Starting a New Student Organization
Have a great idea for a student organization at Rhode Island College? Consider starting a new group! The process can be a lot of work, but it often leads to a very rewarding experience. The process requires that you work with both Student Activities and Student Community Government, Inc.; if you have questions along the way you can contact Assistant Director, Student Activities Marissa Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org or the SCG Secretary at email@example.com.
Steps for Starting a New Student Organization
Review the list of current student organizations at http://www.ric.edu/student_activities/sOrganizations.php to ensure that a similar organization is not already in existence.
Find at least three other students who are interested in joining the organization and a proposed faculty or professional staff advisor.
Submit the Intent to Form a New Student Organization form, which asks for information about the organization's purpose, activities, and possible members.
Once contacted by Student Activities or SCG confirming the acceptance of the Intent form, submit the organization's constitution to the SCG Secretary. The Secretary can provide a model constitution upon which to base the new organization's constitution.
Meet with the SCG Student Organizations Committee and/or Parliament to answer questions about the organization. Please note that this process may take a few weeks. The SCG Secretary will let you know which meeting you will need to attend.
Receive approval from Parliament.
Submit the online organization officer list to Student Activities at http://www.ric.edu/student_activities/StudentOrgRegForm.php.
Submit a signed advisor agreement, and president and treasurer affidavits to SCG in Student Union 401.
Meet with the Assistant Director, Student Activities to review policies related to Student Organizations.
Join Student Activities on a RIC Rhode Trip and meet other new students before the semester begins. For 2012, choose from two different programs:
Hiking, swimming, and picnicking at Douglas State Forest in Douglas, MA. Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8am-4:30pm. Students meet in the Student Union Lobby for trip check in.
New RIC students only! $10/person includes transportation between RIC and Douglas State Forest, park admission, guided hike, and lunch.
Evening at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 5:30pm-9pm. Transportation is not provided for this trip; participants check in at the entrance to the Zoo.
$15/new RIC students; $20/non-RIC adults; $10/children ages 4-17; free for children under 3 years of age. Price includes Zoo admission, BBQ buffet dinner, and scavenger hunt.
To register for either of these trips, follow these steps:
- For Douglas State Forest, fill out the online registration form.
- For Roger Williams Park Zoo, fill out the online registration form.
You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for how to pay online. This process requires you to:
- Log onto Manage My ID and deposit funds into the Campus Points account on your RIC Campus Card.
- Once your funds have been deposited, Student Activities will debit the ticket amount from that account.
- You will receive an email notification to confirm the transaction and your spot on the trip. You will also receive a Fact Sheet with trip details.
Questions? Contact the Student Activities Graduate Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIC Programming is a student organization that plans and promotes many of the general events on campus, which include comedy nights, concerts, Welcome Week, RIC END, and other programs. They hold their organization meetings every Wednesday, 12:30pm - 2:00pm. To learn more about Programming, visit their table at Campus Activities Day, join their Facebook group, e-mail them at email@example.com, stop by their office in Student Union 430, or call (401) 456-8045.
Campus Activities Day and Student Organization Showcase
Campus Activities Day is a student organization recruiting fair scheduled every year in September on the second Wednesday of classes from 12:30pm - 2:00pm (Free Period) in the Quad (or in the Student Union Ballroom in the event of rain).
2012 Campus Activities Day
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Quad (rain location: Student Union Ballroom)
This festival-style fair features at least 60 exhibit tables of active clubs and organizations anxious to tell students about their offerings and recruit new members. Also present are other college and student-related tables with information and giveaways. If you're looking to check out the scene, this is an event you don't want to miss.
A similar event, Student Organization Showcase, is scheduled every February for transfer students and to the benefit of established organizations to network and showcase their accomplishments and offerings.
2013 Student Organization Showcase
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Student Union Ballroom
Students who are particularly interested in helping to plan events may want to apply for a position within the Office of Student Activities. Students in these positions help the Assistant Director, Student Activities to organize and manage trips, major campus events, and student organization outreach efforts. Click here for a detailed description of the job responsibilities and application. For more information about the positions, contact Marissa Weiss, Assistant Director, Student Activities.
Student Activities also oversees SA Marketing, which employs students who perform marketing and promotional consulting services and graphic design work for student organizations and departments. Click here for a detailed description of the job responsibilities and application. Marketing, Public Relations, Management, and Art - Graphic Design majors are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Student Union also offers employment opportunities in the Welcome & Information Center, Campus Card, and Reception Services.
The Recreation Center
Features extensive intramural programming and a wide variety of popular recreational opportunities for undergraduate and advanced-degree students. Programs and activities are also available to faculty, staff, alumni, and the community on a membership-fee basis. Check out the Recreation Center website for more information.
RIC sponsors nineteen varsity sports through the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Six team sports are offered in the fall, six team sports during the winter, and seven during the spring.