Volume 78 | Issue 2
March  2010

Clayton State University, Student Activities Center

Clayton State University
Four-year, public, urban, commuter
Location: Morrow, Ga.
Full-time school enrollment: 6,800

Student Activities Center
Director: Eric Simon
Size: 65,000 sq. ft.
floors: 2
Year built: 2008
Student staff: 30 (part-time)
Nonstudent staff: 7 (full-time)

In 2007, Clayton State University began expanding its campus by adding more residential housing. The university then recognized the need to increase its campus life portfolio and decided to build the Student Activities Center, named “to reflect its status as the hub for student involvement and activity on campus,” said Director
Eric Simon.
The Student Activities Center serves as the university’s first formal facility solely dedicated to students, activities, programs, and fitness. The facility hosts more than 75 percent of all student involvement activities and has increased awareness for both the Department of Campus Life and the Department of Recreation and Wellness on campus.

Unique features
Simon believes the unique feature of the union is the fact that it exists; “The students finally have a place where they can be as loud as they want to be,” he said.
Additionally, the building is comprised mostly of glass, with a large rotunda entrance and ballrooms that are a magnet for activities: ”They are always booked,”
Simon said.

Students’ role
There is a lot for students to do in the union, and students can usually be found studying in the café, socializing near the student organization suite, having a pickup game on the basketball courts, or hanging out in the games room.
And just like they use most aspects of the union, they are also responsible for most of its operations.
“Students open and close the building, set up and manage events, handle cash, and supervise the fitness center, games room, and café,” Simon said.

Programs in the Student Activities Center range from academic-based ones like a midnight study breakfast to more casual events such as the annual family reunion. Student learning events include the Student Involvement Fair and Organization Showcase, Diversity and Multicultural Conference, and Student Leadership and Involvement Awards. Fitness-based activities are the National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, group exercise classes, and intramural sport leagues.