St. Mary's College of Maryland

Campus Resources and Services: Student Activities

Kelly Schroeder, Assistant Dean of Students
Campus Center 143, 240-895-4209

The Office of Student Activities provides opportunities for students’ personal growth through exposure to multicultural experiences and engagement in leadership development and active citizenship. These out-of-classroom experiences complement the academic program and enhance the educational experience, through leadership, service, social, intellectual, cultural, recreational, and governance programs. Students who become involved on campus are able to develop life skills through active participation in clubs and co-curricular activities. Opportunities exist for making significant contributions to student life at SMCM through the more than 70 recognized clubs and organizations. The Office of Student Activities advises the student governing bodies, programming committees, and media of the Student Government Association (SGA). It also serves as a resource for the College’s clubs and organizations.

Students who live off-campus and commute to classes may feel isolated from the daily activities and social interactions that resident students enjoy. Involvement in SGA, participation in campus events, and taking advantage of services for commuters help make St. Mary’s College a home away from home. In the Campus Center, lockers are available for storing books and valuables, and bulletin boards provide up-to-date information about on-campus events. Students choosing to bring their own food can use the refrigerator, microwave, and toaster that are available in the Commuter Kitchen, Campus Center room 146.  A commuter meal plan can be purchased from the Business Office through the Portal. Additional services include the off-campus housing list, coordinated by the Office of Residence Life. This service works closely with area realtors and landlords to find reasonable housing for commuter students.

The Service and Social Change Program in the Office of Student Activities was formed in response to student interest in volunteerism, service, and social and environmental activism. While the foundation of the Service and Social Change Program is in student clubs and projects, service-learning courses are offered in the curriculum, and faculty members advise and mentor students interested in the five areas of specialization within the program – education and youth development; environmental awareness and advocacy; human and health services; poverty and economic justice; and equality and social justice.