The mission of Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Student Activities Office is to provide leadership, support, and co-curricular education and activities to compliment the formal educational experience by providing social learning and leadership opportunities that promote student development.
The student organizations are as diverse as our student body and are a great way to meet new people and enhance your college experience. There are also scholarship opportunities for student leaders who serve as the president or vice president of a student organization, or hold an office in Student Government.
- Student Lounge
- Event Planning
- OFF Campus Trips
Quentin P. Smith Student Lounge
Quentin was a member of the Tuskegee Airman 477th Composite Group and one of the last Tuskegee Airmen, Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Gary City Councilman, Trustee of the Calumet College of Joseph. Graduate of Indiana State University in 1940, Masters Degree in English. A long time educator of Gary Public Schools where he served as teacher, guidance counselor, Principal of Roosevelt Junior High School, the first principal of Westside High School.
CCSJ’s student center is The Place to be and be seen on campus. And the best part, as a student all activities are FREE!
The center offers
- A game room complete with consoles and the latest games;
- pool, ping pong and darts;
- board games;
- large 3D flat screen television;
- Wi-Fi access; and
- fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, strength training, salsa dancing and more starting fall 2014.
Effective communication is the key to the success of any event or program conducted by a student club or organization. Below is an outline that has been designed to help you take advantage of the communication systems available to members of the college family when planning events and programs for which you want to encourage college-wide participation.
As the saying goes “timing is everything.” Some of the most effective means of communication within the college is the use of electronic messaging, brochures, and posters. Be sure to allow your organization sufficient planning time for the creation of such materials.
Copiers can be used on the Student Activity Center, Specker Library, and 5th floor. Posters have to be approved by the Director of Student Activities prior to placement. Placement of posters should be in high traffic areas no later than one week prior to the event. Clubs are welcome to place flyers or announcements in mailboxes located in the Information Center , room 186 or in the Student Activity Center, as well as, in the elevators. Electronic bulletins have to be sent to me and I will forward it onto our webmaster. College distribution emails can be sent to your club advisor or the Director of Student Activities to forward on to the college family.
Booking a room for your event is crucial to its success. As soon as you have chosen the date for your event stop by the Student Activity Center’s front desk to make your request. A Rooms and Catering form can also be email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An employee from the Student Activity Center will notify you no later than 4 days after the request was submit regarding your request.
The school newspaper will be published on a bi-monthly basis. Any club activity or event should be advertised and covered by the newspaper staff. Email Shavings so your activity can appear in the paper. Please allow three to four weeks for publication.
- It is the responsibility of the club to provide all items necessary for food sale (coffee, ice, paper plates, napkins, condiments, serving utensils, etc.)
- A catering form requesting the kitchen must be filled out two weeks prior to the event.
- No kitchen items may be used by student clubs. Club may access our designated cabinet by making a request for it to be opened by any Student Activity worker located in the Quentin P. Smith Student Lounge.
- Kitchen must be cleaned after use and all utensils must be returned to their original location. This includes wiping down sink, counters, tables, and refrigerator.
- No food or beverages are allowed in the refrigerator overnight unless a food sale is the following day.
- Food fundraiser must be cleaned after event.
- Extension cords must be put on the maintenance request form (forms can be found on the website).
- Please note if the kitchen or fundraising area is not cleaned the club’s account will be fined $100. The fine increases per day at a rate of $50 per day.
Calumet College of St. Joseph believes that sponsored off-campus activities can be an important part of a students’ overall learning experience. However, off-campus activities can involve significant risks, both to students participating in them and also to the University based upon the manner in which students conduct themselves during the event. Take the time and read the policy and procedure for off-campus trips (Travel Policy). When your club or organization is hosting an off-campus trip, the following procedures outlined below must be practiced. Fill out the Off-Campus Travel Form (form below). Once you receive approval from the Office of Student Activities have participants fill out the waiver (click on link for form). Club should keep one copy for their records.
Bring the original waiver and copy of van request form to the Office of Student Activities one week prior to trip.
The Office of Student Activities' intramural mission is to provide students, faculty, and staff participation opportunities which promote health, fitness, and wellness through a variety of structured and informal recreational activities and adventures emphasizing lifelong wellness. These opportunities will be purposeful in fostering the growth of ones' spirit, mind, and body.
For more information about the CCSJ Intramurals and to sign up please contact:
Clubs & Student Organizations
There are many ways for students to get involved on campus. The Office of Student Activities has several student-run clubs and organizations to serve as a connecting point for students with interest in service organizations, cultural awareness groups, performance ensemble groups, sports recreation, education advancement or exploration, and student leadership opportunities to name a few.
