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 is located within the Founders Hall Student Lounge. Hours during the academic semester are based upon Founders Hall operating hours. The room has pub tables with permanent chess and checkerboards painted on them and comfortable furniture.
For any required forms for Student Senate or clubs, please see the Student Activities/Student Senate section here.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Student Government Recognized Clubs
- Human Services Student Association (HSSA)
Students in the HSSA share a common interest in the Human Services profession. They achieve their objective by embracing community social change. HSSA has been involved with Make a Difference Day, toy, and food drives.
Do you like to help people? Is volunteering something that you enjoy? Would you like to build your resume?
HSSA provides opportunities for community involvement and career building every day! Four year colleges and employers are looking for more than academic accomplishments and prefer students who have been actively involved on campus or in the community. HSSA (Human Services Student Association) is open to everyone! You do not need to be a Human Services major to join HSSA.
Meetings are held in Snow Hall, Room 508.
The following is the schedule for the Fall 2013 Semester:
Friday, September 6th 12-1
Tuesday, September 10th 11:30-12:30
Friday, September 20th 12-1
Tuesday, September 24th 11:30-12:30
Friday, October 4th 12-1
Tuesday, October 8th 11:30-12:30
Friday, October 18th 12-1
Tuesday, October 22nd 11:30-12:30
Friday, November 1st 12-1
Tuesday, November 5th 11:30-12:30
Friday, November 15th 12-1
Tuesday, November 19th 11:30-12:30
Tuesday, December 3rd 11:30-12:30
Friday, December 13th 12-1
Last semester HSSA held a toy and winter clothing drive for the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Hospital in Middletown and Hurricane Sandy victims. HSSA hosted the documentary “Food Stamped” and held a panel discussion about the film.
Rebecca M. Loew
- Journalism Club
- Computer Club
MxCC Computer Club
Helping our community and students, through people and technology
The MxCC Computer Club is an active group of technology enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds and majors who share a common interest in computers. The Computer Club provides opportunities for its members to share and learn about IT, computer gaming, device repair, and software. Thanks to the commitment and dedication of its members, the Club continues to host events and offer services to the MxCC community each semester.
LAN Game Nights
Each semester the Computer Club sponsors gaming events called LAN night, where students are invited to gather for memorable evenings of fun and group play on game consoles, laptops, and desktops.
Office 365 Installation/Computer Tune-up Clinic
The Computer Club holds special events dedicated to getting MxCC students up and running with the free Microsoft Office 365 Suite available through a partnership the ConnSCU has with Microsoft. Similarily, the club also sponsors events that invite MxCC students, staff, and faculty to come in for free routine maintenance services to keep their computers running smoothly and securely.
MxCC Computer Club Technology Center
The MxCC Computer Club Technology Center is located in Snow Hall Room 512. It offers FREE ongoing computer repair services to MxCC students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to provide students a space for hands-on exploration, information sharing, and service learning. At the Technology Center, students are able to use their technical skills to provide valuable services to our college community.
During Earth Week the Computer Club partners with Green Monster to host a free e-cycling collection event. Anyone with old or unused electronics is invited to bring them to campus for easy, safe, environmentally sensitive disposal. Donations accepted at this event go to raising funds for the Computer Club’s computer giveaway event.
Every year, the Computer Club accepts essays from students who express the need for their own laptop. A panel of judges, featuring students, faculty, and staff, read the essays and recommendations the writers gathered from professors. The entries are ranked using a rubric that addresses different criteria, including the persuasiveness, and the amount of need expressed. The Computer Club then purchases laptops for deserving students using donations they collect at their E-Cycling Events. This event has drawn the attention of The Peach Pit Foundation, a Durham based non-profit, that has also donated funds to purchase laptops for the Computer Giveaway event.
This event, which was originally created by the MxCC Computer Club with the purpose of connecting students with working professionals in the field of information technology (IT), has expanded in previous semesters to include the Health Information Management (HIM) program at MxCC. The Computer Club has partnered with Health and Life Science Career Initiatives (HL-SCI) to present a combined career event.
Tech Fest is a technology fair that is being hosted by the MxCC Computer Club. The goal of Tech Fest is to inspire future Information Technology (IT) professionals by showcasing innovative ways in which students can harness their passion for computer technology and thereby unlock their potential. This event also showcases the many MxCC students that have done just that, and have launched successful careers and business ventures in the field of technology. The target audience for Tech Fest is high school and college students who are interested in IT careers.
- Creative Writing Club
Creative Writing Club
The Creative Writing Club kicked off its first year in the fall, 2011. Since its inception, the club has sponsored numerous poetry readings and author talks. Club members plan events and read each others’ creative writing, giving feedback in an informal workshop setting.
