FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are a few common questions you may have during your college experience. Student Activities is here to help provide some of those answers.

 

How can I meet people who share similar interests?

A: A good place to start is online at Student Organizations where you’ll find a complete listing of student organizations and contact information for each group. Can't find what you're looking for? Come to the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) on the second floor of the Popp Martin Student Union and we can help you find your organization or start a new one.

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I feel like it’s all I can do to keep up with my classes and my parents want me to focus on studies yet it would be nice to get involved in something and meet people. Won’t my grades suffer if I join a student organization?

A: Well, that’s up to you. But studies show that students who get involved in something outside the classroom actually do better scholastically because they’re more connected to the university, have the support of peers, and are exposed to encouraging staff people. So don’t be afraid to try. In a nutshell, here’s how you can benefit by getting connected to some kind of student organization:

  • You’ll make life-long friends.
  • Statistics show you’ll have better grades.
  • You’ll be more integrated into college life.
  • It’s fun.
  • You’ll learn new skills, like leadership, communication, and a host of others.

If you think colleges care about your being well-rounded, future employers care a whole lot more! Being involved shows your versatility. Whatever level of involvement you desire, there’s something in Student Activities for you.

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I didn’t take advantage of getting involved my first couple years here. As an upperclassman, is it too late for me to find something in which to be involved?

A: It’s never too late! As long as you are an enrolled student, there are opportunities for all levels of involvement. Stop by the Student Organizations and Government Complex on the second floor of the Popp Martin Student Union to find out how to get involved. 

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What is NOW?

A: Now is an acronym for Niners on the Weekend, your source of information on activities happening at UNC Charlotte on the weekend. Learn more about NOW

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What can I do on the weekends?

A: Many campus organizations plan events for the weekends. Check the calendars for NOW (Niners on the Weekend).  The Popp Martin Student Union is also a great place to relax, study, and enjoy yourself on weekends. Look for announcements on events, movies, music, and other activities.

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Who decides what events are brought to this campus? How can I express my opinion about what I think would be good entertainment?

A: The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the primary student programming board on campus. You can go by the CAB office (Popp Martin Student Union, second floor) or get in touch through the CAB website if you have ideas on programs and want to get involved and participate in one of their many planning committees.

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Do you have anything for gay or lesbian students?

A: Yes. The Multicultural Resource Center provides education, programs, and support for the LGBTQ community. The MRC also offers advising support for PRIDE, a student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer students, and their allies. Find out more about PRIDE by visiting PRIDE/Spectrum and the MRC.

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I'm interested in learning more about different cultures and religions along with further exploring my own. Any place on campus I can go for that?

A: Absolutely. The Multicultural Resource Center offers an environment for students to explore their personal identities and the many elements of diversity. The MRC offers numerous activities, workshops, and resources highlighting an array of heritages, backgrounds, interests, and experiences. The MRC also houses Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) which provides many opportunities to explore religion and spirituality. Both areas provide support for a host of multicultural and religious/spiritual student organizations. To learn more, visit the MRC and RSL.

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Does UNC Charlotte have a student newspaper?

A: Student Niner Media publishes Niner Times weekly, on Thursdays, and hosts the NinerOnline site. They also publish an annual literary-arts magazine (Sanskrit). There is also a campus internet radio station, Radio Free Charlotte. If you’re interested in journalism, photography, graphic design, advertising or sales and marketing, go by their office on the lower level of the Popp Martin Student Union. Talk to the students and staff and, if you like what you see, apply for a position. There are several good reasons to get involved in Student Media: you learn real-world skills, build your resume while still in school, feel the accomplishment of producing nationally award winning publications (seeing your name in print is always a good thing), and develop skills that will help you in the classroom and life, all while having fun. Visit Student Niner Media.

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Does Student Activities offer anything for us outdoorsy-types or for those of us seeking adventure or willing to try something new?

A: For starters, how do rock climbing, sea kayaking, and backpacking sound? From adventure trips like these, to sweating it out on an indoor climbing wall, to the thrill of high ropes on our state-of-the-art Challenge (ropes) Course, UNC Charlotte’s Venture program offers a full schedule of outdoor instruction, excitement and fun. You can even rent outdoor equipment like camping and paddling gear when you’re planning an individual expedition. The Venture program adheres to the highest possible safety standards and environmental stewardship. Overnight and day trips guided by professional and student staff are offered to students at an amazing bargain. A listing of this semester’s outdoor adventures is available at Venture. Look for printed versions distributed in boxes around campus available at campus resource fairs, at the Information Center in the Popp Martin Student Union, or visit the Venture office in the lower level of Cone University Center by the breezeway that connects the older part of the building to the newer one (look for the kayak on the side of the building and you’ll know you’re there). Venture also offers outdoor leadership training for those who wish to lead trips and activities. This VOLTAGE program is enormously beneficial to students who desire a deeper level of participation; one in which real leadership and responsibility for others is key. For more about VOLTAGE go to Venture.

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What is the PILOT program?

A: PILOT stands for Programs in Leadership and Organizational Training. It’s a self-paced program where attending events, activities, workshops and seminars of your choice earn you credits toward PILOT Leadership certification. You can pick up a schedule of this semester’s PILOT offerings in the Center for Leadership Development (Student Union, second floor). You can also view weekly PILOT schedules by checking the Center for Leadership.

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I’m told the leadership skills will make me more marketable. How can I develop my leadership skills?

A: Freshmen ready to dive into leadership can apply for the Emerging Leaders program. Applications for this prestigious development opportunity (available in the Center for Leadership Development and online) are due in mid-September. Upperclassemen can apply to be part of Leadership Fellows, a twelve-week program which focuses on developing leadership and networking skills. You’ll get to know campus leaders and be one yourself. Applications are available online and in the Center for Leadership Development office during spring semester. Leadership opportunities abound at UNC Charlotte. From LeaderShape (a week-long institute that focuses on leading with integrity) to conferences, there’s something for all students who want to make a difference in their life and the lives of others. Learn more at Leadership.

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Are there any cool festivals to look forward to?

A: Yes! The International Festival takes place in the fall and is an amazing visual, cultural, and gastronomical event. Groups representing cultures from around the globe gather in native costumes, prepare their home country’s specialty dishes, play music, dance, entertain and sell goods. The International Festival has been taking place for over twenty years and both the campus and Charlotte community come out in great number to enjoy it. If you’re looking for a fun volunteer experience, go by the Popp Martin Student Union Information Center in September and sign up to help at the International Festival.

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How do I start a student organization?

A: Go to the student organization website. Any student interested in starting a student organization can do so by completing a registration form, submitting a constitution, getting a faculty or staff advisor, and having a list of eight members. Once the club has been approved by the Student Government Association (SGA), you will be set. A staff member from Student Activities can assist you/answer questions during this process. Go to the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) on the second floor of the Popp Martin Student Union for assistance.

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