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Student Involvement 

Student Involvement provides students with opportunities designed to promote individual growth, creativity and personal connections through experiential learning and by engaging in cultural, educational, social and recreational activities. Students and staff develop new activities or events through self-governing leadership and organization. Activities are focused on the programming needs and interests of students.

If you are interested in organizing an activity or event and would like some help, contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement.

Some examples of co-curricular opportunities offered at MECA: 

Apple Picking Trips

BBQs

Community Service Opportunities

Dating and Relationship Violence Prevention Education

Halloween Week Festivities

Hiking Trips

Holiday Celebrations

Karaoke Nights

Late Night Coffee & Snacks

Late Night LLBean Trips

Living-Off Campus Tips

Midnight Movie Premieres

On-Campus Dances

Open Mic Nights

Ping Pong Ball Tournaments

Pirates Hockey Games

Pop-up Photobooths

Safer Sex Education

Safety in the City

Special Meals in the Cafe’

Spirit Week

Stress Relief

Super Bowl Party

Supply Shuttles

Trips to Peaks Island

Valentines Day Flower Sale

Video Game Tournaments

Voter Education


Student Groups

If you are interested in getting connected to an organization or forming a new one (or reviving an old one), fill out our form by clicing HERE

2014/2015 Student Groups

Anime Club

Uniting people who love anime.

Bored Gamers (Gaming Group)
Uniting people who love to play games.

Coloring Book Club
Create or just color. Staying in the lines not required.

Comic Book Club
Self publishes and checks out local Comic Cons.

Contra Club
For contra dance lovers and those interested in learning.

Cycling Club
For students interested in bikes and biking. Recreational to racing, all are welcome.

Fútbol Club
The Free Radicals compete in soccer matches in a local league. 

Kindness Club
Brining service and good cheer to our community. 

MECA C.A.R.E (Celebrating All Realms of Ethnicity)
Alliance of students, alumni, faculty & staff working towards enhancing the student experience by raising awareness and challenging assumptions within the college regarding difference.

MECA Faith
A non-denominational Christian group for students looking to connect with others interested in spirituality.

MECA H.O.P.E (Helping Our People to Equality- LGBTQIA Group)

Focused on supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTAQ) community at MECA. 

MECAphones
An a capella group.

Maine Type Lab (Graphic Design)
A student professional association for graphic design students. Organize and plan events connected to the national chapter of AIGA.

NonTrad Group
Focused on non-traditionally aged student community.

Outdoor Adventure
Helping students connect with nature by hiking and more.

Rock Climbing
Connecting student climbers to Maine Rock Gym.

Running Group
Rain, nor snow, nor lack of shine shall keep the running club from pounding the pavement and trails of southern Maine.

Ski & Snowboard Collective
Students committed to getting to the slope during Maine's snowy months

Sk8 Collective
Meet other artists who were born with wheels.

Theatrical Arts
A group of students interested in producing plays and doing improvisational theater.

Trash Talkers 
MECA students, faculty and staff interested in sustainability, recycling and going green.

 

Friday, October 17

Midnight: nominations due HERE.

Nominees will be contacted to confirm that they would like to run.



Student Voice Chair (SVC) is a position that represents and advocates for the BFA student population. 

Each Fall, 1 majoring student(Juniors & Seniors)  and 1 non-majoring student (1st Years and Sophomores) will be elected by their peers to serve as SVC.


Voting

Each BFA Student Gets 1 vote. Non-Majoring Students may vote only for non-Major rep, Majoring Students may vote only for Majoring Rep.

 

The 2 Student Voice Chairs (SVC) will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating at least 1 all BFA student meeting, per semester.

  • Advocating in the interest of BFA students.

  • Serving on and/or representing BFA students to MECA committees, as needed.

  • Sharing notes in a timely manner from meetings with the BFA population.

  • Holding advertised office hours, where they will be open to listening to the interests and needs of fellow-students.

  • Communicating with the Director of Student Involvement, as needed.


The election dates for 2014 is as followed:

Friday, October 17

Midnight: nominations due HERE. Nominees will be contacted to confirm that they would like to run.


Monday, October 20 - Sunday,  October 26:

Campaigning + Open Voting

Non Candidates:Open Voting, link will be emailed to BFA students on Monday, October 6.

Candidates may create & post campaign materials in Porteous. Posting must be compliant with all MECA rules, regulations & receive a Stamp from Student Involvement Office.  Candidates will receive detailed information about posting guidelines. Candidates may also table in the Café by coordinating with Student Involvement office.


Tuesday, October 21, 12:30pm: 

Candidate Speeches & Open Question Session in Café during lunch. To run you, must be present.

 

Tuesday, October 28

Announcement of SVC via email to the BFA community.

 

Wednesday, October 29

Midnight all Campaign materials must be removed by all candidates

 

SVC Term of Service

In 2014/15 the term of service will run from 10/29/14 until 10/1/15. The overlap in academic years is to ensure SVC assistance with the new election cycle. If a Chair graduates, withdraws or is academically dismissed from the College their term will end, upon the date of exit from MECA.

 

Academic & Disciplinary Standing

SVCs must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at time of election & throughout term of service. Good Academic Standing is described as not being on academic probation and good Disciplinary Standing is described as not being on disciplinary probation.

 

Compensation

SVC is a elected position with a stipend. Chairs will receive $100 per academic term, for a total of $200 per year. This will be paid at the end of each academic term, upon successful management of SVC roles.

Discounts

MECA Student Discounts Includes METRO bus, USM Gym, Portland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art (Boston), and much more!

 

Community Resources

American Civil Liberties Union Maine Affiliate 

City of Portland Website

Global Portland: Listings of Multicultural Portland community organizations, services, restaurants, etc. 

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning)

Recreation & Physical Fitness (list of options near MECA!)

Spiritual & Faith Communities (list of many different communities in the area)

Veterans, Soldiers and their Families 

 

Student Center + Café 

The Student Center and Café is located on the second floor of the Porteous Building, facing Free Street. This space is dedicated to student use and utilized in many different ways from group meetings, to visiting artist talks, lectures, movie-nights and special events. The Student Center offers students a place to sit back and relax, check email, gather a group to study or bring back a bite from the MECA Café.  The space offers a performance stage, large HDTV, board games, ping-pong table, coin-op coffee machine and community mircowave.

Students are encouraged to organize special events, meetings and programs. Reservations are required for anyone wishing to use this space for a group activity and can be made by entering an event request.