Student Activities

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Tips for Juniata Student Leaders

Do you have tips of your own? E-mail them to osa@juniata.edu so we can share them with other student leaders!

Recruitment

  1. Lobsterfest! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!!!
  2. Use creative methods to get people’s attention.
  3. Use all of your resources to draw new members: ask teammates, hallmates, classmates, etc. to join your organization and attend programs.
  4. Encourage members to bring a friend with them to meetings (your attendance will double at every meeting).
  5. Personally invite people.

Effective Meetings

  1. Get everyone involved in the meetings, rather than have just one person do all the talking.
  2. Have an agenda in front of you with time allocations to stay on track (start on time).
  3. Run productive meetings, so members feel like their time was used efficiently.
  4. Members should leave the meeting with something to report at the next meeting.
  5. Have fun!!!

Ice Breakers

  1. Make sure to do a name game at each meeting until people know one another.
  2. Do not underestimate how much ice breakers help build team dynamics!.
  3. Get ideas through books in the Leadership Library in the OSA.
  4. Have the members lead the ice breakers rather than the executive board.
  5. Gear your ice breakers to your members: be inclusive.

Programming

  1. Make sure the majority of the members supports the program, not just the execs.
  2. Encourage the entire executive board to attend the program (even if they did not assist with the planning).
  3. Check with the Office of Student Activities to check the date and help brainstorm.
  4. Have fun while programming.
  5. Delegate responsibilities.

Retention

  1. Run effective and productive meetings.
  2. Never stop recruiting members.
  3. Get people involved!!!
  4. Have meetings come before a meal to balance being productive and social.
  5. Show and tell members how much you appreciate their participation and commitment.  Saying thank you is very important.

Education

  1. Use all your resources: invite faculty, staff, and community members to your meetings.
  2. Make sure everyone learns and benefits from the organization’s activities.
  3. Use each meeting as a chance to learn more about your area of interest.
  4. Following a program, think about what you learned and the bigger picture.
  5. Never stop learning from co-curricular activities. Challenge yourself to think differently and through other perspectives.