University is like anything else: you get out what you put in. Strong and diverse community leaders make campus life richer and more rewarding for everybody. For senior students especially, volunteer leadership can be a great way to give back.
Furthermore, leadership skills are highly coveted in today’s working world, and co-curricular involvement looks great on a resume. So take a look below at the great things going on around campus, and consider where you might like to get involved!
Student Council: CMU Student Council (CMUSC) is the student organization that represents all Shaftesbury Campus undergraduate students. Its mandate is to help promote the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical welfare of all members of the student body. CMUSC and its 10 sub-committees (outlined individually below) fulfills this mandate by discussing and responding to student issues, setting policies, and providing leadership for a variety of student activities, events, and forums. All CMU students are eligible to serve on Student Council committees. Elections for the Executive, Directors, and most Student Representative positions are held in the winter semester for the following academic year. First-year representatives are elected in the fall. For more information, click here.
- DOXA: The DOXA is CMU’s monthly student magazine by the people, for the people! The DOXA team believes in the power of the written word to shape culture, bring change, empower the public, and support justice. We proudly strive to offer our student body a publication that is creative, dynamic, challenging, astute, provocative and entertaining. Join the team, contribute articles on a free-lance basis, or send in your written feedback in the form of a comment, critical response or peer review.
- Yearbook: Do you have a keen eye for photography, and the mysterious ability to be invisible at will? Does really great layout work in a magazine give you goose bumps of pleasure? Does really bad font pairing on a billboard make you want to cry? If you answered yes to any of the above, chances are you have a place on the yearbook committee. Experience the satisfaction of looking at a book—a whole BOOK, full of gorgeous glossy pictures and memories that everyone on campus will thank you for preserving—and knowing that you and your friends made that.
- Wittenberg Radio/Wittenberg Door:
- The Wittenberg Door is a corkboard in the student center designated specifically for free and unrestrained forum-style discussion among students. It hangs proudly in our closest equivalent of a “public square”, harking back to Martin Luther’s decision to post his deeply controversial and ultimately world-shaking 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, in1517. Anyone may post to the Wittenberg Door provided they respect the rules of engagement (outlined on the Door). The producers of Wittenberg Radio are responsible for maintaining the Wittenberg Door, and facilitating/refereeing the discussions conducted there.
- Wittenberg Radio is a regular podcast compiled and produced by the Wittenberg Radio team under the supervision of the producers. Its purpose is to provide engaging, compelling coverage of community issues and topics of interest, such as those emerging from the Wittenberg Door, from weekly Chapels/Forums, or other sources.
- Arts and Entertainment: Committed to promoting Fine and Performing Arts within the student body, our mandate is to provide opportunities for students to participate in and enhance their appreciation of these arts. Practically, this includes promoting and, when possible, facilitating student attendance to local arts events such as Thursday recitals, the opera, ballet, theatre, concerts and art exhibits. It can also include planning activities at the university (e.g. coffee house, talent show, flash mob, poetry slam, short film festival, etc.,) for students to join in.
- Peace and Sustainability: Formerly known as “Creation Care”, this group is all about making sure everyone and everything in God’s world gets some regular tenderness and compassion. They plan and promote events/activities that draw students into reflection, discussion, action and prayer regarding issues of peace, social justice and the environment. A few examples of past Peace and Sustainability projects include the following: hosting a week of Solidarity with disadvantaged brothers and sisters around the world and at home; running fun workshops where students can learn to make their own earth-friendly toiletries (e.g. soap, deodorant, etc.); taking in, filling and delivering local/fair-trade/organic food orders once each semester—in partnership with some great local farms—so that students can have access to more ethical options; and more!
- Faith in Life: This is a great way to draw closer to God, learn to see Christ in new places, and gain fresh perspective on your own faith walk. The Faith in Life committee is all about planning and hosting activities that nurture Christian character and active discipleship within the CMU student body—and goodness knows, taking the lead on something like this will make you more attentive to the example you set with your own routine and practices! Faith in Life is responsible for running Wednesday Night Worship—a weekly change for on-campus students to spend some quality time together, step back from the busyness of school and offer praise.