Become a part of the action. Clubs and organizations are always looking for great members like you. For more information explore our clubs and organizations listed below or visit the Quentin P. Smith Student Lounge.
The mission of the CCSJ Black Student Union is to construct a positive social outlet in representation of the African American culture and to develop educational skills inside and outside the institution.
As BSU our goals are:
- To broaden and enhance the educational and social experience of the minority students at CCSJ.
- To increase involvement of minority students in activities of CCSJ.
- To sponsor activities that uphold the goals of the Black Student Union.
- Aid in the Advancement of the minority community.
BSU Rules and Regulations
- All officers must have at least 25 credit hours with a G.P.A of at least 2.5.
- All decisions will be made by group consensus.
- All members must participate in at least two activities or events per semester and must participate in activities for the month of February.
- All members claiming to be part of BSU should attend at least one meeting per month.
- All members should be advised as to not discredit any other club or club members.
Through creative presentation, the CCSJ Drama Club presents literature across the generations and blends them to create collective appreciation and expanded levels of acting, drama and creativity. The club also writes original pieces for critique and performance.
Our Creative Writing program features multi-genre workshops, numerous open-mike opportunities, publication and editing opportunities, and a wide variety of visiting writers, and the Creative Writing Club serves to augment the program.
The creative writing club also supports an annual literary magazine (Against the Grain) and several open mike literary events throughout the year as well as our Writers@Work series of visiting writers. The club also supports travel to Chicago Shakespeare theater and other local literary events. Two officers receive scholarship grants in return for their leadership efforts.
Advisor - Kirk Robinson
G.I.V.E. Get Involved, Value Everyone is a serving learning club founded in 2012. We welcome all students, regardless of major. Service learning is a great resume and skill builder. We network with a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Northwest Indiana. We are always looking for new members with a passion for volunteering!
Our upcoming events include: Volunteer Awareness Week, Day of Caring, Campout Against Hunger, Competitive Food Drive, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and Andrew Carnegie Day of Service.
In line with the mission of Calumet College of St. Joseph and the Office of Servant Leadership, G.I.V.E. (Get Involved, Value Everyone) strives to bring together individuals to engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities which aim to develop a lifelong enthusiasm and commitment to community service.
The Los Amigos Club strongly believes in the intellectual excellence of minorities and their role in the decision-making processes of the future. This organization is committed to trying to develop its members to the fullest potential in order to better serve the community.
We have the following goals...
- To encourage and motivate Hispanic youth to higher education and/or technical-vocational training.
- To strengthen the student's self-image and cultural identity so as to build up his or her educational potential.
- To develop and utilize our skills and assets to contribute to the overall success of this organization and, more importantly, to help society as a whole.
The Los Amigos Club of Calumet College of St. Joseph is open to ALL the students of the college.
"It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity."-Used with permission of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation
The mission of the CCSJ Paralegal Club is to promote professionalism and assist its members in the development of the skills, knowledge, and the creation of their legal foundation. The PLC is a club committed to creating a lasting positive change in the lives of its members and the legal community. The PLC is comprised of goal-oriented individuals who have come together to learn and support each other. The PLC is helping students create and achieve their goals for a better and more successful tomorrow.
- Introduce and deepen students' understanding of philosophy through group discussion.
- Connect the ideas of philosophy to events, media (movies, books, music, etc), and the issues in students' everyday lives.
- Reinforce and expand upon the ideas discussed in students' humanities and philosophy courses and relate those ideas to course material.
- Provide CCSJ students with opportunities to explore philosophical issues in more depth than their classes through discussions, public debates, and other events (decided by members of the club each semester).
Discipline | Commitment | Team Spirit | Do you have what it takes?
As members of the CCSJ rowing club, we learn to row, practice on Wolf Lake, maintain our equipment, work out and make healthy lifestyle choices to better ourselves, and compete against other clubs and colleges.
Rowing is a physically demanding sport, as well as the ultimate team sport. Rowers must be committed to attending practices, working out, and staying healthy. No experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim. Practices take place at the Illiana Yacht Club on Wolf Lake. Before you get into the boat, you must learn the basic form of the rowing stroke on the rowing machine in the weight room, under the supervision of the club advisor.
The mission of the Science Club is to educate students of the various aspects of science and promote awareness of the scientific field by organizing events that involve both traditional as well as scientific activities and by participating in meetings and activities in our scientific community.
SHRM is a global HR professional organization that exists to:
- Build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities.
- Provide a community for human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to share expertise and create innovative solutions on people management issues.
- Proactively provide thought leadership, education and research to human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions.
- Serve as an advocate to ensure that policy makers, law makers and regulators are aware of key people concerns facing organizations and the human resource profession.
