Student Organizations and Events

What's an RSO?

RSOs are Registered Student Organizations that are formed with a common objective. The topics of the organizations are boundless. Some RSOs are focused on academic and professional pursuits, others concentrate on real-world issues such as service and volunteerism, and others are more social in nature and exist simply to meet every week and bond over their shared interests.

Why Join?

Not only are student organizations fun, and a great way to meet other students with similar interests, but they are also a great resume builder. Students who are leaders of an RSO are able to show that they are active leaders in the SVSU community. RSOs give students the opportunity to graduate with a diploma and a resume full of real experiences.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Greek Life offers students an opportunity to become leaders in their individual organizations and on campus. These organizations focus on the personal, academic and professional growth of their members, while also providing opportunities for volunteering in the community and other philanthropic endeavors.


Student Events

The SVSU Program Board is a student organization that provides large and small scale campus events. The SVSU Program Board utilizes funds from Homecoming and StreetFest to create entertainment outlets for the SVSU student body and surrounding community. Valley Nights is a special program coordinated by a student committee in partnership with Student Life. During the fall and winter semesters, fun and unique entertainment options are available for students.

Traditional Events

We welcome our new Cardinals to the nest with Fresh Start Weekend. The weekend begins your experience at SVSU with move-in Fresh Start Orientation for freshmen students, informational sessions, free movie showing, part-time job fair, entertainment, bookstore sales and more!

Check out our Fresh Start Weekend Guide for more information.

The Student Association has a yearly event known as the “Red Pride Picnic,” a picnic in which incoming freshman students can be introduced to registered student organizations, other fellow SVSU students and enjoy wonderful food, drinks and music before the start of the fall semester. It's a gathering like none other. 

Student life, along with all student affairs departments, hosts three full weeks of activities for students to welcome them to SVSU and help them get engaged with great events!


Students are able to download the SVSU events app through their android or ios phone to keep up to date for events happening throughout the first three weeks, or they can get a full list of events at the Welcome Week 2019 Event List (66KB) !


September 13, 2019, from 2-5 pm at O'Neill Arena in the Ryder Center

Cards Party is of the largest events that take place every year. The event is the one time of the year that businesses and non-profits are invited to come to campus and talk to students about their organization. Many student organizations take part in the event as well. Lots of giveaways and discount coupons are provided to students who attend. Last year there were estimated 1,400 students in attendance. Reserve your spot if you're interested in having your own table at the event.

If you have any questions, contact Tony Cianciolo via email at

September 5, 2019, from 8 am-5 pm

Student Life hosts an annual conference for all student organizations that is mandatory for all to attend. The conference consists of multiple hour sessions offered every hour. The sessions include topics such as transitional leadership, fundraising and budgeting, room reservations, etiquette dinner and a special session by a guest speaker.

RSVP's are sent via email. If you have any questions contact Bryan Crainer via email

Family Weekend is an annual event organized to invite family members and friends of students to campus to take part in a variety of activities. Visit SVSU during the weekend of October 27-29, 2019.

If you have any questions contact Bryan Crainer via email

Colleges Against Cancer teams up with the American Cancer Society to host this annual event. Relay for Life will be held on February 10-11, 2019.

This annual event, sponsored by Forever Red, is an opportunity for 50 SVSU student leaders to join 50 SVSU alumni in a night filled with great food, fellowship and entertainment. Students are selected based on the application.

This annual event kicks off our Family Weekend by celebrating with our mascot, Coop! Coop’s birthday takes place in the Marketplace at Doan and features birthday cakes, prize giveaways, photo booths, appearances by Coop’s mascot friends (Lou E. Loon, Rall E. Camel, Sammy Spirit and Scarlet).

Event Series

Every other Monday 8 pm to 10 pm in the Thompson Student Activities Room (TSAR).

Every other week Program Board hosts an open mic night for students to showcase their talent. Students are invited to enjoy the student entertainment and free coffee, hot chocolate tea, and pastries!

More details will be released closer to the event date. For updates follow Program Board events on Facebook.

Every week on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm in Student Life

Join Program Board on Tuesday nights to make a free craft (all supplies included). The craft projects range from jewelry, picture frames, painting, mason jars and so much more!

For updates follow Program Board events on Facebook.

Every Thursday at 7 pm to 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm in the Thompson Student Activities Room (TSAR).

Valley Nights hosts pre-DVD blockbusters in the TSAR with free admission and free popcorn! The movies shown are ones that are no longer playing in theatres but have not been released out on DVD yet.

 For more updates follow Valley Nights events on Facebook.


Student Life
Student Center 101
(989) 964-4170

Fraternity and Sorority Life
Student Center 101
(989) 964-4091

Residential Life/Housing
Housing - Curtiss 118 Residential Life - Curtiss 114
(989) 964-4410