A guide for students: How to get involved on campus

Oct 04, 2017
volleyball game
Students play a game of volleyball during the Welcome Back Bash.

A common question heard on college campuses around the country is, “How do I get involved and stay connected?”

Whether you are a commuter student, on-campus student or an adult returning to college, Newman University has opportunities for everyone to be involved.

Getting started

For starters, the Campus Activities Board  hosts a number of great events — such as party and movie nights, recreational activity and educational programs along with campus traditions such as Homecoming Week and Charity Week.

Another campus organization, the Student Government Association (SGA), provides a great opportunity for students wanting to make a difference on campus. According to the official SGA page, “The SGA represents the students and conveys their needs to the faculty and administration. All students are members of this organization and are represented by elected officers and representatives.”

More information on these and other campus organizations can be found on the Newman University Student Organizations page.

On nearly any given day, campus clubs of all sorts are meeting and mingling. Clubs are available for students to network and get to know their peers.

Campus clubs range from board games, swing dancing, the arts, weight-training, the sciences, sports, and much more.

Senior Jacob Hobbie has been active with many clubs and organizations on campus. He lives on-campus but says regardless of whether you live on or off, getting involved is important to enhancing the Newman experience and forming a camaraderie with fellow students.

NSLS Newman Chapter Executive Board
(L to R) Joel Sponsel with fellow NSLS members Marik Groom, Alyssa Blakley, Bailey McGuffey, Andrea Wheeler (chapter member) and Luke Sponsel

Junior Joel Sponsel is a commuter student who has stayed quite active at Newman. He said, “I have been involved with Knights of Columbus, SGA, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), theater, and chorale and troubadours. I chose to be involved in the above mentioned activities because I was a commuter and wanted to be active on campus.”

“There are so many great clubs and groups on campus that one can be part of,” added Sponsel. “As a benefit of being involved in activities at Newman, my experience has been enriched. I have learned many things and built some great memories with some amazing people. With involvement, the first part of it is getting involved, and the second part is being part of clubs and groups that empower us as students to grow and develop into amazing individuals.”

For a full list of clubs offered, visit the the Newman University Campus Clubs page.

Other ways to get involved

The university hosts a number of prominent speakers, new art shows in Steckline Gallery every month during the academic year, plays and concerts both instrumental and vocal.  Newman also fields 19 different sports teams and home games are free for students to attend. The official Newman Jets page has a full sports schedule.

Below is a sample of events through the end of 2017. All events are free to students with a Newman ID. Specific details are forthcoming for particular events and more information can be found on the events calendar.

  • All Faiths Prayer Service — Oct. 11
  • Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie” — Oct. 12-15
  • Gerber Institute speaker — Father Tad Pacholczyk – Oct. 17
  • Trunk or Treat & Halloween Carnival Games — Oct. 28
  • Fall concert — Oct. 29
  • “Final Friday” — last Friday of every month in the Steckline Gallery
  • “Art for Lunch” — Tuesday following Final Friday
  • Fall instrumental concert — Nov. 5
  • Mission Talk: Sacred Heart College — Nov. 8
  • Alumni Relations: Capture the Flag — Nov. 11
  • “Footloose: The Musical” — Nov. 16 – 19
  • Christmas concert — Dec. 3
  • Heart of America Men’s Chorus concert — Dec. 9 – 10

For every calendar event, visit the Newman University events calendar.