Angelique Cassell - President
Matthew Morales - Vice President
Brian Zimmer - Treasurer/Secretary
Delisa Rosetti - Club Advisor
All members of the student body of Calumet College of St. Joseph are members of the Student Union and are governed by its constitution. Its student-elected and/or appointed members are the Student Government. The Student Government, representing the Student Union, serves as a channel of communication and consultation between the student body, Board of Trustees, the faculty, and administration. Student representatives serve on appropriate college committees.
Luke Matulewicz - President
Zhane Nolan - Vice-President
Aimee Perhach - Secretary
Brian Contreras - Treasurer
Clubs & Organizations Information
- Registration Form
- Returning Club Registration
- Starting a New Club
- Policies & Rules
The following form must be completed and submitted one month prior to the start of the fall semester by each student organization or club. If you have questions, contact the Office of Student Activities, (219) 473-4222.
For a complete understanding of Student Activity policies, processes and becoming a “Registered Student Club/Organization”, please read the Student Club/Organization Resource Manual.
Student Club/Organization Registration Form
Student Clubs Agreement:
I agree to have the president, vice president and advisor’s contact information published for materials presented in the Office of Student Activities to be distributed to the general public and on the website. The information will be given to people inquiring about the aforementioned student club/organization.
We certify that all members or non-members participating in activities sponsored or required by our club/organization will comply with Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Non-Hazing Policy. The policy will be read to the members each semester. We understand that failure to uphold the Non-Hazing Policy of Calumet College of St. Joseph will result in an organizational disciplinary hearing and/or individual disciplinary hearings(s). Individuals within an organization, as well as, the organization itself may be held responsible for violations and may receive sanctions and/or disciplinary action.
We understand that participation in any hazing activity or having knowledge of hazing and taking no action to stop the activity is, in effect, giving approval.
The e-signature of the club/organization president certify that the information has been read, is correct, understood, and agreed to abide by per the terms of Calumet College of St. Joseph and the Office of Student Activities
2015-2016 Club Renewal Process
It is that time of year again to renew your club or organization for the 2015-2016 school year! The Office of Student Activities is very excited to guide you through this process! It has been a pleasure to work with you this past year and we look forward to what next year has in store.
To be recognized as an official student club/organization you must register every year. Returning clubs/organizations must re-register before the start of the fall semester in order to be receive student club benefits. The annual re-registration process consists of:
- Submitting an updated Student Club/Organization Registration by 5pm on Monday, August 3, 2016. (Please note: Director of Student Activities has final approval for advisor appointment.)
- Submit current Club Constitution and/or Club Bylaws.
Club Renewal Approval
Once your club or organization has submitted all required materials, Student Government and the Office of Student Activities will perform a review of eligibility. The review includes:
- Membership Review
- Constitution of Review
- Advisor Confirmation
- Verification of Good Standing
If your club or organization has fulfilled all requirements, your club or organization President will receive a notification. If proposed club registration is denied either the Office of Student Activities or a member of Student Government will notify in writing of the decision one week after the registration deadline.
Club/Organization Benefits and Responsibilities
- Approved club/organization executive officers must attend the 2-day orientation and workshop in August. (Check on the website for orientation dates)
- Club benefits include funding, promotion, the opportunity to reserve campus space for events and meetings. All registered clubs are eligible for an allotment up to $500 per year, contingent upon need. Clubs may raise additional funds if need exceeds initial funding cap.
- Clubs/Organizations are responsible for scheduling all activities with Director of Student Activities no later than two months prior to the event. Clubs/Organizations seeking activity approval one month prior might encounter denial.
- Clubs/Organizations must obtain permission from the club advisor or Director of Student Activities to solicit donations from area businesses, agencies outside of Calumet College of St. Joseph and individuals. When letters of solicitation are being used the college’s Tax I.D. number must be printed on the document (click here for example).
- Clubs/Organizations should reserve campus space or rooms as far in advance as possible. When scheduling with the Director of Student Activities, the proper contact will be identified, and the club/organizations will responsible for reserving each event. Additional security charges will be applied for events extending past 10:30 p.m., M-F; 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday.
- Clubs/Organizations are responsible for requesting security through the Director of Student Activities for campus events scheduled when the campus is closed. These requests must be made at least one month in advance of the event.
- All contracts for paid performers, speakers, etc. must be approved by the Director of Student Activities and signed by the Vice President of Enrollment and Retention. No club officer, member or club advisor is authorized to sign contracts on behalf of the club/organization or institution.
- Events open to the public must be catered by a licensed caterer/ restaurant.
- No alcohol is permitted for any club/organization event on campus. Alcohol may be served at off campus events in a hall or restaurant by the licensed venue.
