Office of Student Life

Student Activities

Student Organization Programming

Student Organization leaders, members and advisors can take advantage of a variety of required and optional programs throughout the year. These programs are designed to develop individual leadership skills, build effective teams, engage in the community and navigate university processes and policies. Use the links below for additional information and/or to register for any of these programs. Contact the student organizations team at csls@osu.edu with questions.

Required Trainings

Student organization presidents, treasurers and advisors are required to complete both in-person and online trainings as part of the annual registration renewal process. In-person training dates are typically posted 1-2 weeks before each registration window opens (February 1 and August 15). Visit our training web page to view and register for in-person training sessions. Online trainings may be accessed in the Student Organization Management System, using your name.# to login. You must be listed as primary leader or treasurer on your organization roster to access the online trainings.

Student Invovlement Fairs

The Student Involvement Fair (SIF) is a great place to find a student organization that meets your needs and interests as well as for student organizations to connect with other orgs, find members, and spread the word about their organization. There are two annual Student Involvement Fairs. One takes place during in August Welcome Week and the other takes place in January at the start of Spring Semester. 

Information about the Autumn 2020 Student Involvement Fair will be available in late spring semester.

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats are informal, biweekly, open programs for all student organizations. Members and leaders are invited to connect and share ideas with fellow org leaders as well as learn about campus resources. Each session will focus on a different outcome within the Student Org Success Framework.

Firesides will be held biweekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the KBK Center Lounge, literally at the fireplace. Dates and topics for spring semester include:

  • January 22 - Membership Recruitment and Retention
    • Keep your members motivated and engaged through the end of the year with different retention strategies
  • February 5 - Operational Efficiency
    • Get the attendance, participation, and engagement you want at your regular meetings
  • February 19 - Fundraising and Philanthropy
    • Practical strategies and resources for fundraising for your org
  • March 4 - Purpose and Goals
    • Operationalize your purpose by crafting tangible goals for the coming year, helps fulfill registration requirement of Goals
  • March 18 - Leadership Capacity and Confidence
    • Use the Leadership Practices Inventory to assess and build specific leadership skills
  • April 1 - Connection to Student Organizations
    • Foster close-knit relationships and build a sense of community among members

Light snacks will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged but not required at go.osu.edu/firesidechats. Contact csls@osu.edu for more information.

Teambuilding Cooking Classes for Student Org Leadership Teams

Join us for an evening of teambuilding through cooking with your student organization leadership team. In spring semester 2020, we will offer a small number of cooking classes, just for student org officers. Up to 6 officers from each org will work together to prepare and enjoy a meal together. Cooking classes will be offered in March-April 2020. More details and confirmed dates will be available in early February. Contact csls@osu.edu for additional information.

Community-Building Programs in the KBK Center

In spring semester 2020, funding and advising support will be available for student orgs looking to hold a program in the KBK Center lounge. Programs should be focused on building community within and/or across student organizations. More details and application information will be available in early February. Contact csls@osu.edu for additional information.

150-Hour Volunteer Challenge

In celebration of the university's sesquicentennial anniversary, Student Activities is challenging student organizations to log 150 hours of service. Learn more about the challenge and log hours until March 20, 2020.

KBK Center Open House

All student organizations are invited to our annual Open House in the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. This annual events takes place each October. Join us each fall at the KBK Center Open House for networking, resources, and snacks. Typically held in October, the date for fall 2020 will be published over the summer.

New Organization Meet-Up

Each semester, Student Activities invites new organizations to connect with one another, recognize their progress in getting the organization up and running, and visualize their next steps. Attendees will spend time networking, receive immediate support in org operations, and connect with Student Activities staff and Student Org Success Coaches. The spring 2020 New Org Meet-up is scheduled for Monday, February 3 at 5:30-7 p.m in Pomerene Hall. RSVP information will be coming soon!

Advisor Appreciation Events

Each semester, advisors and co-advisors are invited to a special event as a way to say "thank you" for all their work with student organizations. Join us on Wednesday, February 12 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room for a buffet lunch. Different from breakfast events, this lunch is just for advisors, student guests are not invited to this program. Please register by February 4 at go.osu.edu/advisorappreciation and contact Jen at pelletier.17@osu.edu with questions.

Reading Day in the KBK

All students are welcome to stop by the KBK Center for Student Leadership and Service on Reading Day - December 5, 2019 and April 21, 2020 - for Coffee and Coloring Books. Take time at the end of the semester to relax with fellow student org members and friends. No pre-registration required. Check the Reading Day calendar for specific times.