The Office of Student Involvement (OSI) exists to provide students with leadership development and extracurricular opportunities. In addition to overseeing the registration and management of over 450 RSOs, OSI staff members work closely with the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Homecoming, Knightcast, Knights of the RoundTable (KoRT), Late Knights, Knight-thon, Student Outreach Services (SOS), Volunteer UCF (VUCF), and Student Government Association (SGA).
OSI, located in Student Union 208, houses student organization mailboxes and cubicles, offices for administrative staff, as well as work space for several of the agencies listed below. The office staff is here to respond to questions and can serve as an important resource for RSOs. The following agencies can also serve as important resources for RSOs.
Any RSO wishing to collaborate with an agency should submit an OSI Collaboration Form to the appropriate agency.
Campus Activities Board
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run programming board that selects and organizes educational and entertainment activities. CAB is comprised of several committees that plan a variety of programs for UCF, including Cinema, Comedy and Variety, Concerts, Cultural and Fine Arts, Speakers, Special Events, and Spectacular Knights.
There are several ways that RSOs can get involved with CAB. The events planned by CAB are excellent social and team building opportunities for organizations, and are free to all current UCF students. RSOs that are interested in collaborative programming (which involves sharing ideas, workload, and financial responsibility) with CAB are encouraged to fill out an OSI Collaboration Form. In addition, CAB committees can be great resources for connections to the entertainment world. They are able to suggest event ideas, performers, and speakers, and can provide guidance on event planning.
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Active participation in fraternities and sororities provides an opportunity for students to acquire skills that will lead to future success in members’ personal lives and professional careers. RSOs can connect to the Greek community by co-programming with the Greek Councils or with individual Greek Chapters. The Greek community has a number of philanthropic and community service opportunities in which student organizations are welcome to participate.
For more information about getting involved with the Greek community, please visit www.greeklife.sdes.ucf.edu. Fraternity & Sorority Life is located in SU 154.
Homecoming, held from November 7th through November 15th, is a great opportunity for RSOs to participate in competitions or social activities, all of which serve as great publicity and recruitment tools for organizations. Free social opportunities include the Concert, Movie Knight, Skit Knight, Comedy Knight, Spirit Splash, Homecoming Parade, and the football game.
RSOs can be as involved in Homecoming events as they choose. Events open to RSO participation include: Spirit Banner Contest, Spirit Splash Fountain Guard Contest, Off Campus Service Day, Skit Knight, Aluminum Can and Box Top Collection, and the Homecoming Parade. In addition, RSOs may nominate a candidate for Homecoming King and Queen.
Knightcast, UCF’s student-run Internet radio station, provides students with the opportunity to be radio personalities as well as participate in station management. Knightcast offers DJ services to RSOs for their events. With new equipment and trained DJ’s, Knightcast can help events become more interactive and exciting. For more information, visit knightcast.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knightcast is located in SU 208.
Late Knights is a monthly event that provides free food, prizes, and entertainment to UCF students. Typically, the events are held in the Student Union from 9pm to 2am. RSOs can benefit from Late Knights by either setting up a table to promote and recruit members, or by sponsoring or co-programming an activity at a monthly event. Each event consistently attracts over 1200 students, making participation in Late Knights a great recruitment and promotional tool for the group.
Multicultural Student Center
The purpose of the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is to provide programming and outreach to encourage diversity awareness at UCF. The MSC creates events throughout the year and provides advanced support to various diversity initiatives. The MSC can suggest ideas for events, provide diversity education, training, and provide support and advice when working with diverse populations.
As of Summer 2009, SGA has given the MSC Funding Board the ability to allocate money to RSOs for cultural and diversity education events.
Volunteer UCF (VUCF) is dedicated to promoting community service and education on various social issues. VUCF also plans large-scale events throughout the year, including Knights Give Back and Knight-Thon, and Alternative Spring Break. VUCF links interested student groups with the community organizations that best fit their interests and talents. VUCF works with over 200 community agencies, so it has the ability to connect student organizations with service projects that are related to their purpose.
VUCF can benefit RSOs in many ways. An organization can attend pre-planned VUCF events or work with VUCF to create a service project specifically for the organization, either of which can build unity and promote team building within the group. Another service that VUCF provides is logging community service hours for the organization’s members based on reports submitted by the RSO after each service opportunity. VUCF honors the organization that earns the most community service hours at the annual VUCF Awards Banquet.