900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
The Office of Student Activities seeks to offer numerous opportunities for co-curricular involvement that supplement classroom learning. The staff is committed to teaching students the value of getting involved outside the classroom, whatever the type or scope of involvement. Through the advisement of student leaders and organizations, programs with an educational, cultural, social, or recreational focus are provided for the campus community. Students are given the opportunity to oversee and implement these programs whenever possible, as the value of student-initiated and run programs cannot be emphasized enough.
The office works in cooperation with students, faculty, and staff on development of the following University programs: Opening Days, Parents and Family Weekend, celebrated speakers and performers, Honors and Awards Program, Women’s Programming, coffeehouses, intramural activities, and outdoor programs. Student organization formation, University recognition, and program advising are also coordinated through the office.
All undergraduate students taking more than 1.5 credits automatically hold membership in the ASWU. Committees of student government include the Elections Board and Finance Board. Students in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to hold ASWU office if they are in good academic and disciplinary standing and are registered as regular students of the University. Students on academic or disciplinary probation may not hold an office or represent the University in any public manner. The required standard of academic work and conduct must be maintained throughout the tenure of office or participation in a nonacademic program.
The George Putnam University Center, renovated in 1995, is designed to serve as the hub of campus activity and as a meeting place for members of the Willamette University community. The University Center serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests through facilities and programs including: mail, meeting rooms, dining facilities, space for student organizations, general campus information, and administrative offices. The University Center also houses the Bistro (the student-run coffeehouse) and the Willamette Store, Travel Center, MaPS Credit Union, and University Information Center.
Willamette students have the opportunity to participate in many student organizations, ranging from multicultural groups, student chapters of professional societies, and the Associated Students of Willamette University, to religious organizations, academic honoraries, and special interest groups. A complete listing of student organizations is provided annually in the Student Handbook which is distributed to all undergraduates and is available on the Web.