- The International Student Committee champions the unique and often unknown needs/concerns of international students at CMU; it also celebrates the richness of cultural, linguistic and experiential diversity that international students bring to campus. They work to raise awareness about the international student body and the issues these students face during their time at CMU, such as language barriers, culture shock, feelings of isolation and heavy financial responsibilities. The ISC plans and organizes activities where international and local students can get to know one another better. These events are planned at the ISC’s weekly lunch meetings, to which everyone is welcome! Past events include evening outings to ethnic restaurants, skating/hockey trips to the Forks, and more. The ISC also serves as a resource on Canadian culture, climate and other aspects of Canadian life that international students may feel they need to learn about and become familiar with.
- Sports and Recreation is just what it sounds like. These are the folks who plan and promote activities that encourage students to get together, get active, have fun and stay healthy throughout the year. They plan intramurals and other recreational activities, like the CMU Winter Games, both on and off campus according to student interest.
- Social Activities is the committee that plans and hosts (often in conjunction with staff and faculty) all the major social bashes of the school year, including Fall Ball, the Christmas Gala and the Spring Gala. These folks think big and put a lot of effort each year into creating opportunities for students to kick back, let loose, bond, and make great memories.
- The Witness Through Service committee is responsible for promoting and facilitating student involvement in community service. They are inspired and driven by the conviction that disciples of Christ ought to be Christ’s hands, feet, eyes and ears in the world. Volunteer opportunities that Witness Through Service has organized in the past include: trick-or-treating for cans, an autumn nighttime rake-athon, packing relief kits for Mennonite Disaster Service [MDS], volunteer nights with local initiatives such as Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, etc., and MDS service trips over reading week as there is interest.
The Blaurock Café: The Blaurock is owned by CMUSC and managed by a team of students chosen and affirmed by CMUSC. The management team includes a Finance Manager in charge of keeping the café fiscally on track, a Human Resource Manager in charge of overseeing volunteer baristas, an Operations Manager in charge of keeping the Blaurock ship-shape and running smoothly, and a Marketing Manager in charge of product advertising. Completing the team are the dozens of volunteers who pick up shifts each week to keep North Side cozy and caffeinated. Watch for volunteer sign-up sheets at the beginning of each semester!
Volunteer Tutoring (PAL): For the past several years CMU student volunteers have been donating their time to help classmates with homework, essay writing, test prep, and more through a student collective called PAL [Peer Assisted Learning]. Volunteering with PAL can be a brilliant way to improve your own academic skills, network study partners for exam season, and boost your mental health. Take it from us, the best way to learn is to teach, and nothing puts you back in perspective like helping others through their struggles and frustrations. .
Residence Assistants (RAs): RAs are so much more than floor-supervisors; they are a core element of student life. RAs are caring, open, fun-loving people who love God and serving others, and they are residence students’ go-to people for help, information, etc. RAs also bring an element of fun to the res-life experience by planning floor events throughout the year, such as potlucks, outings, seasonal festivities, and more.
Commuter Assistants (CAs): CAs are student leaders among the commuter population; their objective is to create opportunities through which commuters are able to gather together and interact with their peers, and the staff and faculty. CAs work to serve the commuter student population through advocacy, orientation to the CMU campus, and general assistance. CAs meet weekly to discuss issues and concerns relating to the commuter student body and to plan a variety of events for commuters to participate in throughout the year.
Fellowship Group Leaders (FGLs): FGLs are students who lead small groups of peers who meet for the purpose of growing in relationship with God and each other. Fellowship group members care for and support one another through sharing and prayer. They also study the Bible, worship together, do service projects, and have social events, depending on the particular focus of the group. Special focus groups (e.g., for married students, international students, off-campus students, survivors of violence, etc.) are organized where there is interest.
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