Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

1530 Student Life


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Student Life at Georgia State University includes a broad variety of experiences outside the classroom. From personal development workshops to student organization experiences, there is an opportunity for every student to find the right activities to make the most of their college experience.

There are student life offices on every campus to assist students with making the most of their out-of-class experience at Georgia State University by engaging with their peers in a variety of ways. Options for students include both on-campus and virtual connections. Check with your campus Student Life office or visit pin.gsu.edu to find out more ways to get involved.

Contact information for Student Life on each campus is available at studentorganizations.gsu.edu/contact.

1530.10 Student Organizations

More than 400 registered student organizations offer Georgia State University students a wide variety of involvement opportunities. From community service and cultural groups to political and recreational groups, these student organizations reflect a vast array of interests. In addition to providing students with a connection to others with like interests, active involvement in student organizations also offers opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership skills by serving as an officer or planning events and programs.

A listing of all registered student organizations is available in the Panther Involvement Network website at pin.gsu.edu. Additional resources as well as how register a new student organization can be found at studentorganizations.gsu.edu.

For more information, visit studentorganizations.gsu.edu. Contact information for each campus is listed in the About section.

1530.11 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice of the student body and works with faculty, staff and administration to serve and represent the students of Georgia State University. The SGA consists of the following branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. As the representative body for students at Georgia State University, the SGA promotes student self-governance and enables elected students to express the opinions of their fellow students. The university adheres to the philosophy that student representation within the larger university structure is a catalyst for student growth and development.

The SGA has the authority and responsibility consistent with the SGA constitution and bylaws, policies of the University and the laws of the State of Georgia, to participate in the recommendation of student activity fees allocations, to appoint student representatives to college and university committees, to maintain self-governance and to work to resolve institutional student issues and concerns.

The SGA’s meetings are posted on sga.gsu.edu and in the Panther Involvement Network. For more information, visit sga.gsu.edu or email asksga@sga.gsu.edu.

1530.12 Fraternity & Sorority Life

Involvement in Fraternity & Sorority Life at Georgia State University gives students the opportunity to experience leadership development, serve in the local Atlanta and campus community, network with alumni to form career opportunities and make lifelong friendships. In addition, involvement in fraternities and sororities increases students’ chances of graduating from college, enhances their overall academic achievement and improves their satisfaction with their college experience.

There are four governing bodies of fraternities and sororities: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (PC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). With approximately 30 organizations from which to choose, students can find an organization that provides the experience they are seeking.

For more information, visit Fraternity & Sorority Life located in Student Center West, Suite 475, call 404-413-1582 or visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life website greeklife.gsu.edu.

1530.13 Honor Societies and Professional Organizations

Honor societies recognize the academic and co-curricular accomplishments of students. Students may be invited to join an honor society based on their year in school, major, or campus involvement. Professional organizations connect students to their future profession. Many professional organizations are affiliated with national organizations which provides students the opportunity to network with others in the profession. Participation in honor societies and professional organizations provides students important career building opportunities.

For more information, visit studentorganizations.gsu.edu or the Panther Involvement Network website at pin.gsu.edu.

1530.20 Sports Clubs

Sport Club Student Organizations are made up of individuals who have a desire to compete or participate in a sport throughout their college career. These sport clubs are formed because no varsity team exists, or because the talent, dedication, and interest to the sport demand an opportunity other than varsity athletics or intramurals. Sport Club teams function under student leadership and the monies needed to support them are generated through membership dues, fundraisers, donations, Recreation Services, or university support. Coaches and leaders are often unpaid volunteers or students. Teams or groups hold regular practices and often compete in an organized league with other collegiate sport club teams. Prior to any sport club submitting the New Organization Registration at the Atlanta Campus, the group must obtain approval from the Sport Clubs Coordinator in the Recreation Services. Prior to any sport club submitting the New Organization Registration at a Perimeter College campus, the group must obtain approval from the Associate/Assistant Director of Student Life.

For more information, visit recreation.gsu.edu/sport-clubs.

