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Student Activities and Student Center Operations

Congratulations on being involved with Monmouth University’s student clubs and organizations! There are a multitude of opportunities waiting for you.

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is the resource center for all student clubs and organizations. The office is located on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, across from the elevator. The staff of the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is available to assist new organizations with the recognition process, guide student groups in event planning, assist with budget and financial questions, maintain current information on all clubs and organizations, distribute mail to all student organizations, conduct leadership programs, advise or assist student organizations in finding an advisor, and provide advisor training. The office also hosts the Involvement Fair for all recognized organizations.

In addition, the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is responsible for the operation of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center and activities that happen within the building. The staff will assist all student organizations that are hosting events in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center with set-ups, equipment usage, etc.

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations has put together this Student Organization Handbook to assist your student group with the policies and procedures of Monmouth University. We hope that you find this handbook helpful. The staff has attempted to select the policies that most directly affect the student organizations; however there may be times when your club could be affected by other campus policies. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.

We are excited that so many students get involved with student activities. We are happy you have taken a look at the opportunities available to you and have opted to be a part of the excitement.

We welcome all students and organizations to visit our office and ask for assistance with any project or activity. We also are happy to answer any questions that you may have about a policy. We are open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our phone number is (732) 571-3586 or you can e-mail us at We are here to help. We hope you will feel free to come in and meet us.

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations Team:

2nd Floor, Rebecca Stafford Student Center

Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations
Tashir Hampton, Assistant Director of Student Activities
Lindsay Smith, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations
Kathy Dabney, Campus Life Assistant
Janet Dustman, Student Life Assistant

Monmouth University Community Statement on Civility

The Monmouth University community is an environment where teaching and learning activities, both inside and outside of the classroom, are paramount. In order to foster this environment, respectful conduct and discourse must be the basis for all of our actions.

Members of the University community are expected to act in a responsible, respectful, and professional manner at all times, affirming their commitment to a collegial community. Faculty and students should enter into a dialogue at the start of each semester to develop classroom behavior parameters suitable for their individual learning environment.

Members of the faculty are ultimately responsible for what occurs inside the classroom environment. If, after suitable dialogue, a consensus on behavioral parameters cannot be reached, the faculty member’s decision on these is final.

Outside of the classroom environment, all students are expected to abide by the parameters outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Other members of the community are expected to follow appropriate behavior guidelines as well. Appeals will be handled through appropriate University channels.

Monmouth University Office of Student Activities Mission Statement

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is committed to educating Monmouth University students through a comprehensive programming approach. Through collaboration with the campus community we provide innovative programs that enrich the quality of student life and create a student-centered environment.

Through our programming, our students are able to foster personal growth and professional integrity by engaging in social learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom. In doing so, we serve as educators and advisors who challenge and support our students to become leaders within the University and global community.

A Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed upon the beach. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man walked for miles.

As he strolled along, he noticed a small figure dancing in the distance. It made him chuckle to think of someone celebrating life in such an uninhibited way. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that the figure was not dancing. Instead, she seemed to be repeatedly performing some ritual.

He drew nearer still and noticed that the small figure was a child. She was methodically picking up starfish and tossing them into the surf. He paused for a moment, puzzled, then asked, “Why are you throwing these starfish?”

“It’s high tide,” she replied, “If I leave them on the beach, the sun will soon dry them and they will die. I am throwing them into the ocean so they can live.” The man considered her actions, impressed with the child’s thoughtfulness. Then he motioned up and down the miles of the beach.

“There must be thousands of starfish along here,” he said, “you cannot possibly make a difference.”

The young girl stopped. Her face darkened. She chewed thoughtfully on her lower lip, “You’re probably right,” she said softly. She looked down at the sand. Then she leaned over, carefully picked up another starfish, pulled back and arched it gently into the sea.

With a tone of gentle defiance, she said, “But I made a difference for that one.”

Author Unknown

How can this relate to you as a student leader and your organization on campus?
(This may be a fun activity to do with your organization when creating goals)