Welcome to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development!

Student Activities has been an integral element of Student Life since the mid 1970s. With a modest list of organizations reflecting the political and social times of the '70s, our list of Clubs and Organizations has grown to over 60 clubs and organizations and reflects the current interests of our students. Student Activities and Leadership Development play an important role in the daily lives of our students. We encourage you to use your energy and creativity to contribute to the diverse assortment of things to do on campus. The experienced staff in the office believes in our students’ personal growth and education outside of the classroom. The staff’s dedication to the betterment of Student Life represents years in the field and at the University and our doors are open and ready for you to step into the experience and immerse yourself into Student Life!

Students become involved in Student Activities usually within the first two weeks they are here as First Year or Transfer Students. The Student Activities Expo hosted by the Office offers students an opportunity to meet the student leaders of each organization and also see what they are planning for the year.

  • Annual Traditions on campus include, WNEpalooza Music Fest, Homecoming, Midnight Madness, Family and Friends Weekend, October’s Freak Week, and Spring Week including the Spring Event.
  • Departmental clubs will usually host monthly lunchtime programs and meetings featuring speakers or off campus field trips to related career sites.  Special Interests Clubs range from the Outing Club to the Role Playing group named W.A.R.P. and include our student groups performing in the Arts area, Campus Chorus, Golden Bear Bands, and the Stageless Players (drama club), one of the oldest clubs on campus.  
  • Most programming is brought to campus by the Campus Activities Board, the largest subcommittee of Student Senate. Student Senate funds most of the clubs on campus through the annual Student Activities Fee and Class Councils are charged with programming that is not only social but includes community outreach and educational opportunities for their classmates as well. 
  • Student Media is an extension of classroom theory and students are encouraged to participate in The Westerner (newspaper), The Cupola (yearbook), WNEK The Voice, GB-TV (the on-campus television station) and The Review of Art and Literature (the annual literary magazine).

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development is committed to weekend programming. FRIDAYS events (happening weekly and starting at 9:00 p.m.) and “Late Night @ The Rock” events occurring from 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. in the Campus Center on Fridays and Saturdays are the two weekend programs that occur ever week. Weekends also include trips and recreational programs throughout the Northeast region. Many additional programs happen throughout the week as well. Programming on campus is a seven-day operation.

The Leadership Development element of the office is built on developing the potential and talents of our students and begins with the Emerging Leader Leadership Series, followed by the Art of Leadership for Sophomores to the Junior LEADS Conference and the capstone experience of the year long Senior Success Series. Most of the student leaders on campus are involved in many of the other leadership training programs offered by the Office emphasizing the importance of community, personal development, civic responsibility and an appreciation for diversity.

Maureen Hart Keizer
Associate Dean of Students/Student Activities & Leadership Development


Upcoming Events

U&ME Caribbean Food Fest

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Campus Center We are trying to highlight Caribbean cuisine/culture through the university community by showcasing Caribbean cuisine.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Outing Club Tuesday Night Rock Climbing

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Central Rock Gym, Hadley, MA Transportation to Central Rock Gym in Hadley, courtesy of the Outing Club. Participants are expected to pay for climbing pass ($16) and rental gear and belay lesson ($10 combined) if necessary. Limited to undergrad students only.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Outing Club Night Skiing

Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:00 PM
Berkshire East Ski Mountain Transportation to Berkshire East Ski Mountain provided by the Outing Club. Participants are expected to pay for the lift ticket ($15) and rental gear and/or lessons as necessary. Transportation limited to undergrad students.

Event Contact: Student Activities


Friday, February 12, 2016 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Rivers Come play human hungry hungry hippos and laser tag.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Basketball Game

Saturday, February 13, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AHLC Attend a home basketball game to support our school and spread overall spirit.

Event Contact: Student Activities


Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA Support the Alternative Spring Break Trips and take in a Falcon's game at a discount rate.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert


Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rivers Memorial Hall Help RHA raise money for charity by bidding on your favorite Valentine.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert


Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Rock Caf?

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Ebony Food Fest

Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rivers U&ME will be hosting their annual Ebony Food Fest & Gospel concerton Thursday, February 18,2016 at 6pm in Rivers. For more information, contact dashima.washington@wne.edu 0r 413-796- 2369.

Event Contact: Student Activities


Friday, February 19, 2016 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Rivers Memorial Hall

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Outing and CAB Killington Ski Trip

Saturday, February 20, 2016 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Killington Ski Resort, VT Mountain View Lodge, Merdon, VT Come skiing/ snowboarding with the Outing Club & CAB at Killington for the first ever overnight ski trip! Tickets include: 2 day lift ticket, transportation, hotel room, Saturday night snow tubing and Sunday morning breakfast. Rental gear and lesson options available.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert


Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Rivers Memorial Hall Find your inner nerd and head to Rivers for a day full of fun and games.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert


Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Campus Center Game Room Join in the fun as the Campus Center Game Room opens its doors for some late night game play.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert


Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Rock Caf? Join in as Franklin, Everwood, and Windham Hall Councils join together for an evening of fun.

Event Contact: Melissa Lambert

Diversity Series; He's Just Not That Into You

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wood Auditorium Come join CAB in a continuation of the Diversity Film series with a showing of "He's Just Not That Into You" followed by an open forum discussion led by Loni Carter from Health Services.

Event Contact: Student Activities
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