- Off-campus events must have security booked through the hall or restaurant. The club advisor must be present throughout the entire event.
For complete details of policy and procedures refer to the Student Club/Organization Resource Manual.
External Club or Organization Rules and Policies for Recognition
Clubs or organizations seeking recognition must register every semester in order to be approved from SGA and the Director of Student Activities. The registration process consists of:
- Submitting current operation documents of the parent organization, constitution, bylaws, parent organization advisor contact information along with a CCSJ registration application to SGA and meet with the Director of Student Activities. All forms are due by 5pm on Monday, August 3, 2015.
- If the proposed Club or organization is denied written notification of the decision will be emailed or mailed by the Director of Student Activities.
* Affiliated registered clubs or organizations will not receive funding from Calumet College of St. Joseph. The college will not be held responsible for any acts of violence or disruption.
All accepted clubs or organizations must:
- Provide at least one activity open to the CCSJ community per semester that promote education, recreation, culture, or social in nature and do not demonstrate danger, acts of violence, or disruption.
- Participate in the college’s holiday community parties and membership drive.
Statement of Compliance: Each club is responsible for knowing and abiding by all CCSJ policies, procedures, and student expectations as well as federal, state, and local laws.
Starting a new club/organization For new clubs/organizations registering for the first time, the process consists of following the procedures in order listed below:
- CCSJ student candidates for club membership (for the club pending approval) must identify club officers and a faculty/staff member to serve as the club advisor.
- A CCSJ student must submit the online Student Club/ Organization Registration form.
- The pending club officers must appear before and obtain approval from Student Government.
- If approved by Student Government, the pending club officers must meet and obtain approval from the Director of Student Activities.
- The new Student Club must file a Club Constitution with the Director of Student Activities.
Anti-Hazing Policy: Hazing is strictly prohibited. Hazing shall be defined as any conduct which subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with a group or organization.
Club Policies and Rules
A Student Club or Organization must:
- Clubs must have a minimum of 7 currently registered CCSJ students as active members on its registry.
- Clubs must maintain an open membership program that encourages prospective members to join. All meetings and events must be open to the entire CCSJ student union.
- Clubs or organization affiliated with a parent organization must submit operating documents of the parent organization (constitution and bylaws) along with a CCSJ organization application.
- Have an elected president and vice-president and club advisor.
- Provide at least two activities open to the CCSJ community per semester that are educational, recreational, cultural, or social in nature and do not demonstrate danger, acts of violence, or disruption.
- Clubs need to appoint a member to attend monthly SGA Executive meetings. Contact Student Activities for meetings days and times.
- When clubs or organizations plan to solicit gifts or raise funds by approaching individuals, businesses or agencies outside of Calumet College of St. Joseph, they are required to obtain prior approval.
- Abide by the created club constitution and by all CCSJ policies, procedures, and student expectations as well as federal, state, and local laws.
All student organizations must also create and maintain a constitution. A Constitution contains the fundamental principles which govern an organization's operation. The development of a Constitution will serve to clarify your purpose and delineate your basic operating structure. It will also allow members and potential members to have a better understanding of the organization. You should create a constitution that is representative of your organization’s goals, purposes, and practices. The constitution will help the organization function in the future, prevent miscommunication within the group, and lay the groundwork to handle a number of issues. Be advised that each student group is unique and should have a constitution that reflects this point. A sample constitution is available as a guide to help you get started and to highlight important ideas to consider.
The following 6 sections MUST appear in EVERY student club constitution:
Club Officer Duties and Responsibilities
The President and Vice President of the student club are responsible for submitting all required paperwork and attending all required meetings with the Coordinator of Student Activities. Student leader must plan and lead the club’s meetings and club activities, as well as, abide by the constitution of the club.
Club Expectation Policy
Each club must meet at least twice a month and submit meeting minutes to the Coordinator of Student Activities. Each club must present two activities/events per semester that is open to the entire student union. Fundraising activities are generally not considered events; however, exceptions are possible at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Activities. All funds collect from events must be submitted the day after the event. Event calendars must be submitted to the Coordinator of Student Activities at the end of the school year
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Membership and participation in club activities and elections in the proposed club/organization must be without regard to characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Statement of selecting and replacing club/organization officers
Each club/organization must determine procedures for elections and removing officers from posts due to graduation, academic ineligibility, suspension, or other scenarios that warrant officer removal or replacement.
Statement of Compliance
Each club is responsible for knowing and abiding by all CCSJ policies, procedures, and student expectations as well as federal, state, and local laws.
Director of Student Activities
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Monday & Thursday:
10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday & Wednesday:
10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: