Opportunities for Leadership and Involvement on Campus
Classroom learning is only one aspect of a college education. The Bryant experience provides many opportunities for students to discover their talents and develop their abilities outside of the classroom setting through a wide variety of activities. Most campus social and cultural events are planned and implemented by students.
Through these experiences, students develop valuable interpersonal and leadership skills. In fact, many Bryant graduates report that their involvement in student activities and programs contributed significantly to their career success.
The Office of Campus Engagement strives to create an inclusive atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth through leadership, programming, service opportunities, and new student programs. As the living room of the campus, they provide services and programs that enhance the life of their community. Their team supports, challenges, and mentors students, employees, and organizations to fulfill the mission and vision of Bryant University.
Housed in the newly-renovated Fisher Student Center, the Office of Campus Engagement includes both Involvement and Operations. The staff provides support to nearly 100 student organizations. They also oversee Orientation, Opening Weekend, community service, Greek Life, leadership development programs, major campus events such as Parents and Family Weekend (planned in conjunction with the Student Senate), Spring Weekend, and Bryant @ Night.
The Campus Engagement staff also advise major student organizations, including The Archway newspaper, Commuter Connection, Student Programming Board, Student Senate, WJMF Radio, and the Ledger yearbook.
Within the Fisher Student Center, lounges and study areas provide students with a comfortable place to relax, socialize, and complete homework. Wireless access throughout the building allows small groups to meet and work on projects together.
A pool table, other game tables, and ATM machines are located in the Fisher Student Center, which also offers dining facilities with a variety of food options, from sandwiches to ice cream and snacks. In addition the Intercultural Center, the Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center, the Pride Center, and the bookstore are all located within the Fisher Student Center.
Opportunities for service learning are available at Bryant through several avenues. The Office of Campus Engagement acts as a clearinghouse for students interested in building leadership skills through community service involvement.
Leadership Development Programs
A number of different programs and retreats are available for students at all leadership levels. Bryant University is committed to educating future leaders in business, not-for-profit industries, and local communities. In addition to classroom work, students can take part in a number of co-curricular forums to develop and practice leadership skills.
Parents’ and Family Weekend
Planned in conjunction with the Student Senate, this program welcomes parents, guardians, and families to campus. This event, held in October, offers a full array of activities and entertainment all can enjoy.
Clubs and Organizations for Students
Student Programming Board
The Student Programming Board (SPB) is responsible for programming a variety of social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities for the entire Bryant community. This organization’s primary goal is to enhance campus life through the presentation of quality and diverse entertainment. The center of student entertainment, SPB plans and sponsors on-campus blockbuster movies, comedy shows and coffeehouses, special weekends, concerts, debates, lectures, films, and novelty programs. SPB is also a primary sponsor of The Big B, which takes place the first weekend after classes begin in the fall semester, and Spring Weekend. All students are encouraged to participate in planning and implementing SPB programs.
The Bryant University Student Senate is the central student governing body and serves as a channel of communication among the students, faculty, and administration. The Senate consists of a six-member executive committee and 20 senators, who are elected in the spring of each year, except for freshmen, who are elected in the fall semester. The Senate sponsors the annual Parents’ and Family Weekend, and class activities. Working in conjunction with University administration, the Senate is responsible for approving the constitutions of all student organizations on campus. Although recognition does not imply sponsorship by Bryant University, the following independent student organizations are recognized by the Student Senate and Bryant University:
- Commuter Connection
- Greek Leadership
- International Student Organization
- Multicultural Student Union
- Student Union
- Student Programming Board
- Student Senate
Several Media Organizations are also Major Organizations.
- Accounting Association
- Actuarial Association
- Bryant Economic Student Association
- Bryant Marketing Association
- Bryant Psychology Association
- Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO)
- Communication Society
- Delta Sigma Pi
- Finance Association
- International Business Association
- Legal Studies Society
- Pi Sigma Epsilon
- Scientific Community Initiative
- Society of Global Supply Chain Management
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Interfraternity Council
- Order of Omega
- Panhellenic Council
- The Archway1 (Newspaper)
- Ledger1 (Yearbook)
- WJMF Radio Station1
- TV/Media Production Club
Also considered Major Organizations.
- Bryant Bowling Club
- Bryant Cheerleading Club
- Bryant Hockey Club
- Bryant University Bulldog Dancers
- Karate Club
- Men’s Rugby Club
- Men’s Volleyball
- Racquetball Club
- Squash Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Women’s Crew
- Women’s Rugby Club
Culture and Service Groups
- Alliance for Women’s Awareness (AWA)
- Big Brothers | Big Sisters of Bryant
- Bryant Helps
- Bryant Pride
- Bryant University Spanish Culture Organization (BUSCO)
- China Bryant Connection
- Circle Up
- Colleges Against Cancer
- Dragon Dance Team
- Franco B.U. (Francophones de Bryant University)
- Health Education Awareness Leaders (H.E.A.L.)
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
- Italian-American Association
- Model United Nations
- One Campaign
- The Venue
- Wishful Thinking
Special Interest Groups
- aDvANCEd Evolution Dance Team
- Anime and Literature Society
- The Bottom Line (a capella group)
- Bryant Debaters
- Bryant Fashion Forum
- Bryant Jazz Ensemble
- Bryant Outdoor Adventure Club (BOAC)
- Bryant Players
- Bryant Singers
- Bryant University Badminton Club
- Bryant University Chamber Ensemble
- Bryant University Fishing Club
- Bryant University Gamers
- Bryant University Golf Club
- Cricket Club
- Men's Club Soccer
- Mock Trial
- The Podium
- Running Club
- Ski & Snowboard Club
- Student Experiences Abroad Club (SEAC)
- Velocity Dance Team
- Wrestling Club
Fraternities and Sororities
The following national sororities and fraternities have chapters at Bryant University:
|Delta Chi||Alpha Omicron Pi|
|Delta Kappa Epsilon||Delta Zeta|
|Phi Kappa Tau||Sigma Sigma Sigma|
|Sigma Chi||Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.|
|Tau Kappa Epsilon|
The Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council coordinate the various activities of the sororities and fraternities.
Clubs and Organizations - Student Media
Under student leadership, the University newspaper is published weekly during the academic year. Its research, writing, editing, photography, typesetting, layout, and business management are handled entirely by the student staff with support from Campus Engagement staff.
Students write, edit, design, and provide photography for The Ledger, the University yearbook, which is published annually.
WJMF Radio Station
Housed in the Communications Complex, WJMF Radio Station features student DJs broadcasting diverse programming 24/7 during the academic year. In addition to broadcasting, students plan many events such as the annual Bryant Held Hostage fundraiser and Springstock concert. As the result of a groundbreaking partnership with Boston public broadcaster, WGBH, the station has transitioned to an HD format, increasing its signal from 225 to 1,200 watts. Students also take advantage of the latest in technology and internships that are offered as a result of the partnership.
The 3,000 square foot High Definition multimedia production facility is both a state-of-the-art training ground for students studying communication and a valued resource for the entire Bryant community. Its expansive studio floor features three permanent, dedicated sets for filming talk shows, news and scripted comedy/drama, under a full lighting grid, with an adjacent HD control room. The facility also offers an extensive supply of HD field gear and video editing stations all the hardware and software needed to go from preproduction through post production. A mobile production unit is also available for multi-camera video recording of live events around campus.