Student Activity Center: Where Students Are All Insiders

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Have a great idea that you’re certain the campus would value? Trying to find your niche on campus—outside the classroom? Need some ideas to publicize your organization’s event?

The Student Activity Center (SAC) helps UCSF students maximize their “out of classroom” moments, find like-minded friends across disciplines, and build community.

“UCSF is a busy and professional environment that can be stressful for our students,” said Maureen Conway, director of the Student Activity Center. “The Center promotes staying balanced, healthy and academically successful.”

The Center features programs and events to create community on and off campus each week, along with opportunities to get involved and make a difference. The Student Activity Center offers a variety of ways to get event news:

  • the Student Inside Guide, an online resource,
  • the Thursday e-mail newsletter called the Student Insider,
  • the Inside Guide Facebook page.

UCSF students who recently “liked” the Facebook page were alerted to Shakespeare in a neighborhood parklet, free ice cream at 31 Flavors, and detailed info on apartment- hunting in the City.

Helpful people at SAC

The SAC also has people ready to help students,  from forming campus clubs, planning events and setting up voter-registration tables to providing the poster paints for signs and introducing you to the visiting pups from the SPCA!

SAC is also home to the two student governments, the ASUC and GSA.

Groups of students with mutual interests, shared ethnicity, or common goals who want to form a Registered Campus Organization (RCO) can visit the Center for assistance, or access online registration forms and information through the RCO web portal

In the fall frenzy of programs and opportunities, the Center offers students “What We Can Do For You,” a list of services and materials available to student groups.

Keeping Students Healthy

One of the most popular events of the fall is Dog Days, held every Friday in October, when you can pet the pups from Animal Assisted Therapy. It’s a chance for students to chill out and de-stress! Check the Inside Guide listing for exact times and locations.

When the days get shorter and the workloads get heavier, stay tuned for winter quarter Student Passport to Wellness Program (P2W) for campuswide wellness programs designed to keep students healthy and to make time for themselves.

“We make your planning for free time easy and productive,” said Conway.