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The Student Activities office (CSU 173) makes it our mission to ensure that all Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), and their Advisors, are well prepared to conduct business throughout the year.  To that end, our staff offers a vareity of trainings.

Mandatory Training

One mandatory training is the Fall Inauguration Event. One member-- preferably the President or Vice President-- from each organization seeking recognition must attend on behalf of the student organization. During this event, student leaders will learn much of what they need know in order to run their day-to-day operations. 

Fall 2017 Inauguration Event Date: Monday, September 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the CSU 
*We will begin in CSU Ballroom and move to multiple rooms on the 2nd floor thereafter.

Other Training

Meet 1-on-1 with an RSO Staff Member

You can now schedule a 20-minute meeting an RSO staff member in a few easy steps.

Schedule time with Ashley- Assistant DirectorCLICK HERE

Schedule time with Jessica - Graduate Advisor - CLICK HERE


Lunch & Learn's

 The RSO staff offer educational sessions that are open to organization leaders and their members. All lunch & learn sessions for fall semester 2017 will be on Tuesday's from 12-1 p.m. in CSU 202.  Here is a list of the session topics:

September 12- Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and retention is the lifeblood of any organization. An organizations ability to maintain membership number is critical for continued success. Come learn strategies for recruiting and retaining members for your organization.


September 19 - Getting Organized

Self-organization is cricial to being a successful student, employee, and leader. Join us to learn strategies you can use to hone in on your organizational skills.


September 26 - Meetings

Running effective meetins is about management. A leader can create buy-in from their followers by modeling thew ay in this regard. Come learn pointers on how to create an agenda, get others involved, and prepare for the next meeting.


October 3 - Strategic Planning

Strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it will know whether it's meeting its goals or not. Come learn the basics of strategic, goal-based planning so your organization can feel the joys of success!


October 10 - Delegation

Delegation is often difficult for new and old leaders alike. Thy don't want to risk giving authority to others in case of failure. This can be detrimental to the leader and the culture of the organization. Come learn best practices for delegating to your team.


October 24 - Fostering Collaboration

Collaboratoin is a structured process where two or more people or organizations work together toward a common goal. It is a relationship that requires teamwork between parties and that promotes knowledge sharing, learning, skill sharing and consensus building. Come gain insights on how to start collaborative endeavors for (and within) your organization.


October 31 - Burnout

The college experience can be stressful at times. Trying to balance school, friends, family, work and campus involvement can lead to burnout if you're not careful. Come learn pointers on how to recognize, prevent, and recover from stress and burnout.