Student Organization Training

Student Organization Training

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The Office of Student Activities provides a number of training sessions and workshops throughout the year to ensure the success of our student leaders and the organizations that they choose to work with. Please select the tabs below to learn more about our training options.


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Fall 2016 Sessions

September 22nd: Active Members, Engaging Meetings, Presented by Theresa Giard

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October 20th: Collaboration, Presented by Jen Haugen

November 17th: PR & Public Speaking, Presented by Chris Ambrosio

Spring 2016 Sessions

All sessions were presented on a Thursday each month from 2:00-2:45pm in Room 107.

February 18th: Collaborate to Create Something Great, Presented by Marci Reisman.

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March 10th: No Sweat Guide to Event Planning, Presented by Casey Kensey.

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April 14th: A Year in Review, Presented by Theresa Giard.

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Fall 2015 Sessions

October 1st: Beginning With the End in Mind, Presented by Marci Reisman

When considering the longevity and strength of a student organization, it is important to think about the transition process from current executive board members to future executive board members. Nothing is worse than seeing student invest a significant amount of time into an organization, only for it to fall apart after the key players graduate. Students who attended this session gained insight on how to prepare now to pass the torch and ensure long term success of their organization.

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November 5th: Fundraising 101, Presented by Chris Ambrosio

This session enabled participants to generating some new and unique fundraising ideas and learning about what it takes to effectively fund-raise for a group or project. The presentation gave participants all the information they needed to plan and execute a successful fundraiser.

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December 3rd: Conflict Management, Presented by Emma Blandford

Presented by Emma Blandford, MEd, who was trained in conflict management and mediation at Quinnipiac Law School, this session assisted participants to identify their personal leadership styles and level of comfort with conflict. In addition, Emma trained students to effectively manage conflict within their organization by using terms and words that assist in deescalating a situation while evoking positive conversations.

Because this session was group discussion based, no presentation is available for downloading.


Paperwork and E-Board Training

This year, in an effort to make it easier for you to empower your members to be more involved in your organization, we have moved the paperwork and E-Board Training online.  Below are the links to both trainings. Please encourage your members to go through this online training.

E-Board Training

Paperwork Training


The Office of Student Activities also offers a number of on-the-go sessions for our organizations. Staff from the office will work with you to create an interactive workshop tailored to individual organization needs. Student organizations can request Student Activities staff to present on a topic of their choosing at a retreat, general meeting, executive board meeting, or other function. Below are some topics we are to present on.

  • Budget Management
  • Careers in Student Affairs
  • Communication
  • Creating Positive Group Dynamics
  • Event Planning
  • Officer Transition
  • Promotion & Publicity
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Social Media
  • Fundraising
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Development
  • Mentorship
  • Networking
  • StrengthsQuest
  • Time Management
  • Transitional Skills
  • Values & Character
  • *Personalized Topic

To request a presentation, please contact Lauren Polansky at


Additional Training:

The following trainings are offered throughout the year to provide essential information to student organizations.

  • Early Bird Training
  • Transition Summit
  • Funding Request Packet Workshops
  • “The Council” – Required meetings for all SGA funded organizations



Early Bird Training Fall 2016

The following sessions were presented at Early Bird Training on Friday, August 26, 2016.

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Campus Outreach

Recruitment & Retention

Timelines & Delegation