Student Organizations provide a valuable service to the college community by promoting leadership development, community spirit, activism, public spirit, and social and cultural interaction. Prior organizations have included the Optimist Manifesto, Film Club, One Wise Life (a substance-free community), the Knitting Club, the Vinyl Listening Club, and Watkins Athletic Club. Students are encouraged to start their own organizations.
Company H is a collective of students who meet to discuss contemporary art, initiatives for alternative exhibitions, and the discussion of alternative art making methods and studio practice. In addition to their meetings, the group invites artists and speakers from the community to present their work and lecture.
For more information contact Heath Williams at [email protected]
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATIONS
- AIGA Professional Association for Design
- NAIA National Association of Independent Artists
- PAVA Professional Association of Visual Artists
- PPA Professional Photographers of America
- IIDA International Interior Design Association
- ASID American Society of Interior Designers
- AIVF Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
American Society of Interior Designers, ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers is a nonprofit professional society representing the interests of interior designers and the interior design community. Watkins sponsors a student chapter. To join, contact the Chair of Interior Design at [email protected]
International Interior Design Association, IIDA
A professional networking and educational association of more than 10,000 members in eight specialty forums, nine regions, and more than thirty chapters around the world. Students interested in the Watkins chapter should contact [email protected]
how to start an organization
Requirements for Student Organizations
· Maintain a membership of at least 7 degree seeking students (AFA/BFA).
· Register annually with the Office of Student Life.
· Maintain a student organization mailbox in the mailroom.
· Adhere to the constitution and statement of purpose of the organization.
· Exist within the confines of College guidelines.
· All Members & Officers must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. (See also Membership eligibility).
· Each organization is required to have at least one full-time Watkins faculty or staff advisor who will serve as liaison between the College and the group. A co-advisor may be selected who is not full-time (ex. Adjunct Professors, alumni or chapter advisors). Expectations of Advisor’s include:
Maintaining contact with the organization and being familiar with its programs and members.
Building positive relationships with the group leaders and members.
Keeping the group focused on its goal and purpose.
Benefits for Student Organizations
· May use resources available from the Office of Student Life.
· Right to use the name of the College in connection with its activities.
· Right to use College facilities.
· Reasonable assistance and cooperation from college staff.
· Right to advertise its events in designated posting areas around campus.
· Having an information table for recruiting purposes at various times of the year.
· Right to request funding for the organization.