As a student, you will have many opportunities to learn through academic challenges in and out of the classroom and through interaction with faculty, staff and other students. However, the learning does not stop there. There are many opportunities for you to gain leadership experience and valuable skills through membership and involvement in student organizations. New students are strongly encouraged to integrate co- and extracurricular experiences into your daily life at St. Lawrence and to participate fully in the many opportunities before you.
Following is a sample of the many organizations that are or have recently been available to students; the list is subject to frequent change, depending upon student interest. You will hear much more about these when you reach campus. Many students build connections through co-curricular involvement that last well past college.
At the beginning of each fall semester the Student Activities and Leadership office hosts the Student Club and Organization fair. Check out your Orientation schedule for more information.
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Student leadership at St. Lawrence University happens through a variety of intentionally designed programs, activities and opportunities. The overriding goal of student leadership at St. Lawrence University is to create co-curricular opportunities for students to learn, develop and practice principles of ethical leadership. Programs targeted at students’ needs and interests are offered throughout the year.
The Student Activities and Leadership office makes a special effort to reach out to first-year students to get them connected with other first-year colleges through the formation of the First-Year Council. Students can also participate in co-curricular leadership development programs scheduled throughout the year.
Volunteer Services coordinates community and campus service projects. Over 400 St. Lawrence University students volunteer locally each semester. Volunteer Services provides students with the opportunity to get to know the Canton community and to connect with other individuals interested in making a difference.
The Outdoor Program seeks to educate students in outdoor leadership and skills, instill an environmental ethic, and empower students through outdoor and wilderness exploration and experiences. Course offerings are one to ten days in length and include backpacking, whitewater canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and Telemark and backcountry skiing. The Outdoor Program also offers a semester long course during spring semester; guide training prepares student guides in technical, backcountry and leadership skills.
The Munro Family Climbing Wall is St. Lawrence’s indoor climbing facility, managed by the Outdoor Program. Novices can take an introduction to climbing and belaying clinic. Advanced clinics such as movement and lead climbing are also offered. Events at the wall include two annual climbing competitions, theme nights and women’s night. The wall is open daily for open climbing hours. Climbing gear is provided.
The Outdoor Program administers an on-campus recreational paddling facility on the Little River, just downstream of the Park Street Bridge. Tandem canoes and flatwater kayaks are available for on-site day use in the fall until the onset of cold weather, and in the spring as soon as weather and water levels permit. Paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs) are provided.
The Outdoor Program administers an outdoor equipment cache located at the Outdoor Program office. General-use items such as tents, sleeping bags, touring skis, snowshoes and backpacks are available to all St. Lawrence community members for a nominal fee.