Consistently, the club hosts a fall poetry reading and book sale and signing with a published poet; a second fall reading, highlighting the work of Middlesex students in Creative Writing courses or through an open mic event; a spring reading by Connecticut Poetry Circuit student winners; and an annual Faculty, Students, & Staff reading in April. Sprinkled in the mix are author talks with fiction and memoir writers as well.
Pegasus literary journal is an annual publication which showcases the writing talents of Middlesex Community College students. Generally, there are 150 submissions per year, with room for publishing 30-40 pieces. Creative Writing Club officers serve as submission readers and contribute to the journal’s production in various ways.
This semester, the Creative Writing Club meets every Monday, during the community activity period, from 12:00-12:50 in Snow Hall, Room 412.
Club officers include: Nick Reyna, President; Brendan Cleary, Treasurer; Ishil Gecer, Secretary
For more information, contact Christine Ruggiero, Faculty Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-343-5878.
- Financial Economics Club
Financial Economics Club
- Martial Arts Club
Martial Arts Club
The new MxCC Martial Arts Club is for everyone. Whether you have experience in martial arts or not. The Martial Arts Club is a good place to learn or practice your skill. They meet in the multipurpose room in Chapman Hall, most Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. during the academic year.
- Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta
It’s the newest club on campus!
**Also, the Math Honors Society is initiated for the first time in MxCC history!
Meetings are typically on Mondays during the community period. The club members are getting ready for special events such as Math Contest, Pi Day, and SUMS @ Brown. Stop by the Student Activities office for more information.
Visit www.mualphatheta.org for more information about the benefits of being part of this community.
Check out photos of the Math Club participating in the SUMS Conference at Brown University in March 2013.
- Paranormal Club (currently inactive)
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
- Radio Club
- Soccer Club
MxCC Intramural Soccer
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: Soccer field near the upper parking lot
All are welcome!
Interested participants must download and complete the Release and Indemnity Agreements for Students form. Bring the form with you at next Pick-Up game.
- Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS)
The Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS) is MxCC’s newest student club. SEAS is a non-partisan group open to all students interested or concerned about environmental issues. Students participate in recreational activities, field trips, educational programs, and hands-on activities. SEAS meets every Wednesday at 12:30 in Wheaton 210A.
Through SEAS, students will:
- Become informed
- Share ideas
- Take action
- Engage the community
- Build bonds
- and make a difference
SEAS Officers 2012-2013
President: Tommi Heintz
Vice President: Sierra Sunshine
Secretary: Nolan Smyth
Public Relations: Liz Hiers
- Student Promoting Equality Acceptance and Knowledge (S.P.E.A.K)
The purpose of S.P.E.A.K. (Students Promoting Equality, Acceptance and Knowledge) is to provide support and assistance to those within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community and allies who seek it. Students meet on a weekly basis to extend friendships and bonds between members of the college while creating a judgment free zone. It is also the intent of the group to bring awareness, understanding and acceptance to fellow peers and college community members about the alternative lifestyles present at the college.
SPEAK meets on Mondays from 12 – 1 pm in Snow Hall, Room 507.
All personal issues discussed during meetings, including member’s names and sexual preference shall be strictly confidential. No member shall discuss personal information regarding any member, advisor, or associate with non-members or in the presence of non-members.
Dr. Eva Jones
Associate Professor, Business; Program Coordinator, Business Administration and Marketing Business Administration/Marketing
Office Location: Wheaton 313
Make an appointment
- Veteran’s Club
From Combat to Graduate
**VETERANS HELPING VETERAN**
The Middlesex Community College Veterans’ Club was launched in April 2011.
The club meets every Wednesday during the semester from 12:20 – 1:20 PM in the OASIS Center located in the library in Chapman Hall.
The mission of the club is to assist veterans and their dependents at Middlesex Community College. The concept of veterans helping veterans shall be at the core of the mission, while also enhancing awareness in our community.
Assistance may include, but is not limited to, enrollment assistance for veterans applying to MxCC, application for veterans’ benefits, and other educational aid. The club shall also provide educational assistance with G.I. Bill, Chapter 30, benefits and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Chapter 33, benefits to close the gap between service and education.
The club shall initiate and support activities and programs, which provide additional support and benefits for student veterans.
The club shall create awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the military and veterans by the college community. This will include the education of the MxCC community to recognize and provide direction to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI.
The club shall serve as a liaison between the veterans, other MxCC students, and the veterans’ communities and veteran organizations outside MxCC.
Check out some photos of the Veterans’ Club activities:
Veterans can socialize, network, study, and share their experiences. The Veterans’ Club gives back to the community with events such as hot dog fundraisers and making care packages for the troops.
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)
OTHER CAMPUS COMMITTEES:
- Jean Burr Smith Library Advisory committee (one student)
- MxCC Campus Bookstore Advisory committee (one student)
- MxCC Foundation (one student)
SOME OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED: (CONTACT STUDENT ACTIVITIES FOR MORE INFO)
- Campus 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.