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
Community Service Opportunities
Dating and Relationship Violence Prevention Education
Halloween Week Festivities
Late Night Coffee & Snacks
Late Night LLBean Trips
Living-Off Campus Tips
Midnight Movie Premieres
Open Mic Nights
Ping Pong Ball Tournaments
Pirates Hockey Games
Safer Sex Education
Safety in the City
Special Meals in the Cafe’
Super Bowl Party
Trips to Peaks Island
Valentines Day Flower Sale
Video Game Tournaments
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
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.
For contra dance lovers and those interested in learning.
For students interested in bikes and biking. Recreational to racing, all are welcome.
The Free Radicals compete in soccer matches in a local league.
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.
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.
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.
Focused on non-traditionally aged student community.
Helping students connect with nature by hiking and more.
Connecting student climbers to Maine Rock Gym.
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
Meet other artists who were born with wheels.
A group of students interested in producing plays and doing improvisational theater.
MECA students, faculty and staff interested in sustainability, recycling and going green.
Student Voice Chair (SVC) is a position that represents and advocates for the BFA student population.
2014 info will be posted soon!
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.
The election dates for 2013 as as followed:
Friday, October 18, Midnight: nominations due HERE
Tuesday, October 15 - October 24: Candidates may create & post campaign materials in Porteous, as soon as they are nominated. Posting must be compliant with all MECA rules, regulations & receive a Stamp from Student Involvement Office.
Thursday, October 24, 1-1:30pm: Candidate Speeches & Open Question Session in Café, during lunch. To run you, must be present.
Monday, October 28 - Thursday, October 31@Midnight: Open Voting HERE (not yet live)
Friday, November 1st: Announcement of SVC via email to the BFA community. All Campaign materials must be removed.
Each BFA Student Gets 1 vote. Non-Majoring Students may vote only for non-Major rep, Majoring Students may vote only for Majoring Rep.
MECA Student Discounts Includes METRO bus, USM Gym, Portland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art (Boston), and much more!
American Civil Liberties Union Maine Affiliate
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)
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.