1530.30 Student Programs

Panther Activities Council (PAC) is a student programming board at Perimeter College that plans and produces social, educational, entertainment and health related programs for students. Each Perimeter College campus has its own independent PAC that coordinates activities to engage and enrich the student experience.  Events are typically free to all Georgia State University students. Students at Perimeter College can expect to find festivals, movies, games, art, school spirit and more hosted by PAC on any Perimeter campus.

PAC members gain experience in event planning, marketing, public relations, and leadership. Executive board members are appointed after an application and interview process. Executive Board member positions include: president, vice president, assessment and marketing director, arts & culture director, entertainment director, and traditions director.

PAC is always looking for committee members to assist with the planning programs as well as volunteers to help with events throughout the year. Stay connected with PAC through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit pantheractivities.gsu.edu.

Whenever possible, PAC collaborates with Spotlight Programs Board and other campus partners to sponsor university-wide events for all Georgia State University students.

Spotlight Programs Board is a university sponsored student programming board that coordinates activities to enhance and enrich the quality of student life at Georgia State University. Spotlight addresses the needs and interests of its diverse student body by providing social, cultural, and educational events on campus. Most events are free and open to the Georgia State University community and include concerts, movies, speakers, novelty events, exposure to local Atlanta attractions and much more. Spotlight also oversees Cinefest, a 133-seat theater used to show blockbuster, independent and cult classics films free to students. Spotlight coordinates the art exhibits in the gallery lounge on the 3rd floor of Student Center East, a place for students to exhibit their work in a gallery setting while learning to curate their own shows.

Spotlight Programs Board brings a variety of quality educational, enrichment and entertainment programs to the Georgia State community, including the Distinguished Speakers Series, Panther Prowls, Homecoming festivities, Campus Movie Fest, Georgia State Nights at local Atlanta attractions and both small and large-scale concerts, such as Pantherpalooza.
Spotlight Programs Board is always looking for committee members to assist with the planning programs as well as volunteers to help with events throughout the year. Stay connected with Spotlight through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

For more information, visit Spotlight Programs Board located in Student Center East, Suite 314, call 404-413-1610 or visit the Spotlight Programs Board website spotlight.gsu.edu.

1530.40 Student Media

Learn the different aspects of media, such as writing, editing, producing, DJing and selecting outside content, by doing each task in a professional setting. Student Media reflects the students’ vision and participation. Student Media’s goals are to reflect the state of the Georgia State campuses, provide quality content to the campuses and city community and prepare students for a wide range of media presentation in their post-graduate career.

Album 88 is the student-run radio station. It broadcasts 24 hours a day every day online and on WRAS-HD2-Atlanta. It also broadcasts on 88.5 FM Atlanta and WRAS-HD1 from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. from their studio in Student Center West, suite 271 on the Atlanta campus. For more information, call 404-413-1630.

NeoN (Neo Network) is the online video site for both creative and journalistic video content for Georgia State students. For more information, call 404-413-1605.

New South is a national literary journal, published twice a year. The content is edited entirely by graduate students. The organization also hosts “First Friday” readings in the Atlanta area. For more information, call 404-413-5828.

The Signal is a student newspaper, published and distributed by students from all campuses. Students conduct their own journalistic investigations, write, edit, take photographs, and contribute artwork. For Perimeter College students, The Signal office is on the Clarkston campus in CB1110 or call 678-891-3381. For Atlanta campus students, The Signal office in Student Center West, suite 250 or call 404-413-1617.

Underground is an undergraduate literary journal, published twice a year, written and edited by students. The organization also regularly hosts writing workshops and stages biannual public readings of content from the student body. For more information, call 404-413-1535.

The official website for Student Media is studentmedia.gsu.edu.

1530.50 Student Publications

Creative License is an annual literary faculty-edited magazine funded by Student Activity Fees, with all literary and graphic submissions from Perimeter College students. Creative License issues are available on all five campuses or on the Student Media website studentmedia.gsu.edu/pc. For more information, call the following numbers:

•    Alpharetta campus: 678-212-7500
•    Clarkston campus: 678-891-3970 or 770-274-5470
•    Decatur campus: 678-891-2385 or 678-891-3556
•    Dunwoody campus: 770-274-5470
•    Newton campus: 770-278-1235
•    Online program: 678-212-7500