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.

For spring semester 2020, all in-person trainings will be offered virtually and all in-person programs have been postponed to the 2020-2021 academic year. We look forward to connecting with you in the fall.

Required Trainings - in-person trainings offered via CarmenZoom

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 Involvement 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 - postponed to 2020-2021

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.

In light of university recommendations about non-essential events, the remaining sessions have been cancelled for spring 2020. We expect to offer these sessions again in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student organization staff and Coaches are available to consult with you virtually on a variety of topics related to your organization's success. Contact our team at csls@osu.edu for assistance or with questions.

Teambuilding Cooking Classes for Student Org Leadership Teams - postponed to 2020-2021

Join us for an evening of teambuilding through cooking with your student organization leadership team. Your org leaders will work together to prepare and enjoy a meal. And yes, you can take home the leftovers.

These sessions are focused on strengthening leadership teams/ executive boards/ committee chairs and are not intended for general members. To fit at the cooking stations, ONLY teams of 3 or 6 leaders from each org will be allowed to attend. There is no cost to attend, ingredients and chef-instruction will be provided. 

In light of university recommendations about non-essential events, these sessions have been cancelled for spring 2020. We expect to offer these again in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student organization staff and Coaches are available to consult with you virtually on teambuilding and leadership topics related to your organization's success. Contact our team at csls@osu.edu for assistance or with questions.

Community-Building Programs in the KBK Center - postponed to 2020-2021

In spring semester 2020, funding (up to $500) and advising support will be available for student organizations looking to hold a program in the KBK Center lounge or other Ohio Union space. Programs should focus on building community within and/or across student organizations. Examples of programs could include student org networking, hands-on service project, craft projects, roundtables, watch parties, member teambuilding, or other creative ideas. 

In light of university recommendations about non-essential events, this resource has been discontinued for spring 2020. We expect to offer it again in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student organization staff and Coaches are available to consult with you virtually on community-building and member development topics related to your organization's success. Contact our team at csls@osu.edu for assistance or with questions.

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 19, 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 Networking Night - postponed to 2020-2021

Student Activities invites all new student organizations to an event designed to facilitate your transition into an established member of our student organization community. Our goal is to equip you with the tools you need to be successful so that your organization builds a foundation that ensures it will last for years to come.

Attendees can look forward to engaging with our most frequently sought-after student organization resources, learning more about the support that is available, and networking with one another over an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Any leader or member of your organization is welcome to attend.

In light of university recommendations about non-essential events, this event has been cancelled. We expect to offer this again in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student organization staff and Coaches are available to consult with you virtually on a variety of topics related to your organization's success. Contact our team at csls@osu.edu for assistance or with questions.

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 in autumn semester 2020 for our annual breakfast event. Specific details will be posted over the summer.

Reading Day in the KBK - postponed to 2020-2021

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.

In light of university recommendations about non-essential events, the April event has been cancelled. We expect to offer Reading Day activities in the KBK Center again in the 2020-2021 academic year. Contact our team at csls@osu.edu for assistance or with questions.