Student Activities

Welcome to the Student Activities Office

“Not all learning comes from books.”

The Student Activities Office (SAO) coordinates a wide variety of social, cultural, recreational, leadership and special activities to assist students in their life outside the academic classroom and to enrich the campus community. Our services and programming create a welcoming environment where students can meet other students, faculty and staff, gain hands-on leadership, explore personal and career-related interests, and have fun!

Location: Founders Hall, Room 127
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student Activities Office

The Student Activities Office administers the co-curricular program and offers a variety of services that include:

  • Overseeing Student Senate and the Student Activities fees (SAF Fund)
  • Games and equipment use (Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, whiffle balls, and more)
  • Overseeing the Game Room and its equipment and supplies (pool, table tennis, Foosball)
  • Event planning assistance
  • Leadership workshops

The Game Room and Lounge is a space that is available for students during Student Program hours and students are able to check out games and play any board games available in that space.

For any required forms for Student Senate or clubs, please see the Student Activities/Student Senate section here.


Ingrid Orellana Rivera

Director of Student Activities
Phone: 860-343-5764
Email: Indicates Email address
Office Location: Founders Hall, Room 123

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Get Involved!

Get involved in campus life! Students are encouraged to participate in (or even start new) clubs and organizations, the MxCC Student Senate, and other various special events sponsored by Student Activities.

Student Senate

The Student Senate is an annually elected (and non-elected) assembly of current students who represent the entire student body. The Senate serves two very important roles:

  1. It advocates for the interests of MxCC students in its dealings with college faculty, staff, and administration. It has the power to regulate the Student Activities Fund and member organizations, and make decisions that affect all students. Members of Senate also serve on the College Council committees, search committees for new staff members, and other ad-hoc committees. Many are student leaders for the New Student Orientation program and/or tour guides for our Admissions Department.
  2. The Student Senate governs the expenditure of collected student activities fees that provide financial support for campus clubs and organizations, as well as for on and off-campus activities. With these fees, the Senate continuously plans, coordinates and conducts a wide variety of programs and special activities that enrich college life. Often in coordination with enthusiastic faculty, we have arranged for nationally renowned authors, speakers, performers and artists to appear on campus. All students are urged to share their ideas, personal skills, leadership and group management skills to assist with development and coordination of activities deemed worthy by the Student Senate.

Student Senate is based in the Student Activities Office, Founders Hall, Room 127

Join a Club!

Clubs and organizations draw people of a common interest together to further the ideas and spirit of MxCC.

See a current list of MxCC clubs

If you would like to start a club (or think students would be interested in forming a club) or if there is a specific program or activity you would like to see on campus, please contact the Student Activities Office.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Students are eligible to sit on and participate in the discussions and decisions of committees of the college’s professional staff.  Some positions are held by Student Senators.  Contact the SAO if you are interested in serving on any of the committees listed below. Click here to download definitions of standing campus committees.

  • College Council (one student)
  • College Affairs (two students)
  • Curriculum & Academic Policy (one student)
  • Programs & Services Evaluation (one student)
  • Information Resources Management  (one student)
  • Faculty and Staff Development (one student)
  • Student Development Committee (two students)


  • Jean Burr Smith Library Advisory committee (one student)
  • MxCC Campus Bookstore Advisory committee (one student)
  • MxCC Foundation (one student)


  • Student Ambassadors/Tour Guides/Orientation Leaders
  • MxCC Foundation Cap & Gown 5K (annually in May)


Two MxCC students serve as the primary and alternate representatives on the B.O.R. Student Advisory Committee.  The alternate members of the committee serve in the absence of the regularly elected (primary) member and are strongly urged to work collaboratively to best represent the MxCC student population. Representatives serve on the statewide committee consisting of 17 students: 12 from the Community colleges, four from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system (CSCU) and one from Charter Oak University. They meet periodically during the year to represent the approximately 96,000 students enrolled in CSCU institutions.

  • Meetings are usually held monthly (a late afternoon during the week) at the Department of Higher Education, 61 Woodland Street in Hartford, or at one of the colleges or universities. The S.A.C. which formed in the Fall of 2011 after the higher education consolidation, creates  its own agenda and has addressed large scope, system-wide issues facing higher education. Some examples: tuition increases, Senate Bill 40, and transfer and articulation policies. Students may also serve on other Board of Regents Committees such as the Student Technology Advisory Committee, and participate in leadership  retreats.
  • The Student Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Fraser, from Western CT State University, and Vice Chairman Eugene Bell, of Gateway Community College, lead the S.A.C.
  • Current MxCC S.A.C. Representatives are: Randy Quartas, Primary Rep & David James McDonald, Alternate
  • The committee meets at least biannually with the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the governing body presided by President, Gregory W. Gray.
  • Student Representatives must be in good academic standing (2.0 G.P.A), be able to serve a minimum of one full academic year, preferably two; be able to commit to meetings as scheduled, and be prepared to address higher education issues relevant to CT higher education students as they arise.
  • Reliable transportation is a must.
  • Representatives are elected by the Student Senate, the MxCC Student Government Association.

To view meeting minutes, visit the BOR website here.