Student activities add color to UNO campus


Emily Speck

Online Contributor

Official mavsync records show 546 student organizations for the 2015-2016 school year.

“What we do in our office is what makes college, college,” said Ben Jager, associate director of student activities. Student organizations “add the color to campus.”

Jager said classes and extracurriculars make up campus life. “We think of it co-curricular… Two sides of same coin.”

Student organizations face a large problem at UNO: Time. Students are busy with classes and work as they try to balance their lives. That’s what make UNO student organizations special.

“You get to choose what to do in your free time.” Jager said.

Students can choose from many different student organizations on campus. About half of the clubs on campus are academically related such as Chemistry Club or Spanish Club.

In addition, some of UNO’s sororities and fraternities have close to 100 members. The Rock, a faith-based organization has about 200 members Jager said.

Some are unique to UNO such as Maverick Maniacs, a group of students who wear morphsuits to sporting events, and Super Smash Mavs who meet to play Super Smash Brothers. Other student groups design video games or go duck hunting.

A benefit to being involved on campus is the opportunity for students to network with professionals in their field.

“When they go to a job interview and they can say that they were president of this student organization, it’s going to help them get that job and keep it,” Jager said.

Official mavsync records show about 4,000 students involved in student organizations, which is almost 25 percent.

“We were all maybe a little surprised by that,” Jager said. “We’re pretty happy with it.”

Being involved on campus brings students pride to their campus. UNO has many first-generation students, and students from Omaha.

“You’re going to stay here,” Jager said. “People really value the place they’re in…It gives students a foothold to UNO.”

Research has shown that students involved in campus tend to give back to the university after graduation.

“UNO is just like Omaha,” Jager said. “It’s a big little school.” UNO has professors with PhD’s and not many classes taught by graduate teaching assistants.

UNO has been a college without tradition. Jager sees this as a good thing.

“We’re not pigeon holed to do one thing,” he said. “We can be who we want to be.”