With over 300 different student organizations at CSU, it is
sometimes difficult to not be involved.
Located in the basement of the Lory Student Center, the Student
Organizations Office contains information on more than 300 student
organizations for a variety of interests. From social organizations
and honor societies to cultural associations and service clubs, the
Student Organizations Office offers the chance to be in all sorts
of different clubs.
Many students have found student organizations to be an
important part of their college experience.
Dylan Metzgar, a senior electrical engineering major, has found
that being a member of student organizations is a great compliment
to his classes and his social life.
“They get you more involved with other people,” Metzgar said,
“for more than a social gathering, but for that as well.”
Freshman Christen Thompson, a sports medicine major, hopes that
she can become involved in student organizations because she
believes membership can hold benefits.
“It’s important to be involved,” Thompson said. “To meet
different people and to help people out.”
The Student Organizations Office offers several different
opportunities to learn about any of the more than 300 student
organizations at CSU. Centertainment is one of the best
opportunities to get involved, said Pam Sampson, assistant director
for student involvement.
Centertainment is held biannually and allows existing clubs the
opportunity to publicize their organization. Tables will be set up
on the student center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 3 with
information regarding on-campus activity membership.
“I suggest that freshmen come to Centertainment,” Sampson said.
“Even if you don’t think you will have time, I would challenge them
to give themselves the opportunity to see if you have
Other options for joining a student organization include
visiting the Student Organizations Office, which can give students
direct information or contact information for an organization.
Some students, like Matt Clifford, a sophomore soil and crop
science major, prefer to improvise and look at posters for
“I just look at posters,” Clifford said. “They lead you to the
time and meeting room. I also like when they have deals to go with
them, you can win stuff, prizes, at meetings.”
Whatever the technique for learning about student organizations,
Sampson estimates that three-fourths of undergraduate students take
advantage of at least one of the student organizations on
For students who do not find an organization to their liking, it
is possible to start a new organization. For Brenna Riding, a
junior art education major, all it took was a scooter.
“I got a scooter and couldn’t find any organizations (centered
around scooters) on campus,” Riding said. “But I knew there was a
whole sub-culture of scooter riders.”
Enter the Killer Bees Scooter Club.
Riding began her club last summer and initiated recruitment
through Centertainment, posters and word of mouth. After a year the
Killer Bees Scooter Club, a social club, has approximately 14
members and embarks upon group rides, picnics and dinners.
Riding said that she has made a lot of good friends through the
club and it has been enjoyable for her to meet people with similar
There are some steps to register a new organization with the
Student Organizations Office, which provides benefits for publicity
First, pick up a registration form in the Student Organizations
Office. The second step is to write a constitution describing the
The final step is to have the president and treasurer attend an
officer’s orientation meeting, which will advise officers of the
resources available to organizations and how to be successful.
Whether students are interested in an existing organization or
are looking to begin a new organization, Sampson believes that
on-campus involvement plays an important role at CSU.
“Coming to college isn’t just about going to class,” Sampson
said. “It is about making connections.”
Spotlight on Centertainment
Who: Anyone interested in getting information on student
When: September 3, 2003 from 10am-3pm
Where: Lory Student Center Plaza (Inside accommodations if it
How: Just visit various student organization tables for
Why: To make connections and get involved!