Suffolk County Community College, founded in 1959, has seen thousands of students come through its brick-and-mortar walls. As many will attest, it’s difficult to leave a mark of their existence on campus history in such a small span of time. Not everyone can stamp their footprints into the wet cement stairs or scratch their names into tree bark. So what can they do?
One option is to participate in an organization.
Clubs, created by students, have very direct mission statements that restrict what they can or cannot do under their title. Organizations, however, have much broader mission statements, allowing them room to expand and redefine what they do.
While paperwork for clubs and organizations wasn’t necessary until recently—only about 10 to 15 years ago—there are some organizations dating as far back as the beginning of the college itself.
Here’s three of them that have endured throughout the years and still have a prominent campus presence, run by students, for students.
Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Ever walk around the cafeteria and notice there are people handing out stuffed animals? Maybe you have attended a campus movie night, or a highly discounted trip to Broadway. You can thank the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, for that. It’s the oldest organization on campus, having records of ski trips that date back as far as the 1960s and more recent events like the Spring semesters recurring Paint Day, where students were are able to interact with one another while creating art on a canvas.
According to Frank Vino, the adviser for CAB, the organization has a board of three executive members: executive administrative coordinator, executive financial coordinator, and executive recruitment coordinator.
With eight to 10 general members and hosting 30-35 events a year, CAB raises awareness about important issues.
Student Government Association
Making sure that students have a voice is the main goal of the Student Government Association, or SGA. The organization serves as a liaison between students and the administration, representing the student body during meetings and at conferences.
The SGA has an elected board of 12-15 members, including a president, vice president, secretary and financial chair, and an additional number of general members. The elected board is voted in by the general student body, and all students are encouraged to vote in campus elections.
Always busy with campus concerns, the last time the SGA was on hiatus from the late 80s and to the early 1990s. They remain active on campus to this day.
Compass, the Ammerman campus’ only newspaper, has been navigating news since 1962 and remained loyal to its purpose: to give voice to the student body.
Students submit their works on issues ranging current events, sports news, celebrity gossip and even opinion articles. Compass provides a platform for students to let their voices be read rather than heard across campus on a monthly basis.
“I think that the newspaper has lasted for as long as it has is because of the commitment that students have shown to informing their fellow students about what’s going on in the world, in their communities, and on campus,” said William Burns, adviser to the student paper. “The Compass has expressed the connections between these three public spheres: what happens in one sphere influences the other two.”
The student-run paper is constantly taking submissions and suggestions for more articles and printing copies that are available across campus.
While these organizations have been around for quite some time, they are always looking for new members to continue their mission statements.
It’s important to note that all students are welcome in every organization and are encouraged to take part in campus activities. Whether it’s submitting a small article or running for office, the SCCC community has a spot for every student.